Postcards from our December 2018 issue
CITY OF DREAMS, Mumbai, Maharashtra: The brightly-lit Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is a gateway for people who come to Mumbai with dreams of a better and brighter future. I shot this photo using a long exposure, in order to capture the traffic trails. That, combined with the bright lights, truly embodies the dynamic spirit of this city.
Photographer: Reader Udayan Sankar Pal
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GOLDEN SKIES, North 24 Parganas District, West Bengal: Located in the delta region of the Padma, Meghna and Brahmaputra River basins, the Sundarbans extends across the Khulna, Satkhira and Bagerhat districts of Bangladesh, as well as the North 24 and South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal, India. This image was shot in a remote village in the North 24 Parganas district. I was on my way home, when I noticed how beautiful this place was during golden hour. I took at least 30 photographs, but this particular one is my favourite.
Photographer: Reader Gourab Kanti Chattarjee
GONE IN A FLASH, Bangalore, Karnataka: The very moment I laid my eyes on this beautiful leafbird, I realised it was on the lookout for some food, water or both. On spotting a little oasis on that particularly hot day, the little bird plunged right in, splashing around, having fun. Once playtime was over, this tiny thing, now fully drenched, set off with all its might, ready to soar.
Photographer: Reader Kushal Sureka
DEFYING DEATH, Odisha, India: A common attraction at Indian fairs, Maut ka Kua is basically a large wooden well, on which motorists display their spectacular skills by drifting along the walls of the well. Sometimes, they drive two cars and two motorcycles simultaneously, leaving the audience in awe. However, with no safety guidelines or protocols, this attraction often sees fatal accidents, resulting in the act being banned. But, due to rampant poverty, these daredevil drivers somehow find a way to put on a show.
Photographer: Reader Subrata Bal