Friday, April 24, 2009
# 1: Livelihood --- Gajrawala
I went to my favourite place in Delhi --- India Gate yesterday. Met a few people and found out that the place is more than just a monument, a tourist haven, structure of national importance, important symbol of history etc... it is also a centre point of livelihood for many.
The man, photographed above, is Jitendra. During the day he offers to click photographs of tourists and as the sun goes down sells 'gajras'(small garlands of mogra that women tie on their plats). Spotting several other photographers there I asked him why does he sell gajaras rather than clicking photos at night too (since it would ensure relatively better income). He replied that he doesn't have enough money to buy a flash. So he sells 4 gajaras for Rs 10 to save money and buy a flash soon.
Its a hard life, but he does not compromise on his style statement and he told me with a huge grin, "I got my ear pierced recently."