Vislumbres de la vida cotidiana and Afganistán a través de los ojos de un agrónomo Hyderabadi
It Was His Experience In Soil Management And Crop Production That Led The Agronomist To Headquarters In Hyderabad, Nirmal Beura , TO Afghanistan For An Agricultural Project. And Taking Advantage Of Most Of Their Stay In The Fascinating Country That Many Do Not Dare, Nirmal, Who Is Also A Passionate Photographer, Will Capture All The Images And Interesting People He Found With His Camera. And A Selection Of Those Photographs Was Exhibited In A City Art Gallery Recently, Something That He Confessed That" I Had Not Even Dreamed" . Visibly Exalted By His First Photographic Exhibition, Nirmal Says:" I'm Not A Trained Photographer" . I Just Took These Pictures For The Pure Love Of Photography. I Had Never Imagined That They Would Be Displayed In An Art Gallery In My City. So, For Me, This Is Very, Very Exciting!"
True to the title of the collection, ‘Le Voyage: an exciting photo journey through Afghanistan ’, Nirmal’s pictures offer some fascinating insights into the everyday lives of the Afghans — the market places laden with vegetables & spices, the strenuous yet colourful lives of the farmers in the arid landscapes, their eating habits, their modes of entertainment, et al. “My primary aim was to present a picture of Afghanistan that is a total opposite of the general perception of the country — that it’s all about war, insurgency & bombings. I wanted people to look beyond all of that & see it for what it is — it’s a country with great history; stunning landscapes; & beautiful people who are filled with a sense of brotherhood. That’s what I have tried to show through my pictures,” says the 45-year old.
So, did he not come across the other grim reality of the war-stricken Afghanistan even once? “Well, I did. I experienced death from close quarters once, that too during my very first week in Kabul . There was a bombing near the guest house I was staying at. It startled me — the thick black smoke, the chaos... But thankfully, that was the only time I experienced something like that during my entire stay,” says Nirmal, adding, “I developed quite a rapport with the locals & made memories that will stay with me forever.”
Originally from Odisha, Nirmal, who comes from a family of farmers always harboured a dream to do something for the farming community. That’s how he began working on agricultural projects with various NGOs & landed an assignment in Kabul in 2009. “My job there was to help Afghani farmers increase their crop productivity & facilitate their sales in the European market. I worked in the Northern provinces till 2011, & went back again in 2014 , TO work in the Southern provinces bordering Pakistan till 2017,” says Nirmal.
He Reports That Afghans Share Many Similarities With The Indians." The Majority Speak The Dari Dialect, Which Is A Mixture Of Hindi And Urdu. They Are Also Great Fans Of Bollywood Movies, Especially The Actor's Dilip Kumar & Shahrukh Khan - And Hence, Are Quite Familiar With Our Culture. We Often Bonded Over Bollywood Films," Says Nirmal, Who Is Also Planning To Do A Travelogue On South East Asia, Where He Is Headed For Work Next.