Growing up

Backpack Nirvana Delhi based travel photographer
Every pencil was dear to me in childhood. I don’t know how many pens I have lost after I grew up.


Growing up is a classic paradox of life we all have faced. When we were child, we always wanted to grow up. And after we grew up, we wanted to be a child again.The fact is we all know that we have no control over growing up (physiologically), and we forget that we have control to be a child always (psychologically). But not exactly child, or the world will put you in asylum.

So is there a way to enjoy best of both the worlds? I suppose there is – by growing up physically and keeping some of your childhood traits alive.

Think! As a child how curious you were. Your first instincts were always to touch a new thing, feel it, smell it, taste it. (Just don’t try this at opposite sex after you grow up, might be creepy)
It is all due to curiosity you had at that point of time. The curiosity to know the unknown.

If you recap reel of your life, this curiosity helped you learn new things. And as you learned, your self confidence grew. In fact what you are today is due to the things you learned out of your curiosity.
World calls it life experience.

So why stop after you grow up? Be curios, learn something new always!

Culinary Colonization

chai samosa backpack nirvana india travel photographer

One of the unifying snacks combination of India is Chai – Samosa. It transcends the boundaries of region, case, sex, age. It doesn’t matter if you are a school goer, a house wife or someone who only sits only in air conditioned environments, you will always say yes to this snack combo, especially in winters or rainy season. With this combination in hand, there have been many talks of politics (national and office), movies, books, liberalization, and globalization. Then Species, cultures and languages going endangered or extinct.

However no one has paid attention to the two items in their hand. With liberalization and globalization we see onslaught of culinary items from foreign lands putting up a competition for local cuisine.

I have observed among the environment I live in, where both options are available. People now prefer a sandwich, burger or pizza with some fancy named drink to wash it down instead of chai-samosa. I am no one to judge which one is good. Calories conscious will tell you both are not good.

If I am samosa, will I feel culinary colonized by a burger taking over my turf. Or like those master masons I am secretly colonizing culinary kings of the other unknown plates around the world. Maybe find a restful place under a fork and knife.

Reflection – Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun's Tomb - Reflection backpack nirvana
Humayun’s Tomb – Reflection

I have been to Humayun’s tomb in Delhi many times and always have wanted to capture a different aspect of it. On researching online I found out many images captured as reflection of the structure. Most of them had captured reflections very sharply. I would not lie, I did try my hands as well. Some of them turned out to be good captures, but it did not satisfy me.

Then I thought why not capture the reflection in way, that it looks like a painting. So here is my execution of it. I will still like to improve on this and give another try sometime.

Technical Details –
f/8, 1/30sec, ISO-800, 55mm
kit lens on Nikon D3000