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August 3, 2013


With Google+ celebrating their 2nd anniversary, photowalks were organized around the world.  Kochi had one on June 29th.

It started with around hundred photographers meeting up at Marine Drive and then splitting up into different teams. The group I was in headed straight to Broadway. People from Kochi will know this – this place is anything but broad. It is one of the oldest markets in Kerala, crammed with shops and vendors. You can get everything and anything here. From shops selling diamond jewelry to roadside cloth sellers, wholesale banana sellers, restaurants, the list goes on…

Word spreads fast in a place like Broadway. ‘People in black taking pictures’ (the dress code for the day) suddenly became a topic of discussion amongst the vendors. Some of them thought we were from the newspapers or TV channels. Though a little overwhelmed, they were more than happy to pose for our cameras.

According to some reports, Cochin has the highest participation right after New York and San Francisco. Impressive, I say! It was a fun experience. I got to see and meet lot of photogs. We had people shooting film, there were few guys doing just phones. I realized Kochi (and maybe Kerala) is a Canon city 🙂
Google+ 2nd Anniversary Photowalk

September 21, 2012

Big announcement

Hello dear readers, I have an announcement to make – I have relocated to India!!
This was the reason why the blog was pretty inactive off late – was busy winding down stuff in sunny LA. After a brief 6 years in Los Angeles, we decided to return home.
As a tribute, this post is about a place that has intrigued me a lot, a place I feel wasn’t able to fully explore – the Los Angeles Downtown.

The first set is pictures from Union Station and Olvera Street.
Union St

The second set is of the Toy district followed by my favorite – the Arts district. It was my first time to Toy District, which is also officially Skid Row. For folks who don’t know Skid Row, it’s the largest population of homeless in North America. There were stories of Skid Row that prevented me from exploring this place in 6 years. This time my curiosity got the better of me. With a dear friend for company, I set out for one last tour of LA downtown.
Toy District

June 12, 2012

Abbot Kinney through the iPhone

Last Saturday we spent an afternoon in Venice. The first stop was at Gjelina for lunch. After seeing the wait time at 45 minutes, we put in our names and went exploring. We saw the Kogi truck – the very truck that started the whole food truck revolution. We had the Kogi Dog, short rib and the chicken tacos.

At Gjelina, we had beet-avocado salad, steak sandwich and mushroom pizza. Then we walked up and down Abbot Kinney, did some window shopping, ogled at some of the stuff in Jack Spade. We finished this episode of Abbot Kinney with coffee from Intelligentsia.

All pictures are taken on the iPhone and processed using Instagram and CrossProcess (not at the same time). I did not like the HDR option in the iPhone. Messes up the skin tones. I am on Instagram under mycaptureotime.

Check out my previous posts on Abbot Kinney and Gjelina here and here

iPhone AbbotKinney

May 13, 2012

A weekend in San Francisco – Day 2

I will let the pictures do the talking on this one..
SFO Day 2

April 14, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 5

This post features the ‘Streets & Faces’ of Istanbul. No real theme or story in this post, just my capture of everyday life in Istanbul. This place is a heaven for photogs. Most people are ok with having cameras pointed at them. Some even insist that you take a picture. I got yelled at just once; that photo is here in this post – wanna take a guess? 🙂

Most of the photographs were taken using the Carl Zeiss 35mm 1.4. After a lot of thinking, I decided to haul this heavy, ‘manual focus only’ lens all the way to Istanbul. It was a risk – I knew that if a shot got messed up, I didn’t have the luxury to go back and re-shoot it. All said and done, I am glad I used this lens. I got used to the manual focusing quite fast. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I love the sharpness and the richness of the photos. I rented it from

streets and faces
streets and faces_2

April 12, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 4


April 9, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 3

Featured in today’s post are two of Istanbul bazaars – The Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Market.
With almost 4000 shops operating in it, the Grand Bazaar is truly grand. Right from 5th generation carpet sellers to shops selling ‘Nike’ and ‘Adidas’ for $10, leather goods, ceramics, jewellery – you get everything. One interesting thing I saw was shopkeepers placing coffee and tea orders over wireless handsets. And it is not just shops, there are mosques, restaurants and cafes too

The Egyptian spice market is a smaller bazaar, with mostly spice shops. The by lanes surrounding this bazaar is where the real action is. This is where we found the locals shopping for furniture, clothes, kitchen goods, cheese, olives, pickles, cured meats and so on. We also visited the Rustem Pasha mosque along the way. It is not very big or grand like the Blue mosque, but the Iznik tiles in here are beautiful and exquisite.

