CHENNAI TIMES

My visit to Chennai was a good start to 2015. I always wanted to visit South India after extensively visiting the North, East and West, and finally got this chance.

It was a packed schedule of six days with three weddings to document. I shot my first Muslim wedding and second shot with the ever-so-awesome photographer Varun Suresh. You all will get to see the weddings in upcoming blog posts but a few shots from a personal project are below. I am trying to document as many patterns of nature as possible. And I am quite happy with the images I got here in Chennai.

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Egg, one of the bride’s cat. She was tiny and comfortably sitting in an oval shape when they first saw, so instantly named her Egg.

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I also had a chance to meet and work with this wonderful team of cinematographers from Chennai, Anvitha & Naveen. You can see their work on Vimeo. Anvitha and me have been friends for quite sometime now and had met her only in 2010. It was really nice meeting and working with her.

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I managed a glimpse of the beautiful land of Tamil Nadu, so many sights, tastes and emotions to soak in. I missed visiting Marina Beach, may be thats for my next visit. I visited the beautiful Kapaleeshwarar Temple and it literally took my breath away. Southern architecture also known as Dravidian architecture has always fascinated me.

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Chennai Auto. The driver was cleaning up his auto and I asked him if he could park the auto in the spot I wanted and he happily did : )

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My love for South India is not limited just to architecture but extends into sarees, jewellery and food too. Early on I had started collecting silk sarees which have become an inseperable part of me. I am also saving up for temple jewellery.

Anvitha graciously agreed to take me to Nalli. A visiting to Nalli’s oldest shop (since 1928) was definitely on top of my list. I was in a wonderland!

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I had a chance to visit one of the oldest breakfast place Saravana Bhawan and loved the chutneys they served. However the idlis and dosas of Murugan Idli Shop are so much better. I think they should team up and cook what they are best at !

 I also got a chance to dine at Mahamudra by Isha life. It is a boutique restaurant and I would highly recommend for healthy and wholesome eating.

I am really hoping to go back soon and probably visit surrounding places like Dakshin Chitra, Pondicherry and Sri Lanka! So any of you plan to get married here, I will happily book my tickets !

I will leave you all here by wishing you a very Happy New year ! Times are passing by too quickly ! I have no idea what 2015 has in store for me but I am looking to explore more in terms of a visual artist. I am also hoping for more travel.

And also give way to a special project that I have been working on for quite sometime now, a new blog perhaps shall see the light soon !

Love !

LOVE IS FOUND

This effervescent bride got in touch just a week before her ceremony and I am so glad I could make it. This would be my first time shooting in Amravati.

Amravati is the hometown of number of politicians including our ex-president Pratibha Patil. Being a Political Science student I am always interested in visiting/discussing political scenarios around the state.

Here are a few photographs from their ceremony.

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I wish the couple beautiful days ahead !

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BRIGHTER THAN SUNSHINE

I need to confess that I honestly did nothing in this photo-session. But just got lucky by being there and witnessing this utterly gorgeous family!

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We took a few pictures in the nearby garden and thought of resting a little bit and return back in sometime. I went up to their house and the light was so so beautiful that I thought of continuing the photo-session.

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This happens to be my favourite picture of the little boy and his mother! And it had to be in black and white !

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These two make for a gorgeous looking couple!

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and so much in love : )

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I love being in love and photographing people in love !

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Nishka found my blog as she herself is regular at blogging scene. She contacted me sometime back when she was in Dubai.

After months of keeping in touch and going to and fro on dates we finally freezed on Anay’s birthday for the family session. And luckily they were going to be in Bombay then!

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Anay has the most charming smile I have seen, isn’t he a darling!

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Windows happen to be my favourite spot to shoot! Since I am not too fond of artificial lighting, I make best use of the gorgeous big window lights!

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I wish Anay and his family a lifetime of happy smiles!
And stay tuned for some more family sessions + gorgeous couples on the blog!

Love!

COFFEE & SEA SALT

Coffee happens to be husband’s favourite so much so that he woke me up one fine morning at 7am and asked me out for a coffee date. As happy as I was then, I decided to make full use of this opportunity and take some pictures of rarely sighted Mr. Husband!

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Starbucks Juhu happens to his favourite place for the decor is excellent and sustainable design and build methodologies are a part of Starbucks design concepts.

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 We also went to another of my favourite place that is not too far and the result is the above pictures : )

I can take you there for some portraits if any of you are interested, write me a mail  🙂

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And I also got lucky with husband taking pictures of me !

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!

NISHA & VINAYAK

Nisha and Vinayak were getting married in Delhi after their Civil ceremony in London. I second shot this wedding with Ram of RAM BALMUR PHOTOGRAPHY  . It was a lovely ceremony spanned across four days in Delhi.

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Nisha getting ready for her Sagai and Saanji ceremony.

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Vinayak’s Haldi ceremony and the Sehra ceremony was beautifully traditional one.

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The Bride’s “getting ready” picture session was so much fun with all her relatives walking in and out to share a laugh.

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It was a very very colourful ceremony right from the bride’s attire to every little detail. wedding-book-page-24

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Some portraits from the after-party.

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