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April 26, 2011

summer at deer park

deer park in safdarjung enclave springs a surprise on the otherwise uncaring urban life outside the boundary walls. nestled between the busy hauz khas village and green park market, few people have seen the activities that happen within the zoo-like area.

follow the leader.

watching the world go by. 

up close and personal.

April 23, 2011


rajpath, or the royal street, leads to the office of the president of india and other important ministries. but monkeys are known to like playing about on the premises of government buildings, unaware of security restrictions. 

April 22, 2011

pragati maidan

little ones get ready to perform at the crafts museum.

it is one of the least-visited interesting places in new delhi. the core collection of the museum was put together in the 1950s and 1960s to serve as reference material for craftspersons whose hereditary traditions were fading on the face of modern industrialisation.

for sale.

April 21, 2011

india gate

it was known as the 'all india war memorial' before it became india gate. names of soldiers who died fighting for the british empire in world war 1 and the third anglo-afghan war are engraved on the monument.

April 20, 2011

gandhi smriti

mohandas karamchand gandhi

 "i will give you a talisman. whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. will he gain anything by it? will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? in other words, will it lead to freedom for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."

"it (biography) does not say gandhi was bisexual. it does not say that he was homosexual. it does not say that he was a racist. the word bisexual never appears in the book and the word racist only appears once in a very limited context; relating to a single phrase and not to gandhi's whole set attitudes or history in south africa. i didn't say these things, so i can hardly defend them."

April 18, 2011

manipur film festival: jawaharlal nehru university

a documentary shows the manipuri pung cholom dance. it is usually performed before enacting the ras lila.  

a pena player welcomes the audience on the first day of the manipur film festival.

books on india's north-east were sold at the festival; the titles were not necessarily about films.

we meet him here again.

guru rewben mashangva, a naga folk-pop singer, tunes his guitar before a performance.

a cameraman waits for the projector screen to start.

April 16, 2011

fort cochi, kerala

"many will call me an adventurer — and that i am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes," ernesto che guevara had said. his adventures have taken him far and wide, and now he rests at this house in fort kochi, kerala.


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