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‘Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re' this is the opening line of a famous Bengali song written by Bengali Nobel laureate poet, dramatist, composer and novelist Rabindranath Tagore. Translated it means 'If nobody comes forth hearing your call, go on alone'. That's exactly what I felt when I took this photo.

One monsoon afternoon in the sea side town of Digha I was looking for photo opportunities. This little kid was part of a huge Marwari family and had come along with his parents and grandparents. He was pleading with his father to take him nearer to the sea. But nobody from his family wanted to go any nearer to the sea because the weather was closing in and the sea was really choppy. They were busy talking and sipping coconut water.

This little boy may be just 5-6 years old, took this opportunity and walked towards the sea. It was clear from his expressions that he was seeing the sea for the first time in his short life and was in complete awe with its vastness. As the wave came in the kid fell down and was drenched but he did not panic. He stood up and was enjoying the moment. I took this shot as he was getting up from the fall and was balancing himself.

But it was getting too close for comfort so one of my friends alerted the family, who rushed towards him and rescued him. They scolded him for being mischievous and spoiled all his fun.

As for the choice of B&W…being monsoon season everything around was grey and there was nothing much to speak about color. So I thought of converting this to B&W and liked the result.

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