Life in Shimla – Documenting my hometown through pictures.

A place that is so deeply entrenched in you that you could walk its streets blindfolded. That is Shimla for me. It is where I belong and it is here that I find contentment, evoked by a certain sense of familiarity, feeling completely at home. While growing up, Shimla was the only world I knew that existed. As a child, I remember walking on winding roads lined with pine and deodar trees. On many mornings, I would wake up toRead 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

3623kms in Ladakh on a Farm Tractor

So last year we went on a rather unusual journey. We took a farm tractor 3623 kms across Ladakh through the most dangerous roads, highest passes and random rivers. In the end it also got two of my team members a Limca World Record (not me as I didn’t have a tractors license) after we completed the journey in just fourteen days. Unfortunately, the journey could not be documented properly as I had an accident at Drass were my rightRead more

Snowfall in the Himalayan town of Shimla – Part I

17th January, 2013 Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India After a month of clear sunny days, it was raining when I got up. I trusted the weather gods and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute for a day long snowfall. They were right and it was beautiful. So, here are some pictures for those who missed it. I would also like to thank my friend, Aasheesh Mehta who saved me and my camera with his umbrella while I was shooting in the blizzard, during theRead 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

5 Winter Memories of 2010

Winter, the best of all the seasons. It’s when you pack yourself in layers of clothing. The time when you enjoy different flavors of tea. When you sit near the chimney in a dark wooden room, while flakes of snow, cover your garden and the pine trees around your house with a white sheet. It’s the best of all the seasons. Even for those who have no access to the outside world. Places like Kinnaur and Lahul Spiti. People inRead more

A cold winter morning in Shimla

I am sitting here in the Indian Coffee House. The one situated on the mall road of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. Its a cold winter morning. Its around 8:30 am I could not sleep the entire night. So here I am on an early morning walk to the Mall Road. Here are some pictures i took on my way. It was only when I was strolling, I realized that I might freeze in a few seconds. I got inside theRead more

When it Snowed in Shimla

30 December 2010 Quila, a new theme cafe in Shimla. Its around 7:30pm. The dim light of two candles lighting us all, as we talk about few ghost stories from around Shimla. Its been a week, and without a fail, we all have been spending our evening here. Its feels like our living room now. We here include, Ankur, Harsh, Aasheesh, Maggot, Aaditya and me. Ankur Khachi or Khachi, as we know him, has a different genre of humor, that isRead more

Winter Sunrise Trek at Shimla

As the snow melted in the mountain town of Shimla, which was covered in few inches of snow after many years, I, being accompanied by three of my friends went out to see the morning rays of the sun falling on the city. It was 6 am in the morning when the phone rang. After ignoring it for some time, I picked it up to hear the happy and enthusiastic  voice of my friend Harsh Kalta, who seemed to be impatient andRead more