29 November, 2020

Photo Essay | Ahead Is Home, Behind Is Hunger

As millions in our cities locked themselves in, life for those who built our homes, our roads, or did our dirty chores has moved outdoors. They flee on foot, bicycles, hitch a ride on goods-laden trucks…And much before the break of dawn, with stars filling the sky, they stop—hungry, thirsty and tired—to rest under the shade of a tree or a school converted into a shelter for migrants.

Photo Essay | Ahead Is Home, Behind Is Hunger
outlookindia.com
2020-05-09T11:53:04+05:30

As millions in our cities locked themselves in, life for those who built our homes, our roads, or did our dirty chores has moved outdoors. You can’t see them from your balconies or through windows—the curtains are drawn anyway to block the harsh May sun. They too stay away from the day’s heat. It is at night the Gates of Hell open. Group upon group of terrified, starving, exhausted people leave the cities they built, carrying with them precious items packed into sacks. Cellphones to reach out to relatives at home in villages they were born, hundreds of miles away. Some clothes, biscuit packets, bread. They flee on foot, bicycles, hitch a ride on goods-laden trucks…And much before the break of dawn, with stars filling the sky, they stop—hungry, thirsty and tired—to rest under the shade of a tree or a school converted into a shelter for migrants. “Stick around. It’s nice to have you here,” a man implores, unwrapping a gauge of rag to reveal a blistered foot, in one such home for the homeless in Nashik. “The first few...

unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


Latest Magazine

December 07, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section