Ira at Bairro das Fontainhas

When the beautiful Ira presented herself before me, I couldn’t help but photographing. The setting was beautiful too at  Bairro das Fontainhas, Panaji, Goa.

Ira

Ira

 

 

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Election meeting @ the junction – Uccasaim

I met a certain Mahesh Shantaram few evenings ago at this lovely restaurant called Vinite in Panjim. Over Uraak and good Goan food, he explained  about his new photo project to explore the relationship between politics and the people, as India prepares for the most interesting general elections. Next day I saw workers of Congress party preparing a little stage for an election meeting at Uccasaim, a little village near Mapusa. I photographed few frames as a dedication to his project.

The meeting was held at the junction, near the church where everyone meets for vada-pau, omlette-poyee and chai in the evening. So no one really had to go anywhere else. Vada and soft drinks were distributed by the party workers. Everyone had a good time it seems…

 

 

The local cafe wore a deserted look. Free vadas were being distributed outside

The local cafe wore a deserted look. Free vadas were being distributed outside

Everyone gathers here in the evening for a chai anyway

Everyone gathers here in the evening for a chai anyway

There was enough batata vada and soft drinks for everyone

There was enough batata vada and soft drinks for everyone

Congress party meeting at Uccasaim

12th April, 2014 - polling day in Goa. But residents of Uccasaim didn't forgo their siesta. There wasn't anyone at the church either. All quiet..Sussegado!

12th April, 2014 – polling day in Goa. But residents of Uccasaim didn’t forgo their siesta. There wasn’t anyone at the church either. All quiet..Sussegado!

Goa Drowning?

As the population and tourism and the number of  packaged goods  increase – so does garbage. Mega cities of India have already drowned in the garbage they create. Goa too is slowly heading in that path. The little village of Bastora is not in the tourist map. And there is no garbage management plan per se.  The picture on the left of the diptych can be used in a picture post card on Bastora. But if you walk few feet from to the left, rotting and not so rotting garbage comes into the view. Plastic wrappers, condoms, plastic bags, insulin syringes..etc..etc. What do we do? What do we do?

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At Baga Beach Near Baga beach 2013-07-23-3140

These boys work as commission agents for the tattoo parlours that dot the area. They get a  30% commission.

These boys work as commission agents for the tattoo parlours that dot the area. They get a 30% commission.

Santosh is from Karnataka, he is a waiter at a shack on Baga beach. He doesn't get a salary but a 5% commission on the business he brings into the restaurant.

Santosh is from Karnataka, he is a waiter at a shack on Baga beach. He doesn’t get a salary but a 5% commission on the business he brings into the restaurant.

During a storm, Baga beach Newly weds and others on Baga beach

These women sell little trinkets on the beach. None of them are Goans.

These women sell little trinkets on the beach. None of them are Goans.

Geetha is from Kathiawada in Gujarat. She travesl all the way south to Goa to sell a variety of things.  She also braids hair. She spends about  8 months in Goa.

Geetha is from Kathiawada in Gujarat. She travesl all the way south to Goa to sell a variety of things. She also braids hair. She spends about 8 months in Goa.

Tourists from Orissa

Tourists from Orissa

Storm approaches

Storm approaches

Evening near the famous Tito's restaurant and bar

Evening near the famous Tito’s restaurant and bar