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IS DMRC an unfriendly to ‘differently- abled’ passengers?? Yes Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Sandesh a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He standing in the ‘Q’… hardly help. Photos by Gireesh GV

How my camera taught DMRC staff virtue of caring for the disabled?

I love my camera. Not only it helps me capture moments, on ample occasions, I found that it helps those making the moments too. Today, it did its job expeditiously. But, it left me with a question – Why was there a need for a camera to tell Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) staff that they need to be sensitive towards the differently-abled?

Well it is not my story.. or that of my camera. This is about Sandesh, a daily-waged worker – a differently-abled person, who finds it hard every day to commute in DMRC trains – having little use of his lower limbs.

Today was no ‘different’ for Sandesh.

I saw him at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station ‘standing’ in queue at the card recharging machine.

People in the queue stole glances at Sandesh; so did a security guard posted to keep the queue in single file. As he approached the window, he fell short of reaching the slots. Ironically, onlookers looked on.

I can’t say that I was the only one with intentions to help him. But, I was the first. I offered to get him the token.

Sandesh had another issue. He wanted to recharge his card. Since tomorrow was a working day and rush hours would this make towering task for him. The recharging machine accepted only large currency notes and he had small denominations.

DMRC staff on duty at the counter, had no solutions. “What can we do if he is disabled,” was a reply thrown by one of them.

This is where my camera came to the rescue. As I lifted it out of the case, the staff members’ demeanor drastically changed. Out came a Rs 100 currency note in exchange of two 50 rupees notes for Sandesh . Along it were please directed towards me: “I am a daily-waged worker.., they will take my job it this goes out,” said the staffer. The guard came with an excuse that he was rushing out for dinner.

IS DMRC a unfriendly to ‘differently- abled’ passengers?? Yes Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station,  Sandesh  a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He neither got any help from guard on duty. When I saw him struggling to draw a token from the machine, I offered a help.

I left it at that. But during my entire journey in the metro train, I could not stop thinking. DMRC had been making tall claims of making arrangements for the differently–abled describing what it operates as – ‘India’s first public transport system with adequate features for differently-abled persons’.

It claims to provide extra-wide automatic flap gates for wheelchairs, lifts with buttons installed at a low level, tactile paths for the visually impaired, reserved spaces for wheelchairs in trains, etc.

The 7 minute episode that my camera helped end, proves beyond doubt that DMRC’s tall claims about training staff to deal with differently-abled were as ‘flat’ as the excuses given by its staff member and the security guard.

{ From DMRC’s guide book,Facilities for the differently-abled:  Delhi Metro is perhaps India’s first public transport system with adequate features for differently-abled persons. These include extra-wide automatic flap gates for wheelchairs, lifts with buttons installed at a low level, tactile paths for the visually impaired, reserved spaces for wheelchairs in trains, etc. In addition, station staff constantly monitors passenger movement and provides personal help to any differently-abled person who needs assistance.”}

 

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taking a break after busy Diwali work.

Children in Chawri Bazaar

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children on streets

Girls playing on the streets at the Bangladeshi colony in Seemapuri, Delhi Uttar Pradesh border, This is from my three year Workshop on documentary photography as part of WPPH workshop series In Asia which held in 2001-2003

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EID Mubarak

A woman offers namaz during Eid celebrations at Jama Masjid in Delhi, India

more images

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a night trail

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at work

a migrant labor from rural Karnataka at an aluminium cooker factory in Bangalore, India

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a pilgrim at Mandakini river

a pilgrim taking a snan (bath) in the holy river Mandakini  in Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh

Chitrakoot  is a town of religious, cultural, historical and archaeological importance, situated in the Bundelkhand region,  in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The town lies in the historical Chitrakoot region, which is divided between the present-day Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is known for a number of temples and sites mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

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Drinking Water crisis in Delhi… regular in every summer.

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Juice vendor

 
Delhi experiencing a heat wave at the Max 0f  41°C
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The old streets: Pulliyaar Koil street, Bangalore

Bangalore, also rendered Bengaluru,  is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka. Bangalore is India’s third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. Bangalore is well known as a hub for India’s information technology sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. As a growing metropolitan city in a developing country, Bangalore confronts substantial pollution and other logistical and socio-economic problems.

