The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Friday, 6 September 2013



Discrimination begins at birth. Children are subjected to the similar levels of social and class cruelties as the adults.

But, the childhood innocence and the childhood joy are the great differentiators when it comes to the issue – how do they deal with the discrimination that the life creates, and that their social and economic status exacerbates.

The purity of smile on their faces even if they do not have access to the comforts of life that even the kids of a lower middle class family have is as innocent as the smile on faces of kids from the well-to-do classes of a social set-up.

The childhood innocence is a great savior and leveler here. It is not that these children do not realize where they do come from but the universally carefree expression of the childhood joy makes anywhere and everywhere its playground; creates and converts anything into a toy to play with, obliterating the class divides.

The careless joy in their eyes is inspirational and it chants unspoken hymns about living a life with the sense of freedom even if the life is not with you circumstantially, when they ask for one more camera click, with eagerness and genuine smile on their faces that pulls me to them, again and again.

CAREFREE JOYS OF CHILDHOOD - is a themed photography series on my experience of the shared joy of life that I have, whenever I have the opportunity to spend some quality time with them.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -