Weekly Photo Challenge : “Urban” – caught in the fringes of ‘Urban’ India

Urban! The word is supposed to mean – Construction, tall glass and steel towers, intricate mazes of roads, thousands of people moving purposefully on sidewalks, pretty cafes and scintillating signboards, subways and fancy cars. Beautifully trimmed shop windows and traffic lights

Urban
image from mtsu.edu

Sadly, Urban! also often  means a shabby concrete jungle, open drains. Beggars on crowded traffic lights, mad rush for the metro. Tall plush buildings overlooking slums made of tarpaulin huts. Rows of buckets when the evening tanker arrives. Power cuts and water shortage.

In the shadows
image from firstpost.com

The people who live in these slums. The first generation to leave their farmlands and pasturing behind. With hopes of a better more urban existence. Those, who still speak their native language . Look at city women in their ‘men like clothes’ with surprise . The ones who have packed their everything from the land of their ancestors. Making the long expensive journey top this promising land. Burning all  bridges that may take them back to their farmlands. The ones  with no hope of return. What do they think of this strange land?  The “city”.

Urban existence???
image fromnational geographic.com

What should we call them? These people – villagers living in urban lands – caught on its fringes, responsible for making it run but always hanging at its periphery – never fully a part of it and yet its very heart and soul.

In ‘Urban’ India
yin-yang-india.com

And when and how ,  does the equation change. When, if ever do they cease to be outsiders and become ‘urban’ themselves. Like the land they live in.

lost in the fringes
image from web.mit.edu

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25 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge : “Urban” – caught in the fringes of ‘Urban’ India

  1. Beautiful capture with sad and tough story behind.
    Living in the penthouse at top of the high-rise does not necessary mean happy.
    They might be sacrificed by their own mind game and politics that slum people never need to cope with.
    But I guess, at least, any one who want to get out of the slum should have given a chance.
    Even it is a tough one…. I hope.

    BTW, your link at dailypost may be broken.
    Please take a time to check it out.

  2. There is an irresistible beauty in truth and honesty. Of showing life the way it is in the real world. This is a similar urban setting in some areas of my country of birth and I am proud to say that I was a part of it all. Great post!

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  4. Very realistic and thoughtful. I loved the way you defined the same term differently for different people living under different conditions and going through different situations. Great post!

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