A NEW ADDRESS

Hi Guys !

It’s been quite a lull around here for past few months. But I promise this post comes with a good news : )

Serendipity has moved to a new address. It’s more personal and so much more for you and not just photos. However, I love WordPress and my blog here (since it’s my first home on the web) so I will keep this space for an exciting new personal project in the pipeline : )

Serendipity by Anushree Gavas

So head up to the new place for SERENDIPITY  and I would love to hear how do you guys love/not so much love the new look : )

QUIESCENCE

This month has been awfully quiet, beautiful and melancholy at the same time. It’s the birthday month for me and I tend to go in the contemplative mode every year. Thoughts from past and thoughts to the future engulf me and surround me.  But I am glad I have been taking pictures.

Silence is something that I has always inspired me and I got a lot of me-time this past weeks, thanks to my trips to Pune. If you are following me on Instagram you already know my love for Pune and other cities. A bit of both happy and sad thoughts never ever left my mind even on roads. Happy thoughts of going to Pune, my beloved city. Given a chance I would move to Pune right away!  Below are some shots from Saras Baug, a tranquil right amidst the city.

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I have loved my quiet moments more than anything. I feel my best thoughts come to me when I am in silence.  The morning trip to Saras Baug gave me that space I needed, that quiet space.

I wanted to make images that would make you want to be quiet when you see them.

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On other note, we celebrated our 68th Independence day this week. My husband gave some fodder for thought on India and Pakistan. His article ACROSS & BEYOND is a fantastic insight of common man’s life in Pakistan and I am happy to have a thinking husband who has thoughts beyond the mundane.

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And sad thoughts of passing away of a brilliant brilliant actor Mr. Robin Williams. Sitting here seven seas away as they say, his death might not affect my life in real terms but on a more deeper level it did! It was like passing away of someone from the family!

I remember most of my lunches with re runs of Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire and all the happy laughing memories that Robin gave me. And I can’t believe the fact that he was sad all the while he made me laugh. A relationship taught me very well that you cannot heal a person by loving them and you yourself need to heal your hurt. I just wish he saw all the love he had and mustered up courage to stay. But I also wonder where were all these people when he needed them.                   I am sad I won’t ever get to see his brilliance again.

I hope he has found his happy place now!

I will miss the spark in his eyes the most!

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 Love to the world!

SHAHANA & SHAHRUKH

Shahana & Shahrukh were getting married after a long courtship and I second-shot for this wedding. Shahana & Sharukh are really lovely quiet and private people and so was their wedding.

Very lovely, intimate affair for two days. We started with Shahana’s mehendi.

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Shahana’s Mehendi was very beautifully done by the Mumbai based Henna artist.

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A quite Luncheon with close family at Nido after the civil ceremony.

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For those who are wondering what does Nido mean, Nido ~ A term used to describe an exciting situation. Can portray a feeling of  awesomeness.

Getting ready for the Luncheon with the heirloom jewellery.

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The new Mrs. makes an entrance !

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Some portraits from the party.

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It is refreshing to see all happy faces during the Bidai.

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I wish Shahana & Sharukh the very best that life has to offer!

Love !

RAAG MALHAR

Music is an integral part of my life, in fact not just mine but music plays a pivotal role in everyone’s life. Events are incomplete without music. I have fond memory of my grandfather listening to Amin Sayani’s Binaca Geetmala on the radio.  And when I got a chance of a photo-session with a music practitioner, I was over the moon !

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Shalmalee Joshi has been doing her *riyaaz for almost her entire lifetime. The entire family follows a rigourous musical lifestyle and I was amazed to see that they don’t even have a television and don’t feel the need for it.

Their entire house is full of musical things and things that hold meaning to them. Every article in the house has a story behind it.

When I first went to see her, her only brief was that she is looking for pictures that will show a blend of music & nature. She says that nature inspires her more than anything else !

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Follower of *Jaipur Atrauli Gharana, Shalmalee has given many performances at Mehrangarh Fort at the Jaipur annual music festivals.


Shalmalee is newly training herself under one of very eminent singers from Jaipur on a very special project. I hope to document that too !


I can’t help but be amazed and in awe of her and they way she has trained herself musically. I also got a chance to relish on a native delicacy made by her and it re-instills my faith in “you are what you eat”.

I have these photographs so close to my heart not just because of her but also the kind of person she is.  She just has so many many stories to tell, right from her Himalayan adventures where she sang for everyone atop the mountain in freezing degrees to singing for the royal family of Jaipur.

These two happen to be my favourite photographs.

None other than Mr. Rai’s work was an absolete inspiration for this.

These photographs were edited while listening to Shruti Sadolikar & Kishori Amonkar’s “Sahela Re”.

I am more than humbled to be able to meet her and listen to her stories and hope for a chance to document her more.

I really hope these pictures inspire you to at least go listen to your favourite piece of music.

*riyaazRiyaaz is an Urdu language term used for music practice, for honing of Hindustani classical music vocal as well as instrument skills. It is followed rigorously by the students as well as exponents of vocal as well as dancing forms.

*Jaipur Atrauli Gharana ~ The Jaipur-Atrauli gharana (also known as the Jaipur GharanaAtrauli-Jaipur Gharana, and Alladiyakhani Gharana) is a Khayal-based stylized singing family-hood (gharana), founded by Ustad Alladiya Khan (1855–1946) in the late 19th century. His family belonged to Atrauli near Aligarh, and subsequently migrated to Jaipur, giving the gharana its name.

BIT OF MAKE-UP AND HATS

Presenting the ever-so-stunning Anisha with her perfectly sculpted face .

I don’t think I could have gone wrong with any of the compositions with Anisha posing in front of the camera.

You have seen here earlier on the blog here FIRST FILM PHOTOS

I also took some pictures of Mehul, handsome man with the hat : )

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Dress : Manish Arora

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Anisha styled all the above pictures. Some for her college assignments.

Anisha, Mehul and me teamed up thrice on assignments.

You can follow her work on Instagram : THEANISHA

And I hope it happens again real soon!