World Press Photo 2018

It was our lucky day.
The Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square was hosting
the World Premiere Exhibition of World Press Photo 2018.
I knew I wanted to go although my friends were not too keen
but I managed to convince them and it is one of the highlights of my time in Amsterdam..

The best of photojournalism was housed in one grand church built in 15th century.
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World Press Photo Foundation is headquartered in Amsterdam and has been promoting visual story telling connecting the world with stories that matter.
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They had provided these free audio tours which guided the people about the pictures and its background making it more powerful as we moved from one photograph to another.
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The fact that it was held in this historic building made it all the more grand and the photographs came alive in one form or the other.

I specifically liked the photographs of Kadir van Lohuizen titled “Wasteland” where he documented how different societies manage waste. I liked the part where the audio guide mentioned how the Nigerian waste would not smell because they actually do not throw food and it is the food waste that stinks the most.

While going through the wall of the photographs since 1955, few of them are the iconic images that have remained in our mind. I remember Life magazine at our house back in the day and was introduced to some of these photographs then.

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What an exhibit I tell ya…
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shimla snapshots

It’s been two months since I moved to Shimla
and this place is teeming with colonial leftovers.
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this post is an ode to some landmarks in Mall Road area…

Christ Church 1857

 

Old Railway Board Building 1896

 

Post Office 1910

 

Central Telegraph Office 1922

 

Indian CoffeeHouse 1957

But these are beautiful reminders
and Shimla has done well in preserving
and promoting these heritage buildings.

 

 

 

12-hrs in Pattaya

We took a morning bus from Bangkok to Pattaya
and the first stop was for food -padthai and iced coffee

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It was good to be back
amidst sunny palm trees teal blue beaches
Pattaya is still very touristy but it has that vibe
which will make you want to keep returning to it.

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This time, I got to go to Pattaya view point
from where we could see the Pattaya cityscape.
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pattaya10Later in the day,
we took tuktuk to Jomtien beach
It is the less touristy -local hangout
and the beaches are not as picturesque
but I like it here better than Pattaya beach.

We even managed to go to a flea market
drink coconut water eat the freshly baked donut.

The best part was the sunset
before catching our ride back to Bangkok.
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Vietnam Wins

The last day in Vietnam was electric.

Vietnam had reached the finals
of Under-23 World Cup Football.
Apparently they never make it so big
in the world stage so this was special.

 

It started late afternoon as big screens were set up
and Vietnamese people were glued to the screen
Anxious and hopeful as they prayed they would win.

While we had been following up
watching quarter finals in Hue train station
semi-finals in the Halong Bay cruise,
We made it to the streets of Hanoi
for the much awaited finals.

 

The situation was almost tense
The crowd had blocked the streets
and everyone was clad in red.

The mood was ecstatic
and we knew even if they lost
it would not matter because
the Vietnamese had already won.
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The joy and excitement could not be contained
there was fireworks, honking horns
and lots of happy people that night
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They fought the good fight.