From the Metro Bus; Uncommon Stories of the Common People

From the Metro Bus; Uncommon Stories of the Common People

PAKISTAN PHOTO FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT BY | FAIZAN AHMAD

The story Pakistani multi- media tells about its common people has been almost the same in past 17 years. These channels are massively overtaken by politicians, businesses and religious scholars. And the average common person is represented by numbers in which they are affected, not by their stories they live everyday. This project is an effort at listening and highlighting such stories coming from the diverse passengers of Metro Bus, Lahore. Many of the passengers are visiting Lahore after a long time or for the first time for their work but they are excited to be on the Metro Bus and open to share parts of their lives. Some mention their dream, others talk about how they have been fighting hard in the face of adversity. These stories might not be worthy of a prime time on television talk show, but they are meaningful to many of us and beautiful reminder that we all are the same people and face challenges of life in Pakistan in similar ways. The story of a single mother of 4, who is fighting her way into educating her sons and working at one of the stations. A men in his mid 40s, who fell in love with a Christian woman and they both had to struggle to make their relationship work and now living the life of his dream while he driving a Rickshaw everyday. The project is just a small attempt at covering such story towards a greater cause that it is not just about few people involved, it is the people involved showing a bigger truth about themselves and Pakistan.

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