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The Wishlist - In The World We Have Made....

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 19 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

“Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.”

~ Seneca

This man is educated up to class 4th and can read and write English. He worked as a Peon in a travel agency until he contracted Leprosy. Shunned by family, friends and the world at large, today this destitute lives on the pavement. He does not beg but accepts whatever passers by may give. After I listened to his sad story he dug out a scruffy note pad on which he had scribbled a few thoughts. He was graceful enough to allow me a picture and share his Poem with us.....

These pictures were taken at 1.30 pm, on a bright, hot was lunchtime as I walked the backstreets of Marine Lines, a busy up market main commercial area of Mumbai. It is appalling to see the scores of homeless, poverty stricken people that work, beg and live on the streets in this commercial capital of India. One of the most crowded places by day and night, the scores of people who drive and walk down these roads, do not so much as glance at these human rejects...who eat like animals, live like animals and die like animals on these sidewalks!! This is my humble effort to make someone look at them....

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arneet from delhi, India

simply an amazing shot!

19 Jun 2010 5:19am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Very beautiful black and white. The poster does not miss humor. I like very much your photographic vision of the world

19 Jun 2010 5:50am

iren from tehran, Iran

My God!pavan!
that Written in the hand of man is a wonderful!

19 Jun 2010 5:56am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Wow. The hands, the note, the shoes, the plaid pants, the people in the backround, the detail and the message - just wow.

19 Jun 2010 6:14am

Sophie from France

Même dans le dénuement le plus total cet homme garde un sens de l'humour extraordinaire.
Magnifique témoignage.

19 Jun 2010 6:22am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

hard to deal with, for peoples, when the standard of life and compassion is missing from the core!
very good shot!:)

19 Jun 2010 6:24am

prarthana from singapore, Singapore

extremely powerful image - even without the explanation, the image speaks very loud!

19 Jun 2010 6:25am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Quand la famille se retire, il ne nous reste plus rien!
Image très forte, merci à toi!

19 Jun 2010 6:32am

Peyman from mashhad, Iran

good photo, especially it is interesting because of B&W and the letter that this man wrote!

19 Jun 2010 7:01am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Dear Friend! difficult to do what you do in this society that has lost its eastern! Beautiful words and beautiful imégenes I receive every day along with notes I read in the daily press. Distressing presence of misery and poverty and a great comfort as well. Knowing the effort made every day in your country and the world ... large number of people who dedicate their life to improving the situation of families lost to the world. Something that soothes my spirit and I thank you in the soul. Excellent reportage of life that gently collects and displays the reality of our world! Thanks Pavan!
“Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.”... Seneca... "just"

19 Jun 2010 7:02am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

How hard life and men can be... He's keeping his dignity even if life has not been fair with him ! A lesson of life you gave us here Pavan ! Great photographic composition and good choice to go for a B&W !
Have a nice weekend :)

19 Jun 2010 7:07am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wonderful image and wonderful story, Pavan. I look forward to your images as hard as they are to accept. This one is an especially sad story, and yet you gave him a voice and a moment, this moment to be seen and heard. I love his poem as a prayer. I called my blog site "the vacant lot" because of a favorite poem of mine by T.S. Eliot, "Preludes", the end of which has a line that sums up the world for me:
"I am moved by fancies that are curled
Around these images, and cling:
The notion of some infinitely gentle
Infinitely suffering thing."
Infinitely gentle and infinitely suffering is how I see the world.
And your images portray that as well.
The entire poem can be read here:
A wonderful day to you.

19 Jun 2010 7:10am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Very moving image, great bw!

19 Jun 2010 7:29am

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Very strong street photography.

19 Jun 2010 8:01am

LB Vision from France

Superbe noir et blanc et le portrait est terrible !! Peace !

19 Jun 2010 8:15am

Emmeji from France

Une photo très émouvante ! La lèpre fait encore des ravages de nos jours, alors qu'il faudrait si peu pour la soigner !

19 Jun 2010 8:15am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Sorry but I just cried by my heart and also by my eyes ...
The wonderfull sharpness in this photo makes it more impressive .

19 Jun 2010 8:32am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great find....great capture....great observation....5*****

19 Jun 2010 8:35am

Nitin from Milano, Italy

Beautifully captured. Wonderful! Good work Pavan.

19 Jun 2010 8:40am

@Nitin: Thank you so much for your visits and appreciation, Nitin:)

danou from France

a look into the terrifying world pavan, great shot to show us the sadness of this world, a picture that is heartbreaking, pavan cheers, thx for us. great work !

