Archive for April, 2010

Queer Film Festival-2

April 25, 2010

Parmesh Shahani. Author – Gay Bombay
Shirt: Tikamdas, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Waistcoat: H&M
‘Amitabh’ laptop case: Pop Goes the Art
Red flower brooch: Asmita Marwa


Bollywood girl.
Clothes from everywhere.

Parmesh Shahani. Author – Gay Bombay
Shirt – tailored, with khadi fabric. Dilli Haat
Silver brooch, worn as bowtie – Pradhan Stores, Colaba Market
Pink belt – World, New Zealand
Jeans – Levis
Bag – Fluke for Rohit Bal
Shoes – Yves Saint Laurent
Dolly Thakore, 67. Theatre actress.
Shobhna Kumar, 42. Queer-ink.
Lungi for Rs. 100 from Chennai.
Abheena,28. Communication specialist.
Dress, bag & shoesHill road/Linking road.
Ta-da! The festival is coming to an end.

Queer Film Festival-1

April 23, 2010

KASHISH – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, 22nd to 25th- four days of queer celebration across many platforms of artistic expressions. 

Parmesh Shahani. Author – Gay Bombay
Shirt: Prime Fashions, Kemps Corner.
Hat: Ben Sherman
Epaulets: Army Supplies Store, Lion Gate
Leather rose brooch: by CellDsgn 11.11
Diamante brooch: Pradhan Stores, Colaba Market
Twitter bird brooch: by Jagvir Matharoo
Cuff: Kala Ghoda Festival

Saurabh, 24. Artist
Trousers – 250Rs. Flea market, Goa
Bag – Flea market, Goa
Chappals – 120Rs. Linking Road
Priya, 21. Occasional writer, Foodie, Rafael Nadal fanatic, Feline-Canine obsessed.
Bag – for about 200 Bahts, Thailand
Syed Ali Arif, 32. Artist.
Parmesh’s lower half
Shorts – Zegna
Bag – Lord K
Slippers – Abraham and Thakore
Top – Mango
Trousers – Fab India
(i hate ‘flash’ photos)
Inderjit, 29. Creative director.
Tee – Jack & Jones, Palladium
Pants – Boy London, Juhu
Bag & Footwear – Lokhandwala market

The contributors

April 19, 2010

Featuring all aware & unaware contributors of the last shoot by digging up some old photos and putting them together.

Ann Hager, 27..from Sweden. Photographed in Dharamsala on one of the cold sunny days. Ann is the ex-wearer of the tee that now graces my living room wall.

Karan’s scarf is from some street market in London.  Shoes from Colaba causeway for 1200Rs.

Kismet, photographed about a year ago.
Yellow Dress – for Rs. I00 from Sarojini Nagar.
Scarf – Firozi Fish for Rs.I50
Sunglasses – Aldo

Shoes, Stockings, and an Umbrella.

April 8, 2010
These shoes were going to a far off dark place for an unknown period of time, and I had them in my possession only for a day. Within five minutes of that dawning upon us, Karan & I decided what to buy, and we went on a 15 minute shopping spree on Hill road. We bought two pairs of stockings for 160Rs each and a pair of Leggings for 220Rs. Was it a decent bargain? I don’t know. I usually don’t buy leggings. We also bought two colorful combs for 10Rs each(which remain unused). Soon after that Karan confessed his love for umbrellas. He had two right there, locked up in his car. Greenie is from Hyper City for Rs. 250 while the rainbow is from Esprit for Rs. 900.
We were thinking more props. By next morning there were more.
Kismet is from Chandigarh, and was in Bombay for about 3 days. I am not sure. She was carrying only her traveling clothes and nothing fancy, or so she said. She came home by 1p.m. with these: “4  missing photos” . By 2p.m., we started shooting.

Shoes with open back – not a design element. The shoes were small for her.

Later, in my apartment, I found this hand-me-down tee(left behind by Ann- the other Ann) which I thought we could use, and we did. Now i am thinking of selling it. Till I don’t, it’ll grace this wall in my living room.

Kismet,27. Photographer. She has a sweet blog here  –

Shoes designed by Karan Berry.

The blog makes it to a magazine.

April 8, 2010

Featured in fashion magazine Verve – 2010 April issue. Thank you Parmesh. And thank you Vir for being the news source.

Girls of summer.

April 8, 2010

Pooja,13. Lalita, 11. They were selling custom-made bracelets on a small spread-out on the pavement. A 20 minute long discussion involving a lot of appealing, promising not to sell photos to a newspaper(which they thought I’d do), showing them some photos of people on the camera I’d taken that day, and buying a 20 Rupee bracelet later- they agreed.
They got up and covered themselves up with their shawls. I felt awkward in asking them “not to” but I did. One agreed and one didn’t.

One hour on Hill road

April 8, 2010




Working class

April 8, 2010