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Blog | Travel

15 January 2018

Know how travel works as a therapy for this week’s | Traveller of the Week: Tushar Panchal

Tushar Panchal, a 24-year-old is a Digital Account Manager at The Minimalist. An engineering dropout, the emotional sense of freedom and curiosity to capture untrodden places became his motivation to travel. His initial excursions were not initiated by passion but work. His first trip was to Hampi, a trip to Bellary for a client meeting, He wrapped up is work as soon as he could and went to Hospet bus station. At a public toilet, he went through a quick change of clothes and started his journey to Hampi.

He then covered the entire Hampi ruins and heritage sites within a duration of 6 hours. This is how he successfully completed his first trip with a second-hand DSLR he bought on OLX.

 

Tushar Panchal

 

Panchal has no specific preference when it comes to travelling, he can travel solo or in a group which entirely depends on the destination and the travel budget for the same. Not a full-time traveller, he has a full-time job and at times it gets tedious to take out time for travelling. He has sacrificed three jobs to fulfil his zeal to travel. His family doesn’t find his travelling agreeable because they are aloof from this field, and at times they are completely unaware of the places he travels to. This at times, causes friction, but nonetheless, doesn’t stop him from continuing on this path.

 

He has covered almost 13-14 states and 2 Union territories (Daman and New Delhi) but has yet to explore places outside India. His favourite travel destinations within India are- Spiti Valley, Hampi, Varanasi (which he plans to visit soon), Srinagar, Ladakh and Gokarna, which can be called “Corsica of India”. His favourite international destinations include Banff National Park, Norway, Iceland, Patagonia and Alaska.

According to him, the five must-haves on every trip are good shoes, sufficient amount of water, a camera kit and a Swiss knife.

 

The freedom to savour any natural landscape in its most raw form is what Tushar feels every traveller enjoys the most. Apart from that, every excursion is an escape from the bubbling social life we all live in urban spaces. For a person like him who lives in Mumbai, travelling becomes a therapy. Instead of going to a psychiatrist or counsellor and venting out your anxieties, Tushar feels, he visits different destinations and talks to them. It’s a conversational bond he develops with the destinations he visits; the thought might sound hippie but in this case, it is true! His upbringing amidst the chaotic life of Mumbai instigated an itch to document the serenity of calm spaces.

 

 

The plethora of experiences he has had while travelling has gained him multiple experiences which cannot be squeezed into a text. To roughly sum it up, he shares two quotes from “Into the Wild”, the first goes like this, “It is important in life not to be strong but to feel strong. At least once you need to measure yourself in the very ancient of human conditions”, and the second says, “If you admit that human life can be ruled by a reason, the possibility of life is destroyed”.

Words by Laveena Behl
Images by ©Tushar Panchal

 

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11 January 2018

Interview with Artist: Shweta Malhotra

Meet Shweta, a visual artist/photographer based in Delhi who is also passionate about baking.

Shweta Malhotra

 

Inspiro India:  How did you get started? What first got you into Painting? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Shweta Malhotra: I’ve always been interested in art. I first dabbled with paints as a little girl but my career as a professional artist began much later in my life. I painted for pleasure, to keep myself busy and to pass the time away. As a student, I was always attracted to art, and in high school, I won several painting competitions as well but never thought about making a career in art.

4 years ago I felt the desire of picking up my paintbrush again. I went and got a bunch of acrylic paints, brushes and started doing it, and it’s really been a therapeutic thing for me.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you faced as an artist?

SM: I’m a self-taught painter, who loves to colour the abstract beauty on canvas and enliven its gleam in the viewers’ eyes. For me, art is like being on a roller coaster, ups and downs, highs and lows, twists and turns. My paintings splash the eternal meaning of all the highs and lows of one’s life into a depth of emotions. My painted canvases are colourful, I cherish old traditions, new ideas, style and knowledge.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain your work process of Paintings?

