Postcards from our December 2016 issue
KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL: Come Clay with Me: Kumartoli, in north Kolkata, holds a special place in the hearts of Kolkatans. I was wandering through its narrow lanes when I saw this incomplete sculpture. I took a few photos, but wasn’t satisfied, and moved on. I was drawn back to this sculpture-in-progress though, and returned at the end of the day to take a few more photographs. It was then that I realised that the frame I was looking for was only the lion’s mouth, with the muscular hand seemingly punching it. This visual tells me a compelling story, one of power versus power.
Photographer: Reader Shubhra Sau
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BARSANA, UTTAR PRADESH: The Holy Book: I took this photograph at Holi celebrations in Barsana, a town in the Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh. The book stood out amid the colour that showered down, seemingly from everywhere. My eye was caught by the shlokas, and I was almost on top of the villagers in my enthusiasm to take the photo.
Photographer: Reader Commander Pooja Rajput
MAASAI MARA, KENYA: Simba-otic: While looking for a sunset subject near the Little Mara Bush Camp, we came across a wildebeest’s carcass being feasted on by a lioness and her cubs who were hidden in the dense bush. We couldn’t see much, until the energetic cubs emerged from the cover and began playing on the carcass. We watched them at play for 45 minutes, until this moment when they both looked right at me. It was one of the finest moments of my time in Kenya.
Photographer: Reader Amit Vyas