A Boy And His Parakeet

Arkaprava Ghosh

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I photographed this boy with his pet parakeet at a street-side slum in Kolkata, India.
Raju lives with his parents and three other siblings at a 10 by 10 foot room in a slum. His father is a day labourer and his brothers and sisters along with their mother spend most of their time picking up wastes from the streets. Being the youngest one, he spends most of his time at their room with his only friend, Mithu, the parakeet. He even taught the parakeet to speak and enjoys the birds company. Though I am not sure if the family gets to eat twice a day but Raju told me that he makes sure that Mithu is fed four times a day and is, his best friend.

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