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children on streets

Girls playing on the streets at the Bangladeshi colony in Seemapuri, Delhi Uttar Pradesh border, This is from my three year Workshop on documentary photography as part of WPPH workshop series In Asia which held in 2001-2003

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remembering 1999 Super Cyclone,India

A village woman (suspected Cholera patient)  rescued by Indian Army from Kankan an isolated village  near  ‘Ersamma” in Orissa  after 1999 Super Cyclone hit.  Even days after the disastera stench-filled wasteland of corpses and carcasses. Little else remains. The lack of relief work in 1999  is a poorly managed. Today we are far ahead that able to evacuate more than 2lakh population to a safe place…  

1999 Story Published Nov 29 1999 

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Dressed up for the job

A boy spotted begging in  Hampi, a  world heritage site in Karnataka, dress to look like a Hanuman is a Hindu deity,  a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana .

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at work

a migrant labor from rural Karnataka at an aluminium cooker factory in Bangalore, India

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Minar of Taj mahal

Minar of Taj mahal
 
Minaret:minaret (Turkish: minare, from Arabic manārah (lighthouse) is a distinctive architectural feature of Islamic mosques, generally a tall spire with an onion-shaped or conical crown, usually either free standing or taller than any associated support structure. The basic form of a minaret includes a base, shaft, and gallery. Styles vary regionally and by period. Minarets provide a visual focal point and are used for the call to prayer (adhan).Soon after the Taj Mahal’s completion, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb and put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort. Upon Shah Jahan’s death, Aurangzeb buried him in the mausoleum next to his wife.
By the late 19th century, parts of the buildings had fallen badly into disrepair. During the time of the Indian rebellion of 1857, the Taj Mahal was defaced by British soldiers and government officials, who chiselled out precious stones and lapis lazuli from its walls. At the end of the 19th century, British viceroy Lord Curzon ordered a sweeping restoration project, which was completed in 1908. He also commissioned the large lamp in the interior chamber, modelled after one in a Cairomosque. During this time the garden was remodelled with British-style lawns that are still in place today

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MSU Campus Library

University library, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

The library was established on 1 May 1950. At the time of MSU’s establishment, a collection of 5,12,159 books belonging to two state libraries (Huzur Political Office and Secretariat Library) was handed over to the University Library.

There were several colleges in Baroda – Baroda College (for Arts), Science Institute, Commerce College, and Secondary Teacher’s Training College, etc. These colleges had libraries of their own that continued to remain as Faculty Libraries and were administered independently. Thus the University Library System was established on 5 January 1950 and housed in the central block of Old Residency Office Building.

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kuzhal- Trissur Pooram (illanjithara melam)

The  illanjithara melam during Trissur Pooram, Kerala

Enjoy the changing rhythmical pace of the traditional drum (Chenda) beat during the famous Ilanjithara Melam (percussion performance in front of the Ilanji tree) during the Thrissur Pooram. Sudden changes in pace of the drumbeats, emanating from more than a dozen drums, backed by horns and cymbals resonate the whole atmosphere, making one’s body pulsating with its vibratory patterns.

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Jantar Mantar , New Delhi

the moon and a crow at Jantar Mantar

It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The site is one of five built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1724 onwards, as he was given by Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah the task of revising the calendar and astronomical tables. There is a plaque fixed on one of the structures in the Jantar Mantar observatory in New Delhi that was placed there in 1910 mistakenly dating the construction of the complex to the year 1710. Later research, though, suggests 1724 as the actual year of construction more info

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street food vendor, janpath, new delhi

Street Junk food vendor near janpath, new delhi

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Chawri bazaar : walking through Old Delhi streets

tea vendor near Juma masjid ( Mosque), Old Delhi.

a evening walk through Mehrauli

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Mehrauli is one of the seven ancient cities that make up the present state of Delhi. Read more at Wikipedia

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build houses on rocks……, but today these rocks are vanishing.

Man build houses on rock…….
Image from the series I did on rocks, life, terrains in Hyderabad. 1993 B&W oRWO 125 ASA film. Scanned with EPSON. Inkjet edition Prints on Hahnemühle FineArt paper