Daily grind: A rickshaw-puller pedals his way with loads of palm leaves stacked on his cycle rickshaw on Bandar Road in Vijayawada. The rising temperature notwithstanding, it’s business as usual for the working class.— Photo: V. Raju
The tribe of humble potters in rural Andhra Pradesh is on the verge of extinction. Spending most of his time with the wheel in his professional life, the potter and the wheel make a good pair. As modernisation takes its toll on every aspect of rural life, this profession too has lost its charm and crying for attention from the younger generation to keeps the magical wheel spinning forever. However, the job mostly relies on the artistry of the magical hands which help an idea to translate into a shape turning the clay into an object of beauty describes T. Appala Naidu.
Flood waters flowing into Prakasam Barrage reservoir has given rise to different activity in an around the masonry structure in Vijayawada. This has literally infused life back into River Krishna with fish occasionally making an appearance jumping out of the waters and a flock of predatory birds keeping a watch to nab them at the first available opportunity. Flowers on the river bund also have blossomed to give a touch of different colours. The Hindu photographer V. Raju captures the life around the Prakasam Barrage.