Agony and ecstasy of IVF conception in urban nuclear families | S. Shanth Kumar

INFERTILITY stalks polluted Indian cities adding more stress to young couples seeking to raise a family. A whopping 45% of couples suffer from this problem which has spread its tentacles to Tier1 and Tier 2 cities. Of the top fifteen most polluted cities in the world, 14 are in India, according to a World Health organisation study. Doctors claim rising infertility rates are based on the lifestyle changes resulting in stress and obesity caused by lack of physical exercise, changes in eating habits and pollution accompanied by medical disorders like diabetes. Many infertile couples turn to medical procedures like IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation).

In this photo essay, photojournalist Shanth Kumar captures his and his wife’s intesnsely personal and emotionally rattling journey of starting a family through IVF.

Dhanya wondering about IVF over coffee.
Dhanya awaiting her turn for medical consultation at the IVF counter of the hospital.
Inside the consultation room, still bewildered and uncertain.
Finally, examination over; waiting to begin the IVF process.
HCG injections, essential for IVF, can cause depression, mood swings and irritability as side effects of hormone changes in the body.
Empty injection syringes used for fertility treatment before the IVF procedure are seen arranged in the picture
Dhanya reacts while doing her household chores. treatment for the IVF causes a hormonal imbalance which causes mood swing among others.
Dhanya’s mother comforts her when the first attempt to conceive fails and she is heartbroken.
Dhanya having to use inhalation to deal with her asthma in a polluted city in the midst of her IVF ordeal.
Finally, she is in the last trimester of her pregnancy.
The child’s grandparents are the first to see the child.
Dhanya finally gets to see her child.
Diya lights up her mother.

The hard earned sleep | Raju Javalkar

People work hard. Yes, they do. And after they have done their bit honestly, they just want to lie down and give themselves the luxury of a refreshing and peaceful nap. The tired body doesn’t seek a lavish bed, but finds solace in a small piece of shade that is eternally soothing.

This is an ongoing project of Raju Javalkar and he will be updating the gallery with more such images as he continues his work.

King’s Den, The Brick field | Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri

In most places around the world, bricks have been an architectural staple for centuries, in some cases, millennial. It is probable that bricks are the world’s earliest man-made building material. In one word it can be said that, they’re basically just made of earth and they have remarkable series of properties: they are economical, weather resistant, and fireproof.

King’s den is a brick field located in southern part of West Bengal. Brick fields are places where bricks are manufactured. Soil is extracted from river delta, smoothened, mixed and shaped into bricks with the help of moulds. The clay bricks are first sun dried and then fired in the kiln, and you get shiny red-golden bricks. It is a worker intensive industry involving various stages – right from soil extraction to loading ready bricks to be taken away. Workers migrating from different states along with their family members quest for seasonal employment. The adult couples are officially engaged in the brick fields while their children play around. Being around with the family and working along with them brings peace to their mind and helps them in earning more.

What you get to see here is not just an industry or business, but a way of life. The people who work here have been doing this for generations, and are very skilled at their jobs. Right from the lad who mixes soil to the artisan who makes the moulds to the men who mould the clay  and lay neat rows after rows of wet bricks in the sun to dry, to the women clad in colorful sarees carrying 6, 8 or even 10 clay dried or baked bricks on their head with aplomb, to the gusty men standing on the hot kiln, checking the bricks being baked in the hot chamber. A huge workforce, divided over a huge working area, busy in their own processes, and still working in tandem to create what helps create our home – BRICKS


Brick worker women overseeing her work area



Worker extracting soil from the river delta


Worker carrying soil to the Brick factory


Workers preparing moulds for bricks and laying rows of moulded bricks


Workers preparing brick moulds and moulding clay into bricks


Women worker carrying bricks to men laying rows of bricks ready to bake


Women worker carrying bricks


Skillful women workers carry 6,8, even 10 or 12 bricks on their head.



Skillful women workers carry 6,8, even 10 or 12 bricks on their head.


Women worker walking on the rows of bricks, carrying more bricks to be laid in rows.


Carrying so many bricks on head is a skill mastered by these women.


Women worked carrying and arranging bricks


Women workers carrying finished bricks from kiln, ready to transport


Taking some time to rest and take a little nap



Brick Kiln at King’s Den


Story credit and photographs copyright (c) Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri

Bio –

Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri (Punpun) is an amateur photographer born in Kolkata, raised in Haldia, a small industrial township near Kolkata. Got camera in hand from year 2008 been inspired from maternal uncle, who to him is a lovely, positive, eminent photographer from the film era. Started photography as a hobby and which gradually transformed into a passion. Making stories out of photographs is what he is always up to. | Facebook

The game of Goat Fighting, Kolhapur

Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India is a Royal city, once the capital of the Great Maratha Kingdom. People here have very old and royal traditions which they are very proud of. Kolhpurkar’s (name for people of kolhapur) are fond of fighting games like mud-wrestling. They also organize animal fights and one such fighting game famous in Kolhapur is “Goat Fighting” also called as “Zunz” or “Takker”, where two specially breeded Male Goats fight Head-on with each other. The winning goats also win cash prizes here.


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all photographs copyright (c) Dipak Kumbhar. All rights reserved.

New Feature: Photo Stories

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“Photo Stories” is a space for documentary or street photographers, photo journalist to get their Photo stories/essays published. We always wanted to build Street Rythms as a platform for Street and Documentary photographers and their work. If you have any photo-story and wish to publish here, do send us email at submissions[at]

In due course we will be publishing photo stories that we are working on and other member submitted stories. Do enjoy the same and don’t forget to leave your feedback.