Apart from daily features and “bread and butter” assignments, I love shooting in-depth features around the country – and also cricket, the most popular religion in India!
My earliest memories of photography are a camera borrowed from a neighbour, black and white rolls of film bought with half my pocket money, and a school hiking trip in the Himalayas.
My first encounter with formal training in photography was at film school, where one module was dedicated to still photography. I was also exposed to photojournalism while working as a television journalist with one of the largest news television networks in India. Ninety percent of the photography I have learnt has come from experimentation in the field.
My first assignment for Reuters was, as an intern, to accompany the chief photographer for India to a religious festival that is held every 12 years in a different city around the country. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus take part in this religious carnival of sorts. It was a great experience for me, and I learnt new shooting, editing and filming techniques.
The assignment that has left the biggest mark on me so far is the story of Rubina, the child star of the film “Slumdog Millionaire”, after her shanty in a slum colony was gutted by fire. I was amazed at the little girl’s courage and grit. She'd lost everything in one night, including the precious photographs from the Academy Awards evening in Los Angeles, where she’d walked the red carpet with her co-actors.
While I enjoy covering news stories – from business to politics to sports – what I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story. I really like covering issues that affect people as the result of different kind of conflicts.
I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can’t be present himself.
My biggest lesson so far has been to adapt myself as quickly as possible when the story changes in the middle of an assignment.
I respect my subjects the most – they give me my inspiration.