The second image is of Roli Gaur who chronicles here stories on YouTube.
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Do you remember that classic scene from Deewar where Shashi Kapoor silences Big B with a single line " मेरे पास माँ है or I have Mother "⠀ ⠀ 14th May is #MothersDay, but don't you think every day should be Mother's Day? I am celebrating Mother's day on my Instagram till 14th may and will be sharing a picture and mini story of a mom and child each day. Some of the images were clicked during my travels and some were clicked here in Delhi NCR under more controlled conditions. I hope these stories will resonate with you and make you smile or think & thank the mothers around you. ⠀ ⠀ In the first post, I am sharing an image of Roli who calls herself - Crazy Indian Mother and shares her love for her son on her Youtube channel > @rgv_love. Her son Aryaveer is the star of her show. Aryaveer enjoys listening to book reading sessions by her mom and showed me some of his toys when I visited their home to click them. Like most boys, his favorite is also a car but he also likes to play make sounds of animals especially of a doggy. What are your memories of your childhood and your mother?⠀ =====================⠀ ⠀ PS: How about joining hands for this celebrations about moms? Tag & use #desiTraveler in any pictures of mother and kid/s and I will share the best ones here and on my blog desi Traveler? You can also use #MerePassMaanHai
Below is the image of Ruchi Singh Rao and her kids. She writes the popular blog Curvy-shurvy
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Ruchi is a dentist, but now helps in managing family business besides the kids, which in itself keep her busy to a large extent. But she still finds time to joins hand in helping manage some of the family business. I sometimes wonder how mothers manage all this and they never say " I am busy " Clicking Ruchi & her children was the most fun shoot I have done for this series on #mothersday. Our kids are of similar age & I could easily connect with them. While Mehak is a shy teenager, her brother Rehan & I immediately became buddies. He was keen to be clicked but could rarely stand still for the pictures so I just played a little game with him. Just when I would be ready to click I will tell him to look into the camera lens & say " Rehan look here & a little bird will fly out" A trick I learned from an old photographer who used one of those pinhole cameras when I was a kid. Once the shoot was done Rehan was worried how will I send him the pictures, so I had to explain the process that I will download the images on my computer and then send to his mother's computer via email. Grownups can learn so much from kids about curiosity and how to ask the right questions.⠀ Over to Ruchi ⠀ "I could never giggle through the topics of marriage and motherhood, the way most girls my age did. During my pregnancy weird thoughts would cross my mind like "will I be able to love my baby, the way my mother loves me" or "what if I couldn't be a good mother?" and what not. But when I saw my beautiful little princess, all pink with long silky tresses, my heart skipped a thousand beats!! No words could ever describe that emotion. And all I could say was "Not without my daughter". A mother is a very selfless being always prioritizing the child's need over everything else. Later, we had another addition to the family, my adorable 'Sonshine'. I had given up my career to bring up my babies and now, that I am taking baby steps towards resuming my work, my kids are my strongest supporters. That's the beauty of this relationship - you give up on a lot of things but what you get in return is much more & PRICELESS. All I can say is "Not without my babies"
Next, we have Rosme Chaube and her kids. Rosme shares her views on her blog > Rosme In Wonderland
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In this picture on #MothersDay series you may or may not see a mother. I NEVER take pictures of people who beg for a living for many reasons that are beyond the scope of this post. But I made an exception here & including this picture of a #girlchild in this Mothers Day series. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ This kid does not have a choice to beg or not beg. She has been dressed like a " Devi Maa " or Mother Goddess to ask for alms on a #Varanasi Ghat. I don't think the poor kid has any clue as to what she is doing or is suppose to do. She is just sitting there looking around as a group of men plays behind her. I don't want to lecture anybody on what is the right thing to do as I am myself not sure. On one side is the instant gratification of feeling good by throwing some coins in her direction, on other side is the fear that this will only increase the kids joining the begging bandwagon. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ So I am not offering any " Gyan here; I just want to pray to " Maa" to take care of kids like her. So that they too can say " Mere Pass Maan Hai " or मेरे पास माँ है. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ PS: How about joining hands for this series about mothers day? Tag & use #desiTraveler in any pictures of mother and kid/s and I will share the best ones here and on my blog desiTraveler? You can also use #MerePassMaanHai or मेरे पास माँ है
This photo project on Mothers Day was something that really helped me understand and carry out a more structured way to work on photography projects and I hope to do some more in the near future. I learned many things while clicking images for the Mothers day series from the often neglected process of communicating and reaching out to other bloggers to convince total strangers to agree and get clicked by me. I can not thank them enough for this.
Finally, before we go, I hope you are aware that I have changed the process of showcasing other bloggers and photographers on desi Traveler blog. The process is now very simple in order to be featured on desi Traveler blog all you need to do is follow desi Traveler on Instagram and use #desiTraveler in your images. I will pick up my favorite images and showcase them on a monthly basis. Yes That Simple. And if you are wondering why you would want to be featured on desi Traveler blog then may I suggest you read this earlier blog post > What Happened On desi Traveler Blog in 2016.
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