The Happy Trio

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© Naser Imran Hossain
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The otherday I was strolling down the musky, busy streets of Old Dhaka. I was tired after an afternoon of shifting through the unbearable traffic. Although, I was out hunting for an opportunity to capture human emotions in solid state packets, it was all in vein. I was exhausted, weakened, uninspired, cursing the people and myself in my mind.

Then I came across Anjoy, Jyoti and their father Soroj. Mr Soroj sells betel-leaves at the street's corner. Coming from the lower Hindu casts, their social or economical standards have seldom seen the light of improvement. What's even more heartbreaking is the fact that Anjoy and Jyoti, the two angel faced kids were orphaned at birth when their mother died of labor-complications. Since then, Mr Soroj has raised them by himself, one day at a time. Relatives have tried to coerce him into remarriage, but unlike many from his social standards and astonishingly so, he never did it. When asked why, he said " Their step mother will never treat them with the love they deserve" . I was dumbfound, thunderstruck at his devotion towards his kids. The male chromosome was never supposed to be this caring, this tending to his kids, and yet there he was... the
embodiment of "Fatherhood".

I realized then that I too was an orphan in this world. So I called out to the kids, "Hey do you know where *our mom is?" Then I pointed to the sky, and their gazes followed with a happy inquisition. Perhaps for a blink of eye, I was able to show them zen.

The blue sky was giving them comfort, their mom was hiding behind the clouds and their dad was right beside them...guarding against the many evils of the society, evil that guises themselves as 'customs' or 'ethics'.

Hallelujah, there's still some good left in this wretched world.

Taken in Shakhari Bazar
On the Nikon D90 + Nikon 85mm f/1.8 AF

17 responses

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (12 Sep 2009):

    very nice, sentimental. love this in B&W

  • Mohammad Moniruzzaman

    Mohammad Moniruzzaman said (13 Sep 2009):

    This screams "We are dreaming of something positive".

    Loving it.

  • JojoH

    JojoH (Deleted) gave props (13 Sep 2009):

    incredible photo and story!

  • Keiko Ehret

    Keiko Ehret gave props (13 Sep 2009):

    Wonderful story, and crazy good composition! Love the angle of the faces, and perfect in B&W!! Well done!

  • aurelio laloni

    aurelio laloni gave props (13 Sep 2009):

    I'm touched!

  • Jorge Reis

    Jorge Reis gave props (6 Nov 2009):

    Such a great story and capture! you are really good!

  • Arnab Mukherjee

    Arnab Mukherjee said (6 Nov 2009):

    excellent !

  • Bhrahu P. Padmodiwiryo

    Bhrahu P. Padmodiwiryo gave props (26 Jan 2010):

    great b&w!

  • Facundo Andicoechea

    Facundo Andicoechea gave props (22 Feb 2010):

    Incredible shot...Congratulations!!!

  • Koorosh Ranjbar

    Koorosh Ranjbar gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    lovely image.nice !

  • Jen C

    Jen C gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Wonderful story and wonderful shot! Stunning B&W. Voted!

  • iqbaldi islan

    iqbaldi islan gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    great image!!

  • Rajendra Gawankar

    Rajendra Gawankar gave props (4 Apr 2010):

    very good story, & very very nice compose, very good shot.

  • rachelrobichaux

    rachelrobichaux gave props (12 Apr 2010):

    voted. beautiful shot

  • Gaurav Ray

    Gaurav Ray said (30 May 2010):

    fantastic....love it...

  • Marie Wengler

    Marie Wengler gave props (1 Jun 2010):

    WoW! What an amazing shot! Great mood ... beautiful in BW ... beautiful, beautiful, beautiful ...

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    amazing shot! great use of depth of field and composition!

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