Rise, young men!!

Damn! I have a lot of lot of issues yaar
I didn’t think I’d end up growing up with so many things I don’t like. I love life, genuinely love life – it’s the biggest gift to be able to think, speak, feel, create…And what we have not done with this gift! It’s just amazing.

We can think about all the rubbish happening out there and not do a thing about it. Speak all the bull s*** out there and then go to sleep. Feel remorse, anger, helplessness at the plight of the world and go to sleep. Create madness, enmity against each other, bloodshed, and go to sleep again…

Amazing! We are too intelligent for ourselves.

I’ve been driving around a lot nowadays for my shoots. And when you drive in an old car, life seems to slow down and you start noticing things… lots of things. And I’ve realised something. I hate today’s youth, I abhor them. Ok! Maybe not all of them, but a lot of them. Why? Why not!

I thought after 26/11 we would all come together and try and make things better, especially the youth. What after all those peace marches, etc…

But as usual, we refuse to change.

We eat paan and throw the remains on the road, chew it and spit wherever we feel like painting our roads or other people’s clothes…in fact I’ve started making a photographic art series with the different types of spits!

We love to smoke. It’s so cool. It helps us relax. It’s not a habit… I can leave it anytime. And we will throw cigarette butts out of running cars; we will put the butt on the floor and stamp it. So what if, after a while, the place looks like it has been bombarded by crow sh*t!

Think I’m going to be famous shooting all this…

We still drive like maniacs, because we’re young and we don’t care who has to brake or jump out of the way, especially since papa got me a motorbike. We will be rude to others, because we care a damn. We will not listen to anyone, because we are young and we know everything! We will eat chocolates and throw the wrappers around.

My friends and I go around the country by car for days and we carry garbage bags for the whole trip.

We will burn up and break colleges because it’s easier than studying. We will tease and beat women because it makes us feel strong and then blame it on religion and culture. Culture, my a**!

I don’t remember being like this, or anything like this. I pity the world if ‘THIS’ is what is going to take over us… God help us.

The other day, I read in the papers that the Municipal Commissioner wants to bring down our heritage structures because he wants to promote development. I wonder which village they got him from to make him our commissioner.

Does he even understand that these are the buildings defining our city? It is our yesterday which should guide our tomorrow and tell our children what the city is all about. Not some ugly high rise blocks which will dot our horizon and the only way to see the sky would be to look up like a crane.

There are times I want to leave the country… go away to Tibet and become a monk. But then again, this is my country and I love my country and am scared for it.

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