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“For as long as I can remember, mother never took a day off. Father slept all day and got drunk and beat her at night, but she would be back in the fields the next morning.”

Jagyani Sravanthi’s mother Gongalla Vijaya, a farmer, killed herself in December 2016 in Ramnagar Thanda near Jangalapally in Telangana’s Jayashankar Bhupalapally district. Telangana recorded the largest number of suicides among women farmers in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau of India. Data for 2016 is still awaited.

From a recent assignment for OPEN magazine, working on an issue extremely close to my heart- India’s agrarian crisis. Please read the story by V Shoba here.

In January this year, I had travelled to Amritsar, Punjab on assignment for Explore Parts Unknown, a new venture by the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, Roads and Kingdoms and CNN, to photograph the city’s attractions and great food.

Eat ghee, find God. Spend the perfect day in Amritsar.

On a November night when thousands of couples tied the knot and traffic choked the roads of Delhi, I struggled to keep up with this group of cow vigilantes as they ran recklessly through the traffic to stop and inspect any vehicle they suspected of smuggling cows. The story, for the German youth magazine NEON, also took Fiona Weber-Steinhaus and me to different parts of Haryana with a brief detour to Himachal Pradesh for a cup of chai in the middle of the night.

Happy to see the story finally appear in the April issue of NEON. The magazine doesn’t post their stories online, but you check out a selection of photos from the assignment here.

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Few photographs from a recent assignment for OPEN in the Thanjavur (Tanjore) region of Tamil Nadu, once home to the Trinity of Carnatic music- Tyagaraja, Syama Sastri and Muthuswamy Dikshithar.

Devotees observing penance for Lord Ayyappan of Sabarimala in Kerala, bathed in the Cauvery behind the musician-saint Tyagaraja’s samadhi in Thiruvaiyaru near Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

Raghavan, 10, a sixth-generation descendant of Tyararaja, does his Sandhyavandanam rituals in the morning by the samadhi of the saint in Thiruvaiyaru near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Rama Kausalya, 67, teaches music to underprivileged kids at her Marabu Foundation in Thillaisthanam near Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

Tyagaraja Sharma, 36, a fifth-generation descendant of Tyagaraja, performs morning puja at the saint’s samadhi in Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

Devotees light lamps at the Brihadeeswarar temple on the occasion of Karthigai Somavaram (Monday in the month of Karthika) in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.


Raghavan, 10, a sixth-generation descendant of Tyagaraja, sets up lights on the kolam on the occasion of Karthigai festival in front of their house at Thiruvaiyaru near Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

A judoka takes ‘ice bath’ in a drum filled with ice and water as others wait for their turn at the end of their day’s practice at the Judo Training Center in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India. August 04, 2016.

Indian Olympic athlete Avtar Singh has blazed a trail that 15-year-old Rohit hopes to follow—to sporting glory and, perhaps more important, to a secure government job.

The first Indian man to qualify for the Olympics in judo in more than a decade, Singh, 24 years old, grew up here, in the same small town where Rohit lives, and trained for more than seven years in the same high-school gym.