Just Another (May) Day

Originally posted on MANDEEPSINGS:
It was May Day today. Time for all workers to relax, rest and contemplate. These are some pictures to show what they were doing today. There are also a few pictures showing what can pass off as their “living accommodation” – ramshackle structures they call home. It’s for the readers to…

Time for Lunch

Roadside workers sitting down to have a meal has always been one of the best sights anywhere. These men, coming from diverse backgrounds and of different nationalities, find time to get together as they take a break from work and present a picture of bonhomie, camaraderie and togetherness that can only come when they are…

The little pakora shop

I have been to this shop several times. The pakoras (fritters) this gentleman makes are awesome, particularly for those hungry souls in nearby offices as well as for starved passers-by. And this place is forever crowded. Strangely, for a short while that I was there this morning, there wasn’t a soul in sight – but…

The path – to the rooftop shack!!

This ramshackle doorway opens into a dilapidated staircase in Downtown Manama and is the ‘route’ to a bed space on the old run down building’s rooftop. This is a “labour accommodation” where expatriate workers stay, paying a dollar a night for bed space. They pay per use to sleep, without running water or electricity. These…

Carrying the burden of fate

This is one of the most disturbing images of life in the higher reaches of northern India. Because of the terrain, the absence of traffic and population scattered across several hills, porters such as this one carry huge amounts of goods – from boxes, cooking gas cylinders, girders, carpets – and everything else – up…