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23 April 2011

A monkey at Rajpath


Rajpath, or the royal street, leads to the office of the president of India and other important ministries. Monkeys are known to like playing about on the premises of government buildings, unaware of security restrictions.

22 April 2011

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum


Little ones get ready to perform at the crafts museum.


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 industrialization.


20 April 2011

Gandhi Smriti



"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."

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

18 April 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 2011.


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


We meet him here again. The last time we saw him was in Fort Kochi.


Guru Rewben Mashangva, a Naga folk-pop singer, tunes his guitar before a performance.



A cameraman waits for the projector screen to start.

16 April 2011

Che Guevara in Fort Kochi


"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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