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Bastions of the huge Kumbhalgarh Fort continue for tens of kilometres.

Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the great Mewar fortresses spread throughout the ancient region of Mewar. It’s claim to fame are a lot of things. Things like being built by Rana Kumbha (after whom it is named), being the birthplace of the legendary Maharana Pratap and being a World Heritage Site. Unknown to many Indians even, it’s reputed to have the second longest continuous intact wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. It extends upto 38km all around the citadel over many hills and hillocks. You can find much more information on its wikitravel article.

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Shachi + Goonjan's Kannada-Marwari Wedding in Bangalore. By Animesh Ray.

I remember getting completely drenched in a Bangalore rain the day I was on my way to cover my first Kannada-Marwari wedding. Thankfully my rain cover protected all of my equipment. Couldn’t say the same for my clothes though. Anyway, rain or no rain the wedding was an absolutely splendid affair. Happy people, smiling faces, excited expressions were all around. I had a blast shooting the wedding. The couple of honour, Shachi and Goonjan were one of the warmest people I have ever met and there was never a boring moment during their wedding. No wonder I clicked way too many photos. I just couldn’t pass up on a smiling face! Took me a really long time to post-process the photos after the wedding, but the end-product was worth it.

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Shachi + Goonjan's Pre-wedding shoot in Bangalore

This is one of the most fun shoots I have done recently. Shachi and Goojan were an extremely fun couple, and it was such a great fun shooting their pre-wedding. Shachi comes from an Army family and Goojan is from Marwari family, but they go along each other like bread and butter. It was a pleasure capturing their camaraderie on camera. They were open to all my crazy ideas, even the ones I thought were really experimental! Shachi’s sister Sharon also accompanied us and she was the most obedient help ever.

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We two, under an umbrella. By Animesh Ray Photography.

Delhi is in a way famous for its marriages. Though strictly not Delhi, but I guess Gurgaon fits the bill as well. So there was I, in Delhi’s neighbour state Haryana to cover the marriage of the two lovebirds – Kavit and Kanika. I haven’t most probably met another bride as fun filled as Kanika. This Delhi gal was a pure delight to photograph, her ample expressions providing fodder to my camera. On the other hand the Mumbai based Kavit was a pure gentleman from head to toe. Calm and composed he seemed to be the perfect complement to Kanika.

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Priyankar & Wilda: A Couple Shoot in Bangalore 01

So this is my first couple shoot featuring my friend Priyankar Das Dalal and his lovely girlfriend Wilda from Indonesia. It’s a intra-continental love affair that I had the good fortune to capture a few days ago near my rented house in north-west Bangalore. Wilda had came down all the way from Jakarta to Bangalore to spend a little time with Priyankar when they decided it won’t be a bad idea to get clicked. So without any further ado, presenting an international love story.

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