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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