a silent night and an early morning ride @ Mandarmani

Mandarmani is a seaside resort village in the state of West Bengal, India at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the large and fast developing seaside resort village of West Bengal. Almost 180 km from Kolkata on the Kolkata – Digha route. It is argued to be the longest drive-able (drive in) beach in India. Was expecting red crabs crawling around the 13 km long beach (of which I had heard so much about), unfortunately did not get lucky to get glimpse of even one. The owner of a local eatery where I dropped in for breakfast told me that more the village beach is developing, the less beautiful it is becoming…and I could understand what he meant as I drove along the beach while returning to my resort – it is more of bricks and mortars then the sand and the palms…. Would be injustice not to elaborately mention about the serene place, which I plan to pen down soon. To sum it up, its a place worth visiting.And with the ease of accessibility (both by roadway and train), all you need is just one day:)
(P.S – If you are staying in Kolkata and still haven’t visited , it would be no less than a crime!

By Champak Sharma

...and photographs are an amazing way to express the vivid shades of the poem called life. There are people and emotions, places and traditions, history and nature, moments and memories – and amidst them I discover the myriad colours of life. Their stories touch my being and I feel an urge to spread the reflections further. And photography is my medium for storytelling. The images are attempts to capture the essence of existences and in the process explore beyond the stereotypes. And with every photograph it’s an amazing feeling within…when a smile in an image spreads onto the lips of its viewer, serenity of a landscape captures someone’s imagination, ruins of an empire fills a mind with wonder, a high flying bird makes someone feel liberated, a look on an unknown face touches a heart…the list goes on. Like many others of my age, as a child growing up during 1990s – the still camera fitted with a photographic reel was a fascination for me. As time passed the compact digital camera became a household name and we no longer needed to ‘develop the negatives’. Now we have the DSLRs. Technologies have moved ahead simplifying the device – but photographs continue to be special moments preserved in the flow of time with interesting tales behind those shots. And this platform is an endeavor to share the photographs I capture, their stories and my experiences. As I attempt to explore the world through the lens, please join me in this journey and do share your views/comments.

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