I have been shooting Dabbawalas it is my poetic pursuit , if I see them on the streets I request them to stop I humbly shoot a few frames of my best soul satisfying street photography subject,
Most of the Dabbawalas in Bandra know as I wont hesitate stalking them at the station ,..or on their cycles heading to work..
Most of the Dabbawalas also know me as I shot them on the only day they bunked work.. 5000 of them protesting at Azad Maidan supporting Anna Hazares India Against Corruption.
My Dabbawala pictures grace the portals of a premium Business Management Academy in America highlighting their contribution to Indian society in Mumbai and their punctuality precision in delivering tiffins from homes to the officegoers ,,,
Sadly the Government Of Maharashtra has done nothing for this erstwhile Maharashtrian community neither in terms of lifestyle or cheap housing for them or better education for the children sadly the same situation with the Police personnel ,,, both suffer from the apathy neglect of our government ..I certainly dont have to tell you about the farmers ,,
All those ostentatious self glorifying ads could have been better used to people dying in the drought in the rustic rural interiors of water parched Maharashtra ,,
This is not a political blog ,,,so you dont have to read between the lines ,,will we see Dabbawalas on motor bikes scooters or having their on fleet of taxis buses delivering food is a very distant dream...locked in the dark cell of Acche Din and misplaced mantra called Sab Ka Sath.. Jai Jagganath..