my ride

I should be riding my bike on weekends.  Walking is my only form of exercise but the need to go places necessitates a faster mode of travel than my own two feet.  A bicycle should allow me to see more of what’s around and people wouldn’t easily notice, but that means carrying a bag and growing a pair of eyes on the back of my head to make sure the bike doesn’t get stolen while my attention is elsewhere.  Or I can take the public transport.

man on a bike

Of course, driving a car has its advantages, like overtaking this chap and parking farther down the road to be able to set up a shot.  He is not stopping for a photograph.

Tutay

And then there’s Tutay along the country road with his bamboo rod, trying to catch fish in an open drainage.  The water is murky gray and there’s just too many non-organic things floating in it, and probably more at the bottom.  Still, he was able to catch a big one last weekend.

milky

Would I have been lucky to catch these kids releasing homing pigeons by the side of the road?  Probably not, if I were taking public transport or riding a bike.  They were there one moment and gone the next.  I followed them to a small cluster of homes away from the main road.

neighborhood

Interestingly, I was educated on the art of breeding homing pigeons by a bunch of kids.  Chatting with them brings to mind a quote I’ve read somewhere:

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.” – David Orr.
There are some links on the web attributing this to a Buddhist saying, but irregardless of whose line this is, I fully subscribe to it.

dog lover

These kids will grow up to be caring people.  I can feel it in my bones.

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15 thoughts on “my ride

  1. I always look forward to finding a notification of a new post from you on my email. I often feel as though I could jump into your pictures and walk around to see more. The group of children with the homing pigeon made my smile – fantastic picture.

  2. Reblogged this on Leave Your Mark on The World and commented:
    “The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.” – David Orr.

  3. Another wonderful, wonderful essay. The quote, especially, makes me feel good about the role i have chosen for myself in life. That of storyteller, through photographs. Thanks for sharing this.

    One last thing: i’m quite sure you could have easily passed the man in the first shot even if you had been on a bicycle.

  4. Orlando, looking at your lovely pictures I can feel in my bones too that these guys will grow into caring people! I love the quote you added above; so very true!
    (I changed my blog theme a while ago but looking back here at yours I might go back to Nishita too. Great theme for photos)

    • hi Peter. With the help of people like you for that wonderful project you are doing in India, we can spread the goodwill.

      As for the WordPress theme, this one allows the biggest photo size at 1024 pixels wide, and that’s the best reason to hang on to it. Now, if only there’s an option for a 2-column text between photos….

  5. this is a good “ride”, you are one of those people that this planet needs. kids unknowingly give valuable lessons, if we only stop and listen.

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