Photo essays

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A Day in the Life of Kirti Monastery

These images are from a photo essay that I did on the monks of the Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala for the Associated Press. A large number of Tibetans in Tibet who have immolated themselves since 2009 protesting Chinese rule were monks from the parent Kirti Monastery in Tibet.  The past year has seen an escalation in … Continue reading

Losar – Tibetan New Year

Losar or the New Year festival was a quieter affair than usual in Dharamshala in 2012. Missing was the  general exuberance. If there was any celebration, it was not public. Tibetans, urged by their Prime Minister, welcomed this Water Dragon year with prayers for those who have died in Tibet since March 2011 protesting Chinese … Continue reading

The Kangra Valley Railway

Running 163 kilometres from Pathankot in Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh, the Kangra Valley Railway is one of the last of its kind: a narrow gauge railway in original working condition that still serves a local community. In other parts of the world, these railways have either been torn up or turned into tourist … Continue reading

Exhibition – ma yellow diamond

Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is very different from the tourist brochure image of the Indian Ocean archipelago. The densely populated city has an intensely human landscape, with walls painted in stripes and patches of bright colour, and words and signs scratched seemingly at random into the surfaces. The colours may be applied in … Continue reading

Tibetans protest

On 23 and 24 January 2012, and again on the 26th, Chinese security forces responded to protests by Tibetans in Kham, now part of Sichuan province, by firing into the crowds, leaving at least three dead and injuring at least 30. Tibetan refugees in India protested the violence by holding candlelight vigils in Dharamshala, holding … Continue reading

Snow white

Mcleodganj has been receiving snow since early Saturday morning. With no power and little communication, life has become hard. More snow is expected in the coming days. Ashwini has been photographing every day finding hotels with generators to keep his laptop/camera batteries charged.

Flying colours

January 14 is the festival of Uttarayan in Gujarat, marking the end of winter, the return of the sun and the reawakening of the gods. It is also the day of the kite flying festival. Flyers hold kite fights, attempting to send competing kites crashing to the ground. They use special string, dipped in a … Continue reading

The wonderful world of McLeodganj

Whether you’re after phosphorescent cakes, a bulk order of Maggi noodles, monkeys walking the high wire, a porter, a prayer flag, a quick chant over a butter lamp, a climb of a mountain or a cup of chai, you know it’s never more than ten minutes away in McLeodganj. All this, and so much more. … Continue reading

I Am Anna

Dharamshala photographer Tsering Topgyal started an internship earlier this year with the Associated Press Delhi bureau. One of his early assignments was to photograph anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare, who gained huge popular support when he went on hunger strike to demand the government pass a tough anti-graft law. Tsering spoke candidly about being a novice … Continue reading

Ramlila

Ramlila or the story of Ram is enacted each year in India for 10 days ending on the Hindu festival Dussehra, when large effigies of the demon king Ravan, his son and his brother are burnt depicting victory of good over evil. This year I went backstage in Dharamshala to photograph the artists. Ashwini Bhatia