SM: I work with several tools and try to bring out something new in every new series. But the process is sometimes easy and at times cruel as well. Some pieces take either hours or months to complete. I never set a target for completing my work. One of my paintings in my last show took the longest. I always let my work rest for a day or two and come back to it. This gives me time to think about what I am going to do next in a completely different way.

When I start something new, I have a set direction usually few sketches but when I paint, I let my creativity and mind play on the canvas. That way my work stays varied and fresh. I do not stick with a style and replicate it over and over for a long time. When I start feeling comfortable, that is not a good sign so I change things up.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying Art in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

SM: It is a loaded question but honestly it depends mostly whether you choose the right college or not.

I have never attended any art college and always feel you don’t really get much out of it financially after paying a good amount of fees. There is an overwhelming chance you will not make money in art. You will find a lot of people who will truly appreciate your art but there are very few who will buy it.

From the skill point of you, I will recommend going to small art schools or institutes. Find a mentor instead of looking for an art college. Most of the skills you can gain yourself by intense self-work, but it’s helpful to have a mentor who can guide you out of the ruts you will fall into.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

SM: I’m a person who is influenced by love the most. Fortunately, that is what I got in abundance from my family. They are my most valuable support system. My relationship with God and my family form the foundation of who I am. Everything else is built on top of this.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

SM: To be honest with you, I never quite knew what exactly I wanted to become. One day I wanted to be a chef and another day a teacher. I always felt a bit insecure about the future and couldn’t imagine myself as someone.

Soon I realised, It doesn’t matter what you always wanted to be. It’s just a fantasy. What matters is this moment, now.

 

Inspiro India: How would you define beauty in less than 140 characters?

SM: True beauty comes from a person’s internal attributes, the unfading beauty of being a gentle and quiet soul. It’s a state of mind, it’s a quality. Nothing in this world is perfect and I always believe that the beauty lies in someone’s eye.  If you see something with a vision of beauty it will definitely become beautiful. Else try it in any form or way that thing or person will never turn beautiful. Beauty is infinite, everyone and everything is beautiful in its own way.

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

SM: Apart from painting, I’m passionate about baking. I love the process of researching new recipes and testing them. I can bake delicious cake and make some scrumptious chocolates and desserts.

 

Paintings by ©Shweta Malhotra

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? Some creative tips you’d like to share?

SM: The only advice I can give is, do not wait around for some miracle to happen. All the best ideas come out of the process, the hard work. Just follow your instinct and work on it, things will happen. Definitely!!!

 

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Blog | Travel

6 January 2018

One of a kind scooter rider on a mission to explore the unimaginable

Narender Kumar Gautam is a primary school teacher in Delhi with a passion to take his Bajaj Bravo 2 Strokes Scooter to rides unimaginable. A scooter gifted by his father which is now 17 years old, Delhi is his home.

 

Narender Kumar Gautam

 

Narender first got hooked on taking his scooter on rides when he came across a travelogue on a travel forum where 2-3 guys were riding scooters in the remote and rugged valley of Spiti in Himachal Pradesh with a Mahindra Scorpio as their back up vehicle. ‘I was very thrilled to see scooters in the tough terrain of Spiti. That scooter travelogue encouraged and inspired me to travel on my two wheels’, he says. Within five minutes of reading the travelogue, Gautum decided to ride his Bajaj to the high mountains and use it for long-term touring. Since then, he has never looked back!

 

The scooter rider prefers to travel solo but also travels in groups sometimes. Narender Kumar Gautam shares his 3 most memorable scooter rides, starting with his very first ride when he scaled 18,953 feet altitude on a mountain pass – Marsimik La in Ladakh in June 2016. No scooter had ever reached such heights, he says. Riding his scooter to this high pass was his long pending dream which he realized in June of 2016.  Marsimik La pass, located very near to the border of China, it is only 42 km away from Pangong Lake in Ladakh. A very steep road, totally broken and unmarked, he finally reached the pass, alone. ‘Fast cold winds were blowing and it was goosebumps moment for me. I offered my prayers in a small temple at the pass and thanked God for this’, he reminisces. It is also his best memory so far!

