banno, dhanno and teja in bumm-bumm-bhole-land

ramesh and bhima smile reluctantly

Ramesh and Bhima were begging outside a South Indian cafe. They are dressed as faux-sadhus, and carry thick ropes around their shoulders, with which they offer to whip themselves for … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · 14 Comments

that’s us

Badal took this photo of Teja, Dhanno and me, just off the highway. Well, no. I just appropriated the photo, and said, “That’s us.” Dhanno said, “Which one am I?” … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

on making Urmila and Sheela smile

They walked up to the taxi at the signal. I was ready with my camera. I rolled down the window and said, “I’m going to take a photo of you.” … Continue reading

September 23, 2012 · 26 Comments

magnum photographers

This actually happened. Though, Teja had to ask them to freeze for a moment.

August 7, 2012 · 3 Comments


Photo by Vivek Shah. Suvari Village, Ghimtoli, Garhwal. Feb 2012. Cross posted on Vivek’s photo-blog, Driftwood.

June 27, 2012 · 6 Comments

kaphal shoot slideshow

Satish edited a slideshow, for some of his friends, editing the 700-odd photos he had taken on the shoot, to 174. With his captions, the slideshow takes you on a … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

mobile costume department  

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment


They do not try to please. They are wary, almost hostile. Sukhbai has learned from her elders to keep her face impassive while she performs. They tell me her name … Continue reading

October 22, 2011 · 17 Comments

it isn’t much, but …

While it’s obvious now to me and everyone else that I am not gung-ho about my stay in Bangalore, For some reason I enjoy my trip from Bengalaru airport to … Continue reading

October 16, 2011 · 26 Comments

This baba reminded me of Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’. Though he is a bit sadder. At Driftwood.

July 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Continue reading Appi’s story at 12 January and also 2 porters at Driftwood  

July 3, 2011 · Leave a comment


at driftwood

June 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

i am not quite kanhaiyalal but ..

So while Dhanno and I are having a what seems to us desi types bred on Dominoes and Pizza Hut, an authentic Pizza Prosciutto e Funghi at Cafe Concerto by … Continue reading

June 11, 2011 · 30 Comments


at driftwood

June 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

time off at driftwood

time off

June 7, 2011 · 2 Comments

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