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Postcards from our August 2017 issue

LEH, JAMMU & KASHMIR: What a Losar!: During winter, the people of Ladakh welcome the New Year by celebrating a festival called Losar. I happened to be in Leh during the 2016 Losar celebrations. As daylight faded, Shanti Stupa and Tsemo Namgyal Gompa seemed to dazzle. At the end of the day, as I settled into the warmth of my heated hotel room, I noticed the monastery. I went up to the terrace to take this high exposure shot with the help of a tripod.


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OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA: Pole position: This picture was takenon the last day of my stay in the Okavango Delta. I’d spent my time camping and going on walking safaris, seeing zebras, giraffes, hippos and elephants. It was the most incredible experience: the stars, simple existence, no running water, no facilities, cooking on an open fire. We were on a evening ride in a mokoro boat to watch the sun set over the delta. The silhouette of the poler looked beautiful in the reflection on the still water.
BHIMTAL, UTTARAKHAND Sticking together: On a beautiful spring evening in the Himalayan town of Bhimtal, some squeaking and chirping caught my attention – it was a flock of jungle babblers. The sound led me to a sight that was even more interesting. Delighted, I quickly captured the playful moment. Each time I see this picture, I’m reminded of the hills – of the pleasant evenings and of the silence, disturbed only by the tweeting of the birds and the whistling of the wind.
BOGMALO BEACH, GOA: Go fish! One evening at Bogmalo, I set up a tripod to take some black-and-white long exposure shots by the beach. I was unable to find a good frame, though I tried for a while. Finally, after an hour of waiting, the perseverance paid off. These locals walked into the frame with their fishing rods, and I managed to get the shot I wanted.