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Postcards from our December 2015 issue

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, KENYA: On the spot: It was a hot day in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Around noon, we spotted a female cheetah with three cubs. The cubs were busy playing and fighting while their mother sat on a termite mound and keenly surveyed the surroundings to locate their next meal. Suddenly, as if they had telepathically received orders from the mother, all the cubs climbed onto the mound and sat quietly beside her. A few minutes later, they were off hunting a gazelle.


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CHILIKA LAKE, ORISSA: Out of the blue: I took this photograph at Chilika Lake late one evening, when my parents and I were there on a boat ride. A lot of fishermen could be seen on their boats, and I managed to capture this image of one of those fishermen winding up for the day.
Photographer: ROHAN SACHDEVA
GOLCONDA FORT, HYDERABAD: On the rocks: Hidden among the ruins of the Golconda Fort is an ancient Kali temple. Believed to have been built during the time the Kakatiyas reigned over this region, the temple lies sandwiched between two huge rocks. I was captivated by the brilliantly painted rock faces and wanted to photograph them. This young woman appeared out of nowhere at the head of the small wedge between the rocks, completing the frame.