My Wife.

It does not matter what the story is all about but if you are married then no Indian Story can start or end without proper credit and mention of the Wife. 0002

A new beginning.

A new beginning. 0001
A new beginning. 0001

Aanchal Bohra Crowned Miss Rajasthan 2018.

Aanchal Bohra Crowned Miss Rajasthan 2018.
Aanchal Bohra in right with tag number 18 Crowned as Miss Rajasthan 2018 and 1st runner up  Juhi Vyas.

Rreligion and Escapism.

Rreligion and Escapism.
This guy was sitting outside a temple in Jaipur. Not disturbing or poking anyone, just sitting and reading his holy book. Occasional passerby’s were dropping a Rupee or two in front of him. He looked focus on what he was doing; he didn’t even got distracted by me while I took this top shot.

At that time a question came to my mind. Does religion has developed into a way to justify escapism? 

Exhibition Continues.

Exhibition Continues.
Took this shot at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Where paint job is in the process right now.

My First Love, Bhutta.

First Love Bhutta.
Pahela pahela pyar na bhule,
Bhule chahe sari khudai.
Mujhe mila sath jo tera,
Maine sari duniya bhulai.

My first Love Bhutta (Grilled Corn), enjoying the season’s first bhutta at Jawahar Circle, Jaipur. #mobilephotography

Jealous.

Jealous.
I kind of miss those days when I use to ride two wheeler. I always use to reach home drenched in rainy season and when mom use to scold me I use to say mom what can I do it started raining and there was no shelter on the way. . . :) Anyhow there was a little girl on this bike in between her parents who was enjoying like anything and I was getting jealous of her.

The size of Family.

The size of Family.
I met this guy recently at one of the Sanganer Print Factory, when I was there on a shoot for a garment brand. I had spent some good amount of time there so got a chance to interact with him and other workers. You will be amazed to find out that many of them earn more money than many M.B.A. graduates nowadays but still live in very bad conditions. When I dug more about the reason behind their poor living conditions after such a good earning, one of the reasons I found is that they are the only earning member of their family and they send most of the money to their family in villages. You must be thinking most of the city graduates also support their families but still live in better conditions? Answer is simple “The size of Family”, When a city graduate talks about family it generally means nuclear family setup but When these worker talk about family it means Grand Parents, Parents, 3 or 4 Siblings, Wife and few Children. 

A country where children are considered as a gift of god and talking about condom is taboo in itself needs hell lot of effort to educate people about family planning. Otherwise no amount of money can bring good living conditions to them.

Monsoon Drama by Nature.

Amphitheatre of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
There was Rain, Blue Sky, Clouds and Sunlight all together. Nature was in full mood of drama today and what could have been the better place then Amphitheatre of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur to capture it. 

Monsoon in Rajasthan.

Relief from scorching heat, finally monsoon is in Rajasthan. It’s a different story that it had already claimed many lives all over India.

A Kulfi Wala.

A Kulfi Wala.

Had a chit chat with this guy who sell kulfi at the Statue Circle, Jaipur. He told me that competition is high, business is down and he has lot of expenses to meet. Then I asked him what does he thinks about the future of his business, he just went silent in a thought and I clicked his answer.

Thirsty Monkey and Modern Science.

Thirsty Gray langur and Modern Science.
Gray langur are common in India and so is the thirst for Water. It’s not just about the India but most of the countries in World are going through the crisis of clean water. Water is the basic necessity and after so much modernization, industrialization and so on . . . World is still going through the crisis of clean water? 

Just think about it are the Scientists from around the globe are so dumb that they can come up with innovations we can’t even imagine but they can’t come up with a solution for our basic necessity clean water? Even these Langurs in India have evolved and urbanized so much that they know how to open a tap to drink water and then when they are done they close the tap. But Scientists are still in the search for the solution of clean water or is someone stopping them from providing us the solution?

Exhibition - New Traditions: Influences and Inspirations in Indian Textiles.

Exhibition - New Traditions: Influences and Inspirations in Indian Textiles.
A unique textile exhibition titled ‘New Traditions: Influences and Inspirations in Indian Textiles, 1947 – 2017’ opened its doors to the public at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur on Friday. Showcasing artwork from over 50 artists and designers who have been dynamically influenced by cultural, political, social, economic and scientific conditions, the exhibition will remain open to the public till 31 July 2018.

Weeding Vastra Heritage Look Book Shoot 2018.

Weeding Vastra Heritage Look Book Shoot 2018.
Few shots from Weeding Vastra Heritage Look Book Shoot 2018.
Designer - Abhi Sharma
Model - Priyank Sharma, Muskan Golash and Garima Dhingra
Photography - Manav Singhi
Location - Castle Kalwar

Backstage.

Shot Taken for FashionVeda.com before the Trunk show at polo lounge on Saturday 29-April-2018. Show Director Gaurav Gaur - Models Akanksha Bhalla, Ridhima Godha, Nupur Jhankal and Mona Gautam.

Astha Naayika

Sneha Chakradhar Bharatnatyam
On the occasion of "World Dance Day" Jawahar kala Kendra, Jaipur presented "Astha Naayika" a treat for Dance lovers.

