10 Years of Tigging

This day in 2006 I was on my way back from my maiden trip to central India. A few days before, with a bunch of friends and an eyeful of dreams inspired by documentaries, I had stepped into Kanha Tiger Reserve, and got my first tiger photograph. It was a collared tigress resting in the…

A Certificate of Authenticity

I just received my certificate for the place I won in the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Rice Smith Awards, ending months of intense speculation that my win was a mere dream. Confirmation that I haven’t been hallucinating (phew!) The awards-edition magazine which I received along with it is utterly fabulous, easily emulating BBC Wildlife…

Smart Photography Feature!

‘Smart’ is generally not a term the average Joe employs in describing me, but Smart Photography magazine has nevertheless featured me in the February 2014 edition of the print monthly, with a mention on the front cover.  Here are some snapshots: The Smart Photography Feature, January 2014 – Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and…

Wise as a Tiger

My eleventh visit to Bandhavgarh began on an ominous note.   At the tail end of the first safari, we arrived at Gopalpur Meadow to find an extremely genial English gentleman, whom I was to later identify as John Aitchison, a wildlife cameraman who’d won an Emmy for my then favourite documentary, Frozen Planet.  He…

An Unlikely Success: Windland Awards 2013 Win

I’m pleased as punch to announce that this image I call ‘The Unlikely Tourist,’ has been ‘highly honoured’ in the ‘Animal Antics’ category of the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Awards. Being placed in any international competition is a reason to rejoice but what makes this win particularly exciting is being on the same roll…

Fundraiser – Prints for Sale

Anybody for a symbiotic relationship?It’s that time when my pockets are over-mined and the feasibility of my engaging in the continued pursuit of my art this month seriously undermined.Therefore in an effort to raise funds for an upcoming project, I am offering two of my most cherished pictures for sale, in the form of large-format…

Crucified for No Crime?

Let a hundred guilty go scot-free, but not one innocent should be punished” says the Law. Unfortunately tigers don’t seem to be eligible for such penal largesse as they continue to pay the ultimate price for human avarice and callousness. Cornered, squeezed out of their decimated homes and slaughtered for their beauty, they find scarce…

Tiger Wars: A New Hope

On the occasion of tiger reserves being reopened to tourism after a three-month ban… The Banbehi female cub in hot pursuit of her brother at Sita Mandap, May 2012 I can smell the wet earth and lap up the dew again. I can breathe the whispering wind and watch a virginal dawn crack again. I…

In the Good Books

This picture is featured as a full-page spread in Valmik Thapar‘s latest book, “The Tiger – Soul of India,”published by Oxford University Press. I thank my naturalist Mukesh Burman and my driver Vikas for making the image possible. 

Winner – NDTV Tiger Photo Contest

I’m pleased to announce that this image has been chosen as the winner of the NDTV Tiger Photo Contest from a whopping 6000 entries, and will feature in their 2011 calendar. In connection with this, I was featured in a brief interview with NDTV anchor Swati Thiyagarajan on their mega 12-hour ‘telethon’ yesterday on NDTV…