When the beautiful Ira presented herself before me, I couldn’t help but photographing. The setting was beautiful too at Bairro das Fontainhas, Panaji, Goa.
I met a certain Mahesh Shantaram few evenings ago at this lovely restaurant called Vinite in Panjim. Over Uraak and good Goan food, he explained about his new photo project to explore the relationship between politics and the people, as India prepares for the most interesting general elections. Next day I saw workers of Congress party preparing a little stage for an election meeting at Uccasaim, a little village near Mapusa. I photographed few frames as a dedication to his project.
The meeting was held at the junction, near the church where everyone meets for vada-pau, omlette-poyee and chai in the evening. So no one really had to go anywhere else. Vada and soft drinks were distributed by the party workers. Everyone had a good time it seems…
Abandoned homes with their sea shell windows stand next to beautiful Goan homes, well looked after. Paths lead to the forests on the hills. Light filters through the leaves as children go home. It seems like fairies live here.
The village of Uccasaim in north Goa, right behind The One School Goa
As the population and tourism and the number of packaged goods increase – so does garbage. Mega cities of India have already drowned in the garbage they create. Goa too is slowly heading in that path. The little village of Bastora is not in the tourist map. And there is no garbage management plan per se. The picture on the left of the diptych can be used in a picture post card on Bastora. But if you walk few feet from to the left, rotting and not so rotting garbage comes into the view. Plastic wrappers, condoms, plastic bags, insulin syringes..etc..etc. What do we do? What do we do?