kids flying kites in the #dharavi slums
#dharavislums , located in #mumbai , is the largest slum in asia and one of the largest in the world.
prior to walking through the slums, we were warned of its nature. people told us it was too dangerous to go alone and that we should stay on major roads to avoid getting lost.
with these preconceived notions, we were undoubtedly anxious. however, shortly after being in the slums, the anxieties quickly faded.
groups of children, laughing and excited at the sight of foreigners, followed us as we walked through the slums. they even allowed us to follow them to their homes. their homes were not easy to find. we had to traverse through a seemingly never ending amount of narrow alleyways. unlike the outskirts of the slums, their homes and communities were clean.
despite living in what we in the west would perceive as poor living conditions, they are not that different in some sense. after school and chores, they play outside and fly kites. these kids seem happy. or maybe they aren’t. i’m not quite sure.
maybe the youth flying kites symbolizes india’s current attempt to transcend poverty
canon 6d / 35mm
f/8.0 1/80 sec ISO: 400