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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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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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Chat Vendor in Connaught Place, New Delhi

The sign of early winter in Northern India. The temperature are dropping in the evenings.

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GOld…. rush

In Kochi an elderly woman in front of a hoarding showing all Indian film super stars to promote GOLD sales in South India. Where the middle class with minimum incomes are really puzzled. The gold prices are gone up in last few years….  There are lots of interesting stories from India on Gold rush. There are people who rush to buy these expensive metal as an investment. That’s true….  But

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Desperate shopping for wedding season, India

Festival shopping in Chandini Chowk markets. The festival and the wedding season starting this month in India. The shop in the streets exclusively for women and children where find more shoppers. In spite of recession the Indians are no way stops there festival shopping.

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remembering 1999 Super Cyclone,India

A village woman (suspected Cholera patient)  rescued by Indian Army from Kankan an isolated village  near  ‘Ersamma” in Orissa  after 1999 Super Cyclone hit.  Even days after the disastera stench-filled wasteland of corpses and carcasses. Little else remains. The lack of relief work in 1999  is a poorly managed. Today we are far ahead that able to evacuate more than 2lakh population to a safe place…  

1999 Story Published Nov 29 1999 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAHATMAJI…………

Shot in 1995 at Yadagiriguda temple premises, a beggar whose shadow bears an amazing resemblance to Gandhi’s silhouette.  from the series ‘SHORTENING SHADOW OF A SAINT-01’
B&W 40 X 26 inches PHOTOGRAPHIC PIGMENT PRINT ON IMPORTED Canvas 1/6

and editions on Paper. Black & White film scanned and printed in 2010 for the curated show titled ” Who has seen Gandhi ?” in Bangalore

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Women in Religious Rituals

a project on ‘Women in Religious Places ‘ will be on the walls of Art Konsult as part of the MATI’s (management of ART Treasures of India) event at Art Konsult on 14th September 2013 at the gallery in Lado Sarai, New Delhi, India. Curated by JohnyML

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Prices are all-time-high in India

Normal life been hit badly as the prices in India are all time high, fuel prices are keep increasing. The price of onion, a common ingredient in many dishes. The wholesale price has rising every month, although retail prices have more than doubled in every markets (Rs 60-80/- per kg )

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Dressed up for the job

A boy spotted begging in  Hampi, a  world heritage site in Karnataka, dress to look like a Hanuman is a Hindu deity,  a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana .

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time to give, feed the poor- celebrating Ramadan

Friends greeting each other at a restaurant on the eve of Ramadan, near Jama Masjid while some waiting for food, feeding the poor on Ramadan. more images 

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EID Mubarak

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

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Taj Mahal

visitors at Taj mahal, Agra India

 

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girl child, Attapadi, Kerala

A shy tribal girl hiding away from my camera, Attapadi, Palakkad, Kerala. 1993-

During our visits we come across so many such incidents. But nobody given them any attention or come forward to save their children.

 Today the reports says the number of infants who lost their lives due to malnutrition in Attappadi in recent months has gone up to 32.  Malnutrition and being underweight was stated to be the reason for the infant’s death. As far I know Such incidents being reported from Attapadi from past. The tribals been exploited and mislead for long.  Why  today Attapadi get enough attention and for what?

Attappadi is an extensive mountain valley at the headwaters of the Bhavani River nestled below the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is bordered to the east by Coimbatore district in Tamilnadu, on the north by the Nilgiris, south by the Palghat taluk 

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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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Hatu peak @ 11152 feet height ASL

 
Its an amazing experience the moment we reach Hatu peak to view this. Hatu peak is situated above 1152 ft from sea level. 8 km from Narkanda, the road is surrounded by pine and spruce trees. On top of the hill, ancient Hatu Mata temple is located. The peak offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, snow clad mountains and in depths are the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. 
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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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Offering: Oil lamp in a monastery

Monastery in McLeodGanj, Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh,India

Mahayana material offerings might be imbued with the following symbology, the lighting of a candle or an oil lamp represents the light of wisdom illuminating the darkness of ignorance.

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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.