 

The second ride was in September of 2014 when he crossed the treacherous and remote Umba La Pass which connects Drass to Suru valley bypassing Kargil. A very remote area, very few people have been there he mentions.

 

Last but not the least, the third memorable ride was when he rode his scooter along the China border via Chushul. He reached Hanle from Pangong Lake in Ladakh, a very thrilling ride experience. The road was sandy and there were no milestone or signboards. ‘I was riding between the Indian and Chinese army bunkers as told by locals’, says Narender.

 

The rider makes a brief plan in his head in advance before he commences his travels. Generally, he includes new places on earth and brings forth places for other riders so they can explore as well.

 

5 must-visit destinations according to him are- Mustang Valley in  Nepal, Ladakh, Mana Pass in Uttrakhand, Nepal-Lahsa Friendship Highway in Tibet and Karakoram Highway in Pakistan.

 

Not to forget, his 5 must haves on a journey of exploring this wonderful planet, number one would be passion! Knowledge about routes and places, sound knowledge of the vehicle, to be aware of basic amenities and hardships on the road and to carry spare essentials.

 

Scooters are disappearing very fast and there are difficulties in finding spare parts in case of a breakdown admits the rider. ‘Its a very grave concern for a scooterist’, he says when it comes to the difficulty faced when touring on a scooter in India. Also, the best part is that scootering makes one a unique rider among majority bikers. There is a level of respect one receives from people when one travels on a scooter. Such appreciation is the best reward for a scooterist according to Narender.

 

Baralacha Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Malling Nako, Spiti Valley

Fotu La Pass, Ladakh

Mustang valley, Nepal

Maganetic Hill, Ladakh

Key, Spiti Valley

Leh-Manali Highway, Ladakh

Photos by Narender Kumar Gautam

 

Narender has also ridden to Sach Pass and Ladakh via Pangi Valley, both dangerous roads to be on. What makes him get away with that on a scooter? He says, he rides sensibly and prepares his scooter well. ‘My scooter broke down in Pangi valley but I managed to get it repaired and continue my ride and complete it’, he adds. Sach Pass and Pangi are treacherous roads, no doubt, but a very safe and slow ride will surely overcome the tough terrain he believes.

 

The one of a kind scooter rider shall never run out of stories, one such interesting excerpt from his rides is when he was travelling solo to Suru and Zanskar Valley in Ladakh. The bad weather and snowfall did not go hand in hand with his scooter’s performance. Suddenly, he saw a pack of three wolves staring at him. The cold weather and fright shivers made him sweat. Alone for 50-60 km, there was no one. He stayed put and after a few moments later, the wolves went away. He breathed a sigh of relief!

 

One lesson the rider has learnt from his years of touring on the scooter is ‘Patience’! Narender Kumar also adds, his rides happen to give him a sense of content and peace.

 

Words by Harpreet

 

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4 January 2018

Interview with Photographer: Jassi Oberai

Meet Jassi Oberai, a pharmacist living his dream life by capturing the beauty of nature and everything that comes his way. 

Jassi Oberai

 

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you start creating?

– Photography happened to me suddenly. I did not plan to be a photographer. In one of my corporate trips to Corbett, I bumped into a wildlife photographer and my 5-minute interaction with him changed my life. The irony is that I don’t even know his name or remember him. But once I picked up my first DSLR, there was no looking back.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your travel photography and way of working?

– Unlike earlier, today my travel photography is mostly on the photo tours that I organise and conduct. And that poses a huge challenge because when you are leading a photo tour, the priority is participants and not you. I have managed to fine-tune the act of balancing.

