Celebrating 'eid' in the old city in Hyderabad

Boid

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Dec 15, 2011
Bangalore, India
Rajiv
I drove over to Hyderabad from Bangalore (about 600 kms/375 miles) to take pictures during the Ramzan celebrations in the old parts of the city.

And to sample festival food.

In fact I think it was primarily the lure of excellent biryani (a lot like 'pilaf' or 'paella' to the uninitiated) that got me there.

People eat after fasting through the day, and combine it with a bit of shopping, and the place is buzzing till wee hours of the morning.

"Buzzing" as you shall subsequently see, is an understatement. It's well... insane.

I was shooting in miserable light, and even though I was carrying my X100, I chose to shoot black and white jpgs with the GRD.

While taking these pictures, I kept muttering to myself "Film grain is good, stop worrying about grain. Think of it as an exfoliating face-wash, washing over your subjects to lend clarity to the scene", etc.

I hope I'm able to convey a sense of what it was like being there.









































Thanks for looking.
 

Boid

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Dec 15, 2011
Bangalore, India
Rajiv
I had a blast. It was a lot of fun. Did have biryani, but called in for it. During Ramzan there's no biryani on the streets. Instead what's served is this high protein mystery meat mash called "haleem", which I had for the first time and will never try again. One spoonful was enough. Though you'd find enough people who'll swear by it.
 

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