Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Soliloquy of the Sea


Anukriti Sharma Photography

Mumbai stands in front of me like a chimerical paradise. I have seen it grow from a little suburb to a big metropolitan. People come here with potpourris of aspiration, and leave behind a trace of their existence. Like limericks of childhood, a few indelible life-stories dwell within the depths of my soul. Let me share it with you today.
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In this insomniac kingdom of dreams, lives a little girl who comes to my shores everyday.
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She lives near that promenade dotted with Mumbai's fitness freaks. Splashing her feet in my rippling waves, Choti sings many a songs with her little brother.
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Bholu - his only dream is to fly with the birds that flock Girgaum Chowpatty. They call him 'The Bird Boy'.
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At times I feel responsible for the death of the parents of these little children. Indeed, I am guilty. I brought those murderers to shore... the murderers who killed my Bholu's Aayi and Baba. From CST to Marine Drive, Choti's journey hadn't been easy. 
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On a cold November evening, life was hacked to death...and within minutes women were widowed, children were orphaned. I witnessed it all, yet could do nothing. My water was bloodied by the baseness of those terrorists as innocence was crucified.

Every evening before the sun goes down, armed with toy guns, these little kids hatch new strategies to kill Ajmal Kasab. I look at them and cry silently in painful agony.

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"Is baar nahin
Is baar jab woh choti si bachchi 
mere paas apni kharonch le kar aayegi
Main usey phoo phoo kar nahin behlaoonga;
 Panapney doonga uski tees ko
Is baar nahin...
Is baar ghawon ko dekhna hai
Gaur se thoda  lambe waqt tak
Kuch  faisley aur uskey baad hausley
Kahin toh shuruat karni hi hogi; 
Is baar yahi tay kiya hai "
~ Prasoon Joshi


(This time when that little girl comes to me with her bruises, I will not blow gently at her wound, nor distract her, I will let her pain grow.Not this time... This time the wounds need to be watched/ Carefully/ For a long timeSome decisions are needed/And then some brave moves to be made.We have to begin somewhere… /This time this is what I have resolved)  

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49 comments/suggestions:

Rahul Bhatia said...

Brilliant Anukriti:) These pictures speak more than a thousand words:)

Jay Singh said...

The pictures are just so visually stimulating. The narration too is powerful and in the end the poetry is like putting the cherry on top of the birthday cake. Superb post Anukriti.
Keep posting ;)

Tomz said...

Matchless pictures and descriptions..loved it..

Anukriti Sharma said...

@Rahul Sir,

Your comments have always encouraged me. Thank you so much. Can't thank you enough.

@Jay Singh
Thank you for the brilliant comment. You just made my day! :) :)

@Tomz
Loved your comment. Thanks a ton! :)

Aditya Kasavaraju said...

OH god. Brilliant.Brilliant.Brilliant.

Karthik said...

Thought provoking indeed.
Excellent photography!

Someone is Special said...

Only someone special can click thoughtful pictures through their lens and you did an awesome job.. The narration is too powerful! Keep writing and clicking Anu...

Someone is Special

Vaishali Jain said...

Thanks for transporting me to a different world, Anukriti.

The words were framed in a manner that made the whole incident vivid and powerful.

Thanks, Stephen, for giving me the link to this blog. I LOVED what I read. :)

Keep posting.

ketan said...

Fabulous!! Very well written and the photos have a very haunting effect!

The Solitary Writer said...

Perfection and these pictures speaks for itself....Loved the little girl and the last one my personal favorite... How profound and beautifully you have penned it...and the poem just adds beauty to the post. Amazing work Captain :) Bloggywood rocks!!

Prashanth said...

Wa-re-wah :)

Arvind Passey said...

Why is it that we so often go out with a camera, go click-click-click and then let those shots sleep in some folder in the PC?

And then while putting up a post we hurriedly sew up some text and let the combo out in the virtual world.

And I'm not talking of just this post... I'm talking of a seriously alarming trend that is discernible in the Indian blogging scene today.

Guys, stop patting each other's back and start doing something world-class.

Arvind Passey
www.passey.info

vaisakhi said...

i loved the theme and the pics r just amazin sply the one wid so many pigeons...beutiful brilliant entry...:)

Kally said...

That was just touching!!

Anukriti Have no words to explain!! Kudos n all the best!!

Vikram Karve said...

Fantastic Pictures - simply superb

Ghazala Hossain said...

The first picture is my fave but all are Jhakaas. Best of luck~

Confused Soul said...

this was beautiful as always Anu.. And the pictures definitely speak for themselves :)

trupz said...

super write up - what a melancholy of emotions ... i can imagine born and brought up there i feel the pain ..

Sudeshna Das said...

The story is beautifully told, and absolutely heart-touching. I particularly liked Prasoon Joshi's words at the end of the post. Great job!

Best wishes from Kolkata Knight Writers. :)

Danny Simon said...

Just the pictures are awesome... the write up adds volumes to it! Well written!

N.S.Kirti said...

Anukriti, this was simply superb. The pictuure story so carefully and beautifully woven into a story touched my heart :) you have done a great job :)
All the best :)

Anukriti Sharma said...

@Aditya Kasavaraju
Oh God! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

@Karthik
Thank you so much. Keep writing. :)

@Someone is Special
Only special people can write such special comments. Thank you for making my day! :)

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alka narula said...

brilliant shots !

lonely_without_u said...

You have painted so vivid a picture with your words, it would have touched my heart even without those pics. In fact after one or two pics I scrolled down fast so as not to interrupt that mesmerizing opus.
Well done.

Amar Ashok Jajoo said...

This is brilliant stuff! Right from the pictures to the way it's been written! Outstandingly amazing Anukriti! You're the pride of Team Mumbai! :)

Sonia said...

Brilliant...

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goingbeyondthepages said...

Lovely Pictures Anukriti and the description is making them even more poignant.

Vikas Khair said...

Awesome pictures and narration.. simply beautiful and moving .. Just Brilliant..

Mayu said...

Brilliant pictures....and thought provoking narration..all the best!!

saikat mbka ghosh said...

The picture narrates the gloomy side of this wonderful city, Sad but thats the truth .....brilliant narrative through such thought provoking pics :)

Swatee said...
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Swatee said...

Brilliant job Anu! I lack vocabulary to justify this beautiful work! Awesome and as always.. heart touching.The pictures indeed are matchless and takes the reader to another world! Love your work, class apart. :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Good pics and touchy writeup

gayatri soni said...

I am afraid.......don't know how many choti & her brothers would have been surviving this lifestyle because of that dreaded carnage.....
pictures speak a lot!
as you mentioned......really! it would be very painful to see those tiny-tots maligning on the dust.

Panchali said...

The page shows how artistic you are...amazing presentation and clicks!!
All the best...

Divenita said...

The picture of the bird boy among the birds is my fave.

Loved the poem!
You could have added more lines i felt on how you would or want others perhaps to help them?
Just a thought

Aman Deshmukh said...

These are just fantastic! =)

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RAHUL MIGLANI said...

Brilliant !!!!!

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canvas prints said...

very well done with your images, great work

shovonc said...

It's amazing how blogs are an art form of their own. Nice work.

swarn priya said...

brilliant!!!

jo said...

you know,,ive lived in bombay all my life,,but have never seen it the way you have, through your lens

Dixon said...

Just the pictures are awesome... the write up adds volumes to it! Well written!

Kcalpesh said...

Captures are awesome. They speak. They have a story....

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