 

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any problem while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

– Well, nothing except for weather challenges and that is what makes photography ever so exciting. I remember one incident while I was trying to shoot a seascape in Bali. After identifying a spot on the edge of the rock on a beach, I waited for almost 15 minutes to check how far the strongest wave reaches. And I thought I was safe. I set my tripod and camera with ND filter on it and the moment I looked through the viewfinder to do fine tuning before I finally press the shutter, a strong wave came out of nowhere and totally drenched me along with my camera. The camera was dripping wet and so was I. Luckily my camera was waterproof so no damage was done. It took me another half an hour to create one image and obviously it is highly satisfying to see the final result.

 

Inspiro India: Which genre of photography interests you the most and why? What are your top three favourite photography locations?

– I am in love with nature and Landscape Photography excites me the most. My top three favourite photography locations are Iceland, Norway (still on my bucket list) and Ladakh.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, what would have Jassi been doing?

– I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Honestly, I always wondered why people look down on a salaried job but the moment I took the plunge I realised why people do that. There is nothing better and satisfying than living your dream and making it come true. There was a time I wanted to become a doctor, I became a pharmacist instead, spent my better-salaried life selling financial products and managing teams but nothing more satisfying than capturing the beauty of nature through my lens and making it eternal.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Freestyle. I like shooting almost everything that comes my way. But yes over a period of time I know that some genres are beyond me like street, product and food photography.

 

Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in landscape photography? What are you looking forward to purchasing next?

– Landscape Photography is all about patience. You identify your frame, set it up and wait. Sometimes you have to go there another time or day to get the best shot. One thing people must understand is that Landscape Photography is certainly not photojournalism. You have to be good at post processing to create breathtaking images. When creating slow shutter or long exposure landscape images, accessories like, tripod, ball head, ND filter system are of extreme importance.

 

The list of equipment to be acquired is long and expensive.  But yes I am looking forward to own support equipment to shoot my timelapse.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become when you were a child? What dream is still on your bucket list?

– As a child, I wanted to become a Doctor. My dream is to influence as many as I can with my art and impart photography education. And I am relentlessly working on that.

 

Inspiro India: ‘Studio Light’ or ‘Natural Light’?

– Natural Light any day. I somehow don’t like the artificial studio set up.

 

Inspiro India: Out of all the photographs you have ever taken, which is your favourite and why?

– My favourite is the recent image of ‘Northern Lights’ taken in Iceland. Though I was lucky with Northern Lights with almost daily sighting but somehow good composition was eluding me. While we were at the fag end of our tour, we decided to try a new spot, Black Church and viola we got what we were looking at.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? Which camera do you shoot with? Your favourite lenses and other equipment that you use?

– I use Adobe Photoshop and NIK Plugins to process my images. I shoot with Canon 5D Mark IV camera and my favourite lens is my newly acquired Canon 16-35 f/2.8L III USM wide angle lens.

Favourite Photograph // Northern Lights

Photos by ©Jassi Oberai

 

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– Don’t be in a hurry. Embrace patience and keep moving towards your goal. Put skill enhancement on a priority list of gear buying syndrome. A good camera will give you better result only if you are skilled enough to extract the best out of it.

 

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Blog | Inspiration | Photography

9 December 2017

Why Homai Vyarawalla is a true inspiration for every generation

Homai Vyarawalla, a name not new to the photojournalist community of India is nonetheless one of the most iconic women of India’s history pre and post Independence. In 2011, she was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of India.

 

Homai Vyarawalla

 

With time, the first woman journalist of India received national level acclamation, even more after moving to Delhi.

She photographed many political leaders national and international, her favourite being Jawaharlal Nehru.

She photographed many leaders in the period leading up to independence, including Mohandas Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Indira Gandhi and the Nehru-Gandhi family while working as a press photographer. She also captured the various state visits of prominent figures such Dalai Lama, just after he had escaped from Tibet and John F. Kennedy and the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

 

Her most famous pictures include the pictures of first tricolour-hoisting after Independence, the death of Mahatma Gandhi, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru releasing a pigeon, now a part of national archives.

 

Vyarawalla learned photography from a friend and began taking pictures of Bombay life at the age of 13. Originally from Navsari in Gujarat, Homai earned a diploma from Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art, Mumbai.

