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pOOr.... buT hAppY...

pOOr.... buT hAppY...

i saw her while i visited neyyar dam during my last kerala trip... portraits aint really my cuppa tea, but this grandma trying to sell a few fruits and some packets of peanuts, sittin under the scorching april sun, moved me a lot... n for a few seconds, my mind wandered over to those days ven my grandma was alive, about the life she led during her old age and the comforts she was given... and i was thinking about how miserable this granny's situation mite be at home, that at this age, she has to try and sell a few packets of peanuts to satisfy her hunger and maybe of all those back home waiting for her to come back with some food or money...

n while she was busy handing over a packet of peanuts to my dad, i clikd my first shot, and maybe hearing the shutter sound, she turned around n looked at me... am not sure if she understood what i was doing, but ven she heard my dad tell her what am up to, she smiled at me... n for a moment, i felt glad... we gave her another 20-rupee note and told her to keep it, but this poor soul thot we were asking for more peanuts... :o) ... finally, somehow my dad convinced her to keep that extra money n we left the place...

there are many who are still living amidst poverty, but we hardly ever notice them... rather we dont want to (me included) ... n while i was browsing the net on various topics related to poverty, i came across this very powerful quote - The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied...but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing. ~John Berger ...

maybe its the money we gave her that brot about this smile on her face... maybe its the thot of food, what this money can get her, that brot about this smile on her face... maybe its the thot of what she can take home for her grandchildren that brot about this smile on her face... or maybe its the fact that she was fotografed that brot about this smile on her face... whatever may the reason be, all i know is i left that place with a smile on my face... :)

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Photo taken on 9 April 2007 (© poonomo / Flickr)

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