Now some folks say that we should be
Glad for what we have
Tell me would you be happy in Village Ghetto Land
Stevie Wonder Lyrics
A fan of palmleaf ... the only luxury she had
Under a bridge to Thiraparangkundram, she found her niche next to a building, her territory, an old mother on her own, when she gets sick, she most probably will die as she has no one else to care for her.
A widow is not re-marriageable and some are simply expelled from the family to get the heritage sooner, although that happens not often in the South.
Some of poor from the North of India come to the South for the warmer temperature, of course they are certainly more isolated by not knowing the Tamil language fluently.
Also an aspect of life in Tamil Nadu that we should be aware of to see the difference between beggars and the real poor. Lucky, there are a lot more joyful things here in Tamil Nadu that you can discover in my gallery but we shouldn't close our eyes.
If you can't cope with this hard reality, skip it, close your eyes and turn away your head, like we tend to do anonymously so many times ...... look once here again ..... on your way out ...(viewers).
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chaity (1539) 2006-06-22 20:59
Hi Henk, thanks for the notes for telling the issue of marriage found here. It is sad indeed to see such scene. The photo is sharp and good to include her other belongings.
moxon (78) 2006-06-22 21:08
Hello Henk. Sad indeed and very different from your usual shots which are so full of life. Well composed and colours are appropriately more muted than your other photos.
Emile (20350) 2006-06-22 21:11
Sad but real, all over the world is the same.
Good POV and colours contrast. Interesting note. Sharpness is very good.
Thank you for sharing Henk.
rafelito (3648) 2006-06-22 22:46
You show in this shot a unripe reality very expanded in our underdeveloped peoples, this photo is a denunciation of the humanity for the humanity. It will touch the heart of many people, and others were not looking at your photo because the scene is not beautiful. I believe that it is beautifully cruel. Very well achieved the focus and POV.Many regards, Rafael
ALIRIZA (16423) 2006-06-23 1:53
Great shot from the daily life.Framing, light and sharpness are excellent. Nice POV and colors contrast too. Good note.
Have a nice weekend...
gaby (19819) 2006-06-23 2:35
Henk bonjour - superb compo full of colors - sad but I like the smile of this poor woman -
This is the same problem in all the world
Have a nice day
thaprem (2554) 2006-06-23 2:55
When I was looking at it as a Thumbnail image, I was little disappointed, shocked and heart burnt...Knowing Oochappan, I did not expect him to jump into the band wagon of the regular foreign tourists' with their set "Maaya kannadi" - coloured spectacle & confirming that with their camera!...
But then looking at the shot, particularly the note, I changged my thought & I feel the pang of the fellow Indian which I share with Oochappan...
I go along with Sabyasachi`s comment, yes and I am also ashamed as a fellow citizen to think about what we have done as a individual other than calling the politicians black & the 'system' bad...However I try, in my heart, I cannot absolve myself with the words of philosophy, trying to take a spiritual explanation...
Each of have a parallel in our Lives to the situations told here and yet how gulliable we are, thinking about the great cultural values, while trying to ignore all the muck in the finger by comfortably tucking it inside our trouser pocket!!!
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-06-23 3:31
A poor man suffers due to his poverty. Actually any suffering is the punishment given for the previously committed sins of the soul. God wants the person to realize his mistake and correct himself. That is the purpose of the punishment. The parental love of the Lord for that poor person is greater than our brotherly love for him. Only the grace of God can end the punishment forever.
If somebody thinks that only poors and homeless are suffering in this world, than this is absolutely wrong and nonsense. By my knowledge and I know lot of rich people not only in India but outside, but I am unable to find a single person happy. All are covered with problems, diseases, tension stress,,,,etc etc...I found this poor women far happier than those rich and well cultured as they call them, who commit sins daily for the sake of self pleasure.
This shot help us to not to commit sins otherwise have to face punishment from lord.
OM NAMOH BHAGVATE VASUDEVAYAHA!
Thanks for sharing,
sabyasachi1212 (19771) 2006-06-23 3:49
Stevie Wonder probably never came to India but he may well have been saying about what's seen in this image. As an Indian, one can't help but feel ashamed at the abject poverty that still dogs the Indian society despite the rosy claims of the polticians. However we can not close our eyes and wish them away.
