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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Air quality in the national capital and adjoining areas has reached hazardous levels. Here are some pictures of how the city looks now.
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
Activists in Delhi protesting the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Gauri was shot dead by unidentified people in Bangalore on September 5. Her murder spurred protests across the country.
A Ladakhi village woman in deep devotion at the prayer meeting.
A small central Himalayan settlement in Uttarakhand – Nainital, with spellbinding topography, earned the sobriquet ‘natural amphitheatre’ from its colonial masters in the nineteenth century. This is thanks to its lake, about 1.5
The water they drink poisons their bones. Scores of people in Pachgai Khera, a village of some 500 residents, some 20 kilometres from Agra and off National Highway 44, are bent over or have their limbs twisted at the joints. Many have mottled or d
More than 300 furniture traders, manufacturers and shop owners took to the streets of Kirti Nagar in the national capital on Wednesday, to protest against the government’s move to levy 28% GST on furniture. The protest –
Ram Nath Kovind, Arvind Kejriwal, and participants on International Yoga day at Connaught Place, New Delhi