The Summer of Uncertainty & Unrest.
In the month of June 2003, I landed in Srinagar. It was an assignment from an NGO for their export-oriented handicrafts. The reason for accepting the offer was to unleash myself from the usual commercial rut. I, therefore, went there all alone without the coterie of my usual assistants.
Fifteen years ago Kasmir was in the grip of fear and fright. There were hardly any tourists. The roads...more
Late French director Francois Truffaut called him a "one-man industry."
It completes the story on an emotional "angry young man."
In capturing the moment, inspired by his attitude.
India's living movie legend Amitabh Bachchan or "the Big B," is the biggest star to have come out of "Bollywood" film industry.more
“The greatest courage is the courage to be happy.”
To me Bastar is the land of joy. My experience of Bastar and its people was to be, for me, another awareness of reality. I was captivated by the simplicity of the people who had the ability to be joyous and happy in spite of their struggle. They danced, sang and lived for the moment. I began to understand, it takes great courage to be ruthless with one’s grief.
‘Mumbai Dabbawala’ is the Lifeline of Mumbai!
Amazing lunchbox delivery guys, these porters called "Dabbawalas" in the local language, have made a considerable difference to the lives of people by delivering timely lunch. They collect dabbas/lunch boxes from the homes of office goers and deliver them to their work place across Mumbai. This service is carried out non-stop across the year despite of any season. These...more
“Words of success, words of failure, words of union, words of separation. I equip you with words to fight, with words to win. I equip you with words to settle a deal. Words are at my finger tips, I produce it faster than you can speak. I sit on street and document important events in your journey of life with my humble typewriter.
But today my words are falling short at a corner of a busy street. In fact, I am not welcome on the street...more
'Kushti' is an ancient form of Indian wrestling. It is more than just an old school sports, it is a 'lifestyle'. For the young practitioners, 'Pehlvans' and their teachers (Guru or Ustad), it is a religion practised with utmost devotion.
The lads are trained rigorously under strict and disciplined guidance of their 'Gurus or Ustad'. They do not use any sophisticated equipments like weights or treadmills, but practise natural forms of...more
Village Phangane is a remote place in Thane district, some 100 plus km away from Mumbai. It has remained remote in all aspects without public transport, or health centre. But last International women's day it created a history by opening the Grannie School (Aajbaichi Shala) for the elderly women folk! Daily about 28 women in the age group of 60 to 90 attend this Grannie School. They have a pink uniform which is nine yard saree. Some come...more