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This is a personal website. It hosts some of my long-term audio-visual projects and my blog about travel, cycling, coding and assorted other adventures.

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Gallery of photographs

Gallery of photographs

Over the years I have done commercial photography assignments for advertising agencies ranging from cars to switch-gear. I have taken on commissioned photography and film projects from commercial media, international bilateral agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. I am involved in multiple long-term projects, but I am happy to work on commissioned multi-media assignments. I prefer working on travel related projects or projects related to not-for-profit organizations/causes. Drop me a line if you have an interesting project for me.
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Packing list for multi-day self-supported cycling trip [Version 2.0]

Packing list for multi-day self-supported cycling trip [Version 2.0]

Some years ago I had posted a packing list that I had used for my Manli-Leh cycling trip. That post generated many thank-you’s and even more follow-up questions. The Manali-Leh trip was my first major multi-day self-supported cycling trip. Since then I have done many more trips and I am now more settled on my packing list. And my approach to packing for a cycling trip is more refined, or so I’d like to believe.
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#cycling, #featured, #bicycle touring packing list, #cycle tour in india, #cycle touring, #manali to leh cycling

So who was Safdarjung? And why does he lord over the best real estate in town?

So who was Safdarjung? And why does he lord over the best real estate in town?

Residents of Delhi, even those not terribly interested in history, are likely to be aware of the Safdarjung Tomb. Not because it is a particularly grand tomb, as mausoleum go, but perhaps because it is physically a prominent landmark, on a major road, in the middle of upmarket central Delhi. This morning I had an hour to kill, and I decide to make some pictures there. While wandering there, two things occurred to me:
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An Indian Going West. To Discover America.

An Indian Going West. To Discover America.

At age 40, in the middle of raising venture funding for my second tech start-up, I had a massive heart attack. It’s a long story, but in essence, while I was lying on the cold OT table and wondering why they were trying to freeze me to death, my loved ones were waiting outside desperately hoping and praying that I make it through. Surprise: I did make it through. In just a few days I will make it all the way through to 50.
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Cycling the Sach Pass - 2.0

Cycling the Sach Pass - 2.0

At 4,420 meters Sach pass is not among the highest ‘motorable’ passes in the country, but it is certainly one of the steepest and one of toughest to bicycle across. A couple of years ago, Punit and I failed to cycle across it (read about the last attempt to cycle across the Sach pass here. What are the chances that I’ll do better on a solo attempt? It is a little after 4:00 pm and it has already been a tough day of cycling.
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Cycling the Spiti valley — Nako to Manali

Cycling the Spiti valley — Nako to Manali

The hardest part about Spiti is reaching there. It took us a 22-hour bus ride to get to Rekong Peo. For the sake of acclimatization we had planned the night stay at Kalpa, which is not so far from there, but much higher. And also much nicer. Having had our fill with the HPTDC’s ‘ordinary’ buses, especially given the quantum of our luggage, we choose to just hire a jeep the next day to take us up to Nako (technically still in Kinnaur) – another five odd hour drive.
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Which is the best cycle for touring the Indian himalayas?

Which is the best cycle for touring the Indian himalayas?

People often ask me what is the best cycle for touring the Himalayas. It is a hard question to answer, mainly because different people define ‘touring’ differently. For instance, cycle touring may mean cycling hundreds of kilometers self-supported where the rider carries a tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear on the bike, and has the option to stop and camp wherever she fancies. However, many of the well established Himalayan routes can also be toured ultralight, by eating and sleeping in teahouses (dhabas).
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Riding the thunder dragon

Riding the thunder dragon

Where in the world do you have a car driver slow down to a halt, to let you finish taking a picture from across the street. Where in the world do you have women managing the night desk alone in a small hotel, in a smallish town. Where in the world do you have women taxi drivers doing solo cross-country drives. Where in the world do you have young women single handedly manage resto-bars on the side of a highway, in the middle of nowhere.
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Choosing a bicycle 101: Roadie, Hybrid, MTB, Touring or fixed gear?

Choosing a bicycle 101: Roadie, Hybrid, MTB, Touring or fixed gear?

So you’re thinking of buying a new cycle? And you are being bombarded by friends, fellow cyclists and salespeople by all kinds of conflicting information? I have, in the past, tried to clear some smoke for friends. This is an attempt to make my suggestions available on the web. Do let me know if this post did the job for you. Let me start by saying that you will not get a straight answer.
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Trekking across the Buran Pass, Himachal

Trekking across the Buran Pass, Himachal

She knew. I could tell she knew that I was in pain. I had been making sure that the violent negotiations between my calves and knees were kept to, well, myself. But she could see through it. I was determined to take myself and the 20 kilo pack on my back, safely to wherever the trail ended. This was the last, and particularly gruelling, day of a 6-day-trek across the Buran Pass.
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Manali to Leh cycling — What does it take?

Manali to Leh cycling — What does it take?

It’s that time of the year again. When people start thinking about ‘the’ great Indian cycle ride – the Manali to Leh cycling trip. A couple of people have written to me in the recent days asking me questions, many of which can be classified under: ‘what does it take to cycle from Manali to Leh?’ While I have replied to many people individually, I thought it might be a good idea to post a consolidated response here.
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Manali to Leh — Self-supported cycling trip

Manali to Leh — Self-supported cycling trip

Ride report form September 2010 Ride dates: September 4th to 14th, 2010 Two riders: Sanjay Jaiman and Ajay Jaiman After years of thinking about it and weeks of planning we finally did it. Close to 600 kms of cycling from Manali to Leh (because Tanglang La was closed and we had to take a detour at Debring and go via Tso Kar and Mahe bridge). We rode with all our gear including clothes, sleeping bags, tent, stove, utensils, food, water, cycle spares on our cycles – an estimated weight of about 25 kgs (not counting the weight of the bikes, pannier racks, and bags.
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