Retelling Our Stories
By Rose Tommy & Shiyas Ahamed
Everyone has a story. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows names this feeling ‘sonder’, defined as the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. At no time is this feeling more deeply felt than when one is journeying. The mere fact of traveling, of being unsettled, unmoored even, brings on a realization of one’s surroundings that is sharper by sheer contrast. We look at the chaiwala at the railway station, and wonder about his home, his family, how he spends his spare time. We spare more than a glance for our fellow passengers, seemingly absorbed in their mundane conversations and routines, which take on a fanciful hue in our minds. This photo essay hopes to delve into some of those stories, those tales hidden within our busiest cities.