Photographer's Note

This is her friend, in the village of Khori, not far from the fringes of Delhi, a village at crossroads. Situated very close to Faridabad, one of the industrial hubs near Delhi, Khori is grappling whether it embraces urbanization in the name of 'development' or retain it’s rural and rustic self.

Most of the men are labourers in the numerous construction sites around the belt. A dirty path, runs through the village, with pools of stagnant water, freely roaming cows & buffaloes & curious onlookers as we walked along.

Inside one of the houses, which lined the path, three small friends were playing & talking. The door was ajar & I had stopped to click, then again, and again. This was with 397mm, zooming in for a closeup of the girls’ faces.

When I looked at the pictures in my camera LCD later, I could not but wonder....So much difference in expressions between Sapna’s (that’s her name, means Dream) face here, and her’s (incidentally her name is Gayatri)! Sapna’s face is pure innocence, while Gayatri’s is so mature. One still is a child, while the other seems to have become an adult already...and believe me both are 9 years of age.

Despite their poverty do they still dream? I, in my heart, do sincerely hope so.
Does their innocence die prematurely, faced with the hard realities of their life? I sincerely hope not.

Here she is, full of smiles, right in the middle, when we showed all their pictures.

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