In this hundred and twentieth second archive story by Kristian Bertel, we are photographing a man sleeping on a stairway at Arakashan Rd in Delhi, India. Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
People with low wages and homeless are often been seen sleeping in the streets for the night. Lack of love and many other things can be the reasons for homelessness in India, which for centuries has caused families in India to have an average of five generations being homeless. In this photograph a man is sleeping on a stairway at Arakashan Rd in Delhi.
People with low wages and homeless are often been seen sleeping in the streets for the night. Lack of love and many other things can be the reasons for homelessness in India, which for centuries has caused families in India to have an average of five generations being homeless. In this photograph a man is sleeping on a stairway at Arakashan Rd in Delhi.

Arakashan Rd portraiture

Homelessness is a situation in which people have no permanent place of residence and spend the night in public spaces, outdoors or in emergency shelters. The majority of the homeless in industrialized countries are male, with men accounting for around eighty percent of the single homeless. Long-term homeless people are present in most large cities today. Disparaging terms or equating them with beggars are widespread in everyday urban life.


How many homeless people are there in Delhi?

In the capital city of Delhi alone it is estimated place the number of homeless at around 150,000 - 200,000, of which at least 10,000 are women.


Delhi sleepers
As a photographer it is a common sight to see many people sleeping in the streets in Delhi, India and a distinction must be made between homelessness and homelessness. Homeless people cannot or do not want to use adequate accommodation or they are dependent on pure emergency shelters or sleeping places. In contrast, homeless people simply do not have their own living space and find accommodation elsewhere. People who temporarily live in hostels, hotels, women's shelters or with relatives are not homeless, but simply homeless.

"Comparable events in developing countries such as in India tend to have a stronger impact than in more affluent countries due to fewer resources and are often causing that people here are without shelter for at least some time"

The status of homeless people is not immediately apparent. Many of those affected want to hide their homelessness from the public out of shame. That is why we often speak of hidden or hidden homelessness in this manner.

Street sleeping in India
When photographing the sleeping people in Arakashan Rd one can oneself what the quality of the sleep they are actually getting in the bustling and noisy streets of India and the quality of sleep may be evaluated from an objective and a subjective point of view. Objective sleep quality refers to how difficult it is for a person to fall asleep and remain in a sleeping state and how many times they wake up during a single night. Poor sleep quality disrupts the cycle of transition between the different stages of sleep. Subjective sleep quality in turn refers to a sense of being rested and regenerated after awaking from sleep. A study found that insomniacs were more demanding in their evaluations of sleep quality than individuals who had no sleep problems. Human sleep-needs vary by age and amongst individuals and sleep is considered to be adequate when there is no daytime sleepiness or dysfunction. Moreover, self-reported sleep duration is only moderately correlated with actual sleep time as measured by actigraphy and those affected with sleep state misperception may typically report having slept only four hours despite having slept a full eight hours.

Portraited in Paharganj
Paharganj has been a hub for backpackers and hippies starting from the 1970s. However, the area now is noted for having high amount of crime, poverty, drugs, sexual assaults and scams. The tourism authorities are encouraging tourists, both local and international, to stay in the newer part of the city, particularly South Delhi. Paharganj has seen a rise in sexual assaults of women, both Indian tourists and especially international tourists. Although the area still remains popular by many foreign tourists for cheap hostels and restaurants, most domestic Indian tourists are moving to South Delhi for a safer and cleaner environment, including upscale modern amenities. But South Delhi is also seeing many foreign tourists, who move away from Paharganj, since the area is witnessing a spike in sexual assaults on international travelers.

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More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of a man in Delhi. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.