An Indian boy has to live a very different life than any other nation's child. Indian boy is a struggler; Indian boy is a survivor. Life is not easy, but is equally rewarding. Although the rewards are not within the generic definition, those can be enjoyed only by an Indian boy!
When an Indian boy is born, he has to know that he does not have all the resources that a rich nation's boy has by birth. Indian boy has to start working at very early stage of life; most start working at the age of 5! Indian boy has to suffer competition when the age is of playing and stumbling. To come to the photo I want to show you, Indian boy even has to sell colored sugar sponge! You don't believe, do you? The scene in the below photo is a common sight in India. When I was doing clone photography on Sinhgadh last year, this Indian boy was looking at me with great amazement as to what I was doing, and at the "from out of the world" equipments I had.
He was amazed, and was in deep thoughts. Probably, the Indian boy was thinking about his future, about what he was going to do in future, what he was going to become one day, what life is all about, what he is doing on the picnic spot, is selling that stuff going to make him someone, will he be one of those "rags to riches". Or was it that the Indian boy was not thinking about anything, and was blank at the situation? Was he ignorant about everything, or were his parents ignorant about him? Whatever it may be, he was a pure picture showcasing the life of an Indian boy in one photo. I guess, this photo of Indian boy has some message, it has some deep meaningful words, and his silence speaks loudly.
And to end this post with my — a photographer's view, the situation was demanding a photograph. The subject was unusual as a global point of view, and the colors were quite a contrast.
If you liked this Indian boy, you may want to see another one in Bhuleshwar Temple. The one in that must be about 6 years old.