Category Archives: Photo essay

Pondicherry: some street side portraits

Its been sixty years since the de facto transfer of French territories to India. Today, November 1st 2014 is the first time the city will celebrate its Liberation Day on the lines of Republic day and Independence day as directed … Continue reading

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Faces of Orissa: street photography, part 2

As I write this, a month or two after my visit to this village market in Orissa, there has been a flood that has claimed 39 lives leaving more than 3.3 million of the population marooned in knee-deep water in … Continue reading

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Street photography in a sea of faceless Indians

On a visit to Orissa in search of the elusive Dongria Kondh tribe, I chanced upon a weekly market in a remote village called Kakriguma. I was curious about what a flea market in a village populated with mainly tribals … Continue reading

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Dark, dingy but full of hope

Ride a local train in Mumbai and you can see the best and worst of living conditions in the city at one go. The spanking glass and concrete high rises contrast with the old crumbly Mumbai in a haphazard tapestry … Continue reading

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Ganesha, our cosmic symbol of life and death

For a majority of worshippers it’s not possible to worship the formless. Lord Ganesha, the supreme being Ganpati (the elephant of elephants; the son of beautiful goddess Parvati; the god with a child’s body and an elephant’s head) must follow … Continue reading

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London street photography festival: some unstaged captures of common folk in India

According to the LFPH guidelines the key to street photography lies in capturing a un staged, un-posed moment. The most remarkable ones often capture, explore or question contemporary society and the relationships between people and their surroundings. I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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Inside Agra Fort: A saga of sieges and plunder

As a student of history, I found myself snoring through most of my lessons in school. Especially the chapters on the long and laborious Indian past. There was so much packed into those text books in the middle years of … Continue reading

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Indian Street photography: the shutter in the clutter

With a camera, a fleeting moment transforms into a permanent memory of life, captured like a butterfly in a net. The streets, particularly in India offer enormous opportunities for candid photography. The diversity and plethora of cultures and subcultures can … Continue reading

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Mumbai rains: revel in the muck

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Down under, up above Australia with two megapixels.

One of my life’s biggest tragedies was carrying an instamatic camera and a handy cam on a holiday to one the world’s most beautiful coastlines. Though I’m happy I have some great footage from the month-long trip on videotape, I … Continue reading

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