Off the beaten path : Stories of life and land in Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya

After a tormenting flight full of very strong tremors, landing at Dibrugarh Airport in Assam was a bit of relief for me. In fact, the flight made me care even less about the news of insurgency in the region. Soon after landing,  I followed the direction of my friends and I took a shared cab to Tinsukia. On reaching Tinsukia, while I was just meeting my friends who came to pick me up from the market, we heard a loudRead more

Finding Nino

Max Bearak and I are on a month-long journey through Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya, documenting cultural  and environmental transformation in the region. Max is a journalist with The New York Times based in Delhi. Look out for his articles with my pictures on the NYT’s World section in the coming month. This is the first guest post on my blog – hope you enjoy. December 17th, 2013 DIBANG VALLEY, ARUNACHAL PRADESH – Ninety kilometers of a rutted road andRead more

When I wore bright colours for Allen Solly

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. So this blog post is for my friends who are still wondering, how I landed in Allen Solly’sRead more

Pictures : Snowfall in the Himalayan town of Shimla – Part II

After sharing the first batch of photographs taken in the beautiful snow-covered city of Shimla, I’m back with more! Snowfall in the Himalayan town of Shimla – Part I 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 andRead more

Story behind the Rewalsar cover shot for Spice Route Magazine

Spice Route, the inflight magazine of SpiceJet published a landscape I took at Rewalsar, a small town in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Ending this post with just one line would be a little boring, so I should add how I clicked this picture. It started when I was trying to read a book in Chandigarh. Introduction It was back in those days, when I was doing my graduation in Political Science from DAV College, Chandigarh. Like many students studyingRead more

Flight to Ladakh that landed in Kullu Valley

After spending half of my winters in Delhi, I realized that its not cold enough. So, I tried to book my tickets to the nearest Hill Station, Leh, the capital of the Ladakh region. Soon I found out that there were no flights for the day I wanted to leave, so I got tickets from Chandigarh instead. So now my journey time was increased by five hours and had join my friends from Kurukshtra as the bus journey takes fiveRead more

Camera calling by Priyanka Sharma

( Priyanka Sharma, a student journalist who wrote this article about me for her college magazine. Thanks Priyanka) The beauty of her mysterious mountains and the tranquility of life in Shimla, had been captured with amazing flair by a zillion cameras over the years but never could the “queen of hills” truly boast of someone out of these shutterbugs, who was nurtured in her own bosom.  Certainly not someone, who is just 21 years old. Walking back from school everydayRead more

Kashmir Valley for Destinasian

( Originally appeared in the October/November 2011 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Last Valley”) ) Long marred by separatist violence, the Kashmir Valley is finally enjoying a relative peace, with tourist numbers higher than they have been for years. But will it be enough to return the beautiful Himalayan vale to the ranks of India’s most legendary destinations? Text By Shoba Narayan Photographs by Himanshu Khagta At 3,528 meters above sea level, Zoji La is among the highest—and mostRead more

Cover Story – The Braj Holi : Legend in real life

( This year I couldn’t attend the colorful Holi celebrations at Braj, but when Hindustan Times asked me to write a travelogue about my experience, I could easily retrospect the amazing time I had. )   The festival of colours is celebrated in Braj bhoomi for almost 50 days. In Mathura, Vrindavan, Nand Gaon, Barsana, Goverdhan, Dauji and Baldev, Holi festivities begin from Basant Panchami. While the official holiday for Holi around the country may be just a day orRead more