Blue Iron pillar, Chettinad

Brilliant blue cast-iron pillars imported from Birminghan in Karaikkudi, Tamil nadu

Chettinad is rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture. It is well known for its houses, embellished with marble , cast-iron pillars and Burma teak, wide courtyards, spacious rooms, and for its 18th century mansions. Local legend has it that their walls used to be polished with a paste made out of eggwhites to give a smooth texture. Also very well popular with variety of cuisines.

chettinadu iron pillar

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Minar of Taj mahal

Minar of Taj mahal
 
Minaret:minaret (Turkish: minare, from Arabic manārah (lighthouse) is a distinctive architectural feature of Islamic mosques, generally a tall spire with an onion-shaped or conical crown, usually either free standing or taller than any associated support structure. The basic form of a minaret includes a base, shaft, and gallery. Styles vary regionally and by period. Minarets provide a visual focal point and are used for the call to prayer (adhan).Soon after the Taj Mahal’s completion, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb and put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort. Upon Shah Jahan’s death, Aurangzeb buried him in the mausoleum next to his wife.
By the late 19th century, parts of the buildings had fallen badly into disrepair. During the time of the Indian rebellion of 1857, the Taj Mahal was defaced by British soldiers and government officials, who chiselled out precious stones and lapis lazuli from its walls. At the end of the 19th century, British viceroy Lord Curzon ordered a sweeping restoration project, which was completed in 1908. He also commissioned the large lamp in the interior chamber, modelled after one in a Cairomosque. During this time the garden was remodelled with British-style lawns that are still in place today

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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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kuzhal- Trissur Pooram (illanjithara melam)

The  illanjithara melam during Trissur Pooram, Kerala

Enjoy the changing rhythmical pace of the traditional drum (Chenda) beat during the famous Ilanjithara Melam (percussion performance in front of the Ilanji tree) during the Thrissur Pooram. Sudden changes in pace of the drumbeats, emanating from more than a dozen drums, backed by horns and cymbals resonate the whole atmosphere, making one’s body pulsating with its vibratory patterns.

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Rain after the Holi ….. in Dilli

Was raining yesterday in Delhi…  just after our Holi festival
 
and the very pretty morning 
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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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the Eastern Spot-billed Duck (A. p. zonorhyncha)

sighted in Bharatpur bird sanctuary

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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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after Shivrathri….., a barber’s mirror

Man,  sitting for a hair cutting/ shaving with a footpath barber , a scene from New Delhi streets

“Self-realization is the knowing – in body, mind, and soul – that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.” :- Yogananda Paramahansa

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A vandalized mural painting in Bangalore

just remember one of my image I a shot from Bangalore Streets (Commercial Street) on this women’s day. This is just an example of how perverted to paste a poster on a women’s face.

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street food vendor, janpath, new delhi

Street Junk food vendor near janpath, new delhi

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Nizamuddin Dargah

“Divine bounty does not discriminate between one individual and another. When the sun rises, it gives light and warmth to all people whether living in palaces or in huts. When it rained, the poor and rich alike are benefitted from it. Once, sheikh Mu’inuddin Chishti of Ajmer was asked to explain the highest form of religious devotion which endeared man to God. He said: “Develop river-like generosity, sun like bounty and earth like hospitality”. from Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia’s post

Every five to seven in the evening the dargah comes to life, especially every Thursday when this place has a fair like atmosphere. On special days like the biennial ‘Urs’ of Hazrat Nizamuddin and Eid people throng here from all over the world to absorb the Sufiana teachings he imparted.

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Jogging is Muse

Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed.Charles M. Schulz 

a man jogging in CP, Connaught Place, New Delhi

CP: Connaught place still beautiful

gireesh GVConnaught Place, built in 1931, is one of Delhi’s most popular shopping centres. There is nothing that one cannot buy here. It also has several eating-houses. The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist. The complex, popularly referred to as CP, is an important meeting point for all sections of people and is something. Even tourist don’t miss it for nothing else then for its architecture and the humdrum of everyday life. But today the place is dusty with filth corners due to ongoing renovations for long.

 Cp Connaoght circle

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Chawri bazaar : walking through Old Delhi streets

tea vendor near Juma masjid ( Mosque), Old Delhi.

a evening walk through Mehrauli

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

night near Rajpath; New delhi

Gireesh G V photography
shot last night after hearing the twin blast killing 13 innocent people in Hyderabad. As usual Delhi under High Alert !!

Birds fly over the winter

gireesh g v photography
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,

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PAL… Premier Padmini

found in Dwarka parking lot…. Just liked the color and the model. Dwarka Sector 10, New Delhi

Premier Padmini was an automobile manufactured in India from 1967 to 2000. Premier Automobiles Limited, erstwhile flagship company of India’s Walchand Hirachand Group, assembled Fiat’s Fiat 1100 cars from the 1950s until 1997.

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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