The Unsung Kashmir

The Unsung Kashmir

Just a couple of days back, my Photo Feature on offbeat destinations of Kashmir went online on Condenast Traveller’s site. To view it on CNTI site, click here. The Photo Feature is reproduced here: The Unsung Kashmir: While Kashmir may have been making the news for wrong reasons lately, it undoubtedly has been Bollywood’s darling location for film shoots for many decades. Little wonder visitors have already explored whatever there was to explore here. Or have they? Here is a glimpse…

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Mauritius – A 9-lettered word for FUN

Mauritius – A 9-lettered word for FUN

Recently, Mauritius Tourism had invited me to visit the Island nation. Though it was my third visit there, this weeklong visit left a life-long impression. I am privileged to share the experience with you. Since it was a packed fun-filled itinerary, the story is being shared in two parts. The fun in the itinerary prompted me to aptly title the story as Mauritius – A 9-lettered word for FUN. Here’s Part-I of my Mauritius story that appears in June 2016 issue…

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My Article – Enter the Illusion

My Article – Enter the Illusion

Recently, Mauritius Tourism had invited me to visit that Island nation. During this trip, I also visited Curious Corner, an illusion-filled abode in Southwest Mauritius. My account of this visit appeared in BLink – the weekend Magazine of The Hindu’s Business Line. The published article is reproduced below. My Article – Enter the Illusion A house in the southwest corner of Mauritius is the most intriguing tribute to Dutch artist MC Escher. Through his works, MC Escher, Dutch artist and…

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Radar – Regular BW Image section – JetWings

Radar – Regular BW Image section – JetWings

I have been contributing to Radar (Regular BW Image Section of JetWings) for sometime now. This is the first time that in both editions of JetWings (Domestic as well as International), my images are featuring. This ‘First’ has happened in May 2016 issues of these publications! JetWings International has my image of St. Basil’s Cathedral from Moscow, while JetWings Domestic carries my image of Largest Chicken Bowls from Lampang, a town that’s located just over a 100 km from Chiang…

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Is this the world’s most stunning metro?

Is this the world’s most stunning metro?

Here’s my newest story in Conde Nast Traveller India. It is on Moscow Metro – Is this the World’s Most Stunning Metro? 81 years ago, things went underground in the Russian capital. Let’s have a look at the World’s Most Stunning Metro Envisioned by Stalin as ‘Palaces for the Proletariat’, the Moscow Metro comprises around 200 stations and snakes across 330 mind-numbing kilometers. Little wonder then, that the metro boasts grand columns, majestic glass panels, and stunning murals. Despite its…

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Krishna – My Friend!

Krishna – My Friend!

In March 2016, I had been accorded the privilege of covering Krishna Ras Times Passion Trail by The Time of India. A much-abridged version of this appeared in TimesLife of 1st May 2016. I bring to you my detailed first hand experience of this trail under the title – ‘Krishna – My Friend!’ In for a shock! I was at Shrinathdwara. Most of us may know it by its informal name – Nathdwara – a small town around 40 km….

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When Palampur said – “Hail, Bloggers!”

When Palampur said – “Hail, Bloggers!”

A first-hand account that delves into the unsaid, the unravelled and the unexpressed of my recent trip to Palampur that was jointly facilitated by Travel Correspondents & Bloggers Group (a bloggers’ collective) and Himachal Heritage Village (a resort near Palampur). A Bloodcurdling Scream! I had barely put my head down on my arm that I rested on the back of the car seat and had just about slipped into a light stupor. Just around then, two things simultaneously happened – the car that…

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Creating A Composite Image – Total Lunar Eclipse

Creating A Composite Image – Total Lunar Eclipse

Creating A Composite Image – Total Lunar Eclipse This article is about the ‘How To’ of Creating A Composite Image – Total Lunar Eclipse. December 2011. A friend suggested we shoot the entire Lunar Eclipse against a heritage backdrop. He was connected and was able to manage the relevant permissions required to shoot after hours at the famed Qutub Minar. It was going to be a total eclipse and I realised we would be discovering a thing or two during the…

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Using Lightroom – A Simple Workflow

Using Lightroom – A Simple Workflow

Lightroom – A simple, yet overwhelming tool for many of us! Lightroom, with its multiple modules and huge number of options, could leave people in a state of “Oh-fuck!-What-should-I-do-with-these-numerous-sliders-and-controls!” I am attempting to de-mystify this tool in a way that most images that are decently exposed could get tackled by using this post. The process outlined here will work with Lightroom Ver. 5.0 or later. The process has been defined for Mac users. ONE CAVEAT: PLEASE SHOOT IN RAW FORMAT AND…

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Dubai – The Sands of Future

Dubai – The Sands of Future

Our safari driver pointed towards the vast desert vista through the windscreen of our safari Hummer H2 and said with typical native nonchalance – ‘This is what Dubai was about 35-40 years back.’ We had reached the safari venue in a 4×4, gliding over a smooth 6-lane freeway, driving past many exits, interchanges and cross-roads; along the way, we had come across numerous high-rise structures, 5-star hotels and shopping malls; and upon reaching there, we were face to face with…

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Zoom Burst Photography

Zoom Burst Photography

This article has appeared in the current issue (March 2016 issue) of JetWings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways! The Zoom Burst Photography technique can infuse photographs with a burst of energy or dynamism; lend them an abstract, artistic quality or a sense of mystique; or create a focus or strong leading lines that draw the viewer’s eyes to the core subject. It involves zooming in or out as you click an image, which will make the subject ‘burst’ forth from the centre of the…

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