However, it isn’t only emotional damage
that Basu has to contend with—he’s also
been physically injured in the name of the
job. He’s been grazed by a few bullets, but
last year endured a more serious injury.
He was documenting a protest in Kashmir when people began throwing stones.
Though he usually wears a bulletproof vest
and helmet, he was without these on this
particular day when he was hit with a stone
and fell to the pavement, head first. Luckily,
police were on the scene and loaded him
into a vehicle and drove him to the hospital. A day later, he was back to shooting,
sporting a significant head wound.
Basu didn’t let his injury stop him, and
he doesn’t place any blame on those who
caused his injury. “I think it just happened
by chance,” he says. “The people throwing
stones—they were doing their own jobs—I
was just chronicling the moment.”
Injury, Basu says, is part of the job—a
job he loves doing and wouldn’t trade for
anything. And he found someone to share
life who is equally intent on telling the
world’s stories. His wife, Nayanima, is a
journalist, and she and Basu have had the
chance to collaborate professionally—she
drafts the words, he shoots the pictures.
“We like to work together and it is always
great to travel together. We understand
each other’s vibrations,” Basu says.
Christy Rippel writes essays and articles from her home
near Hershey, PA. In addition to Rangefinder, she has
written for national newspapers, magazines and Web
sites like The Los Angeles Times and All You. She can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.