Souvid Datta, London based photojournalist and filmmaker

Friday, 7 April, 2017

Photo by Souvid Datta

Souvid Datta is a photojournalist and filmmaker, who hails from Mumbai, and is now based in London, where he freelances for the Guardian.

In this photo, taken at Laltanganj, in India, it looks like a young woman is enjoying the evening air, while basking in the glow of a nearby bonfire. In fact, it is a large fire burning near a coal mine, and sending potentially toxic fumes into the air around her village.

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Did Indians bring dingoes to Australia four thousand years ago?

Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

From an Economist article from four years ago. Not sure how I missed it back then, but anyway. It seems quite possible some Dravid speaking Indian seafarers reached Australia a little over four thousand years ago, where they became a part of the Aboriginal communities they encountered.

This is said to explain the presence of Y chromosomes in the genes of some Aboriginal men, which appeared to be of Indian origin. That wasn’t all the Indians bought with them though, it is also thought, although the point remains disputed, they introduced dingoes to Australia.

This would account for the disappearance of the native thylacine, or the Tasmanian tiger, which didn’t stand much of a chance against the wild canines, that may have arrived from India.

About 4,000 years before Captain Phillip and his merry men arrived to turn the aboriginals’ world upside down, it seems that a group of Indian adventurers chose to call the place home. Unlike their European successors, these earlier settlers were assimilated by the locals. And they brought with them both technological improvements and one of Australia’s most iconic animals.

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Photos from way beyond the office cubicle by Tirthankar Gupta

Monday, 28 November, 2016

Photo by Tirthankar Gupta

I doubt that Kolkata based cubicle worker Tirthankar Gupta will be working in a cubicle for much longer. Not if his stunning photographs, that are taken in and around India, are anything to go by.

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Abstract artworks by Mumbai based artist Himanshu Dabral

Friday, 7 October, 2016

Artwork by Himanshu Dabral

Bright colours, and bold brush strokes, are a hallmark of the abstract works of Mumbai based visual artist Himanshu Dabral. See more of his paintings here.

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Meanest Indian, the graphic design of, and photography from, India

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

Photo by Meena Kadri

If you like India, street signage, and graphic design, then you’re going to love the Flickr page, titled Meanest Indian, of New Zealand based designer Meena Kadri.

Photo by Meena Kadri

I don’t think it matters where you point a camera in India, there’s always a photogenic subject right in front of you. That’s what I thought after looking at these images, anyway.

Photo by Meena Kadri

Via Messy Nessy Chic.

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India through the eyes of Benn Berkeley

Thursday, 31 March, 2016

Eye of India, featuring the highlights of six weeks of travel around the subcontinent, by Benn Berkeley.

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Sugarless Tea, storytelling by animated watercolour paintings

Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Texas based filmmaker and photographer Sai Selvarajan recounts a story of a stay in an Indian town through animated watercolour paintings.

Via Hypnophant.

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The camera repairer who also feeds four thousand parakeets

Friday, 30 October, 2015

Sekar, a camera repairer based in the Indian city of Chennai, has spent the last ten years feeding some four thousand parakeets, plus, by the looks of it, a number of pigeons, that arrive at his house early each morning. The birds first showed up soon after the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, and since then their numbers have steadily grown.

Providing food for the parakeets is not only a labour of love for Sekar, who has become known as the “birdman”, and rises at 4:30AM to begin preparing their meals, but also comes at some financial cost, up to forty percent of his income, he thinks. That’s a sacrifice that I hope his feathered beneficiaries appreciate.

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The Well of Death, it’s enough to literally drive you up the wall

Friday, 11 October, 2013

Northern Indian city Allahabad is home to the Well of Death, a circular arena like structure where the drivers of motorcycles and cars ride their vehicles on its (vertical) walls.

Motorbikes are one thing in the confined space, but then cars are added to the mix. But keep watching. Then the drivers, of both types of vehicle, go hands free. But wait, those aren’t the only tricks up their sleeves…

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Rolling three weeks of travel in India into one day

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

A Day in India… the result of three weeks of travelling around the subcontinent.

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