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Steaming hot tea at Badabazar by khurafati
Steaming hot tea at Badabazar
Kolkata is famous for its street food and is BIG on tea. The tea is made on a 'chulha' (coal stove), the smoke and ash from it adds on to the flavour of the tea. It is then served in an earthen pot locally known as 'kulhad', which again adds on to the flavour and smell, also the overall experience.
Rice plantation by khurafati
Rice plantation
I spent a few days in the fields photographing the farmers during rice plantation. The ladies sang this to bless me for my future endeavors.    Really fortunate to meet such kind and humble people in my journey.
Ploughing rice field by khurafati
Ploughing rice field
From my ongoing series on farmers. These bright smiles and warm welcome makes it easier to work in scorching sun in the fields and the conversation are always uplifting. A happy sky like this above the lush green fields is nature's way of conveying its happiness I guess :)
Manan setting up by khurafati
Manan setting up
I had one pic of his initial stage of setting up the prawn fishing net. As the monsoons have set in, I have not been able to go back to document the full setup :(
Manan by khurafati
My 1st portrait of this monsoon. Meet my new friend Manan with his prawn fishing net :) It is an interesting setup. Imagine dragging this through the water and crossing the river! Every day he has to look for a suitable place with a particular flow and mud density to fix the bamboos, which is again a tedious task. The net is fixed late in the evening and taken out early morning at around 5:30. When I was photographing him setting up, it started raining so hard I got drenched before I could come out of the river. It was nice long walk in pouring rain to the bamboo bridge to cross the river. Looking forward to go back and document his setup soon :D
Its amazing how kindhearted, humble and soft spoken these hardworking people are, always a pleasure meeting such people :D
I had been to Kashmir in 2010, and I photographed a few kids up in the mountains. Life in the mountains is tough, and none of the kids I met, got an opportunity to goto a school. They were very curious and wanted to know where I came from and why was I taking photographs. This is the 1st photo I clicked… and when I showed her the picture, this was the reaction…  That the probably the 1st time she saw her photograph, all her friends were jumping all around me to get their pictures clicked! I promised myself, that someday I would do something for the education of these wonderful kids in Kashmir. I started researching and came across this school in Breswana. Their Facebook page… I was in touch with the
Director of the school for all these years, but I could never save much to make it back to the mountains. Recently I saw a post for a volunteer opening on their page and immediately got in touch with them. After a skype call I was selected. I will be there from August till October end.

Looking forward to finally doing my bit and share my knowledge with the kids :)


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Smruti Swarup Puhan
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student General Artist

Congrats on the DD! :clap:

GueparddeFeu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Welcome in my group :iconarcheology-mythology:! =D
DVanDyk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
your people portraits are really beyond compare, impressive compassion with an open heart, bravo! Excellent work !
khurafati Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much David!! O:) :hug: Feels great when someone drops in a word about the pictures I make. Thank you again for the kind words :D Made my day!
freakyframes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
sanpaiya Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
thanks for all the comments :) beautiful work . .
khurafati Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D you are welcome! And thank you for stopping by my gallery :)
jazzlamb Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hey are you in Kolkata? I am! had to talk to you regarding work. It's kind of important, it would be nice if you could get back to me asap :) email:
freakyframes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
khurafati Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
mileage kitna deti hai?? kaunsa Indhan daalte ho?
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