Ali Pasha

This is Şark Kahvesi. A cafe inside the Grand Bazaar. A good place to rest your tired legs after all the walking and bargaining and yes they make good coffee and tea..:)

April 7, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 2

Featured in this post is the Asian side of Istanbul – the not so touristy side of Istanbul. We started by walking to the Galata bridge to see the numerous fishermen who turn up there every day. We got some simit (sesame bread rings) from one of the many simit carts and got onto a ferry to Kadıköy. In a short 20 minutes, we travelled from Europe to Asia ☺
The sights and sound in Kadıköy were very vibrant and different from those in Sultanahmet. No more tour buses, just Istanbullus going about their busy lives. It was an insightful glimpse into the regular life of an Istanbul city dweller.
Kadıköy is known to be artsy, hip, have good cafes and is also home to Istanbul’s ‘Rodeo Drive’.

We stopped for lunch at Ciya Sofrasi and enjoyed a few kebaps and mezze platter. Some of the other dishes like intestines stuffed with rice and nuts didn’t exactly appeal to our palates. It is definitely an acquired taste. The grape leaf dolmas and stuffed eggplant and peppers were excellent.

As we walked along the side streets, we saw a tiny little door with a picture of beautiful garden cafe. Since our Turkish ain’t any good to be asking questions, we peeped inside to see if that seedy looking tiny door really did lead to a garden café. It sure did – it was a tea/coffee/hookah café set in a beautiful outdoor garden, with free WiFi, no less! We rested our tired legs and played a few rounds of Scrabble over cups of Turkish coffee and tea.
We then traced our way back to the Kadıköy docks and walked along the shoreline to the beautiful Haydarpasha station. After spending a few minutes there, we got back onto the continent hopping ferry.

Back in Sultanahmet, we spend some time near the Galata bridge, watching locals spend their Sunday evening. We got some balik ekmek from the sandwich boats. It is just a simple sandwich – grilled fish stuffed into half a loaf of bread, with a heap of lettuce thrown in. Salt and lemon juice is set up on little tables outside. The locals enjoy it with pickles in a ruby red pickle juice. It’s interesting to watch the sandwich guys man the grill and hand over the sandwiches, while the boat itself is swaying wildly.

April 5, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 1

When I first told my friends and family, that we are planning a trip to Istanbul, many asked us Why Istanbul, What’s there is Istanbul, Why don’t you go to Europe? etc…I tried to answer, but don’t think I was able to convince many. I hope this series of pictures will do a better job of it. I tried to capture and convey my love for this exotic city, its beautiful and friendly people, its awe inspiring monuments and the delicious food available at each and every corner. Istanbul is truly a great city, where the old and the new co-exist, with a unique character of its own.

This post has pictures of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque – two of the most recognized monuments of Istanbul. Will post more in coming days.

Hagia Sophia used to be an Orthodox church, later a mosque and now a museum. When we saw the serpentine queue for the tickets, we hoped it wasn’t just an overpriced tourist trap. It was anything but that. The ambience in there was beautiful in spite of the hordes of tourists.


Blue Mosque is just across the Hagia Sophia and a fully functioning mosque. It’s known as the Blue Mosque because of the beautiful Iznik blue tiles that adorn the interior.

February 9, 2012

Death Valley

Last saturday, 5 guys on a Jeep Wrangler headed out to Death Valley.

From hanging out with the locals in the bar, to having mock gun fights, to getting lost, this was one amazing road trip.

IF you are staying in Beatty, check out the Sourdough Saloon. As soon as you walk in, look up at the ceiling and you will see a dollar bill autographed ‘V R MALAYALIS’..that was us!!
Death Valley collage

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