Comics city Brussels

Although Brussels is not the most charming city in Belgium – there are far prettier towns in the northern region of Flanders – it won me over with its stunning wall art scattered carelessly through its heart. Brussels takes it comics very seriously – comic book shops in plenty, a comics cafe (more on it…

A morning at Dhobi Ghat

“Dhobi Ghat is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mumbai,” say several websites I look into. Really? Ok, so I did land up there one morning, camera in hand, so I realize I have no right to be snarky but “tourist attraction?” There was even this major makeover proposed a couple of years…

Portraits from Kutch

Last December, we spent a week in Kutch, around the time of the Rann Utsav. The Utsav itself was nothing great but we had a fabulous time at the Devpur homestay and the villages we visited. The women were especially fascinating – friendly, yet shy. Perhaps that shyness was their biggest charm. I have lots…

Snapshots from the Biennale

I went, I saw, I came back confused. It’s contemporary art – and I don’t really get most of it. So sue me. Update: In Tehelka, the reasons why the biennale didn’t work for me – Controversy Calling. In the meanwhile, decide for yourself. Some snapshots from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. At the lovely Kashi Art…

Of prints and paisley

Close on the heels of the Anokhi museum story, here is a photoessay I had done for Marwar magazine on traditional Rajasthani prints and the hand block printing process – these images are from Sanganer and the Anokhi factory, both near Jaipur. The next time, will visit Bagru village too, to complete the story in…

Let there be light

This is not strictly a travel post but this blog is also about the other fine things of life like photography. This morning, I was sitting on my bed when I noticed the patterns made by the sunlight streaming in through the window. And my mind went instantly to the stained glass Ganesha that I…

Clockwork couriers

It is 8.30 am and I am almost running, trying to keep pace with dabbawalla Kiran Gawande as he purposefully navigates, on foot, the narrow lanes of central Mumbai’s Lower Parel area. He has already been up and about for two hours, and has travelled by train from the distant northern suburb of Goregaon. For…