The story of Snehlata and The English book Depot.
Dehradun, February 2018.
Image 1 - This is a story of a bright and beautiful girl, who was born and brought up in Jampur, Pakistan, "Snehlata". Snehlata’s father worked in a book store and considered the owner as his guru who taught him everything about the business. The reputation of the book store was such that after independence the britishers hired a private plane for the book store owner's family and Snehlata's family to be flown to Delhi. That is how Snehlata came to india and got married to the book store owner's son as per her father's wish who couldn't say no to his guru. After moving to her in-laws she left her masters in sanskrit degree in between but soon continued after the collage dean persuaded her father.
After completing her course she and her husband along with their two boys shifted to Dehradun, where they bought a house(in which she still lives) and carried on the family business of running a book store. Today, It has been years since her husband passed away, but she still talks about him with so much happiness, says
"I lived a beautiful life with my husband. He was always very encouraging, a visionary, master of his trade and understood the importance of team work. He shared the duties at home and at the store equally. His and mine decisions were divided as per our expertise. He used to tell every one that our kids got to study in the best schools because of my knowledge."
Snehlata lives by herself and runs the bookstore too. She says the kind of life that she is leading today is only because of the discipline and hardwork she did through out her life. Her boys are happily married and settled in Delhi. Even today she follows the same routine as the yesteryears
Image 2 - This shot was taken when she along with her friends collected Rs 5000 for flood relief victims and presented the cheque to PM Jawaharlal Nehru.
Image 3 - Family portraits.
Image 4 - She maintains a fixed daily schedule of walking, cooking and getting to the store on time. Image 7 - When i asked her, do you feel alone? she replied with a smile, "NEVER".
Image 8 - At The English book Depot, gearing up for a bright new day.
Woman's Worth" by @koolestkeith.
We asked Keith the story behind this shot and this is what he had to say: "The inspiration from this photo came from a picture I saw of Lisa Bonet online. I shared it with the model, Shenee @moniquemadness , and she put her own twist on it.
I know a lot of photographers shy away from shooting in harsh light, but I love it because it gives me the deep contrast that I'm looking for in my pictures. I thought it would be a good idea to shoot from the neck up and use the sky as my backdrop.
For me the image shows the beauty and strength of a woman, a black woman specifically. The image itself is very simple, but it conveys so much about what it means to be a woman of color. I think it says that they can work hard, support their family, be strong, be powerful and still be beautiful at the end of the day."
Thanks for sharing this great shot with us, Keith ✌
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