The old architecture and the narrow lanes inside the Bangalore are popularly known as commercial, avenue road, chicpet, ulsoor etc.  Also extremely impressive cathedrals, basilicas, chapels and churches which are important architectural symbols and landmarks of the city.

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Trissur pooram (from my 2005 photo story)

remembering Trissur pooram on a rainy day in 2005

It was after a long time I went to cover the world largest ritual performance  called Pooram, it performed in Vadukkumnatha temple in Trissur, Kerala. As per my plans i found the wonderful position to shoot. Its an Asias biggest event perform annually.

The moderate showers that started around 2 p.m. on Wednesday could not dampen the spirits of the scintillating percussion concert `Elanjithara Melam’ held around that time.

Later when heavy rain, accompanied by gusty winds lashed the city just after the beginning of the `Kudamattam’ (exchange of parasols) in the afternoon, they went on dancing, cheerfully yelling and waving their hands each time a set of parasols were exchanged by the friendly rivals of the Pooram, the Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu Devaswoms.

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MSU Campus Library

University library, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

The library was established on 1 May 1950. At the time of MSU’s establishment, a collection of 5,12,159 books belonging to two state libraries (Huzur Political Office and Secretariat Library) was handed over to the University Library.

There were several colleges in Baroda – Baroda College (for Arts), Science Institute, Commerce College, and Secondary Teacher’s Training College, etc. These colleges had libraries of their own that continued to remain as Faculty Libraries and were administered independently. Thus the University Library System was established on 5 January 1950 and housed in the central block of Old Residency Office Building.

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the ‘gallies’ of Dilli

Nizamuddin West , The neighborhood surrounding the dargah is named after the saint, and is divided into two parts along Mathura Road: Nizamuddin West where the Dargah complex and a lively market dominated by vendors, the streets and cluster residential complexes are.

Hanumman statue

Hanumman statue by Gireesh G V
Hanumman statue, a photo by Gireesh G V on Flickr.
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a year back, at India Gate

Budha says “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”  

just remembering the last summer, in 2012 where in Delhi waiting for my family to join me. Lots of things todo? all pending.. nothing is working out the way we planned. And had left little money , no tickets to go, friends are having busy schedules…… That summer was too heat for me in many-ways. Can’t forget

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Happy Holi…. a colorful clouds above Taj mahal

A cloud formation with strange colors seen above the Taj- Mahal on 26th March 2013 on the eve of ‘Holi’ . Happy & Colorful Holi

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Jantar Mantar , New Delhi

the moon and a crow at Jantar Mantar

It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The site is one of five built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1724 onwards, as he was given by Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah the task of revising the calendar and astronomical tables. There is a plaque fixed on one of the structures in the Jantar Mantar observatory in New Delhi that was placed there in 1910 mistakenly dating the construction of the complex to the year 1710. Later research, though, suggests 1724 as the actual year of construction more info

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street food vendor, janpath, new delhi

Street Junk food vendor near janpath, new delhi

a evening walk through Mehrauli

Mahrauli-2

Mehrauli is one of the seven ancient cities that make up the present state of Delhi. Read more at Wikipedia

Birds fly over the winter

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a flight and birds flying over the Munirka village today morning. Fog and cold days still continues in New Delhi

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” 
― J.M. Barrie,

10°c

10° @ 6am Saket

“Timeless thoughts of a winter’s stare; eyes gazing over a landscape bare. 
Memories drift on a blustery breeze; dying light ushers in the freeze. Reaching out for a grasp on the present; stillness sets in, alone, and desolate. Future unknown, outcome uncertain; brilliance shadowed by a drawn curtain. Path now set, laid before me known; closing light now emanating from home. Enter my homestead, heart filled with glee; two eyes of the future peering upward at me. Trusting in him to forge forward until fulfilled; Basis of strength, values I have instilled. A wary mind at last permitted to rest; reflecting on the realization of how I am blessed. 
:-  Michael A. Barron, Winter’s Epiphany 

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“ all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking”- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Di.Na.Ni.

from Madangir, South Delhi
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique.
All artists, if they are to survive, are forced,
at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” 
― James Baldwin
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Silences

Silence is a source of great strength. : Lao Tzu 

Never be bullied into silence.  Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.; Harvey Fierstein


After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.; Aldous Huxley

                    All other knowledge are only petty and trivial knowledge; the experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge. – Ramana Maharshi