The hot idlis that gave me the chills

It was a fine morning in Bangalore. I woke up and looked around. I had slept for more than six hours. People usually say that you won’t get proper sleep when you’re in a new place. But, my system is an exception. When the clock hits half past ten, I doze off. No matter what happens. I was in Bangalore to visit my friend. It’s been a while since I visited Bangalore and I thought it would be a nice break from the usual routine. I looked into the adjacent room and I saw my friend waking up slowly. After…

4 essential free apps for mobile photography

Almost everybody uses a smartphone these days, and this has tremendously increased the amount of images that we share every day. Every social platform we knew of has brought in features for their users to share images. And, everybody wants their photo to look pretty before they share them on social media. This made me think of sharing a few words about a couple of mobile apps that are very helpful for me in processing the images I shoot these days. Even though the mobile-only method sounds unconventional to many, I stand by it for a few reasons. Easy of use…

Things I learnt when I photographed my entire trip using a smartphone

Recently I traveled to Mumbai on a four day trip. When I was packing for the trip I took my DSLR out of the shelf and was about to keep it in my bag. I had to pack my EOS 550D, the kit lens (18-55 mm) and a 50 mm f/1.8 II, a pack of memory cards, flash, and a set of rechargeable batteries. Then I thought “why carry such a huge gear bag! Why not travel light!?” Also, I’ve always had this idea “a good photograph can be taken using any device, and you do not need a sophisticated camera to do…

5 places in Mumbai that gave me an ultimate food experience

I’ve recently been to Mumbai for a short trip with my colleagues/friends and all we did for the entire time was walking and eating. We ate and as well as burnt a lot of calories. A win-win situation. We’ve had great food in several places in and around Mumbai and after coming back I thought “why not choose the best 5 food joints and write my experience with them!” And, here it goes. Aram Vada Pav  The first thing that came to my mind when I stepped my foot in Mumbai was vada Pav a.k.a Indian version of burger. For…

PHOTO SERIES: The Unnoticed

Today morning i was taking my usual 6.10 train to my college. I was too bored to listen to the music i had in my mobile so i started to look around. That is when i started observing a lot of things inside the train compartment. I could see a design, a pattern everywhere. Torn seats, scrapped of posters, love notes scribbled by some stranger to portray his love to the world and lots more. For a moment i felt everything around me is trying to communicate something. So I decided to challenge myself and start a small photo project. I…

Street Play: An art before cinema

Entertainment has taken a lot of different forms throughout the history of world. The most recent form of entertainment which is prevalent from the 20th century is cinema. Before that the only form of entertainment was street plays and street shows which were found in order to entertain and educate people about various issues. This is usually done by depicting scenes from famous Indian epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. In the recent years, the art of street play is at the verge of extinctions. Only a few festivals in and around Tamilnadu still has the custom of arranging a street play…

Holi celebrations in Chennai

It was only in the last year I came to know that Holi is celebrated in Chennai (seriously!).That day I decided that I should somehow photograph the next Holi, my dream came true today morning. I reached sowcarpet at 6.30 in the morning. I joined my group Chennai weekend clickers (CWC) and started walking into Mint Street, where the biggest Holi celebration in Chennai happens every year. There was no activity until 8 AM. Until then we were looking for normal street shots and kids portraits along the streets. At around 8, we got information that Holi celebrations were started in a nearby place…