Project 365, Day 62: Wild surprises…


Wild surprises..

Seagulls swarm our boat to Beyt Dwarka, to feed on biscuits thrown out to them by our fellow passengers. The boy who almost made it into the frame was selling biscuits to the passengers to feed these birds.

The last three days of my tour across Saurashtra have been quite exciting. Though things have not gone according to plan, we have had a few pleasant surprises in our road trip. Through our three-day journey we came across much wildlife, which has left us thoroughly satisfied. Starting with the Leopard crossing the road in Gir Sanctuary to a family of mongooses, hundreds of Demoiselle Cranes and waders near Porbandar followed by a sighting of a fox on our way back from Beyt Dwarka! It may sound quirky but, every time I have hoped to see some wildlife on the road, it has magically appeared. Hoping to have more such wild surprises as I make my way back to Ahmedabad !

Project 365, Day 61: Mahabbat Maqbara….


Mahabbat Maqbara…

My second visit here and I really can’t get enough of it. It takes me a while to take in the elegant minarets and amazing workmanship. I visualize a pale intricate structure with a backdrop of a blanket full of stars. It’s already past 10PM and not visible light, except for the occasional vehicle lights from the road. Armed with a 50mm lens only, I try in vain to get the entire structure in one frame. Finally I have to put the camera on the railing across the road at an awkward angle to avoid the glare from the risen moon. A 15 sec exposure and I get this picture.

Project 365, Day 60: Dance of the deity


Dance of the deity…

After descending the 700 odd footsteps of the Temple of the Goddess Chamunda, a hindu deity at Chotila, we were treated by the deity herself. A woman, adorned by bright red clothes, tongue out, a sickle and a trishul (traditional Indian trident) in hand,walked with a crowd at the foot of the hill. The form of the woman indicated possession by the goddess Kali. Someone from the crowd made space for her , and her dance began.

The woman, as if in a trance, performed the garba (traditional dance), to the song that  was being played in the background on the chariot adorned with plastic flowers. The crowd stared in awe, as she moved in circles with grace. After a minute or so, the tongue was no more out, she held up her instruments, one of destruction, the trident, and the other of creation, the sickle, thoroughly satisfied smiling. Then she swiftly began ascending the steps to meet her creator..

Project 365: Day 59, Afternoon nap…


Afternoon nap.. A auto rickshaw driver takes a nap, on a hot day in Ahmedabad

On a particularly hot day in Ahmedabad, people can be seen scurrying around for an inch of shade. The afternoon gets hot and working at such a time is never preferred. So the next best thing is to take a nap! Err….Don’t try this in your work place, your boss might not find it amusing!


Project 365, Day 58, All Vintage


All vintage!…A Luna moped, Lungi and Bell bottom pants!

Not very often in the big cities of India you will see these three in a single frame. These are the remainders of an era bygone. A Luna moped, Lungi(sarong traditionally worn around the waist) and Bell bottom pants! The scene reminded me of classic movies of  70s and 80s. Though then the movies were all in color, I couldn’t resist from adding a vintage cinematic effect to this picture which is originally shot in Black and white!

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