Nature’s Own Exotica – Pahalgam

Nature’s Own Exotica – Pahalgam

This article appeared in an NRI-focussed magazine – NRI Achievers. A determined-looking, dashing Sunny Deol is riding a galloping steed. In a distant lush green meadow, you spot an idyllic log hut (well, log hut here is a euphemism for a sprawling wooden mansion). The large wooden fence around it is both, rustic and low enough for a horse to jump over. Amrita Singh is anxiously waiting for him on the cobblestoned driveway while Shammi Kapoor steps out of the mansion…

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Kashmir – Spring Swing!

Kashmir – Spring Swing!

This article (Kashmir – Spring Swing) appeared some time back in ‘Smart Photography’ – India’s leading Photography Magazine. This was my third visit to Kashmir. The difference was – I was visiting to shoot for a book on seasons of Kashmir for J&K Tourism. I was asked by the department to be in Srinagar on 10th April, make that the base and move around to hitherto unexplored places – unexplored by tourists, I mean. It was a joy shooting for…

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Lucknow – Of Heritage and Cuisine

Lucknow – Of Heritage and Cuisine

…The city seems strewn with architectural heritage. Most of these monuments are surprisingly well preserved. I was told the locals take pride in taking care of these monuments…

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A ‘Monumental’ Visit to Moscow

A ‘Monumental’ Visit to Moscow

A ‘Monumental’ Visit to Moscow. This travel story has been published by Smart photography, India’s leading photography magazine, in their December 2015 Travel Special Issue. Canon India had provided me an EOS 5D-SR body and an EF 11-24mm f/4.0 USM lens for review during my Moscow visit. If it were not for these pieces of equipment, I would surely not have managed to capture the stunning images you will see in this feature. My grateful thanks to the camera giant…

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Getting More With Less in Travel Photography

Getting More With Less in Travel Photography

Canon India had provided me an EOS 5D SR body and an EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens for review during my Moscow visit. This combination added tremendous firepower to my arsenal. Before we see how, let’s take a look at some of the truly useful features/specifications of this camera body and lens (In case you find any of this too technical, please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to resolve the tech-query for you). Canon EOS 5D SR: While EOS 5D…

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A Zoom-Burst of Bangkok Skyline

A Zoom-Burst of Bangkok Skyline

Exif: ISO 100 | Shutter Speed 2.5″ | Aperture f/2.8 | Focal Length 70mm to 24mm A Zoom-Burst of Bangkok Skyline A quick zooming out from 70mm to 24mm during a 2.5″ shot helped create this frame. Sometimes, zoom-burst works. Do try it selectively!

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The Horrors of Auschwitz

The Horrors of Auschwitz

My photo-story – The Horrors of Auschwitz – currently on Conde Nast Traveller India. Click here to read it!

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In The Footsteps Of Jesus

In The Footsteps Of Jesus

My story – In The Footsteps Of Jesus – currently on Conde Nast Traveller India. Click here to read.

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Akko – A Medieval Mediterranean Gem

Akko – A Medieval Mediterranean Gem

I had won Cox & Kings’ Grab Your Dream Contest and the prize was an all-expenses paid trip to Israel. During this trip, I was also reviewing Canon 5D SR and EF 11-24mm f/4.0 USM. Here is just a small glimpse of this trip that appears in October 2015 Issue of India’s Premier Photography Magazine – Smart Photography. Akko – A Medieval Mediterranean Gem While we pride ourselves in having Varanasi as one of the oldest continually inhabited cities of…

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Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad

Indispensable Travel Apps for Travelling Abroad

    I use technology despite being from the times when analogue was the only watch and film was the only camera. I am sure there are many of us around who do that. Perhaps how I am different (or so I believe) is that I do so as if it is a second nature. I say that because I have never consciously given it enough thought to ever write about it. In today’s smartphone era, my iPhone 6 has…

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Travel Fitness At Fifty-Five

Travel Fitness At Fifty-Five

I am not getting any younger and am travelling a lot. Lately, my travel has been a dilemma for me. While I enjoy it more than ever, I worry about food and exercise – or health in general – during my trips. Furthermore, an average bloke like me has limited, if any, understanding of complexities of calorie intake or outgo, heart rate, adequate rest, etc. More than anything, this lack of understanding always, I repeat, always leaves you worried about…

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