Rope Walk Madariwalas playing road-side tricks after the Namaaz on Ramadan... @Charminar, Hyderabad

Rope Walk Madariwalas playing road-side tricks after the Namaaz on Ramadan... @Charminar, Hyderabad

Bidri Art A kid displaying a work of Art from Bidar. This photo is part of a documentary ("The Soil and Silver") on Bidri Art.

Mahalaya An old man praying to ancestors on the eve of Mayalaya in Kolkata.

Coal Worker A coal worker poses for a photo in the streets of Kolkata

Mascular Durga idol building in progress. An artisan is seen as he puts coating on the idol.

Dhaaki A dhaaki playing dhaak during the immersion of Durga idol.

Little HappYness A bunch of kids playing on a Sunday morning

Play Time Two kids are seen as they play near the Ganesha Idols being build for the upcoming festival.

Play Time A kid is seen playing with the pigeons at Mecca Mosque, Hyderabad. The iconic Charminar is in the backdrop.

Freedom Calls A student looks outside as the class continue in a Madrasa at Taj-ul Mosque, Bhopal.

Affection Cormorant fishing is quite an old tradition in Guangxi province of China. But now-a-days, the fishermen use their nets and not the birds for fishing. However, some men, like the one in the photograph, have not abandoned their cormorants yet. When no fish is caught in the net, this old man buys fish from market for his pets and feeds them. The fisherman and his birds hold a strong relationship between them. I was able to capture such a candid and funny moment that also depicts his affection for the old companions.

Music Ratenggaro is one of the famous traditional villages and tourist attractions in South-West Sumba. As per our local guide, the word Ratenggaro came from the word “Rate” which means grave in the ground and “Garo” which refers to the Garo people from Guara clan. It is said that these Garo people moved to this place and had a battle with the local inhabitants. But they were killed and later buried in that place. So the village is named “Ratenggaro”. People in Ratenggaro village still preserve the tradition of their ancestors and follow the Marapu traditions. A kid is seen as he plays a musical instrument in front of the village huts.

My Pet Some traditional villages in Sumba are welcoming than others and Wee Leo was was more than welcoming for us. As we reached the village, the Rato (the Head of the village) welcomed us with betel nuts which is the traditional way of welcoming people in the villages across Sumba. As we were leaving the village, we saw this local village boy was playing with his pet chicken.

The Lady Buddha We met this cheerful lady washing cloths on the bank of the river as we were strolling through a no-so-famous village in Yangshuo, China. Our guide helped us introduced ourselves to her and she was quite excited to know that we were from India. As the conversations went on, we got to know that the statue next to her is called the "Lady Buddha". It's a belief among the villagers that the deity saves the children from getting drowned in the river. That's the reason that the statue is placed next to the river and worshiped by the villagers.

Fun time Kids busy in playing and jumping in the river water. Fishing village near Pero Beach, Sumba, Indonesia.

Backstage An artist from the opera group from China during the final touch ups moments before their performance. During the 3 weeks long celebration at Hong San Temple on the occasion of Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Singapore. Traditional Chinese operas have started becoming a fading art. But still, there are artists who encourage their families to continue the legacy. It is a traditional Chinese art form, involving music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting.

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