How to Kill a River

India | Jhoomur Bose | IBNLive.com | February 26, 2015, 1:34 pm
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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-754497" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/1_630_220 .jpg" alt="Sewage and Delhi's filth pours into the Yamuna. Shot near Kalindi Kunj, heading to Sarita Vihar. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) " /> Sewage and Delhi's filth pours into the Yamuna. Shot near Kalindi Kunj, heading to Sarita Vihar. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) [/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_754497"]<img class="size-full wp-image-754497" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/1_630_220 .jpg" alt="Sewage and Delhi's filth pours into the Yamuna. Shot near Kalindi Kunj, heading to Sarita Vihar. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) " /> Sewage and Delhi's filth pours into the Yamuna. Shot near Kalindi Kunj, heading to Sarita Vihar. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) [/caption]">
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[caption id="attachment_754497"]<img class="size-full wp-image-754497" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/1_630_220 .jpg" alt="Sewage and Delhi's filth pours into the Yamuna. Shot near Kalindi Kunj, heading to Sarita Vihar. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) " /> Sewage and Delhi's filth pours into the Yamuna. Shot near Kalindi Kunj, heading to Sarita Vihar. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) [/caption]

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 The wooden stump was once an idol. Now it's part of the debris. <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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The wooden stump was once an idol. Now it's part of the debris. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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 The black waters and rising foam provide sustenance to many... Who don't have another choice. Do we have it either? <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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The black waters and rising foam provide sustenance to many... Who don't have another choice. Do we have it either? (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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 This boy jumped amid all the muck. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)" title=" This boy jumped amid all the muck. "For the stomach," he told me later. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)">
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This boy jumped amid all the muck. "For the stomach," he told me later. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-754501" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/5_630_220 .jpg" alt="And we celebrate the killing of the river for our own sustenance. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) " /> And we celebrate the killing of the river for our own sustenance. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) [/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_754501"]<img class="size-full wp-image-754501" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/5_630_220 .jpg" alt="And we celebrate the killing of the river for our own sustenance. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) " /> And we celebrate the killing of the river for our own sustenance. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose) [/caption]">
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 We send our gods back to where they came from. Here? <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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We send our gods back to where they came from. Here? (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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 These metal blocks are thrown in the water by devotees... <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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These metal blocks are thrown in the water by devotees... (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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 The cubes sell for Rs 70 a kilogram; the reason the boys jump into the filth. <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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The cubes sell for Rs 70 a kilogram; the reason the boys jump into the filth. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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 The gods and demi-gods look on, sometimes, they are the perpetrators. <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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The gods and demi-gods look on, sometimes, they are the perpetrators. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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 Some refuse to look at the water; they are blind to it's blackness. <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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Some refuse to look at the water; they are blind to it's blackness. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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 Others watch exasperated, disbelieving their own eyes and the muck in the river. <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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Others watch exasperated, disbelieving their own eyes and the muck in the river. (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

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 And yet, how much will you deny? The reality floats right on top... <i>(Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)</i>
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And yet, how much will you deny? The reality floats right on top... (Pic Courtesy: Jhoomur Bose)

  • First Published: October 26, 2007, 9:45 pm

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