Sunday, March 8, 2015

Grey Whale Cove

I was fortunate enough to return home to see my family in the Bay Area for two weeks in December. While I was home, a friend and I visited Grey Whale Cove - one of the many small beaches carved into the coastline in Pacifica. After more than five months in dusty Delhi, experiencing the Pacific Ocean, a clean beach, and a vibrant winter sunset was a treat. You can't find scenery like this in Delhi!

Grey Whale Cove
Grey Whale Cove 3
Grey Whale Cove 4
Grey Whale Cove 6
Sea Bubbles
SF Skyline
A bonus shot of the San Francisco skyline seen from the Strawberry Canyon fire trail in Berkeley.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Portraits of Dhankya

In early December, my team and I visited Dhankya, a village about 30 minutes outside of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Dhankya has been selected as a model village under Prime Minister Modi's Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana program, which requires every member of parliament to adopt a village and coordinate development efforts to make it a model village by 2016. My team is working on providing solar power to households and community buildings to supplement electricity from the erratic national grid.

I suspect Dhankya is representative of a number of villages in India - places where residents are close enough to city centers to have access to urban amenities and service sector jobs but where agriculture is still the primary economic activity. Compared to other villages in India, Dhankya is relatively well-off, enjoying good road connection to Jaipur and literacy rates higher than average for Rajasthan. However, the village still faces a number of serious issues like underfunded public schools (science isn't taught at the secondary school level), a rapidly falling water table, and poor sanitation practices. Through the course of our field visit I photographed many residents of the village, giving a look at some of the faces of semi-rural India. Enjoy!

Dhankya Children 5
Dhankya Resident 1
Mr. Camel
Dhankya Resident 2
Dhankya Children 3
Jaipur Haircut
Dhankya Children 4
Dhankya Children 1
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Around Delhi Pt. 2

I've uploaded more photos taken during my wanderings around Delhi. There's not much of a unifying theme here, but I think this set does a nice job at demonstrating the huge diversity of people and places that Delhi houses. Between trash-filled streets in Ghaziabad, cramped alleys in Old Delhi, and high-end shopping malls in Vasant Kunj, traveling through Delhi can feel like shifting between vastly different worlds. Hope you enjoy!

Old Delhi Cycle Rickshaw
A bicycle rickshaw pulls a group of women in Old Delhi.
Friendly Driver
A cheerful auto driver glances back at me during my commute to work.
Old Delhi Chemist
A drug store in Old Delhi.
The Other Side of Delhi
Stepping into a mall in Delhi is like entering another world. Above, Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj.
Stranger
The Sahibabad Industrial Area in Ghaziabad doesn't get a lot of foreigner visitors...
Trash Cow
A cow lies in a trash pile in the Sahibabad Industrial Area, Ghaziabad.
Resting at Red Fort
Young men sitting outside of Red Fort in Old Delhi.
Ghaziabad Vendor
A roadside blanket vendor in Ghaziabad.
Cycle Driver
A cycle rickshaw river in Old Delhi looks for passengers.
Play Time
Children playing on a hillside near Qutub Minar, Delhi.

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