I am forced to visit Pondicherry at least once every year as a consequence of one person's spiritual intrigues. Once in Pondicherry, the reluctance however is replaced with a certain enthusiasm to explore and re-explore the gridded lanes of the Heritage Town (a.k.a White Town). This year I made a conscious effort to forgo my... Continue Reading →
Oh you marvellous blend of engineering and art. Your beauty still shines through the thick veils of neglect and dirt. Your expansive arched balconies must have turned wallflowers into prolific storytellers. Your curves and edges must have put aesthetes into dreamlike spells. I wonder why your master has let you languish and deteriorate, To the... Continue Reading →
Drenched in the golden glow of the morning sunlight, The old city street is full of vibrance and delight. People, they make this organism alive. There are residents who welcome with warm and gentle smiles. Brisk delivery vendors of indifferent types. And inquisitive passers-by who accumulate quick bytes. Woman, they ferry water with an energy... Continue Reading →
One of the interesting road trip holiday ideas I have come across is that of Sam Glover and Ed Hughes. The idea appeared peculiar when Sam first emailed me detailing his plan for South India and asking for recommendations. So much so that I had to check out Sam Glover and the magazine he claimed... Continue Reading →
Old neighbourhoods of Chennai were once filled with fabulous street houses. These heritage residences are being steadily replaced by multi storied buildings that bear no likeness to their ancestors. Read on to find out how and why this transition is taking place.
The scale model you see in the picture is of a wartime Willy's MB Jeep. The actual scale model didn't come that way. The camouflage paint, jerry cans, guns, and figures were all painstakingly made by hand and then assembled on the model. This set-up, including the truck in the background is a representation of... Continue Reading →
Running errands in a historic neighbourhood one day, I chanced upon two properties, each having expansive grounds overrun with untamed greenery. A closer look revealed what appeared to be dilapidated but firmly rooted mansions with strong colonial architectural influences. An inquiry at a near by tea shop revealed that both were British era residences endowed... Continue Reading →
There were three exposures left on my last 120mm film roll that I took with me on a trip to Kashmir. So I headed out to the beach early one Sunday hoping to capture something interesting before sending the roll to the lab. In the first forty five minutes all my dull mind could frame... Continue Reading →