19 Jun 2010 9:07am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

What a story........ You captured this man very good but what a story.......

19 Jun 2010 9:10am

Beat from Switzerland

fantastic b&w from this great find

19 Jun 2010 9:18am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

La lèpre fait toujours des victimes au 21ème sièce...

19 Jun 2010 9:20am

Paradise from kerman, Iran

w8ing for death...its make me afraid ...

19 Jun 2010 9:26am

Elsaxelle from France

Un beau partage que tu nous offres. A nous de faire voyager ce message.

19 Jun 2010 9:37am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

very moving...great series

19 Jun 2010 9:42am

Julie from Hillerød, Denmark

A very deep message that we all share. So great you are making these stories available to us, thank you Pavan.

19 Jun 2010 9:52am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

An extraordinary picture and message

19 Jun 2010 10:04am

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Very sad and thought provoking photo. A nice touch for the photo is the letter. As well presented and executed as the others in the series.

19 Jun 2010 10:20am

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good morning, Pavan,
even this vision is more than sad. Similar scenes are also in Germany. There are sitting people on the streets, which are smuggled from different countries here and beg. In the television news shows and tells how you will be picked up by someone and then spend the night somewhere in a little square room with other beggars together. What is done then with the money and the beggars beg, I do not know. It is a shame that there is such a thing. We are all about such scenes very well informed. All of us who are doing well, can consider ourselves lucky and be thankful that we are not like that, like the poor people around the world who live on the streets. Poverty and wealth are very similar and it will never change. Early in the century it was already so. The rich are getting richer and the poor or those who have nothing to try on their way to survive. I do not close my eyes and ears. I see the misery of this world every day. I helped other people also alleviate some emergency situations, and then got the ingratitude of this. I do not understand the world anymore. I still try, contented to enjoy the beauty in the world and different situations. Life is hard and cruel enough. I hope that you will not misunderstand my words. I wish you a nice weekend and all the best. Thanks for all your nice comments. I hope the world get better in the next time. That`s my big wish. Sincerely Christel

19 Jun 2010 10:29am

@Christel: Christel, I am grateful for your kind words and I completely understand what you are saying. I know that in the end there is no gratitude for what one does, and I do not expect any, for the things I do, from anyone at all. Besides all that I am compelled or obliged to do, as my duties and responsibilities, I do the things I wish to and those that please me or give me satisfaction & fulfillment. In the end it is all that matters. An act of charity is after all an act of deep selfishness. So why should I expect any other reward, return or even thanks? Wish you the best:)

pixator from kerman, Iran

Oh no!

19 Jun 2010 10:48am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Powerful and heart wrenching both the shot and the words, what a sad state we choose to let the world and its people exist in

19 Jun 2010 11:30am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

I would give him what I had in my pocket for his poem, the fact that he made an effort to portray his plight with words as well as the sad imagery of his situation. Poignant and hard hitting, Pavan, and any one of us viewing could, with theb twists of fate, be that man.

19 Jun 2010 1:11pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

What a beautiful and poignant image Pavan, it clearly shows that there is not much on this earth as soon as it is no longer one is ostracized mercilessly. Good day.

19 Jun 2010 2:08pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is stunningly fabulous!

19 Jun 2010 3:29pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful image of this fellow who carries on in spite of misfortune.

19 Jun 2010 4:37pm

Antoine from France

Poor man but your B/W is very nice. Have a lovely day Pavan.

19 Jun 2010 4:39pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

It looks like he is largely ignored by the shoppers, he has a big cup, but don't see any handouts for him.

19 Jun 2010 4:39pm

alex centrella from California, United States


19 Jun 2010 4:40pm

ghasedak from mashhad, Iran

Very interesting ... Congratulations

19 Jun 2010 4:46pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Strong image!!

19 Jun 2010 4:55pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Emotionally charged message, a very good street capture.

19 Jun 2010 5:35pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

A thought provoking and heart tugging study, Pavan - and much wisdom from Seneca - as from your observations. Thank you.

19 Jun 2010 5:50pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Emotion.... So touching by this superb portrait ! A great coverage you done !

19 Jun 2010 6:55pm

KBR from Geneva, Switzerland

A sad fate, I have great compassion for this brave man,

19 Jun 2010 7:29pm

Satvik from Columbus, United States

A very powerful capture Pavan !

19 Jun 2010 7:35pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

A portrait like this can only humble the viewer. Great work.

