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May 31, 2011

group sketch

some people put in money and years to master the art of making the perfect sketch stroke. but for the one-minute-portrait artists of janpath, learning and making money go hand in hand. 

rough beginnings.

buddha on the road

these cloth posters sold in front of a defunct showroom at connaught place in new delhi are a mix of gods and humans. something for everybody.

the vendor, who recently got the prime sidewalk space to sell his items, says he has hit the jackpot. "but i paid a large one to some people to survive at this corner of connaught place," he says.

it's business as usual — until he is evicted and his corner taken over by a roadside astrologer or a cloth seller.

May 29, 2011

band disband

the performance is over.

he gets a small gift wrapped in a newspaper for his service.

it's time to go home.

(for more images in this series, visit bands of brothers)

May 28, 2011

bands of brothers

no wedding is complete without a band.

men from the 113 infantry battalion, rajputana rifles, perform at a wedding ceremony.

on this day another military band competes with the rajputana band of brothers. a red versus green rages on.

the band marches on. it's a busy day yet again. the fun and feasting can wait.

this is the moment every band member has been waiting for. they reach the groom's house, put down their instruments and wait for the rewards. 

(for more images in this series, visit band disband)

May 25, 2011

more balloons

cost of a street balloon in 1991 — 10 paise, and you got a bundle of 10 for Re 1 (remember the Re 1 note)
cost of a street balloon in 2011 — 5 rupees, and it gets punctured easily

May 24, 2011

May 23, 2011

cover the face and ride on

rickshaw-pullers in imphal cover their face while ferrying people about town. the weather is pleasant. they don't need the piece of cloth to protect their face from the heat. they do it for a different reason — most of them are unemployed graduates. locals say it is embarrassing to be a rickshaw-puller in a small town where everybody knows you, so you have to hide your face.  

May 18, 2011

national highway 39

from numaligarh in assam to moreh near indo-myanmar border, covering approximately 430 kilometres.

(what's your road, man? — holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It's an anywhere road for anybody anyhow — jack kerouac)

bits of old delhi

old delhi tour operators. the old city's launchpad to mecca.

jama masjid.


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