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Glimpse magazine is a candid snapshot of all things under the sun. It strives to discover the beauty of the most ordinary things in life and also, to help us expand our horizons to something new and unexpected. Crisp yet insightful, it is a visual story that is awaiting to be told.

Transcript of GLIMPSE Vol.1

  • Rashi Ketan Gandhi & Glimpse zine, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this magazines owner is strictly prohibited.

    The aim of this online magazine is to exchange views and ideas To open up a dialogue which will help us understand our global community. In the same spirit, our aim is to expand our horizons to something new & unexplored. We hope that you enjoy reading it as much we did putting it together.

  • Rashi Ketan Gandhi & Glimpse zine, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this magazines owner is strictly prohibited.

    The aim of this online magazine is to exchange views and ideas To open up a dialogue which will help us understand our global community. In the same spirit, our aim is to expand our horizons to something new & unexplored. We hope that you enjoy reading it as much we did putting it together.

  • The verses from Gitanjali by Rabindranathhas the power to heal all our anxietiesexperience in our daily life. The persptowards life, love and the yearningthe creator is truly transcendental.verses from the book.

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    perspective it offers earning to reunite with

    transcendental. Here are few

    The child who is decked with prince's robes and who has jewelled chains round his neck loses all pleasure in his play; his dress hampers him at every step.

    In fear that it may be frayed, or stained with dust he keeps himself from the world, and is afraid even to move.

    Mother, it is no gain, thy bondage of finery, if it keep one shut off from the healthful dust of the earth, if it rob one of the right of entrance to the great fair of common human life.

    My desires are many and my cry is pitiful, but ever didst thou save me by hard refusals; and this strong mercy has been wrought into my life through and through.

    Day by day thou art making me worthy of the simple, great gifts that thou gavest to me unasked this sky and the light, this body and the life and the mind saving me from perils of overmuch desire.

    There are times when I languidly linger and times when I awaken and hurry in search of my goal; but cruelly thou hidest thyself from before me.

    When I bring to you coloured toys, my dear child, I understand why there is such a play of colours on clouds, on water, and why flowers are painted in tints when I give coloured toys to you, my child.

    When I sing to make you dance I truly now why there is music in leaves, and why waves send their chorus of voices to the heart of the listening earth when I sing to make you dance.

    When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands I know why there is honey in the cup of the flowers and why fruits are secretly filled with sweet juice when I bring sweet things to your greedy hands.

    When I kiss your face to make you smile, my darling, I surely understand what pleasure streams from the sky in morning light, and what delight that is that is which the summer breeze brings to my body when I kiss you to make you smile.


  • What strikes you the most, as soon as you board the local is that every one is in a rush - but isn't that the story of Mumbai - If you are born here, you may or may not be born with a silver spoon, but are born with the perennial lack of time.

    Due to this, the travellers board on the train as soon as it arrives on the station, even before it halts. On boarding in you realise that travel by the trains is not for the claustrophobic. With less than one square feet per person during the peak hours - the proximity during travel, may be too close for comfort; But, just more than perfect to eavesdrop on others conversations!

    Travel by trains is inevitable part of your life if you live here in Mumbai. An hour of idle time on daily transit is more than enough to make observations and from them, generalisations. I am Rashi Gandhi - and I will try to illustrate some of my observations here.

    the symbol herestands for ladies onlycompartment

  • Shot during the peak hours, the pictures here isllustrate the contrast of travel by the local. Its constant movemecommuters dangling. But, if you are fortunate enough to find some space against the partition on the gangway, catch your forty winks.

  • Even at 9.30 in the morning, women in the ladies compartment can be very stressed. But then again, 9.30 in the morning sounds more like midday if you get up at 4.30 or 5. Due to this, you see that there are eruptions of arguments at regular intervals, over trivial things like getting a little more space to sit or a foot stamping another by mistake. One hears much too many times, ' If there is so much of a problem, why don't you travel by 1st class?' Nope, I'm good. Where else would you get such free entertainment!

    A unique thing about traveling in the locals, is though the seating per bench is for three people, the women squish in to make room for another fourth seat, a tiny little space, which if you are lucky and the other women are slender, can help rest your butt quite well.

    But unfortunately, for more times than other, it leads to an argument over how if everyone pressed their thighs just a wee bit closer, the 4th set of tired legs could stretch out or how the other women are so fat, that generation of

    ent leaves the standing , you can sit down and

  • more space would literally mean addition of a wooden plank to the bench. As women are generally bad a carpentering, we stick to bickering.

    It wouldn't have taken someone long to put two and two together - high concentration of women in a fairly attentive atmosphere in the train and the fact that women love shopping and Voila! These locals also double up as a mall on wheels.

    Peddlers take care of each aspect of women's shopping needs during their daily to-and-fro travel. Hence, the fairly unproductive time is spent animatedly by checking out the latest offerings! You have people selling hair clips, hairbands, earrings and other accessories, mobile covers, cheap toys, story books, etc. There is also a 99 cent store type vendor who will sell anything from a pack of pencils to naphthalene balls for 10 bucks.

    Vendor selling earringsand other accessories

  • Another group of people that have taken the advantage of this concentrated audience are the beggars. These ticketless travelers sing devotional songs of the more famous Hindu gods like Ganesh and Krishna and the some others praise Allah in their tunes. Then, there are smarter ones that sing the devotional songs of Sai Baba a saint widely popular in India with both Hindu and Muslim demographic!

    Last but not the least, although not exclusively found begging here, eunuchs also try to milk the inescapable audience of the trains. With Tuesdays and Saturdays being auspicious, they board the trains - ticketless again, might I mention, to endow you with a million blessings for just a hope of a rupee in return. Come on, a million blessings for a buck, thats a steal!



  • India is a very diverse country to be captured in a few pages. But as you know this is a glimpse, a snippet. So, open your hearts and minds to experience the culture of incredible India through our travellers lenses.


  • Small village Uttarkhand - A naga sadhu smoking through chilam, a clay pipe. This is a common practice amongst the Sivaite sadhus. The pipe held in cupped hands, is filled with tobacco and hashish.


  • The region of Gujarat has played host to many tribal cultures from the very earliest periods of history. One such tribe here, the Rabaris, still pursue a pastoral lifestyle - much in the same way as they did ages ago.

    They were a nomadic tribe pursuing a pre-agrarian and pastoral lifestyle. They are found mainly in the Kutch and Saurashtra regions of Gujarat.

    They are believed to have originally migrated from Baluchistan more than a millennium ago.


  • The adivasi children look on, in the neighbourhood of Poshina in Gujarat.


  • A villager in Sasan - Gujarat cooking a humble meal of Bajra na rotla and ringla nu shak ( bajra roti and brinjal vegetable).

    Here she is making the roti from the flour and giving it a circular shape by patting it down.


  • Rabari villagers in the setting of their house. They reside in the village of Goriyawad in Gujarat.


  • Lanjia Saora people at Rizangtal village in Orissa.


  • Karnataka - a rural area loacted around 20 kms from Kanakapur.

    The monsoons are still a critical part of the farmers life. This shot is taken in July, when the amount of rain that's received, peaks. It is an ideal time for the farmers to start their agriculture.


  • Orissa - Mundiguda market. This is one of the remotest parts of India, untouched by its progress and its race to be a super power.

    A lot of people there are Bonda; others are Didayi tribal people.


  • Small village in Orissa - Jhigidi, where the Situlia people live. Their primary occupation making jewelry for the Desia Kondh tribe.


  • Dances of the Ladakhi women in traditional dress during a festival.

    A feature of Ladakhi society that distinguishes it from the rest of the state is the high