Cairo’s Camels

Cairo’s Camels

Cairo’s Camels

The Pyramids of Giza at Cairo, one of the seven wonders of the world, draw millions of tourists each year.

A major part of that attraction are the Bactrian camels that wander around, heads held high while their owners try courting curious travelers.

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Camels at the Pyramids at Giza sport the most colourful saddles.
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A camel waits outside the Great Pyramid.
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A little boy waiting for passengers outside the pyramids.
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A camel owner seen in the complex.
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A faithful camel stands next to his master who rests under a makeshift shelter while a mule and his owner watch on.
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Camels aren’t the only mode of transport; the pyramids are home to the occasional horses too.

Also read: The Nubian on the Nile 

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The heart of the capital
This Indian version of the Arc-de-Triomphe stands as a memorial to the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British during World War I

As an ‘adopted’ Delhiite (since i move every three years), i felt it was my ‘duty’ as one to show my best friend from Bombay this famous monument.
Little did i know that I’d be stunned at how beautiful it looked at night…

The first one...

This photo is very very special to me.

It was the year 2010, sometime after August, when the college’s Photographic Society (fondly called Photosoc, it helped me make a ton of friends besides pushing me further into photography) was already done with its traditional fresher’s exhibition, they had another one themed “A picture speaks a thousand words”, a library related photo exhibition as a part of some mini-book fest.

This photo was an entry. Another friend and I entered enthusiastically and forgot about it, never dreaming we’d score anything.

After a few days, someone came running up to me, “Hey congrats! That picture was great!” Then some more. It took me ten minutes to remember what I had done to deserve those congratulatory hugs and handshakes and together with aforementioned friend, I rushed to the library lawns to see my photo, all glossy and un-digitized, pasted with many others, on cardboard make-shift stands in the middle of the library lawns, a blue ribbon on it shining at me.

I guess I can say now, that it was among those “happiest moments of life”. No, the money I won (which was quite enough for a poor college student) wasn’t what thrilled me.

What this win did, was make me believe I could click. That for the first time, someone other than me thought Iwas worth something. And this is what makes me click on even today…that little motivation here and there.

Also, this picture was clicked in an era preceding my dSLR.

It was not staged – I found the girl sitting at the end of a bookshelf in the college library, trying to read in the little sunlight that was proliferating through a window. I propped my camera on a stack of books on the other end of the corridor and shot it in B/W. I saw that girl off and on for three years after this was taken…never knew who she was though. But without her, my photo wouldn’t have been a photo. And without this photo, I probably wouldn’t have worked in Photosoc.

Though now when I look back, the picture ain’t all that great but it made me feel something for photography and that I guess is what’s more important.

P.S. I lost my digital camera a year after and I still feel sad about it. It was my first after all.

The brats of Willong

In June this year, we went to meet my Dad, who lives in Manipur. We went to a village called Willong, many twists and turns and rocky miles away from his place. Along with the Stonehenge like mysterious monoliths the place is famous for, it is also known for a church high up on a rock, overlooking the valley.
Walking through the village, one can spot the occasional goat or dog or child. The kids here, unlike the world over, are peaceful lil chaps. The three in the picture just happened to make fill my frame in a fairly decent way, if not perfectly…