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Moment of Life | 08:11 AM , 20 FEBRUARY 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007

While passing through this burial ground, today morning, I came across this man digging up soil for putting a coffin inside. I just stopped there for sometime, watched him speechlessly for near about 15 minutes. I was thinking about the situation and wondering what was there in his mind. I felt this job is not just a ordinary day-to-day soil digging, but something more difficult than this. It relates with something, kind of a end of life; and when you realize this fact, you need to convince yourself with this fact that you are also a part of it. And it become more difficult to do the job.

I don't know whether this person too quite thinks in this way, but I am sure about one thing that he does this job to earn a life for him and for his family; his spouse, his children. A different moment of life altogether.


  • At February 20, 2007 at 2:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The picture is excellent & your thoughts on it something beyond our normal thinking..I don't think he thinks as much but considers it as only a job. Good POV for this intriguing photograph

  • At February 20, 2007 at 8:00 AM, Anonymous Pratip said…

    This is the most meaningful photo I have ever seen in Sandip's collection. The picture speaks a lot. Even without reading the story, anyone will come up with almost the same feeling.

  • At February 20, 2007 at 9:43 AM, Blogger Nishant Ratnakar said…

    Good photograph and a well supporting story.

    In the same lines ever thought what it would be to have an undertaker's job :-)?

  • At February 20, 2007 at 7:42 PM, Blogger Dipesh said…

    Good one!
    Probably, the coffin to go in the trench could have made a better impact in the frame (partial inclusion)...neways, it's fine w/o it too

  • At March 3, 2007 at 7:59 AM, Blogger Veeresh Ashinal said…

    This is very striking photo. Composition and timing when you fired the shutter is too good.

    This image took me to almost into meditative state. Yes, when we think about this fact of LIFE... feel of urgency to do half done work. What is the purpose of this journey.

    Congrats mate... you are successful in the story.

  • At March 16, 2007 at 8:33 AM, Blogger Cuckoo said…

    Hi, my first visit here and I liked your B & W pictures very much.

    This one is very different.. both the picture and the thoughts.

    Keep up the good work.

  • At March 17, 2007 at 11:53 AM, Blogger H. Cardoso said…

    I love the idea of a thematic blog for B&W. And, of course, the pictures in it... Beautiful work indeed.

  • At March 20, 2007 at 10:19 PM, Blogger kosha said…

    Hey Sandip!

    i can very well relate to wat you think. When I was there, there was a burial going on. I just couldnt make myself to take any pic after that.

    That place is actually filled with a lot of irony. There were kids playing around the graves. Its too contrasting. But I am gonna visit the place again.

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