Imagewise there is hard to find a fault with yours Henk and this one is no exception.
Izobretenik (1268) 2006-06-23 3:53
I don't like to see such pictures for it is maybe too much of forgotten reality. I don't want to see such reality for I don't know it and don't know how to judge it.
I like to see such pictures because it helps me think there's something else happening somewhere else in another people's life. I like to see such pictures for the world is not only a bunch of rich countries with all the comfort human being could dream about.
I really feel that we, as representant of these rich countries, are far from reality, sitting on a little cloud full of softness while the majority of the people living in this world don't even dare dreaming about it.
Jeronimo (1382) 2006-06-23 4:00
Tres belle Image, un exellent reportage sur une réalité de notre société actuelle: la marginalité et l'exclusion de la majeur partie des êtres humains de la planète au profit d'une minorité capitaliste: l'occident.
Bravo, j'aime beaucoup ton reprotage. La Photo est pleine de couleurs. Bien joué.
Cuba-Junky (2817) 2006-06-23 4:04
So sad ... too sad ... and we will help where possible ...
Great shot to show the world whatsup ...
papagolf21 (86138) 2006-06-23 4:04
Bonjour mon ami Henk,
Tous ceux qui disent qu'on peut être heureux et libre dans la pauvreté, sont des menteurs, des fous et des sots.
[Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand]
Il ne faut pas se cacher la face, la pauvreté est là partout dans le monde !
Très belle image et triste à la fois.
jhm (139168) 2006-06-23 6:22
Dat het daily life picture is daar twijfel ik geen ogenblik aan, maar wat een tegenstelling met de foto van de danseres, daar alles netjes en hier zijn we absoluut aan de rand van de maatschappij, blijkbaar letterlijk, het blijft zo moeilijk om te weten wie uiteindelijk de gelukkigste mens op de wereld is. Uw foto is goed zonder twijfel en u draadt bij tot misschien een betere wereld!
Prettig weekend gewenst,
lukas (2067) 2006-06-23 6:32
Exceptional photo of this daily life, and reality...It makes me sad... the song of Stevie is for us, we have to stop bothering and to be glad for what we have, no?
Paolo (41222) 2006-06-23 9:44
Hi Henk, that one is the shot that no one should never see, not for the quality, that is high as everytime in your excellent reportages, but 'cause are too strong to see.
the Stevie Wonder lyrics are really appropriate.
Gerrit (47886) 2006-06-23 14:26
daar zou ik nit blij mee zijn. Zo'n uitgangspunt. Een hele goede schrijnende documentaire foto.
Dank en groeten van Gerrit
designsoul (21492) 2006-06-23 17:17
You see, Henk, I lived in the belief that in India things are different, old people are supported by the young when old and sick. This shot throws an arrow in my heart and makes me contemplate a few things...
a very very sad shot today, but grippingly true. Technically also up to your usual high standards; here her blue/purple sari sets off the terrible surroundings alarmingly.
RGatward (20062) 2006-06-23 17:52
Rather a sad story of rather ruthless sounding people here Henk. Sad that the abuse of widows still continues in these rather more enlightened times. I don't know, sometimes there's more to identifying questionable practices than cultural imperialism. Very powerful shot.
ChrisJ (97854) 2006-06-24 7:15
A fantastic high pov, with excellent color, sharpness & lighting. Congratulations!
s10001in (0) 2006-06-24 9:06
I cannot comment.
Coming back !!!!
keribar (43841) 2006-06-25 2:36
A picture one remembers after years. It may be sad but at the same time it shows us the reality in the best of ways a bit raw perhaps, but truly and as the way it is. Good sharpness and pretty colors too.
I wish you a happy Sunday - Izzet
jrj (34841) 2006-06-27 4:52
Very good ducomentary shot and perfect as to go with your notes. Not so easy to do shots of the 'loosers' in our world but here done in a fine way - perfect for the mission of TE.
robertosalguero (246) 2006-07-03 21:15
This is one of the most powerful pictures I have seen. The description is equally heartbreaking.
So much pain, sorrow and desolation in this planet. Thank you for opening some people's eyes with this photograph.
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- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-02-19
- Categories: Daily Life
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