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A festival in grey

Diwali, and Delhi is again awash in grey.   Smoke from crop stubble and fireworks burdens the cold air, thick with emissions and construction dust. Moods hasten towards the sombre, time slow

The president`s Polo Cup in action

The first semester in Art School was all about the history of photography. Eadweard Muybridge was a key component in understanding our roots and how capturing of swift movement on screen (Sallie Gardner at a Gallop, 1878) actually came into being.

Murmur of a prayer

With a prayer on their lips and tears in their eyes, these men and women plead for mercy and seek the blessings of the divine. As they bow down their heads in devotion, they hope their miseries will be wiped away by the Sufi saints  – t

Open school

Most of them are children of migrants who have come to Delhi in search of work on construction sites or as casual labour. They live on the margins, in shanties hidden from the view of those who drive by on the vista-wide roads of the city, shantie

Safety nets

Any mention of Rajasthan evokes many images: the ultimate princely state, the land of grandeur and valour, but also a place where life can be difficult.  The state is going to polls soon. Administrators are busy organising camps in

Not soluble

It’s a ritual repeated every year. When the month of Bhadrapada (or Bhaado, as Bollywood and popular songs have it) arrives, it’s time for the devout to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesh. Celebrations are organised by Hindus and other

Colour me Vibgyor

The supreme court has rooted out Sec 377 IPC and recognised the right of adults with a spectrum of sexual orientations and preferences to make love as they please. The September 6 ruling also asserts the right of minority groups to not be judged b

The final journey

It was the hot afternoon of a humid day, between one spell of rains and another. That did not deter thousands of people from coming out to pay their final respects to a dear departed leader. Vajpayee, one of the tallest mass leaders of independent

Driven by Bhakti

A curving throng of devotees outside the cave shrine of Amarnath, where water dripping from the ceiling freezes into a cylindrical mound worshipped by the devout as a Shivling. Legend has it that it was discovered by Bhrigu Muni, a rishi. Texts da

In pictures: International Yoga Day observed

The fourth International Day was observed across the world on Thursday. PM Narendra Modi performed Yoga with thousands of volunteers at Forest Research Institure (FRI) in Dehradun. Greeting people on the occasion, Modi said, “While many po

A beast in the city

It stands more than 50 metres high, belching noisome fumes, fomenting numerous methane fires, and attracting thousands of kites, an affront to any success the Swachh Bharat campaign may have achieved. The Ghazipur landfill, which absorbs about a t

Bengaluru goes a-polling

The above picture was shot in a slum near Neelasandra. It’s a Muslim-dominated area where people have been fervent Congress supporters. They were enthusiastic about being photographed. Luckily, I was able to get a candid shot of a father-dau

Daryaganj Sunday book market: Second-hand joys

Every Sunday, the footpaths of Daryaganj in the heart of Old Delhi are taken over by hundreds of booksellers. Books for competitive exams, journals and classics to magazines, comics and cheap thrillers – they sell books of all kinds. Visitin

Sunder Nursery: Oasis of beauty

The work on Sunder Nursery, a lush green refuge from urban chaos in central Delhi, started in 2007, when the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) undertook a conservation and renewal project. The 90-acre complex houses 15 monuments (out of which six

Fire at Delhi`s Rohingya refugee camp

About 50 shanties in the Rohingya refugee camp in Kalindi Kunj area of Delhi were gutted in a fire dwelling in the wee hours on Sunday. While no casualty was reported, the casue of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Here are the pictures.

Beggars of Kamla Nagar market

There is privilege in this world; yet most of us are not cognizant of the same; our own or even someone else’s. Then there is poverty in this world; yet most of us are not cognizant of the same; our own or even someone else’s. 

In pictures: Delhi`s deadly smog

Air quality in the national capital and adjoining areas has reached hazardous levels. Here are some pictures of how the city looks now.

Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR: Shopkeepers and traders worry about losses

The supreme court on October 9 has banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR till November 1 in view of the air pollution in the capital following Diwali celebrations. While some are welcoming the move, the SC order has disturbed many shopk

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