As the Drain Goes will map sources of waste coming into the Koramangala Valley Pathway in Bangalore and its impact on the communities living along the line.

I stood, transfixed

At the sight of the drain

Choking in the things we discard

I stood, immobile, 

At the sight of the drain,

Experiencing the view,

Discomforting, disconcerting

I questioned, like everyone else

Who is to blame?

Were we to assume that our 

Crime scene and spilled secrets,

Will it wash away with the rain?

I stood, wondering

Were we an unsuspecting accessory?

Were we delusional, in thinking 

Nothing is wrong!

But  are the encroachments the only fault?

Why is there no respite, from urban flooding?

Why the purposeful avoidance?

What are we unseeing?

I stood, transfixed

At the sight of the drain

Desolate and deary,

The stink of the garbage

The coloured waters,

Lying scorched,

Yet, taken for granted,

Absorbed into the drain of nothingness…

I stood, transfixed

At the sight of the drain

At the sight of the greens, in the middle 

Of the rubbish,

An oddity, but one of hope

Of free flowing waters…

I stood, transfixed

At the sight of the drain,

Yet there is story to be told,

That moves past grim newspaper reports,

Blame games and frothing lakes…

There is a story to be told,

That moves past the act of cleaning and beautifying,

The moves past man-made constructions,

I stood, transfixed

At the sight of the drain,

Yet there is a story to be told…

-Pinky Chandran

Storm Water drains are crucial to a city’s health. Unfortunately, unplanned urbanisation, indiscriminate disposal of garbage and sewage, encroachments, industrial discharges, further complicate and add to the stress and create distress. `As the drain goes’,  proposes to map the Koramangala Valley pathway in Bangalore ( from Majestic to Bellandur lake) and look at the communities residing along the line, with a special focus on garbage from water and sanitation interplay and urban flooding vulnerability. 

It is important to look deeper into the network and bring to light who resides and where, and look at the power, privilege angle, along with those who are experiencing voice poverty and to be able to bring to light the narratives from the ground. The project will predominantly use photography as a tool for engagement , in the form of a photo exhibition, public narrative and articles

By Nalini Shekar, Pinky Chandran and Citizen Matters

Start Date: August 2021

Contact: Nalini Shekar: nalinipalyam1@gmail.com, Pinky Chandran: pinky.chandran@gmail.com