Kashish Parpiani: Sons in Exile
Kashish Parpiani documents the lives of young Tibetan refugees as they struggle to find a home and lead a normal life in the monasteries of India.
This story was originally published in September 2013.
China’s actions in Tibet has forced several citizens of the country to migrate and take exile in neighbouring countries like Nepal and India. Leaving everything back in Tibet, thousands have flocked to regions like Ladakh, Manali and McLeodganj in India with the hope of leading a peaceful life. Over time, they have been struck by poverty and unemployment, making it difficult for Tibetan families to raise their children. Thus, parents started giving up their children to monasteries under the guise of contributing to their community. This project is an effort to ensure that these little refugees and their families in exile can go back to their homes in Tibet.
Tips when Photographing a Contemporary Issue
- When documenting the lives of people from a different culture, study and photograph their lifestyle and everyday activities.
- Talk to the children before you point your humongous camera at them. Explain to them why you are there and what you intend to do with the pictures.
- Do your research and be informed about the politics behind any issue. This will make it easier for you to understand the problems faced by the people.