Bumbling Along

I remain confused about how I intend to continue my project. Which is why I am blumbling aling
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I Remain Confused!

Bumbling Along

A month ago, I decided I was going to focus on street photography this year. My rationale was impeccable. Most of you may have forgotten it, so indulge me while I repeat, and modify my rationale. Even while I remain confused about the overall approach, my underlying motivation remains unchanged.

So, let me make a list post, something I don’t do often.

  1. It started with Covid. I won’t bore you with the statistics, but too many people have lost work during the pandemic. People talk of fourth and fifth waves, but I firmly believe we are in the endemic stage of the illness. Pandemics will return, and no one will be prepared for them. The fact remains, people have lost work, and inequality has risen. One gentleman, Gautam Adani, however, has become rich. In 2014, he was worth an estimated 7 billion USD. Today, eight years later, he is worth 180 billion USD and is the sixth richest man on the planet. Something is wrong.
  2. Today, as I write, the situation has become worse, with authorities bulldozing Muslim homes. They do so without reason, barring that of political gains. The government is silent, while goons parading as saints call for Muslim genocide. I have argued with people, who believe Hindus must now be proud of being Hindu. Some then say killing Muslims is bad, but they don’t speak up because they are proud Hindus. I hope you agree there is some perverse thinking at play here.
  3. I have pushed travel back to 2023 because:
    1. I want to buy a four-wheel drive
    2. Fuel prices in India are obscene. We have amongst the highest fuel prices in the world.

So, Why Am I Bumbling Along?

Bumbling Along

So, why do I remain confused?

I intend to focus on the human stories, but which ones do I focus on? The loss of work, and its possible impact on a person’s dignity? Or, the loss of our nation’s soul, and the wanton destruction of an integral part of our society – the Muslim part?

Many years back, I went into the Walled City of Delhi and did a project there. I had planned to write an e-book, and I did. However, nothing came of it. When I think back on this project, and consider the various changes taking place in India, I feel it may be worthwhile to go back there and repeat that old project. But, with a slight twist.

I Need Answers

I need answers

So, why do I remain confused?

I intend to focus on the human stories, but which ones do I focus on? The loss of work, and its possible impact on a person’s dignity? Or, the loss of our nation’s soul, and the wanton destruction of an integral part of our society – the Muslim part?

Many years back, I went into the Walled City of Delhi and did a project there. I had planned to write an e-book, and I did. However, nothing came of it. When I think back on this project, and consider the various changes taking place in India, I feel it may be worthwhile to go back there and repeat that old project. But, with a slight twist.


Published by Rajiv

I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.

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