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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Sunset at the Chandanagar railway station

The sun had disappeared five minutes before I took this picture. My friend and former colleague, Mr. Durgarao Potarlanka, and I happened to walk down to this place just in time for it to be bright enough for me to take this photograph. But what a scattered gathering of the inhabitants of this area, eh? After taking this picture, I commented to Durga that this phenomenon, quaint though it may appear now, was once an activity centered around the town square in small-town India.

The left one-third of the picture appears a little brighter than the rest because in 'panorama' mode, the light tends to vary as you sweep across the horizon. Also, because this is a live set, people and vehicles moving from one frame to the next, or even within the same frame, create somewhat curious smudges. My vantage point is the ledge that runs down the center of the picture, from bottom to top.

The Chandanagar railway station is to the left, and although the building is out of view, you can see the wall that separates the platform from the street outside, as it works its way towards the distant center of the picture.

Towards the center of the picture, numerous push-carts and other kinds of food stalls have claimed a spot, safe to peddle their wares in the shadow of the sun.

A curious sight it was. In the midst of all this modernity it's pleasing to note that the fundamentals of 'community' are still intact.

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