‘AMI ODRISHYO HOSTO’ [THE INVISIBLE HAND] | portraits of my grandmother

One fine day, he said, “Juthika, your daughters and their daughters are like Durga with ten hands.” She blushed and as an afterthought said, “Ami odrishto hath [I am the invisible hand]. I am however of the thought process that it is a curse to be so, the goddess with ten hands. It basically boils […]

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IN SEARCH OF THE GODDESS | A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF KALI

In 2016, I travelled to Calcutta in search of Kali on the night she is celebrated the most. As dawn approached the city was in full fervour to take on the no moon night in celebration of Kali. The familiar orange glow of sodium lamps, strong aroma of burnt crackers, roads chock-a-block, Calcutta was at […]

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FILL IN THE BLUR | ROUTE I

Train journeys evoke different translations for different people. At times when plane travel was considered luxurious or an emergency, train journeys blurred the lines between fiction and non-fiction. Peaking out through that window was like watching a travel show. Despite being from the same country there are times one might not understand each other at […]

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OF FORESTS AND FOUL PLAY | portraits from the jungle

In 2011, when the contested politics between government bodies, activists, non-governmental organisations and conservationists was rife at the Mudumalai sanctuary in Tamil Nadu owing to an impending ‘Elephant Corridor Project’, I was there. I was there documenting a small town unnoticed in the Nilgiri region of Tamilnadu as they silently made history with a first […]

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