I am Mahesh Patil. I design user experiences for digital products and create strategies for growth and engagement. In last 20 year, I have delivered on mission-critical for Samsung, P&G, Unilever, Intel, Renault, HDFC Bank, Bloomberg, GSK and more. After 12 years of a successful design career, I crossed over to marketing and have managed brands from the agency as well as clientside. I have worked across global markets including USA, South Asia and India. Welcome to my blog. In this space, I share my experiments with photography, thoughts and few of my work samples.

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Bibi ka Maqbara

Moon over Bibi Ka Maqbara

Around sunset is the best time to visit Bibi ka Maqbara. The colours and the crowd are at their vivid best. Considered the Taj of Dakkhan, this relatively humble monument was built by Azam Shah (Aurangzeb’s son) in memory of his mother between 1651 and 1661 A.D.  The mausoleum draws its inspiration from the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra.  

Heart of the Action

There is an unmistakable energy about night markets of Charminar. While I was strolling around the streets to capture night shots my nose made me feel like i was in carnivores heaven, but ears quickly brought me back on earth. Street fashion, glitter, friendly people, noisy auto rickshaws… they are all in abundance here. This frame captures the distant Charminar pumping out the life into the streets.  

The Bangleman!, Mahesh Patil, Mahesh Patil.Net, Mahesh Patil Photography, Hyderabad, Charminar, Old Hyderabad, Street Market, India

The Bangleman of Laad Bazaar!

Local street markets offer great subjects for photography. I will be posting photographs shot at Laad bazaar in old Hyderabad. Known for its famous bangle shops, the market had many things waiting to be captured; from street antiques shops to ittarwalas, from fresh fruits to fashion accessories , this market has it all. While strolling around the Mecca Masjid I found my frame – a glum faced Chudiwala (Bangle salesman) amongst his glittering, colourful bangles!

Do Not Disturb

  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…

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Diwali Street Market

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.

Marine Drive on Diwali Night, Mahesh patil , Phtography

Diwali Night

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.

Glittering God, Mahesh Patil, Ganpati

Glittering God

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.  

Young Musician, Mahesh Patil, Alandi, Local Markets, India

Young Musician

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.

Indian Honey Buzzard, Mahesh Patil, Tadoba

Tadoba 5 : Birds of Tadoba

Tadoba has wonderful bird life… Here is the proof!

Bhivpuri Trails

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.

Female Paradise Flycatcher, Maheshpatil.net, mahesh, MaheshPatil, tadoba

Tadoba 1 : Paradise Fly Catcher

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.  

Mahesh Patil, ThirdEye, Photography, India, Rajasthan, Jaisalmer Fort

Rajasthan 10: Sonar Quila of Jaisalmer

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…