This is where I come from

This year is my fifth living abroad, which means I’ve spent a fifth of my life not in India. Although I may never forget my Indian roots, not living there means I am not constantly faced with the life I once had. Economically my life in India and here in Britain is pretty much the same. Not so socially.

Walking the streets of Nashik or Mumbai, there was no escaping the plight of the poor. Most have to learn to turn a blind eye to it, because there is only so much you can do to help. Even then just that constant reminder is a humbling experience.

There is nothing nice about watching people defecate or having a beggar at every corner, but it is a good reminder of the privileges that we happen to have. And it is this nostalgia which takes me to Mumbai Paused ever so often. It is a blog run by a photographer who calls himself Slogan Murugan. Without telling you more, I’ll let his pictures do their job.

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Christmas
Christmas
Diwali
Diwali

While I am using words to help me, Murugan simply posts pictures. And the juxtaposition of images or subjects within an image make a powerful story, leaving you to judge what to make of it.

Shave
Shave
Ticket counter
Ticket counter
The ride
The ride

And it’s not all just about poverty. He brings to life some of the most mundane views of the city.

Ruins
Ruins
Eastern freeway
Eastern freeway
Every shop
Every shop

All images belong to Slogan Murugan.

White wonderland

The highlight of my return to the UK this year was definitely the snow. The moment our plane broke through the clouds and we could see heathrow from the window, I was awestruck. Everything was white, it looked so pristine from the plane. The journey from Heathrow to Oxford was equally mesmerizing. Although, it had been almost 30 hours since I’d left home and had had hardly any sleep, the views of the white wonderland did not let me wink. I even managed to tweet a poem!

Exeter college chapel

It snowed a little more today and I could not stop myself from taking pictures. Here you will find a link to the rest of the pictures.