Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Child Acrobat Performing On An Ahmedabad Street

This is Buchi, she's eight-years-old.  Walking around the mid-sized city of Ahmedabad, I never saw child beggars or street children like the media portrays in cities like Mumbai or Delhi. So I was a little taken aback when I spotted her tiny body gliding over a tightrope on the side of a busy street.

She moved with focused grace and didn't seem disturbed by the cars, buses and bikes whizzing by but I was still relieved to see her brother hovering nearby.

My fellow travel writers and I made sure to give her money directly for her talents and she looked happy for the acknowledgement. She never spoke a word over the blaring Bollywood music but I could see that she was alert and quick-witted. We learned that families of acrobats used to roam Ahmedabad streets regularly but the practice has lost favor, which I was glad to hear. Hopefully, Buchi only performs part time, when she's not in school.


Jenny Woolf said...

I think that's not a bad way to earn a living if you have to, as a kid. I hope she'll develop her skills and learn more acrobatic stuff a little less dangerous than tightrope walking!

A Cuban In London said...

Great post and good skills to have in life. :-)

Greetings from London.

Fly Girl said...

Jenny, I guess if she has to earn money, there could be worse things but I was a little worried about the safety of performing on the streets.Thanks so much for dropping by!

Fly Girl said...

Cubano, many thanks and Feliz Cumple'!