 

Today marks the 104th birthday of the influential woman of pre as well as post-independent India. A time when women were strictly confined to household chores until and unless one was a prominent figure in those times, Homai chose her passion and made a career out of it. An impressive step in that era, with today’s Indian woman to be much more independent and educated in the current year of 2017, a lot can be achieved if one believes in their passion and inner strength regardless of gender. Homai Vyarawalla is a true inspiration.

Pandit Nehru releasing a dove, sign of peace at a public function at the National Stadium in New Delhi, mid 1950s. // image source

Aerial View of the Republic Day Parade in Delhi taken from the top of India Gate in 1951. // image source

Mahatma Gandhi’s body at Birla House, 31st January 1948. // image source

Dances and fancy dress parties at the Gymkhana Club. Homai Vyarawalla Archive/ The Alkazi Collection of Photography

The Victoria Terminus, Bombay, 1940. Homai Vyarawalla Archive/The Alkazi Collection of Photograph

Homai Vyarawalla – India’s first woman photojournalist // image source

 

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8 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Ajay Patel

Ajay Patel, a businessman by profession, always finds time to go out and click pictures with his friends. The lensman concentrates on displaying subjects distinctively and does not believe in so called ‘neat frames’. However, he likes to follow a minimal approach while clicking pictures.

 

Ajay tries to capture soothing aesthetics of a particular subject right from random surroundings to a unique setup. Since most of his pictures are clicked and processed on an iPhone 5s, there is no behind the scenes involved. Patel also brings his observation he’d like to depict, through his pictures!

 

New places, colours, food and people inspire this aesthetic loving photographer. He uses an iPhone 5s and OnePlus smartphones for most of his images even though he does own a Canon 600D. Snapseed, Mextures, VSCO and Lightroom are some of the apps he uses for editing images.

 

Having a keen eye for aesthetics and details since childhood, Ajay Patel became a part of the community where everyone shared a similar interest. ‘What really drives me to create pictures is I think the sense of belongingness I have built over the years with my friends over Instagram’, says Patel. These friends are not just people he has met through Instagram but are also the people he ends up spending a lot of time with and around.

Words by Harpreet

 

Images by ©Ajay Patel

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Blog | Travel

4 December 2017

Traveller of the Week: Arvind Patwal

Arvind Patwal belongs to Uttarakhand and is currently living in Delhi to pursue his graduation from Delhi University. A master at street photography, he currently works as a freelance photographer.

 

Arvind loves to research different places before starting his journey. He reminisces his first trip to Barsana at the time of the Holi festival. Excited to capture amazing colourful photography, he ultimately won.

 

Arvind Patwal

 

A group traveller by heart, he does like to travel solo depending on the situation. Though not a full-time traveller, travelling has always been a passion for him, a custom he wishes to follow.

 

A must visit for all the travel lovers out there, Arvind shares his favourite destinations with us. Anandpur Sahib during ‘Holla Mohalla’, Barsana during ‘Holi’, Varanasi during ‘Dev Dipawali’, streets of Kolkata, Deserts of Jaisalmer and Varanasi to be his favourite.

 

A planned traveller, his 5 must-haves for travelling include power bank, torch, blanket, dry fruits and a swiss knife. A lover of photography, the most interesting part for the young traveller is nonetheless, clicking pictures.
Covering states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and cities like Kolkata, one life lesson he has learnt through travelling is to take care of oneself and never get involved in drug addiction.

 

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Hola Mohalla, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Dev Deepawali, Varanasi

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Kolkata Railway Station, West Bengal

Nigambodh Ghat, New Delhi

Pushkar, Rajasthan

Ganga Aarti, Varanasi

Varanasi

 

An interesting fragment from the street photographer’s life involves around going to Anandpur Sahib for ‘Holla Mohalla’ with a few friends. He spent 4 nights in a car and enjoyed a lot while clicking pictures on the ground, says Arvind Patwal.

