A Glaring Glance.
Human expressions are so powerful. These fellows were sitting at the base of the Charminar. There was something similar between them and the strong but timeworn walls of the structure. The crispy white kurta-pajamas provided the perfect tonal contrast; an interesting subject & frame to my photographer’s eye. I walked around them pretending to be disinterested & setting up my camera. I wanted to capture them as well as the textured walls and the flooring. I set my 50mm prime for a deep depth of field. Just as I was about to click the photo, the bearded fellow noticed me and gave this powerful stare. Powerful enough for me to start exploring a new subject for my photographic urges!
Indian street markets have an indomitable energy. I went for a photowalk on Diwali day and came back with my head buzzing with Diwali spirit! While Mumbai is the capital of Mall culture in India, every middle class locality has it’s own street market which is the epicenter of action.
These markets are filled with emotions… innocence & happiness… gloom & greed.
Colours of Joy I
Colours of Joy II
Time for Business
Antiques for Masses
Looking for Business
Pensive on Diwali
Mr Spocks Lantern
Rather early in the morning, this young chap decided to stay close to the visitors.
Waiting for an Ambush
Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is the best place to watch best of the Diwali fireworks in Mumbai. This was my first attempt at night photography with my Canon 6D.
Marine Drive on Diwali Night
Some where between Mumbai & Chennai. Shot with my Galaxy S4.
Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. We have a simple ceremony at home, where we worship the god by decorating his altar and offering him his favourite food “Modak” as Prasad
Prasad (food offering to deity) is presented on a Banana leaf. Prasad consists of Modaks, rice dumplings filled with coconut, jaggery and dry fruits. Kheer and Puri is also important part of prasad. Potato subji and Lentils served on rice with dollop of butter and basil leaf completes the menu.
Never ending line of Prayer wheels on the way to Enchey Monastery, Gangtok.
Prayer Wheels at Enchay Monastery
Local markets around Indian temples have always fascinated me. You never know what might spring up in front of you.
We saw these bunch of boys carrying Dholaks while strolling around the markets of Alandi. I converted this photo into black and white as it brought life in the gaze of the little boy looking straight into the Camera.
Shot this Enchey Monastery, Gangtok.
Bottled Water for Soul
I could not help but click this guy enjoying his siesta at the Cross Maidan, Mumbai. This maidan is at the heart of Mumbai’s business district and is always bustling with activity.
Early morning drive to Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.
Misty.. Windy… Darjeeling Morning
Shot this at an early morning stroll Pelling, Sikkim (India).
Shot at the beautiful light room at Khecheopalri Lake, Sikkim.
Prayer house at Khecheopalri Lake
This was shot from a small jetty near the famous Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai. The dargah contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari and is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Mumbai.
Sunset at the Haji Ali Dargah
Captured through the prayer wheels
A smoggy Mumbai skyline from Bandra Worli Sealink.
A smoggy… wintery… Mumbai morning
Look what I found in Jaisalmer fort, amidst all things touristy :)
A mouth wide shut
Magnificent sunset from the Uttan Beach
Shot at a Jetty @ Uttan. A quaint little fishing village near Mumbai.
A Boat with an Orange Hull
Tadoba has wonderful bird life… Here is the proof!
Kingfisher, Drongo & Paradise Fly Catcher
Three Musketeers… Indian Pitta, Bramhani Myna & Orange Headed Thrush
Black Ibis Vs Open Billed Stork
Changable Hawk Eagle
Green Bee Eater
Indian Honey Buzzard
Blue Jay or Indian Roller or Neel Pankhi
White Eyed Buzzard
Teetwi or Red-wattled Lapwing
A Tree Pie
We went for small monsoon trek at Bhivpuri, a small town on the outskirts of Mumbai. Bhivpuri is near by the much famed “Matheran” . The main attraction of Bhivpuri is the fantastic waterfall situated in the hills.
The trek was nice and light. My son really enjoyed the outing. Sharing some photographs of the lush green beauty of Indian monsoon. I shot these with my HTC Desire Mobile phone. Hope you feel as refreshed.
