They are all women!! – Chandan Dubey

They say, it is your school friends and college friends that ‘stay’ friends for life. That it is very hard to make new friends as you grow older. And if you are one of the lucky few who do, they require hard work and more nurturing. Well, they are wrong!!

All my life, I have had more friends who were boys than girls. However, a really strange thing has happened in the last few years – I have a whole heap of girlfriends, new ones at that. And stranger still is that I made friends with a lot of them online!!
Imagine that.  Me! The kind who is usually very careful of who I interact with online and accept friend requests from.

And all of them have been almost effortless friendships. We met because of a common interest in Design, Art, Interiors, Colour… and Chai 🙂 And in this post and the next few, I want to introduce you to them.

First up is Chandan Dubey.  Chandan and I have been interacting over the last year or so on mail and Facebook. I met her in person for the first time a few weeks ago. And it far exceeded my expectations. Generous, intense and very passionate (in a quiet way).
She is a photographer and very good at it. I find that almost each piece is like an abstract painting. And each is almost always ‘found’, not doctored. Her sense of colour and rhythm is fantastic. And she doesn’t do only pretty pictures. Her work is always based in a kind of connection –  to the theme or person she is photographing. Her series on kite makers, for instance, showed a portrait into more than just their outward appearance. She is currently documenting the lives of pavement dwellers in Mumbai.  These next few pictures are from her blog.

These next two images are taken from a collection, that was showcased earlier this year, at the NCPA Piramal Art Gallery – Sublime Chaos of Cities.


This picture to me is amazing…


That is Chandan and me … 🙂

Head on over to her blog and take your time. Get comfortable with some chai and just wander around. You won’t be disappointed 🙂

12 thoughts on “They are all women!! – Chandan Dubey

  1. Kay says:

    Hey Aarohi, a lovely series. What you’ve said about discovering new girlfriends is true of me too. Look forward to meeting more of your friends. 🙂

    • aarohi says:

      Hi Kay,
      So wonderful to touch base with you. So do you also have a blog? Name/url? Do share, I would love to go through it. And yes, wait for a lot more dynamic ladies 🙂

  2. jane says:

    Chanced upon this. And feel the same. Nothing can quite replace ‘girlfriend’ time. Though I’ve made a few new friends (untested yet by time), do feel what’s special is reconnecting to some old friends on a new plane.

    • aarohi says:

      Hi Jane, I agree reconnecting with old friends in new ways is always wonderful. I think with this lot of blogger friends, I went through fire in the first few months, and thanks to their support, came out unscathed. And then to find and connect, on so many levels just makes it a little unreal and something definitely to be cherished…

  3. Sangita Pillai says:

    Hi Aarohi, beautiful, and I fully agree. Sometimes, you connect with people even though you have never met them. I believe that when you send out positive energy out into the Universe, it responds by connecting with like-minded people and reflects it back to you. Isn’t it wonderful to make friends this way?!!! Looking forward to hearing about your other friends. Take care.

    • aarohi says:

      Hey morning Sangita, I think all of us are so driven by what we do and so secure in the happiness we derive from it, that meeting similar souls just enriches that experience still further…

  4. Shaz Originals says:

    Love the series… I recently got in touch with Chandan after visiting her blog..and indeed she is a talent house..Very very talented and awesome..Blogging really brings together all like minded people…Reading thru your blog and loving every bit of it…. specially the love for Chai.. <3…

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