children

the cycle brigade

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While travelling through the hillside villages of Bharuch on a warm July afternoon, I met this group of enthusiastic boys on cycle. While I was languishing in a rickety Bolero with a tele-lens mounted camera, they were having the time of their life on the unpredictable yet familiar roads. Many of you would surely relate with such escapades on cycle.

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It was a holiday for them. More than the children, I was happy to find them. For those who travel, children following you in villages are a common sight, especially if you smile and be warm to them. Believe me, these are the true joy of travelling. No big take aways, no resort hoping, but some unconditional memories and of course little tiredness too.

varied expressions

this was taken at siyal beyt (siyal island) in Gujarat where i met a curious set of children. Expression and reaction of each face was different from each other. The island is unique in many ways like it looks like a saucer, it has 999 step wells etc. Step wells are old system of water harvesting which has much architectural prominence in India. It was taken with a manual SLR and then scanned.

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anxiety of childhood

A child living in ashram shala (residential school) in Valsad district of Gujarat. Valsad has distinct tribal population and many of the families cannot afford education for their children especially in their village or at nearby places. This leaves no option for the parents, who get their children enrolled in ashram shalas. Ashram shalas take care of education along with stay and food.

 

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