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Images by ©Arvind Patwal

 

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30 November 2017

Interview with Wedding Photographer: Harsheen Jammu

Meet Harsheen Jammu, an IIM graduate and photographer

Harsheen Jammu

 

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you get started?

– Originally from a management background, an IIM graduate, it was my love for capturing the colours in our everyday life & the sentiments attached to them that pulled me towards photography. Clicking pictures is what truly makes me happy, it is fulfilling in all its dimensions.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your unique style and way of working?

– I don’t believe in planning a lot for a shoot as it brings in a certain expectation you tend to have with the output and you completely ignore the other possibilities. I try to incorporate the environment and emotions at that point of time in my frames.

 

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

– My parents were not very supportive initially, but I was very adamant. Like all professions, most of the days, I feel happy about my choices but there are some difficult days as well.

 

Inspiro India: What is it about wedding-photography that interests you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations? And Why?

– The fact that you are going to create a piece of history for someone which is going to be passed on to generations is something which fascinates me. No favourite locations as such. I believe there is beauty everywhere, you just need to observe for a while.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, What would have Harsheen been doing?

– Probably a civil servant.

 

Inspiro India: What is typically in your camera bag while travelling?

– I don’t shoot much while travelling. Something shall be experienced without cameras.

 

Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in travel wedding photography? What are you looking forward to purchase next?

– Just try to be a part of the family, connect with the environment and results would come. I am looking forward to purchase a wide lens.

 

Inspiro India: How has witnessing so many weddings changed your life/outlook?

– It has impacted me in a major way. I am very sure about what kind of a wedding I want and what is a complete no-no. On a serious note, you tend to examine families of different cultures on a very micro level and there is one common thing across all cultures and that is patriarchy.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing work flow And the equipment that you use?

– I use photo mechanic & lightroom for post processing. Equipment – iMac 27 inches 8GB RAM.

 

Photos by ©Harsheen Jammu

 

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– What kind of Equipment you use plays a very minor role in your art. Explore, shoot, edit with whatever tools you have and you will be amazed by the results

 

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Blog | Travel

27 November 2017

Traveller of the Week: Neer Patra

Neer Patra has always been on a travelling spree, right from his school days in Varanasi to his graduation from Allahabad and then pursuing an MBA from IBS Hyderabad.

Originally from Odisha, Neer is an Investment Banker living in Delhi for the past 6 years. He has always wanted to visit as many places as possible in his lifetime which also happens to be his goal for now.

 

Neer Patra

 

Neer also wants other people to travel and explore our beautiful city, a reason why he started sharing images from his travels on social media. He also admits not everyone can visit every place, so he makes it a point to showcase them through photography. He doesn’t mention or portray himself to be a traveller or a photographer. He hardly takes his camera out when visiting a town and steers away from mentioning anything in his social media bio.

 

‘I think leaving for one place and then reaching another, where everything, people, culture, food everything is different from your last visited place and that’s motivation enough for anyone to go to new places and explore more’, says the explorer.

 

The cycle continues, it is deep-rooted in him since childhood which is why he can never stop exploring new places in the world. A thought vested in him during the times he’d visit his hometown twice a year whilst his father was posted in Varanasi, the entire 24-hour train journey passed through 3 different states. A long 6-7 hour road journey by bus crossed multiple villages. The constant travels to his hometown and his very first trip as a student to Chittaranjan, a small city in Bihar is where his love for travel was born! ‘If you talk about my very first trek or encounter with mountains, it was my schools days of grade 9 when I was NCC cadet and went to Dhanlauti in Uttarakhand for 11 days of trekking and camping’, he says.

 

Though not a full-time traveller, Patra loves his job and makes it a point to travel twice a month. Not so fond of travelling in big groups, hiring a travelling or trekking agency for his expeditions is a strict no-no. He loves travelling solo or with 1-2 people only if need be which is a personal choice as well.

