The Kolkata Book Fair is, in fact, the fourteenth 'parvana' (festival) of Bengal. I have attempted to catch a few glimpses of the last bookfair in its variegated moods.

Bookfair - The Festival of Festivals

 A touching story based on few glimpses of the mournful parade walking through the streets of Kolkata during the Muharram celebration.

A Mournful Walk

 Bonalu is a famous festival in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secundrabad celebrated during the month of Ashada (July-August). Here is quick story on the Bonalu Festival celebration in Hyderabad in 2010.

Bonalu, 2010

 A collection of photographs of the 40 km bicycling race organized by Hyderabad Bicycling Club in January 2010.

HBC Bicycle Race

 Sitala" brick-factory is one of such factories situated in Suryapur, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. With everything in manual labour and only 40-50 workers working on daily basis, the factory produces 100,000 bricks per month. Here is a collection of photographs from a short visit to that factory.

The Building Blocks

 Pochampally is the place where threads and colours find their way into the hands of skilful weavers and meander into the market as beautiful sarees and dress material. Here is a collection of few photographs taken during a short visit to Pochampally in July 2012.

Weavers of Pochampally

 Kumartuli", meaning the Locality of the Potters, is one of the oldest vicinities of Kolkata. As you walk down the streets, the muddy air and dingy lanes murmur the stories of the artisans who have been working for generations in the same dark studios, crowded with gigantic Durga idols. They are the "God-makers".

The God Makers

 This 500 years old, unique art-style was a beautiful blend of local styles of Turkey, Persia, and Arabic countries. In India, as it was developed in Bidar, under profound encouragement from the Bahmani kings, the art has been popularly known as "Bidri art" and all products are famous as "Bidriware".

A Tale of Soil and Silver

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