19 Jun 2010 9:00pm

eva from Rouen, France


19 Jun 2010 9:00pm

Devendra from Mumbai, India

Very interesting message

19 Jun 2010 9:46pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

triste mais belle photo
bon week-end

19 Jun 2010 10:33pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Oh :(

19 Jun 2010 11:33pm

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

everyone has a story.
i think 'he' already has a hook in this one.
it's a moving photo and commentary, pavan. i like the people walking behind him. it's ironic- passers-by don't look at him, and when you look at him, you only see the feet of the passers-by. it's beautifully composed.

20 Jun 2010 12:48am

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

Strinking image great expression and great tones...

20 Jun 2010 1:33am

Piyush Garyali from Blacksburg, United States

Such a powerful shot Pavan. I am loving this documentary ..

20 Jun 2010 4:20am

jacques robert from Ath, Belgium

he's poor and will died ! Le monde est bien triste et pourquoi ne sommes nous pas capable de faire face aux besoins minimum de nos frères de vie ? Notre égoïsme ... nous perdra tous !

20 Jun 2010 5:01am

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice b&w !

20 Jun 2010 5:02am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Ton N&B est très joli ! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche.

20 Jun 2010 5:44am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

unbelievable capture

20 Jun 2010 7:08am

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

Bonne fête de pères chez toi
Bisous de dimanche

20 Jun 2010 12:19pm

Avinash from Dharamshala, India

the comparison can easily be done by looking at the two lives, one of this man and other of the girl with lots of bags behind him...this person's life is really very tough to live...

20 Jun 2010 12:44pm

Don from spokane, United States

A very strong street scene and intimate look into this person's everyday life. It's a sad story that is repeated in so many places of the world. Excellent black and white and even better account of your interaction with him.

20 Jun 2010 1:50pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

So powerful and poignant all at once and the same time. Wonderful street image!!

20 Jun 2010 3:03pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

What a shot for my first visit here, thanks, I will come back

20 Jun 2010 3:38pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Excellent street scene with a potent meaning

20 Jun 2010 4:18pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Pavan, you should really make these images into a book. Each and everyone makes me crave more to see. They also makes me miss India and feeds my wish to return and explore more of your beautiful and complex country!

20 Jun 2010 4:50pm

@6ft5: Thank you so much Goran:) I shall be posting more of these as often as I can, as for the book....maybe someday:)

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Happy fathers day to you. I am sure you are enjoying your kids this very moment.

20 Jun 2010 4:58pm

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Phil, that is so very SWEET of you..!!! Thank you and the same to you friend:)

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Another superb shot. Your photo says it all. The Dustin Hoffman quote keeps on coming back to me.

20 Jun 2010 11:20pm

Vinod from Bangalore, India

Wow amazing shot.. really felt sadness in some way and happiness in some way... Really I feel these people r so powerful than we "people who are struggling in life"...

21 Jun 2010 5:44am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Quite a powerful image Pavan. You perfectly catured the light here!

21 Jun 2010 6:58am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Life is so unpreditable, who knows what tomorrow brings...I wish him all the best !
Good work, have a nice day Pavan.

21 Jun 2010 8:26am

k@ from Paris, France

How strong... How human, above all... Have no words but my heart to read this, image & words included... And i thank you for sharing your deep human feelings, Pavan, i share them all.

21 Jun 2010 9:07am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Amazing work Pavan....Your photos and their insight they bring us is important...

22 Jun 2010 3:07am

Eros from tehran, Iran

this is literally one of the saddest, yet meaningful and strong images i have ever seen.... it's a great job that u share them with the world through ur works here Pavan.

22 Jun 2010 9:17am

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

So sad and yet he seems to have such spirit and perseverance. You sure do find wonderful people to take portraits of in all walks of life.

24 Jun 2010 11:33pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

A strong and very human series of pictures, telling us so much. Your photographing and image processing are really amazinly good to strengthen yourmessage. The light around or near the persons heads is a very special effect that I think says a lot moore.

27 Jun 2010 7:18am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

I didn't forget to view your latest pictures, Pavan - I did, and they touched me so deeply and sometimes I'm afraid I can't find the right words to comment them. Which words could describe it... So please keep on showing the world these photos, tell us about these people and let's HOPE to reach as most people as possible to make them thinking about it and maybe even crying...

27 Jun 2010 12:21pm

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Grinçant et dérangeant comme j'aime, superbe n/b !! Peace !

2 Jul 2010 8:29am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

5* nice :)
5* sad...(

14 Jul 2010 7:16am

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