Night under a winter sky

As night falls in Delhi and mercury dips, Meeta Ahlawat ventures out with her camera to make a warm conversation with the homeless in the city. She comes back with stories in snapshots

By Meeta Ahlawat
Published: Thursday 31 January 2013

Night under a winter sky

Flower seller Ram Chander, 28, has been living under the Vasant Kunj flyover with his wife Radha and three children for the past four years. He has been homeless since he was eight. He buys flowers from the Gazipur flower market every day at 4 am and sells them to commuters through the day

Heera Lal was a painter by profession at Modi Mill. After he started having severe joint pain he could not paint. Inability to pay rent brought him on the street six years ago. On most nights he sleeps under the Chirag Dilli flyover

Zeeshan and Sujit, one of the many homeless children on the street, are ragpickers. Most of them are runaway boys who spend their time on the road fighting for survival and blankets on winter nights

Street children under the Nizamuddin flyover huddle around a bonfire. To save themselves from the biting cold most of the homeless children consume thinner and sleep in groups of four-five, sharing a blanket or two

Jagat Singh, aged 70, once lived with his wife and two sons. After his wife passed away the sons threw him out of the house. He takes care of the hoardings on the flyover. Sitting next to him are Muslim Khan, 35, and his wife Pinki, 27. Khan got kicked out of the Army Cantt area because of his drinking problem

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