The Happy Trio

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The otherday I was strolling down the musky, busy streets of Old Dhaka, tired after an afternoon of shifting through the unbearable traffic. Although, I was out hunting for an opportunity to capture human emotions in solid state packets, it was all in vein. I was exhausted, weakened, uninspired, cursing the people and myself in my mind.

Then I came across Anjoy, Jyoti and their father Soroj. Mr Soroj sells betel-leaves at the street's corner. Coming from the lower Hindu casts, their social or economical standards have seldom seen the light of improvement. What's even more heartbreaking is the fact that Anjoy and Jyoti, the two angel faced kids were orphaned at birth when their mother died of labor-complications. Since then, Mr Soroj has raised them by himself, one day at a time. Relatives have tried to coerce him into remarriage, but unlike many from his social standards and astonishingly so, he never did it. When asked why, he said " Their step mother will never treat them with the love they deserve" . I was dumbfound, thunderstruck at his devotion towards his kids. The male chromosome was never supposed to be this caring, this tending to his kids, and yet there he was... the
embodiment of "Fatherhood".

I realized then that I too was an orphan in this world. So I called out to the kids, "Hey do you know where *our mom is?" Then I pointed to the sky, and their gazes followed with a happy inquisition. Perhaps for a blink of an eye, I was able to show them zen.

The blue sky was giving them comfort, their mom was hiding behind the clouds and their dad was right beside them...guarding against the many evils of the society, evil that guises themselves as 'customs' or 'ethics'.

Hallelujah, there's still some good left in this wretched world.

Taken in Shakhari Bazar
On the Nikon D90 + Nikon 85mm f/1.8 AF

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  1. Janey Kay 52 months ago | reply

    the story ... the smiles ....

  2. kayodeok 52 months ago | reply

    Lovely black and white image; love the story as well

    Seen in The Best: BRAVO

  3. K@easypond 52 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called WayanghiduP, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    thanks for this lovely photo!

  4. Jackeline Goulart 50 months ago | reply

    Beautiful! one of my faves!

  5. eastbayphotographer 48 months ago | reply

    I really admire your street portraits, this one is just incredible.
    To be honest this photo is the reason I bought a 85 1.8.
    Beautiful work keep it up

  6. A-Niche 40 months ago | reply

    Excellent stuff!

  7. TJ Scott 40 months ago | reply

    Wow. What a n amazing moment captured. Love the Composition of it too.

  8. A. adnan 38 months ago | reply

    This is one of my absolute favorites!

  9. Ic3nine 38 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot!!!

  10. Tetley T 35 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

  11. orithro 31 months ago | reply

    Soft and innocent picture

  12. Leo Piatar ( 龍大廚 ) 31 months ago | reply

    Wow ...... absolutely masterpiece...

  13. prasanthi.relangi 29 months ago | reply

    Really nice picture! I love the sentiment the picture potrays!

  14. আমি_fa_ye-q 25 months ago | reply

    egula ki chobi bhai??? egula ki chobi??
    egula dekhle mone hoi je ki chobi tuli amra....these are the photos which captures life,emotion and feelings. NiH bhaiya....kichu bolar nai. apnar shathe dekha korbo ekdin. ei chobi ta dekhar por theke apnar shathe dekha korte ichcha kortese. parle ekdin amake time diyen.

  15. DK13339 17 months ago | reply

    আমি যে এই ফটোটা কতবার ঘুরে ঘুরে এসে দেখেছি তার কোনো হিসাব নেই । প্রতিবার যেন নতুন করে পাই ছবিটাকে । যেমন ছবি, তেমন তার গল্প । অসাধারণ ! ফটোগ্রাফারকে অনেক অনেক অভিনন্দন এবং শুভেচ্ছা । এবং, উপরোধ, ছবি তোলা যেন কখনো বন্ধ কোরো না,
    আমাদের ভীষণ ক্ষতি হয়ে যাবে ।

  16. photographyblogging 16 months ago | reply

    This is a Nice Classy Black and White Photo some of our Beginners Photographers at www.photographyblogging.com would love to see this and be able to take such photos

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