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Suffocation - Trapped or Oppressed?
Art 28th June, 2020

Suffocation'- does it have only one meaning to it?! Is it only about the feeling of being trapped or oppressed? Well, there are different aspects of it.
The sudden announcement of a lockdown due to COVID-19 has provoked many pertinent questions in so many of us. Now that we are suddenly caged inside our four walls, we feel frustrated, perplexed and suffocated. This is all about an impact on one's mental well-being, not physically!

This is what our life has come to!  There is an amount of anxiety and fear in one's mind that for the next few months we cannot step outside and this would be our life!!!

Home is a place where peace lies. But now home has turned into the silent suffocated four walls where we are trying to keep us sane.

Mental ailness or oppression cannot be fixed during this time - it can only be suppressed and ignored by continous engagement into daily activities. Boredom is another major reason for being suffocated but that have to be dealt by keeping oneself active in any possible way that one wants to.

We have to make our mind decide - what do we want?! - A Coronaful death which the outside world can gift us or a quarantined mind residing in suffocation and restlessness which we now call 'home'.

About Photographer

Nilanjan Ray
Nilanjan Ray
     Nilanjan Ray has received wide appreciation internationally as well as nationally. He has received Merit Prize from National Geographic, USA & National Award from Photo Division, Govt. of India. His Solo Photography Exhibition on ‘VARANASI - AN ETERNAL CITY’ was organized by Oxford Bookstore of Kolkata, National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai and India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. His photographs are selected for exhibition at British Council, UNICEF, Academy of Fine Arts of Kolkata, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi etc. His photographs have been used for a Book “Framed City”, published at Indian Art Festival, New Delhi. The book “INDIA- 5 Senses “, by Roli Books, has also used his photographs. His photographs and articles are published regularly in leading daily newspapers and magazines. He has received a letter of appreciation from Maitre Henri Cartier-Bresson of Paris.