Page from the ‘Allen Solly LookBook – Friday’ | Say hello to 14 web celebs whose lives bring a splash of colour to our world. They do not believe in being part of a grey scale world. These are people who have found jobs that are as unique as their personalities. From designers to TV presenters, their vibrant views are a true reflection of the spirit of our new collection. So, how did we manage to bring the internet’s most fresh opinionators together? By organising Offline Clique, an event where they got the chance to be styled in our new merchandise and do what they do best – give us their thoughts and opinions on the new collection.
Ever since I shared my picture wearing bright yellow shirt and green trousers, my friends haven’t stopped wondering. Why am I wearing such clothes? I normally don’t wear bright colours, so I have been getting many compliments since morning. The best and my favourite one was from my friend Itika Gupta, who said, “You look like a Mango Tree!”. Thank you Itika. Continue reading →
Today, Im sharing pictures from January 2013, when Shimla received massive snowfall. These are from the first day when, unfortunately, the winter wind destroyed my most colourful umbrella. My friend, Asheesh Mehta, came to my rescue and accompanied me with his umbrella while I clicked these pictures.
Despite receiving stark criticisms and threats for sharing a few wintery photographs from my friends living in the plains – the temperature is touching 45 degrees celsius in some places – I bring you these pictures from the freezing winters to the boiling summers!
Hope you like them.
"Amidst the night, cold and dark; hid an old tree with wrinkled bark" - Quote by a wise mountain man.
Kids playing in the snow at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Femina Magazine assigned me to take editorial portraits of Rubina Singh, director of Hollaback Chandigarh, a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology.
I was supposed to take portraits of Rubina right after her interview with Tamanna Kanwar, that ended around 1pm, so I was ready with my speedlights to balance the harsh light of the afternoon sun. Sometimes you don’t have the luxury to wait for the perfect light while shooting editorial portraits as the subjects are busy people. So its always better to be prepared in advance.
Back in the year 2009, I drove through one of the most dangerous roads (History Channel says so) to reach Kinnaur. To be honest, it is not that dangerous. It was back in the old days, but now its wider then many other roads in Himachal. The district Kinnaur was opened for the outsiders in the year 1989. The inaccessibly, preserved its natural beauty for many decades. Then development knocked its door. Roads were carved out of the mountain cliffs to make way for the motorised transport.
The climatic condition was found perfect for the cultivation of Apples, so people started cultivating this delicious cash crop. In just few years, prosperity entered the region. People were happy, but the government was not. Nor where the big industrialists. They saw a great opportunity lying unexploited. They could use the rivers to make money and the government can use them for employment and power. So the government gave a green signal to many hydro power projects in the region. Dams were built, roads were widened and rivers were controlled . The locals also generated huge amount of income by selling their land to the hydo power projects. All the while, the development kept sustainability away from it.
As you enter the valley, you are welcomed by the ugly sight of the hydro power projects, but as you drive deeper into the valley, the will experience the true untouched beauty of the Great Himalayan landscapes and its people.
I took these pictures four years ago when I had bought a new full frame camera. Hope you like them.
A beautiful mountain road to Chitkul village of Kinnaur