My Uncle Tukka

When I was seven, my uncle was in his late twenties. Today I am twenty and he in his late forties; it’s been a long journey of twenty years. This project, if at all I can call it a project is a tribute to my uncle. This is a very personal project.

My uncle lost his hearing and speaking ability at a very tender age due to medical negligence and financial incapability of his family at that time. Years of social isolation led to his unstable mental condition as well. Though many can be held responsible for his state, to begin with the family itself, the social attitude towards the disabled and many more. In my work here, I do not tend to blame anyone, find reason or talk of any social issue related to his situation.

This is my personal tribute to a man, a human being who continues to live in utmost silence for more than four decades now. This is just about him, the way he is, with all his perfections and imperfections. One life, one room and how he passes one day at a time. His world clock perhaps is very slow, silent and very different from our competitive world clock. This is his own little space, a room of 10×10, his own and only world.

I wanted to be a voice, perhaps his response to the way he perceives the world. His waking up to the morning sun, his little luncheon, his fear of the dark, his frustrations, his pain, his little world of amusement and also his dreams perhaps. Maybe these are my desperate wish and hope to give his practically non-existent life a befitting tribute.

He breathed his last on 22/01/2015


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21 responses

  1. fantastic thought

    May 5, 2012 at 22:35

  2. indrani

    wonderful..arrangement is brilliant

    May 6, 2012 at 12:11

  3. saptarc

    so touching. Wonderful work.

    May 6, 2012 at 13:56

  4. Bantu

    damn you can dig deeper into humans. doctor er chakri ta nite parti!

    May 6, 2012 at 16:56

  5. Orkodip

    Your best best work till date. Blown over.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:40

  6. amrita halder

    i really respect ur thought n ur wrk…………

    June 2, 2012 at 21:52

  7. Tanushree Singh

    Love this series. Its hard to come across a body of work which brings a smile to your face. Keep up the good work!

    June 26, 2012 at 14:32

  8. these are beautiful

    June 26, 2012 at 15:14

  9. Sanjhineet

    a very nice body of work and two shots are really heart winning where your uncle is looking through his sketch/photograph and then immediate next shot where he is clapping and his photos on the wall in the background.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:06

  10. Sourav Bodak

    Spellbound…touches the heart

    August 28, 2012 at 22:56

  11. Touching tale of endurance, belief, survival and love…. Great work Swastik.. Respect… 🙂

    August 29, 2012 at 19:22

  12. Awesome work

    August 31, 2012 at 18:53

  13. pallabchatterjee

    excellent work….loved it….keep it up….want more…

    December 16, 2012 at 00:19

  14. wonderful work! execellent hoyechhe

    January 5, 2013 at 10:19

  15. more than just photographs.

    January 23, 2013 at 13:32

  16. one word – beautiful

    June 24, 2013 at 11:48

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  18. Pramita Bhaduri

    deeply touched…..brilliant composition. the photos speak a thousand words

    October 27, 2013 at 15:49

  19. This is just beautiful, it got me all teary eyed!

    November 30, 2013 at 01:58

  20. khub bhalo laglo…a heart touching serires…

    February 10, 2014 at 22:01

  21. Thank you, Swastik, you’ve helped him to speak and it is emotional.

    January 25, 2015 at 12:41

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