To not fret over the future and dwell in the past, and to relish the present; a saying almost as ancient as the Vedas, and we humans still haven’t been able to abide by it. Trying [hard] to follow the same, I have decided to take off from the mundane life that no one else but we’re responsible for creating. Travel. A day or two or a week, or a month. Initially and mostly planned around work and duties and relations, weddings, shoots, family, take us to different places, and then comes the time to soak in the extraordinary beauty the particular city/place exhibits. The gorgeous faces, unique architectural patterns standing tall for ages, the trees and the sea that have seen the place evolve from it’s inception. There is a joy of it’s own kind, once you see a little more of this stupendous space of concretes and greens around us.
Such was my recent trip to Gujarat. And such was the excitement of traveling to West India for the vert first time that I decided to stay a week without any solid structure of the trip. A wedding and Sangeet to attend in one of the stunning creations in the city of Gujarat, and it being an almost solo trip, were the only things I was sure of. And now looking back, I proudly managed to tick a few things off my bucket list. New friends, new experiences and memories, loving bond with a friend’s mum I met for the first time and who took care of me like her own child, Gujarat heat and rains, kilometres of distance covered alone, withdrawal symptoms; so much to hold on to now. Here are a few pictures from the many hours I spent wandering in the streets of Vadodara in Gujarat.
Photography and Post Production : Ritu Arya