Toy train to the hills

A trip to the hills is always special but when it happens on the famous toy train that runs from Chandigarh to the Summer Capital of the erstwhile British Empire in India, Shimla, it’s even more so. Though I have not recently visited Shimla, these pictures from 2008 show the beauty along the journey and…

Monkey business

I took this picture of a monkey in Shimla, India, minutes after it had made off with a visitor’s packet of sweets that he was to offer at a temple. The ‘thief’ ensured he was at a safe distance but still visible and appeared to cock a snook at the worshipers with a ‘catch me…

Carrying the burden of fate

This is one of the most disturbing images of life in the higher reaches of northern India. Because of the terrain, the absence of traffic and population scattered across several hills, porters such as this one carry huge amounts of goods – from boxes, cooking gas cylinders, girders, carpets – and everything else – up…

Picturing the Church

I love these rather ghostly and surreal images of the Christ Church, Shimla. I remember back in the day, when these pictures were taken on a foggy evening, I did not have a proper camera, no tripod, no proper lighting and no real knowledge of how to take a good night shot. But I went…

Taken by surprise

A trip to the hills in Northern India is never complete without several encounters with primates of different kinds and it’s almost always that they have the upper hand over us humans. They have been known to take off people’s hats and eyeglasses, not to mention making off with food packets and raiding the refrigerator….