I call myself a backpack of the mind & places. I feel being a bohemian “anything” – a writer, a traveler, a bank clerk, a singer or a grandmother – it’s a state of mind rather than a state of physical being. Both places & people fill me with as much excitement as a circus that lights up a kid’s mind. The eclectic vibes of people, the colorful textures, the effortless fashion & the rustic sounds create a beautiful ripple of senses. These portraits are a depiction of the spirited, the eccentric and the bohemian rhapsodies that I have encountered on my travels.
She met him in Uttarakhand while backpacking across India. They are now married & live in Varkala.
A young effervescent mother: She was as curious about me as I was of her. Her patience to listen to a complete stranger filled me with warmth. She happily obliged when I asked her if I could click her.
The older woman snubbed me off & the girl with the tiara turned with a smile. I like this view better than the one I was designing.
The wounded hues.
The Leather Czar.
She was open & vivacious, he was reluctant & reserved.
She was haughty like my granny.
The musician who hit the wrong notes with the crowd.
You look at some old people & can instantly tell that they were stunningly beautiful when young.
The Green Lantern in her life.
Monty, the Haryanvi body builder. He reminded me of Hagrid – huge, powerful, severely bearded & sweaty. I had to stop him in his tracks as he came thumping out of the crowded lanes of this hippy market. He wore a satin Santa Claus suit to mark his devotion to his body. I flinched & then smiled at his crazy innocence.
Child’s Play: Pretending to do responsible adult stuff. She will realize much later that adults are pretending to be adults too.
A well-tailored gentleman.
He just smiled, smiled calmly. Maybe it is the presence of Nandi or Bull. ‘Nandi’ in English translates as Happy, Joyous or Happy Person.
The “Most Pleated Shirt” award at a Saturday Night Flea Market.
The kind of friends who love to just laugh together, a lot.
Who is your guru?
A savvy hippy. Someone who designs her life & is happy about it. Decisive & smart.
Preparing for the end with customized designs.