Saturday, September 20, 2008

Religious Tolerance : The true Indian spirit

A Busy Mumbai traffic wades patiently & discreetly to make space for their brethren to offer Namaaz during Ramadan.

Religious tolerance and spiritual freedom have been the hall marks of the Indian way of life.

A true Mumbaikar respects and understands this and has adopted it as a way of life.

Ganesha once Again

Mumbai once again bid farewell to it's favourite Elephant headed god 'Ganesha' with chants of ' Phudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya'.

Children of the Rooftops

                    Munni with brother Raja on the rooftop of their house,its their 'playground' by default

'Open Spaces' in Mumbai are a rare luxury, more so in the shanties.

In the absence of open spaces and play grounds these children play on the rooftops of their houses.They don't dare go on the crowded streets below so are forced to spend most of their free time here.

There is little  care and concern for the need of play grounds for  children; Housing the ever growing population seems to be the priority with one and all.

Consequently many childhoods in Mumbai are being lost forever by each passing day in this mad quest for ' development '.

                                   Playing with the pigeons

Akhara Kusti : a Struggle for Survival

Akhara Kusti or Indian style wrestling was once a very popular sport in India.
But now it is struggling for it's survival.Except for these spirited and passionate wrestlers who work by day in menial jobs to make a living, this fascinating sport will be lost forever.