Astha Naayika explores the different Avastahas (State) of a Naayika towards her Nayaka (Lover, Hero), told through the tale of eight Naayikas, showcasing eight Bhavas (emotion) of a woman in love, depending on the situation.

She is the bold one or the repentant, the annoyed or the separated, the expectant or full of pride. The visualization of myrid moods of nayika entwined in music, dance and poetry.

Performing Artists: Lipsa Satpathy Odissi, Sneha Chakradhar Bharatnatyam and Rashmi Uppal Kathak.
Lipsa Satpathy Odissi 
Rashmi Uppal Kathak

Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam
Today on the Eve of World Heritage Day Bharatanatyam performance was presented by the Students of Aakechak Society at the Albert Hall, Jaipur.

Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan

Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan
Scene from the play, "Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan" which was staged on the second day of Theatre Olympics on Monday evening at Ravindra Manch, Jaipur. 

Directed by Salima Raza, Salima Raza also played the role of Alys while Banwari Taneja played Faiz. the play is a dramatised reading of the letters exchanged between Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Pakistan’s poet laureate and one of the most important litterateurs of Urdu language, and his wife Alys, when he was imprisoned in Pakistan between 1951 and 1955.

The Stronger by August Strindberg.

The Stronger by August Strindberg.

Today I went to see a Play “The Stronger by August Strindberg” as a part of ongoing “Jaipur International Theatre Festival” at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. I was 3min late and just missed the Introduction of play so I was not having any Idea about what the play will be about. The language was Greek so it was kind of impossible for me to understand it.

The above pic was from one of the first scenes of the play and rest of the pics is in the sequence of the play. It was the interesting play and the acting was beautiful. “According to me” the whole play was about the fight over these bellies and in the end both the women divided the bellies.

Faag Utsav.

Kathak performance by Yashika Singh at Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur. On the occasion of  Faag Utsav 2018.


Something is between Us.

Took this shot of Arvind Jodha on 06-May-2016 at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
“Something is between Us” is series of three pictures.
Took this shot of Arvind Jodha on 28-Dec-2017 at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Took this shot of Arvind Jodha on 24-Jan-2018 at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Rajasthan Style Fest.

Rajasthan Style Fest.
Model - Garima Chouhan.
Campaign Shoot for Rajasthan Style Fest, Location Amber Fort, Jaipur.

Republic Day.

Republic Day.
26 January - Republic Day Jaipur. #StreetPhotography #MobilePhotography

Waiting!

A shot from Sunday Jaipur old walled city photowalk.
Three shots from Waiting! Series. 
Shot last Sunday at Jaipur old walled city PhotoWalk.
Three shots from Waiting! Series.

Three shots from Waiting! Series.

Monkey Thieves Jaipur.

Latest video of Monkey Thieves from Jaipur. Shot today at our city PhotoWalk.

Hum Gunge Hain.

Shaksham Khandelwal presented his Solo Play “Hum Gunge Hain” today evening 19-Jan-2018 which was Writen, Directed and Acted by him only at Ravindra Manch, Jaipur. The story of this play revolves around how to make human out of man and the casteism and hatred which is growing day by day in society.

Old Potter.

Old Potter.
It was a cold winter night and I caught an old potter in the middle of his dinner. He lives in this space which he calls "home without walls" with his Son, Daughter in law and a Toddler Grandson.

Kite Festival 2018.

Makar Sankranti or Kite Festival 2018.
Hopefully this pic is my last pic related to this seasons Kite Festival Jaipur.
Mobile Photography Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Miss Geetannjli.

Fashion Shoot for High on Persona Magazine.
Fashion Shoot for High on Persona Magazine.
Designer - Buzjay
Model - Miss Geetannjli
Makeup - Poornima Goyal

Winter Morning – Tea, Sugar and Sunshine.

Winter Morning – Tea, Sugar and Sunlight. At Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Winter Morning – Tea, Sugar and Sunshine. At Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Makar Sankranti or Kite Festival 2018.

Makar Sankranti or Kite Festival 2018.
Yesterday I got up at 5am and started covering the festivity of Makar Sankranti or popularly known as Kite Festival of Jaipur. Entire day I clicked many pictures some beautiful portraits, actions and events which I might share in future. But when I sat for selection of pictures today morning for the post, I got stuck to this picture and somehow I felt that this picture has summed up my entire Makar Sankranti or Kite Festival of Jaipur 2018 for me.

Fire Breaks Out Near Jawahar Circle, Jaipur.

Today 11 Jan 2018 around 3pm fire breaks out at one of the banquet hall "Rose Garden" of Entertainment Paradise near Jawahar Circle, Jaipur. At least Ten fire tenders on the spot No casualties reported yet.

Decorations.

Decorations Captured at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur.
Decorations Captured at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur.

Gender Story a Photographic Exhibition.

Selfie with friends at the Inaugration of “Gender Story” a photographic exhibition
A Selfie with friends at the Inauguration of “Gender Story” a photographic exhibition by Young photographer and friend Jainish Vig. If you are in Jaipur then you can check it out tomorrow also at Parijaat II Gallery, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.