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 🙂