Durga Puja, an age-old traditional festival of Bengalis receives international honour as it gets inscribed in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The images create a narrative about the festival, celebrating the creativity of artisans, the spirit of womanhood and the essence of nature in today's world.more
Volunteers give the Kolkata nuns of Missionaries of Charity a big helping hand.
They feed, bathe and put the ill and injured in bed. Wounds are lovingly dressed and bandaged.
Thier devotion to the poorest of the poor has to be seen to be believed.more
Instantly power back-up in Indian dynastic politics which turned into an award.
I was on a trip from Florence to Milan.
It was cold and snowing, a magnificent picturesque landscape all along, with snowflakes dropping like small cotton balls.
Was in the dining car having my breakfast and drinking my favourite Coffee Latte.
The phone rang. It was Deepak Sing from DDB Mudra,...more
When West meets East...more
The Summer of Uncertainty & Unrest.
In 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 me 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 were continuously...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 another awareness of reality for me. I was captivated by the simplicity of the people who had the ability to be joyous and happy in spite of their struggles. They danced, sang and lived for the moment. I began to understand, that 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 in the lives of people by delivering timely lunch. They collect dabbas/lunch boxes from the homes of office goers and deliver them to their workplaces across Mumbai. This service is carried out non-stop across the year irrespective of the 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
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 a health centre. But last International women's day it created 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 a nine-yard saree. Some come...more