Studio photography has a colorful and humble history in India, lived through infrequent trips to the local photo studio, foreign settings painted on dusty curtains and young kids being subject to frantic comb-overs. In recent times however, camera phones have drawn a curtain of specialized need on the occasional trip to the studio, pushing … Continue reading Episode 4: Bad City Dreams
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In this episode, we continue our conversation with Dr. Myambo as we talk about Frontier Migration and the effects it has on the culture and economy of a place. The conversation led us to recognize some uncomfortable and disturbing facets of a migratory experience in India. While caucasian people from developed nations are often … Continue reading Episode 3: A Dark Frontier
The second episode of the Par Desi podcast focuses on a concept we're all too familiar with and yet, something that finds only scattered mention in popular discourse. In India, where racial composition of the population is largely homogenous, the possession of fair skin could often have subtle social and economic advantages. In this episode … Continue reading Episode 2: A New Frontier
For The Par Desi's first foray into the world of podcasts, we reflected on a conversation between Rounak and Karanjit Singh, his friend and collaborator from high school. Karanjit, a sikh individual, grew up in New Delhi and Chandigarh and studied photojournalism at New York University. Having worn a patka, or traditional Sikh turban, almost his entire … Continue reading Episode 1: The Script
A few men wearing lungis and checkered towels on their heads gather at the mouth of a mangrove cluster. The shrubs have grown to impressive height, some over seven feet tall. The men have some bamboo sticks among them and a handful of basic tools to collect honey from low-lying bee hives. One of them … Continue reading A quiet night with Sundari