God Resides in the real people !

chandrashety

Here is a Blogpost i wrote a a few years back, when i was yet learning photography and how my day-to-day interactions while
shooting on the street, gave me experiences, learnings and a lot of smiles !

Date: 24th October 2010

You know god constantly gives you proof of his presence when you don’t ask for it ?

I got mine today. This morning I sent across a message to my loved ones saying that :

“ there are so many people in my life who make me want to be a better person.. they are like god sent benchmarks .. and the best part is that they are too normal too simple to know it.. Notice such people in your life … They are too special; to be taken for granted…. “

Later during the day something happened which gave me a sign that god completely agreed with what I had sent…

I was shooting at Crawford market… An amazing place to notice people and observe their characteristics… And I came across this young boy of not more than 14 … You know those kids who smear their body and head with colours and hit themselves with a hunter dancing on drumbeats asking for alms ?…

I asked him whether he would allow me to capture him on my Camera… In return he asked for money .. which I refused but offered to buy him food instead… After arguing for a while he reluctantly agreed… and I got some of my best shots.. later as promised I took him and his 2 sisters to a sandwich wala for a nice lovely meal.

I love talking to people .. and hence tried to strike a conversation with him .. asking him about the pain he had to live with … To which he replied by gesturing towards his stomach… I asked him why not work instead.. he was just a young boy… To which he just smiled…

I asked him his name.. he replied solemnly, “Chandra shetty”

Then to my amazement… he asked me, ” aap college jaate the na… udhar… Churchigate mein ? ” .. Taken a back… I just nodded .. with a very low , “haan “…

He twitched his eyebrows and smiled… “ mein aapko jaanta hoon … Udhar mein bachpan se hoon… Aap udhar bhi mujhe khana khilate the… Jab bhi mein paise maangne aata tha… ”

I simply replied, “ mujhe yaad nahi hai !” to which he retorted rather wittily, “ mein apne doston ko yaad rakhta hoon !”… bringing his hand towards me… gesturing me to shake it…

I cant really describe how I was feeling.. whether it was gratefulness… joy… surprise… but I felt a weird peaceful excitement in my heart… Dunno how excitement can be peaceful but.. ya… felt something like that…

We again shook hands when we parted.. like old friends are parting… he put his hand on his heart and surprisingly … I did the same… He said , “ all the best… chalo thank you…” …

I felt good… felt big … not in a proud sense… but big because I felt I was one with god… one with Chandra Shetty… we are creations of the same almighty …I felt god was operating in me… making me want to be good… feel good… Telling me that, “dhaval… this is the acknowledgement from me… for trying to be a better person… Continue doing so… Lots of love, Be good… GOD !”

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