Some early morning monkey business… by the photographer :)
The Serpent Eagle at Kolsa range. Though we did not get to see any tigers here at Kolsa range… My day was when we observed this Majestic Serpent Eagle sitting over a tree top observing his territory. What a lucky shot.
Sitting High Above…
Serpent Eagle at Kolsa Range
Orange headed thrush can be observed in abundance here at Tadoba National Park.
Orange Headed Thrush
This post is one of the first in the series photographs I will be publishing from my recent visit to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra. These are the photographs of female Paradise Fly Catcher. This amazingly beautiful and chirpy bird was spotted in Kolsa range, home of Shivaji… the largest Tiger in Tadoba Reserve.
Notice the blue ring around the eye
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives its name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the “Golden Fort”.
Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high; it has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647. Wells within the fort still provide a regular source of water. Even today, you will find that nearly one fourth of the old city’s population resides within the fort. If you are a student of cross-cultural merging, the subtle fusion of Rajput and Islamic architectural styles, visible in this fort, will catch your fancy. Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol are a must see.
Conservationists feel that the Jaisalmer Fort requires major interventions by the government authorities to save it from irrevocable damages. Carrying out restoration works in an ancient structure like the Jaisalmer Fort is in itself a challenge, but doing so while addressing the needs of almost 3,000 people who reside inside it and depend upon it for their livelihood poses a complex range of issues.
The first view
The highest point on the fort
The tawny yellow
Here we go…
The bustling fort
Facade of the main palace
The palace balcony
The main chowk
The jain temple
The Shiva Temple
Bhati Rajput Flag
The Jaisalmer City
Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state, is one of the largest forts in India.
We started our camel safari at 6.00 AM in the morning. The safari started from our desert camp near Khuri which is 40 kilometres further from the City of Jaisalmer.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most popular edifices of the Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. The Palace is by far the best example of Art Deco Architecture I have seen.
Sunrise @ Thar Desert
Sunrise @ Thar Desert
Sunrise @ Thar Desert
The front view
And then there are some photos which need colour :)
Mor of the Mor Chowk
Udaipur city palace is actually series of palaces packed in the city palace complex. They were built over a long period, from 1559 onwards, by 76 generations of Sisodia Rajputs or Suryavanshi Rajputs. I wanted to present the magnificence and hugeness of the palace to you in black and white. The black and white really accents the structural hugeness and also creates a great contrast against deep blue skies to bring forth the bright limestone structure.
I hope you enjoy the post.
One of the many corridors inside the palace
One of the many gathering places inside the palace
The Fateprakash Palace hotel inside the Palace
The front facade of the Palace
The Great walls facing Lake Pichola
The Mor Chowk
The Mor Chowk Facade
Rajasthan is arguably one of the most colourful states of India. The roots of Rajasthan go back to the local Bhil and Meena tribes; and Gujjars. The monochromatic landscapes and structures made of sandstone provide a fantastic backdrop for photographers, to capture locals in their traditionally colourful and embroidered sari’s with mirror works.
United Colours of Rajasthan
We started our 2008 vacation of Rajasthan from the Venice of East… “Udaipur”.
We landed in Udaipur at 5-30 AM. The travel time of 80 Minutes, was very short for us Mumbaites to get used to the nippy December mornings of Rajasthan. Udaipur is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in Rajputana Agency and is famous for its heritage buildings and palaces, including the famed Lake Palace.
This photograph was taken at the gates of The Udaipur City Palace. The official tourist route starts at this huge red wall which inscribes bloodline of the former Mewar Kingdom. For me this is about the fascination and awe that we have for the lives and times of Royalty. This interest transcends boundaries and is present in easterners and westerners alike. Here, the stories of a local guide were consumed with much interest by his American clients. I could not stop myself from capturing this moment.
I will be posting some of the photographs from our 2008 Rajasthan vacation in coming days.
Selling the blue bloodline
The Common Tiger (Danaus genutia) is one of the common butterflies of India.