India

Overwhelming, frustrating, draining, confusing yet fascinating, charming, exotic, and rewarding – India is blessed with many wonders. When someone tells me with a spark in their eyes that they have seen India, I have a little smile on my face. I often ask, “which one?” A stark contrast is hard to ignore between India’s many cultures, traditions, languages, cuisines and what not. Then there is economic, religious, political and other divide that is on display.

I have had my fair share of like-dislike relation with India, even though I am a native of the land. The more I look at it, the more it surprises me. And I think the best way to enjoy India is to enjoy it as a tourist – by being curious, being a ‘visitor’ of the country who is fascinated by what actually is the daily life in India. And walking around with a camera lets me do that.

A collection of images taken since 2016, this growing album showcases how I see India – and Indians.

2016 – Ongoing

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An illustration of Hindu deities Lord Rama, his wife Sita, his brother Lakshmana, and Lord Hanumana.
February 2021, Ahmedabad: A man prays at Rani Rupmati mosque
December 2020, Ahmedabad: A man praying at Jama Mosque
The Jama Mosque of Delhi
October 2018, Pushkar: A young boy at Pushkar fair ground smiles as he poses for a picture
2018, Ajmer, Rajasthan: A milkman with orange turban and big moustache smiles at camera
2018, Ajmer, Rajasthan: A milkman in colourful turban poses for a picture
October 2018, Pushkar: A ‘sadhu’ poses for a portrait at Pushkar Ghat, Rajasthan
March 2021, Ahmedabad: A chicken up for sale at Sunday Market seems intrigued by the camera
A mystic man in Ajmer
A young girl in Ajmer
A young girl in Ajmer
A municipality health worker at a rapid Covid-19 test booth in Ahmedabad poses for a picture.
A woman waits to exchange her clothes for utensils
A man with cow in streets of Pushkar
A man missing an eye
A group of people performing religious ritual in Ajmer
Donate or else…
Milk pots on motorcycles
October 2018: A woman in Ajmer, Rajasthan
Henna-painted hands of a woman wearing colourful bangles. Ahmedabad.
A boy helps his mother with a cellphone, Jaipur.
A woman holding picture of her family. Photographers carry portable printers at Pushkar ghat and offer instant photography service to visitors.
A woman smoking beedi in Pushkar
A woman and her child, Ajmer – III
A woman and her child, Ajmer – II
A woman selling fruits in Ajmer.
Colours at Pushkar ghat
Built of yellow sandstones, the Jama Mosque was built by King Ahmad Shah – I, the founder of Ahmedabad.
Carvings at Hutheesing Jain Temple – II
March 2022, Jodhpur: Figures for sale
March 2022, Jaisalmer: A painting outside a house depicting details of a wedding