This was one of the most privileged tours i had been to while i was interning at The Times of India.
It was a journos only tour of the yet-to-be-opened Bandra Worli Sealink. The photographs of the sealink have appeared on the blog before : An Engineering Marvel
. It was special because i got the opportunity to explore this link before it would be opened for the public and got to click some photographs, which i cannot imagine clicking today.
This is one photograph i had clicked even before i started snapping the Sealink. It was just a bunch of labourers, taking some time out from their gruelling schedule. Their blue safety helmet is what arrested my attention. It looked just perfect against the dull grey sky. The cloudy atmosphere added to the overall charm.
Today when i read an article on the critically injured labourer
who is fighting for his life as a result of the infamous CWG bridge collapse
, it made me think how much we take the migrant labourers for granted. I stopped on this photograph for a while and the guy on the extreme right seemed to be asking me, “We build your sealinks, your skywalks, your skyscrapers but do you’ll really give a damn about us if we are injured in the process?” And i realised, we don’t.
I am not going to get into the morality bit as i feel this is not the right platform for such a serious issue. But the least we can do on our individual part, is show some respect to these labourers. It’s a tough life they lead. After all, the collective efforts of these guys creates marvelous things.
Today’s Maharashtra Day. So thought of putting up a relevant picture. Of all the pictures I picked this cos it just represents to me the greatest place on the planet!
This picture was clicked sometime back. It was a cloudy day as can be seen. I dunno why I’m putting this up so late, but i somehow love this picture. Its so Mumbai! Clicked off Marine Drive, the picture showcases the southern end of the Queens Necklace, winding around the Girgaum Chowpatty Beach with Walkeshwar in the background. I know none of the places mentioned are clearly visible here:P as i wanted to focus on the sky more than the places. To enhance it I used a cooler tone, and kept the ratio in favour of the sky.
Mumbai skyline has been done to death in many pictures. I tried to capture the same through a different perspective. After having traversed from Marine Lines to Girgaum Chowpatty i was tired, but from Chowpatty i saw a view point up in the hills of Walkeshwar which i thought would give me a great panorama of the beach from a height. Onwards to the road, i thought of relaxing near the memorial there. I dnt exactly remember what it was. In front of me were the rods through which all the buildings along Nariman Point and Marine Lines were visible. I thought of composing the image through the rods of the barricade. the result divides the picture into two halves, the upper half showcasing Point in its grandeur and the lower half showing dirty shore of the beach. Mumbai in its two prominent avatars!