Million dollar question: what’s up?


“The story is one that you and I will construct together in your memory. If the story means anything to you at all, then when you remember it afterward, think of it, not as something I created, but rather as something that we made together. ” ― Orson Scott Card.

This is one of those “real life” photographs that I love to share. It invites you the reader to become an accomplice and try to determine what exactly is going on in the photo. I happened upon this street scene the other day and waited around for a number of minutes to find out what was going on. Did the man have a seizure? Lose a contact lens? Slip and fall on the pavement? Study the photo carefully. The answer is at the end. Have fun. 🙂  — gc 

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If you study the photograph carefully and look to the worker on the left you will see a man-hole cover that was removed to do an inspection of the site. At first glance it appeared to be a serious situation but upon further analysis merely a part of the job!

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13 Comments on Million dollar question: what’s up?

  1. I didn’t notice the manhole cover, but I thought the man lying down looked as if he was peering into a hole. The other two workers were a bit too complacent for this to be something serious. I liked this, Detective Gerry!

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  2. One Monday morning, I was going to office sick with Monday blues and the deadline to reach by 9 am, not a minute late, else half day deducted, and I was thinking it’s so not fair, many other sectors like IT and consulting have flexi working hours

    and just then I saw a man, with belts on, a rope tied at belly, thin, frail man, about to enter a manhole. In India they still do that and many loose their lives due to this practice. That sight moved me. I can’t tell you how small and insignificant I felt when I looked at the fight of that man.

    Your pic and post reminded me of that moment which is etched vividly in my memory. Such experiences make you realise, you have no right to crib. Gratitude is all you should have.

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  3. I would have been caregiver Susan, and run over there.

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  4. Road is always arresting to find a worker sprawled flat like this. In my mind I imagine they are clearing the sewers of lost ducklings or kittens that may have fallen in.

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    • I like that imaginative approach. Well done. I thought he was trying to locate the rabbit hole where Alice had fallen in and heard her cries for assistance. Thank you for writing. Keep your lively imagination working. Enjoy the weekend. 🙂

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