Its been a year since I started writing this blog. Happy anniversary Paisleys and Indian Ink. I have enjoyed this experience and I am looking forward to write more and more, hoping my travels would take me to places unknown.
Browsing through numerous beautifully encapsulated moments, having archived images of wonderful places, having learnt new cultures, languages and having adopted newer fashion styles, I am thrilled to write a column on what I love, what I recommend people to read and what to explore out there in the world full of art, culture, fashion, lifestyle, music, architecture, customs, food, travel, photography and writing. Happy Anniversary again!!
Day-time in summers in Europe are pretty long. The sun sets only at around 9pm. This gave me a chance to not only cover Geneva but also Morges on the same day in Swiss. Lucky for me, Morges was having its ‘Tulip Festival’. Beauty beyond words, I will be not be writing much in this blog. I shall let the photographs speak for themselves.
Berlin… after battling the -15 temperatures, snow, cold winds and being stranded on Christmas Eve at different train stations in Germany, we finally reached Berlin. The first thing that comes to your mind when you decide to go around Berlin – is to see the reminiscence of the World War and the post World War drama that took place in Germany, especially Berlin.
The Berlin Wall serves as a reminder that when two super powers such as USA and Russia decide to tear a country apart in the name of ‘peace’ and ‘harmony’… what can happen… So, here are some memorable images drawn, painted and written in distress, in the hope and with a promise that it would never happen again…
LONDON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY – The new exhibition at Museum of London showcases the works of 59 street photographers who have captured vivid images through their lenses for over a century.. right from everyday life to chance encounters, colourful snaps to retro images to moments frozen in time. The exhibition explores the works of photographers from 1860′s to the present day digitally captured and airbrushed images; street photography at its best.
London Street Photography Metro Competition - In conjunction with Metro, conducted a competition to create your own street photography image in order to win an iPad. This offered a chance to the winners to exhibit their work at Museum of London.
Zdenda Lesovsky, the winner of the Metro Competition had stunningly captured the heart of London street style imagery through her lenses.
View the entire collection of Metro competition on Flickr.
I have been waiting for ages… as to how to put it together… My EUROTRIP!!! And yes, its finally here….
London – Lille – Brussels – Delft – Rotterdam – Amsterdam – Berlin – Basel – Zurich – Paris – Lille – London
My Eurotrip Diaries.. cultural experiences.. food… art.. music… and personally how it has influenced me!! Short stories from Eurotrip experiences.. Coming Soon…………
‘Colours of Bessy’ is yet another vibrant addition to my ‘Coastal Story’; adding yet another diversity to my fashion travel stories.
Chennai, India is a culturally vibrant city, traditional yet contemporary in approach. I got up one fine morning on my visit to India and just randomly decided to capture the essence and morning glory at Chennai’s Besant Nagar Beach, fondly called ‘Bessy Beach’.
Among all the beaches I have been to, this remains my most favourite, Chennai’s Bessy Beach. So, I decided why not add it to my blog’s collection of ‘Coastal Stories’. Although, it was a cloudy start, I was able to capture the ‘colours of the beach’ at my very best. Never before have I captured such vibrancy (P.S. that too so early in the morning). ‘Mamis’ (aunties) in their colourful Pattu (silk) sarees going for a early morning walk in their ‘sport shoes’ or the ‘colourful’ auto rickshaws or boys digging in the sand in their colourful tees.
The sand, the sea, the sky, the sun, the posters on the beach, the boatsman and his guts, the colourful food stalls with their unique typographical yet colourful boards and the magic of colours all reverberate the ‘heart and soul’ of ‘Bessy’.
Bollywood & Kollywood influences along with TamilNadu’s politics & its influence are quite evident on the beach. The mix-match, vibrant and bright colours create a ‘kitsch’, a uniquely different and rich colour palette.
A chrome, rusty yellow colour story is seen emerging right from the yellow painted lockers, to autos, to posters to ‘pattu sarees’ and moving right onto the colourful merry go-around. Its a wee-merry yellow story with shades of rust and sand.
Chennai’s Bessy Beach: chrome yellow, rust, brown, bright reds, highlights of blues, sand and ice blue.