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The Cowherds

June 10th, 2011

Hyderabad is a fantastic and interesting place.

We were lucky enough to have a great driver who doubled as a tour guide on my trip there. As we were driving on a highway, I spotted the ruin of a mosque rising up from the small buildings to the right of us.

I asked the driver to stop, and we entered the narrow streets and headed towards it. And there it was, around the bend. Absolutely beautiful. Overgrown with green. Small plants and flowers growing out of cracks. Hundreds of years old, by the looks of it. Neglected. Crumbling. Seeming forgotten despite the bustle of life around it.

The mosque turned out to be inaccessible. Walled off from all sides. The driver, a man in his sixties, told us that he used to come often to that neighbourhood as a child. But as sectarian troubles began to increase between Hindus and Muslims, gradually the Muslims left the neighbourhood.

Round the back of the mosque, we came across a herd of cows and goats, tied up and docile.

Turned out the Hindu family nearby were raising them. Also turned out that the family elder was our driver’s wrestling instructor when he was a child. They hadn’t seen each other in some fifty years. It was an extraordinary moment.

We got to spend a little time with the family, and eventually I was allowed to take pictures.

The elder:

The son:

Father & son:

I feel privileged to have gotten a glimpse at a different side of life in India. One not many people get to see.

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The Coconut Vendor

April 9th, 2011

This portrait was made in Hyderabad, India, as I took a stroll in the early evening. Makeshift stalls were everywhere on the crowded streets, with vendors selling their wares as people celebrated the Makar Sankranti harvest festival.

To me this picture represents the innate kindness and generosity of people. The small kindness of strangers, and how the smallest of things – a smile – can allow people to open up to others. This lady initially tried to sell me some coconuts, and after a smile and a laugh were exchanged, she handed me a flower as a token of the festival season.

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Makar Sankranti – Bhogi!

March 27th, 2011

We arrived in Hyderabad at a rather ungodly hour of the morning. It wasn’t yet dawn when we arrived at our guest house but the inhabitants of neighbouring houses were outside, making small fires at the entrances to their dwellings, talking, and drawing in chalk upon the ground. Children were out on the streets barefoot, gathering twigs and small logs for the fire.

After an all too brief rest, we headed out to our meeting – the reason I was in Hyderabad. Turns out it was the first day of the Makar Sankranti festivites. Makar Sankranti (also known as Pongal) is a harvest festival celebrated in large parts of India.

It currently generally takes place on the 14th of January,some 21 days after the winter solstice. It commemorates the beginning of the harvest season, the end of the monsoon in the Southern parts of India and is regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase of the year.

In Andhra Pradesh, the province of which Hyderabad is the capital, Makar Sankranti is celebrated over a four day period. The first day is called Bhogi and it marks the day when people discard old things and concentrate on the new. The disposal or burning of old things at dawn symbolises the lack of attachment to material things, and the embrace of a virtuous way of life.

Seems our arrival coincided with Bhogi.

Later that day, I had the chance to take a closer look at some of the chalk drawings. Below are some pictures.

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While You Were Sleeping

January 18th, 2011

I know this comes a little late, but still: Happy New Year to you all!

Almost two months have passed since my last post. And so much has happened. I’ve been quite busy, both at and outside of work, a trend which seems to be continuing in this New Year.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit since my last post (and taken more planes than care to remember) in the last month and half, with brief stints in 5 countries for both work and pleasure. So the good news is that I managed to make a rather large pile of pictures in the period (about 2159, give or take). The bad news is it may take me some time to sort through them before I can eventually share some with you.

I have lots ready to share with you – and I will, but posts may be erratic for a while yet until I manage to find a work and everything else balance which allows me to update again as before, roughly once-every-second-day. So please bear with me.

Meanwhile, here’s a little something for those who may have fallen asleep waiting for a post:

This picture was taken at an ungodly hour of the morning in India, in a duty-free shop in Hyderabad’s international airport.

On another note, here are some inspiring time lapse photography videos:

More coming soon!

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While You Were Sleeping

January 18th, 2010

I know this comes a little late, but still: Happy New Year to you all!

Almost two months have passed since my last post. And so much has happened. I’ve been quite busy, both at and outside of work, a trend which seems to be continuing in this New Year.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit since my last post (and taken more planes than care to remember) in the last month and half, with brief stints in 5 countries for both work and pleasure. So the good news is that I managed to make a rather large pile of pictures in the period (about 2159, give or take). The bad news is it may take me some time to sort through them before I can eventually share some with you.

I have lots ready to share with you – and I will, but posts may be erratic for a while yet until I manage to find a work and everything else balance which allows me to update again as before, roughly once-every-second-day. So please bear with me.

Meanwhile, here’s a little something for those who may have fallen asleep waiting for a post:

This picture was taken at an ungodly hour of the morning in India, in a duty-free shop in Hyderabad’s international airport.

On another note, here are some inspiring time lapse photography videos:

More coming soon!

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