I have travelled to Ladakh many times over the last 20 years, both for work and pleasure. This project looks at various aspects like people, religion and most of all, the striking beauty of the trans-Himalayan landscape.
This project is a story of continuous plunder, alienated people and the global tiger. A research project that looks at anthropological aspects of Sundarban in West Bengal that is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Sundari tree and 4.5 million humans. Interconnected by the fate of their daily struggle for survival in an extremely fragile ecology of a tectonically active delta.
The most striking feature of the Kumbh Mela in India is the coexistence of the spectacular and the ordinary. It is a display of faith in its ultimate grandeur. The old and the weak, the young and the frail participate without hesitation. I have tried to reflect the ecstasy and eccentricity of spiritual India that reaches its peak during the months of the Mahakumbh.
I was born in Delhi, and like all Delhiites, I am concerned about the direct daily impact that pollution has on our lives. While handkerchiefs and anti-pollution masks on the road have become a common sight, air purifiers at homes are a new phenomenon. On the 26th of March, what I saw, left me shaken. I, along with Shirin Bithal, an air pollution researcher with Centre for Science and Environment, recorded real-time exposure at India Gate at 8:21 am. It showed a staggering 803 mg/cubic meter of PM 2.5 as compared to the WHO prescribed limit of a per day average of 25 mg/cubic meter. Between 8.00 and 8.55 am on the same day, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) reported 200-mg/cubic meter. The discrepancy is because we measured it at ground level, which is where we are while DPCC monitors are placed at the top of building tops. The particulate level since 2002 has increased by a dramatic 75 per cent. Delhi is choking, and there are enough facts to prove it.
The series of pictures were taken at a village called Ghasera, 35 km away from Gurgaon. Here young girls are living in a time-warp where Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are alien concepts. Their school does not have a computer. These young girls mostly come to the school, to avail the state's mid-day meal scheme. They drop out of the school, by the time they get to their teenage with pressures of domestic chores and training for future marital responsibilities. These pictures were taken during an assignment to cover a tree plantation drive organised by BAIDU, after their #duitright campaign.
Lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, the Spiti valley receives scanty rainfall. A cold desert at an average altitude of 4000mts, the valley experiences extremes of climate and temperature variations ranging from -25 degree to +30 degrees centigrade. For more than 4 months of the year, the Spiti valley remains obscured by harsh winters. The regions accessibility throughout the year from the Kinnaur side makes it a lovely location for adventure-loving travellers but for landscape photographers, it is a match made in heaven. On an impromptu visit, I stumbled upon the unique beauty that this winter wonderland has to offer...
My project will assist artists and image-makers in visualising the Panopticon. For those who want to a glimpse of the Panopticon prison, it would be easier to access my model than the handful of architecture available in the world based on Bentham’s plan. It will prove to be the starting point for fellow students and academics for a study of the theory of surveillance. It will also bridge the gap between theory and practice for various people involved and interested in the issue of surveillance.
I have worked in the media industry in India since 2003. Having started at NDTV, he moved on to CNN-IBN (now News 18) and then to digital multimedia production at HT Livemint. I along with Siddharth, started MMW in 2016 to explore the world of digital storytelling through photography and short documentaries. In 2016, I co-authored a book - 'My Olympic Journey', published by Penguin Random House India.