He does admit travelling with a group to be good fun,  as one meets like-minded people which also helps in minimizing travelling expenses. ‘But I feel like going solo gives me a lot of confidence and helps me to believe in my own ability to make decisions. It makes me feel more independent’, says Neer Patra.

 

‘I always believe a well-planned travel cannot go haywire especially when you keep going to mountains, you have to have A or B plan ready’, says Neer. It makes a person mentally and physically strong to take on the challenges to be faced in the mountains. Sometimes a spontaneous trip may end up in emptying one’s pockets, where a planned trip is more budget friendly.

 

The traveller shoots with a Nikon D810 with a wide angle lens of 14-24 mm. He also likes to use his 85 mm lens which makes a part of his must-haves for travelling. A medicine kit, headlamps, GPS, some dry fruits and vitamin bars are a few essentials to carry along!

 

Patra loves trying local delicacies, learning their language and the culture and story associated with the place.

He has travelled to more than 20 states of the country and wishes to explore the northeast region of India. He is travelling to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh next month, ticking off two states from the northeast!

He also deems Kerala and the ‘Seven Sisters of India’ to be a must visit for all the travellers out there, not to forget, Norway and Greenland if you’re planning an international trip!

 

Taj Mahal, Agra

Varanasi

Zanskar River

Nubra Valley

Chadar Trek

Key Monastery, Spiti

Stok Kangri

Varanasi Assi Ghat

Chadar Trek

 

One of many interesting stories during his travel was during his recent expedition to ‘Stok Kangari’. Not sure if he’d be able to reach the top, he was told by many locals that he’d be the first one in this year to climb in the month of May. Where half of the climbers returned half way from the incredibly tough trek as said by the locals, he kept going only because he was travelling solo with a local guide and porter-cum-cook!

‘It wouldn’t have been possible if we had come here with a group because in the mountains, most of the time you end giving up only because the fellow trekker has given up’, said the local guide to Patra once they were on the top!

 

Last but not the least, ‘The world is beautiful and you cannot see everything in your one life’, is what Neer Patra has learnt from his years travelling around the country.

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Neer Patra

 

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17 October 2017

Marvel/DC | Type Series By Deanne Fernandes

Deanne Fernandes is a Delhi based Design Enthusiast who has worked as a Communication Designer for almost 9 years now. The love for art and design in any form has excited her all her life. Participating in art activities at school and college level and winning accolades for the same, not to forget including a few national and international competitions, motivated her to take up new challenges in this field.

 

After completing her post-grad in advertising and PR, she worked at an ad agency, a design studio and freelanced for a year as well. She is presently the head of a creative group at a design studio for the last five years. She thoroughly enjoys creating corporate identities, packaging, campaigns, websites and much more at the studio!

 

As a communication designer, illustrator, hand letterer and dreamer, Deanne loves to experiment with new styles and finds inspiration everywhere. A long list of artists inspire her, she admires anyone from a well-known international artist to a street painter or a colleague at work to a 5-year-old. Every time she tries to master a style, she gets introduced to something new. It is amazing and challenging at the same time, a reason good enough to pick design for her career!

 

Deanne does not believe in sitting idle. Whenever she reaches home, she spends time with her family and gets right back to designing but this time, it is for herself!

Devoting time to do more personal artwork made her realize that she was getting better at her craft at work as well as receiving a great deal of satisfaction and happiness.

Fernandes’s personal projects range from themed typography series, illustrations and hand lettering which also includes the 36 days of type project.

 

Type Series by ©Deanne Fernandes 

 

The 36 days of type is a popular worldwide challenge that invites designers across nations to create 26 alphabet and numbers from 0-9, one for each of the 36 days.

She picked superheroes and super-villains of the Marvel and DC universe as her theme for this year. Extremely exciting at first glance, it turned out to be quite challenging to complete one every day. But the acknowledgements, on and off Instagram, support from family, colleagues and friends made up for all the amazing artwork. It also brought greater motivation and strength.

 

Deanne hopes life keeps surprising her with new opportunities so that she can surprise herself by becoming better every passing day.

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