Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Istaq Ali :)

Buddhi ke baal’ catches everyone’s eye no matter how old you are or from where you come from. I always found this particular thing very fascinating and magical. There was a time when I actually believed that it was someone’s hair. It was result of many stories people told me about it, how everyone takes children for granted. You tell them something and they would trust you blindly. How nice!

Today I met Istaq. A young boy, probably 9 or 10 years old was waiting at the bus stand for his usual bus to come. He was very young but very dynamic and sharp, his eyes said so. I stood behind him with my camera for some time and every time a bus would come the wind would make all the ‘Buddhi ke baal’ packets go round. I loved watching it and thought he would get fascinated if I told him I was taking his pictures. He turned around and I asked him if I could take a few more. He smiled and said, ‘of course!’

The sky welcomed the punctual evening and the scattered street lights gleamed from a height. I asked him to stand under the street light and he looked so good and full of life. The pink color merging with the breeze, his eyes reflecting the passers, his posture defining what he is made of. He looked amazing through the lens. We chatted sitting on the footpath and he opened up immediately and told me that he is from Agra and earns Rs.3000 a month from the person who got him to Pune. His parents live in Agra. When I got up to leave he gave me a packet of Buddhi ke baal, such a nice gesture to end a day and beginning a new one with the hope of meeting more Istaq’s.

Goodnight :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

People make a place and not vice-versa :)

Rajhans never fails to make me happy at any ungodly hour of the day/night. This small homely cafe is simple in fact very basic. The best time to visit is early morning @ 4am, just sit there with an endless supply of chai, parleG, poha, missal pav or wada pav. The kaka who owns the place makes it even more comforting and warm. There are many worn out things lying here and there as if they have been there ever since.

It’s always the people that make a place and not vice-versa. Hence no matter what water he uses to cook the mouth watering poha or missal, he makes all of us happy because he makes it from his heart with love.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

হ্যাপি হলি :)

I wish all of you a very bright and colorful day,
Because colors are everywhere, all the time.
Today they shall be more prominent and audacious!

This illustration done for Holi is on the cover of a beautiful Bangalore based literary magazine,Reading Hour. It features Indian fiction, essays, verse and reviews. You can grab your copy at Manneys in Pune. Also you can view this issue on


All it takes is a dinner at Britto's :)

The little distant lights glint in the dark,
The moon is silent tonight.
The spirit and the beer take over the dark night of stories.
The story of the fish, the cheesecake and some more cheesecake,
To feel the tunes and the taste,
All it takes is a dinner at Britto's.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Peshwa Revival, because heritage is something everyone inherits by default and preservation is taken for granted.

A beautiful article in today's Business Standard Lifestyle written by my sister Pravda Godbole. Photographs are by me and I am putting up some more which are my favorite.
Do visit all the heritage sites listed by the PMC with your cameras or sketchbooks, feels good!