Postcards

A place where I share some of my favourite photographs. A few have a story behind them while others don’t. Some you will find as part of articles on this website, and the rest are solo travelers (because apparently “solo travel” is IN these days) and can only be found here.

PS: The newer photographs are always posted up top, so you don’t have to scroll all the way down to see them, if you are a repeat offender visitor. See how considerate I am. Now go and visit the rest of the blog.

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One of my favorite “architectural” photographs which captures old Town Geneva, Windows with shutters, some with blinds, and the breaking up of the lines via the lampshades, it really came out well in the black and white format.
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I have always been shy of taking photographs of people. The occasional street photography aside, I never could muster up the courage to talk to people and make them comfortable enough to let me “click” them. Things are changing now though. I have become interested in profiles and close ups of faces, although with slight hesitation. I do however feel that sometimes asking for permission – and by no means am I promoting voyeurism – results in the subject being too conscious, just like these three boys I came across in Delhi while looking at Durga Goddess idols being made. Nevertheless, I am happy with the photos from that entire excursion called The Goddess and Mortals of Durga Puja
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Although it has shut-down since the time I took this photograph, the Blue’s Brothers Coffee Shop in Amsterdam was really quite a place to get “high”. Besides the obvious link to the film, I loved the architecture of the building it was housed in. You can still read An Outsider’s Guide to Amsterdam for tips and recommendations.
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The juiciest, yummiest, drool worthy tomatoes I have ever had. Obviously I wasn’t aware of the fact when I took the photograph, bit so glad that I did. The background of the vintage wooden dinner table turned out to be perfect. Taken in Corseaux, Switzerland, you should read about the 10 Must Eats (And Drinks) in Switzerland before heading out there.
Parrots and History
I might have been invading their privacy a little here, but these two green love birds with the backdrop of magnificent engravings on a monument in the Qutub Minar complex where calling to be photographed.
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I asked if I could take a photograph of hers. She nodded her head positively and looked at the camera with a serious expression.  I said “Hanske” (with a smile). She didn’t understand and looked at me confused. I then smiled, pointed at my teeth and said again “daanth, haste huey” (Teeth, laugh). She finally understood, felt shy for a second, said something to the woman next to her, and gave me this genuine almost spontaneous smile in return. This and a lot more when you read about Nandgaon Holi: A Colourful Experience.
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No eggs, No non-vegetarian, and no cash register either. Visited Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar in Jaipur and was pleasantly surprised by how old school it is. The Metal box next to the “cashier” is where all the money went and change came out. The bills were hand written. The food so delicious and filling, my lunch sent me into a deep slumber and kept me full till the very next morning. Read all about this legendary place in Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar – Eating in the Past.
Fountain at the English Garden, Geneva
Everyone is aware of the natural beauty that graces Switzerland, but the Swiss are true connoisseurs of art and architecture, evident from just looking around and admiring sculptures, fountains, buildings, street art, and the likes that can be found across all cities, towns, and villages of the country. This here is a magnificent fountain at The Jardin Anglais in Geneva.
Gornergrat - Zermatt
Having being born and raised in India, there is something inherently fascinating about experiencing snow in the middle of the year – peak Indian summer months. As our train left Zermatt for Gronergrat, the scenery changed from the green mountainsides to a white blanket covered topography that brought about lots of “ooohs” and “aaaahs” from everyone in the train.
Paris
Paris mon amour – I have had the pleasure of being in this metropolitan world city a few times over the decades and never has it failed to amaze me. It’s beauty from atop is as splendid as is its charm from within. A game that I often play while walking in Paris is “Spot the Eiffel” and this photograph, with its antique look, remains a personal favourite.
The Joy of Storytelling
The wide-eyed amazement on this boy’s face is what the power of story telling is all about. A trip to a nearby village and a day full of wonder and amazement. Read about it in The joy of Storytelling.
Dali & Film
I love everything vintage, and this Oliveitti typewriter was one among a few that were on display in The Book Barge a Floating Bookshop that I came across in Birmingham, UK. And now I regret not buying the book – Dali & Film – standing next to it.
Durga Puja - The Idol Maker
There’s something about his face that makes this one of my favourite profile photographs. Taken in New Delhi where artisans from Bengal come down to the city every year to make idols for Durga Puja. The lines on his face and bags below his eyes, he worked with determination as a man who had his life to the craft. See the work done by him and others in The Goddess and Mortals of Durga Puja.
Switzerland - Natural Beauty
I visited Switzerland for the second time in my life last summer – the first time was a blur – and till then I would always think “how pretty could it really be that people rave about it all the time?”. That all changed as soon as we took a drive from Geneva airport, along Lac Leman, to the town to Vevey. There’s no denying that natural beauty in Switzerland is unparalleled and presents itself in different forms across the country. This photo was taken while on a walk in Lauterbrunnen: The Land of Waterfalls.
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