Life in the Slums!!

by | Aug 12, 2009 | 16 comments

I was thinking about a ‘Wordless Wednesday’ post, but for this post I think being ‘wordless’ might go a bit underexpressed! This post is not about photography! It’s about reality!

If you think that life treats you unfairly, check this out!

Photos from Mumbai slums! (The truth is much worse than these pictures!!!) 🙁

Boy

Slum-kids

If you have never experienced the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people around the world

Kid

If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.

Slum-colony

If you hold up your head with a smile
on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can,
but most do not.

Playing-with-pigs Ox

Slumwastage

If you attend a church/mosque meeting without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.

Bedroom Playtime

Open-air-toilet

If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

Teastall Shop

Slum-colony-2

Roof-top

If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won’t survive the week.

Fishing

If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
that cannot read anything at all.

Collector

If your parents are still married and alive,
you are very rare.

feeding-cow

Lonely

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them
or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can
offer God’s healing touch
.

What-todo

How many of us think that we are not blessed, or complains all the time about silly problems, or worry about unnecessary things and feel bad about what ‘GOD’ has not given us yet!

Think again!! Look Around!! See the Good!!

You are so blessed in ways you may never even know!!!!

Keep smiling!!!  Think Good, Do Good!!

..feel like knowing more about life in slums, check out the Oscar winning(8 Oscars) hollywood movie

Slumdog Millionaire’

16 Comments

  1. thecrazysheeplady

    Well done. Well said. And it needs to be said. Over and over.

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  2. Nidheesh Balan

    All these ones talks for itself and the words add the gratidude to our life.. Another great work!!

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  3. SighMan

    What a moving series of photos and an important message to all of us, you did great to capture and convey it to us. I’m trying my best to have an attitude with gratitude, and it really hits home when I see things like this. A lot of things we take for granted when what would should appreciate is, like you said, the roof over our heads, clean water, the food on our plates and the clothes we wear. Greed is an awful human trait.

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  4. Steffie

    Really great series. Difficult to imagine what it must be like to live that way.Makes you humble to see all that when you are one of the lucky ones. Of course we know most of these facts already, but seeing these pictures makes much more impact than mere words. The bad thing is of course that we actually need being reminded. So well done.

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  5. June

    Powerful, powerful.

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  6. chloe

    this entry is the most powerful ive ever seen & trust me, ive seen a lot of blogs!
    these photographs, through the suffering & unfortunateness, are beautifully composed xo

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  7. HenryGL

    I salute you mate for this such a dedicate series from your end, the effort, the details, the depth of stories and realities behind each pictures are so powerful in communicating the real value of life we have in this world and what others dont even dream of.

    Great series Nivin, thank you very much and God bless.

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  8. shaduly

    these powerful snapz took me to the memorable expedition to northern province of mother INDIA . The little master(rajanikanth)
    pose is simply superb. Actually marriage urapichapole saahithyam thudangiyoo. nee enthinaada nyangale ingane karayikuunnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  9. kateri

    How sad…thanks for reminder for to be thankful for what we have. Even when we think we don’t have much, most of us in America are quite well off…

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  10. kcjewel

    words just wouldn’t be able to express! the girl in the 5th photograph is absolutely beautiful and the smile is like sun beaming through the clouds on an overcast day.

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  11. Ed

    It never ceaces to amaze me how the lower caste in India can survive in such conditions. Great post and it makes me grateful to have what I have…:-)

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  12. Holly

    people think I’m nuts, or a romantic when I point out to them how well most of us live, how well even those who *don’t* live well have it in the USA. Good job. Good job.

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  13. flowerweaver

    What a heartfelt post, so well done. Each day we all make choices that affect the world, and your photography certainly puts a face on it. I hope to see the movie.

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  14. Nadiya

    :’-( Thank you for this post. It is really an eye opener. 🙂

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  15. Jennifer

    Thanks for the reminder of how good we have it! This is a great post of photos and the real truth of the world around us!

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  16. Anu

    now i realize that we are sitting in the comfort zone of earth and wasting time thinking of what we don’t have…this has really become an eye opener

    Reply

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