Favorite travel Portraits.

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Favorite travel Portraits.

Since the advent of camera in my life a few years back, most of my photography has revolved around finding ways/excuses to travel far and wide, as extensively, as deeply and as immersingly as possible. Travel cattle class, live shoe string budget. That’s where fun memories are made. Luxury hotels and guided tours are equivalent of eating at McDonalds in various countries and calling it cuisine. It’s the same everywhere. Same mountains, waterfalls, people, shopping, rides, etc. But you have’nt really traveled if you’ve not spoken to the locals and heard their folk tales. A lot of your memories are made of tastes and smells. Unless you leave the environs of your hotel lobby and step into the local flea market, hit the street food stalls and let the local flavors melt on your tongue, you’ve just burnt a lot of cash for #PoutingSelfies :-P

So, coming back to clicking portraits. It’s a high to click random strangers on the streets. A lot of people ask me how do you walk to a stranger and click his or her picture. The secret lies in your eyes. A friendly eye contact, submissive nod of the head and a smile is all it takes 99% of the time. In spite of the tricks I’ve had my share of threatening, camera snatching, being shooed/chased away. Trolled for identity, roughed up to delete pictures.But when I look back it only makes the ride more memorable,and pictures more special. It becomes all worth it when the folks become your instant friends, share stories and food. Bless you. Crack jokes. Speak wisdom. It’s unconditional, strangers don’t judge you. Sometimes you open up a lot to them, than to probably your near and drear ones. And as a bonus you get to click their pictures and keep it touch..!

Here’s sharing some of my favorite moments down the memory lane so far.

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P.S : “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~Susan Sontag

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Sunday morning stroll.

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Sunday morning stroll.

A perfect Sunday morning is meant to roll over and sleep. Wake up. Guzzle beer and breakfast, and sleep again. But then you always have some childhood prick in the a** friends who’ll spoil that, no regrets what so ever, and steal your beer too!

I had to drop one such fellow to the Pune railway station the other day and absent mindedly carried my camera along. The plan was to enjoy a photo walk in morning light at any place other than Mandai, since I’ve been there few times. Rasta peth ,Nana peth and Laxmi road sounded interesting. I’m not very well versed with Pune roads and while travelling through some small bylanes, then unaware of being near MG road, I observed some old cafés and colonial era buildings. Sun was already rising fast so I decided to explore this area a little more.

 

As serendipity would have it, I spent a great time strolling around Dasrur Meher Rd. and Sachipir Street. It was fascinating to see old colonial buildings with pointed, sloping roofs and elaborate carvings. I met some old folks who had interesting tid-bits about the history of the place. I hail from Bombay which is full of rich colonial buildings and monuments with interesting history attached to it. To find the same in Pune a Sunday morning photowalk was a pleasant surprise. Its fun to see the city bylanes wake up and get into activity right before your eyes. Wooden houses ,empty lanes, less noise, soft light, smiling people, and pictures I clicked made me unwind from the mundane life otherwise. You might also wander into the butcher/ meat market with your camera, like me but I’ll say it’s a bad idea. They could be hostile to you and your gear.

 

Rounding up :

  • Do have bun maska with chai at café Garden/ café Yezdan. Akuri (egg bhurji) with chapatti/pav at Dorabjee’s with raspberry soda.
  • Do wander into area around Naaz and Radio restaurants. Besides classic mouthwatering food you’ll also find yourself enjoying some old shops, buildings and busy markets to fancy your lens
  • Observe the clash between the old and new buildings. How the old ones are more artistic and ornate compared to the dull and ordinary buildings of today.
  • Venture in the morning before 11am .

 

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Thanks for dropping by :-)

Some of my favorite travel quotes.

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Some of my favorite travel quotes.

As anyone who has spent a few moments on my blog would see that I like to explore places and bring back pictures, tales and experiences to share.

In my wanderlust I’ve come across lots of thoughts, ideas and philosophies that made sense and I adhered to them. I have always wanted to write about the incessant need to travel and click pictures. The hobby of collecting experiences. But there have been some lucky cool folks out there who’ve got/fought for the chance of having the journey of their lifetime and collected their memories in few pearls of wise word. Here’s sharing some of my favorite travel quotes.

 

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Thanks or dropping by :-) Bon Voyage :-)

Eid Mubarak.

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Hope you all are doing great.

 

I felt like sharing this picture, especially so because it perfectly captures the festive spirit the holy month of Eid. I am a foodie to the core and first time visited a street specially dedicated to Iftar, in my locality. And boy..!! delicious food , sight, sounds and smell enticing you from all 360degrees..!!

 

The experience not only filled my belly but also my neurons. I realized that in general the common man, irrespective of the religion/creed is all the same within..a believer in peace, hope, love and care.

 

enjoy..!

Monday Mornings

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AAhhhh.! Life had been a crazy ride past few months. Beginning of a residency in surgery means end of many important things. Things thats define you, make you stand out. Things that you call your own. Habits that you love, people you couldn’t live without, passions that breathed life into you every morning. All that snatched away from you bit by painful bit.

 

Anyways, but that doesn’t keep me from stealing some moments for myself and find peace in what I love doing. Exploring.

 

I’m really glad to share that the picture above has made it to a group exhibition of amateur /professional photographers held in Pune which goes by the name Drushtikon.It’s held by members of Photographers @ Pune a thriving community of more than 5000 people spread all over the world.The exhibition is about bringing out the often missed but special, breathtaking moments we all see around us and frozen in the artists mind and lens.

About the picture above : I feel jealous looking at the work environment of this gentleman. It’s a working day and he has the pleasure of basking in the morning light, opposite to most of us, who spend their day breathing recycled air, chained to cubicles.

This picture was clicked in the lanes of Dharavi, the second largest slum in the world, and home to most of Mumbai. Potters of Dharavi are mainly migrants from other states like Gujrat and Rajasthan and earn their living by working round the clock making and selling earthen wares at minimal prices. Besides they are also an important ingredient of the “Bhelpuri” we call Mumbai.

Hope to see you around : New art gallery, Ghole Rd. Pune.

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The great Indian rope walk.

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A little girl performs by the street on occasion of Mahashivratri, out skirts of Mumbai.

Chasing Clouds.

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My fascination with cloudscapes goes way back, before I realized what the words camera, photography, landscape, exposure stops and shutter speed meant. Even before what watercolors, oil on canvas, acrylic and crayons meant. To the time when  mass of water particles in air meant more than home work, milk, early sleep and shining shoes.

I still feel my emotions turn watching the theater of the sky. The eeriness of grey clouds, the jubilance of fluffy summer skies, the drama of fast pacing stormy clouds, the obscure mysterious veil of the morning fog. I would be ecstatic at my trips to hill stations like Matheran when my dad would say that we are walking through clouds, and after I walk out he would show me the cloud we just came through.

Clouds have also been the subject of art since long. The full moon hiding behind a thick curtain of evil black cloud is parallel with a bad twist in the following tale. We have grown seeing flowing clouds, fighting clouds and fluffy clouds on Windows logos for a long time.

p.s. at times I feel like gulping down one whole big candy floss of pure white cloud in one go!!

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