Place – Rang Mandir, Mumbai
Date – 23rd April, 9:30pm
Mood – Exhausted, hungry, emotional but incredibly motivated
At a recent wedding I was covering, the bride told me that some of her cousins couldn’t attend the events since they had their board exams coming up. The very mention of the word ‘board exams’ transported me momentarily to another world. A world where I was wearing a Khaki uniform, holding my exam pad and hall ticket, doing last minute revisions outside the Shaheen block. This year marks a decade since I passed out of school. I completed my 12th from the Hyderabad Public School in early 2007.
Wedding Photography in India is seasonal work, with muhurtams (auspicious days) occurring only during certain times of the year. Often, I talk to fellow photographers during off-season of weddings or during a break in work and ask them how they are doing. A familiar reply is “I’ve been sleeping/watching movies/going out with friends”. And I can completely relate to their activities. After finishing a hectic wedding season with several sleepless nights, all you want to do is lounge at home watching TV and meeting friends for a drink. But during this free time, you also have the opportunity to try out new things and improve yourself, without impeding the relaxation activities.