This was the third time I collaborated with this talented photographer, Subham, to work on a monsoon visual. After multiple conversations we came to the conclusion of having an early morning shoot. These days due to frequent rain in Bangalore, early morning shoot wasn’t really possible. To add to our dismay, there exists the in availability of cabs, which is an unavoidable concern during rainy days! Location scouting has become another problem in the city and most of the times we are left with the café ‘s and the streets. Then the idea of the newly constructed football ground near my residence came to mind. But gum boots on the football ground? Well, aren’t we anyway living in a box of lies?
Monsoon was one of my favourite seasons during my childhood. Not because I enjoyed getting drenched, which I did to an extent, but because the streets and the classrooms of my school used to get water logged and it definitely meant holidays! It has been a season for cosier days under the blanket with a hot cuppa and pakodas! Oh! what pakodas does my mother prepares. Back home there’s even a recipe to make pakodas using an edible flower called XEWALI PHOOL (See Here). Again, we don’t eat just ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! Monsoon was also favourite because of the colourful gum boots, umbrellas and the raincoats that could be spotted around!
Times are changing. Times are glimmering towards a new world where the fantasies of yesteryears hold no value. Perhaps there seems to be a prodigious difference between that of the important artefacts of the past which is next to trash now. New hobbies, interests and realisations of trying something new have come into existence, which definitely is a positive thing!
But human nature has always been that of ignorant and full of greed. It has always been one which inspite foreseeing the future, has always embraced only the lies. Every year we hear about the great losses that comes as an aftermath of monsoon. Take for example the death of 225 animals in KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK of Assam due to flooding of the region.
Every year we hear stories about the water scarcity in the country during the draughts and also we aren’t unaware of the countless people rendered homeless as a result of the mighty rains? Is the world coming to an end? Are the boxes full of lies getting culminated?
Who is to blame?
Lie; A muddle and a remedy!
♣ CREDITS ♣
CREATIVE DIRECTION & STYLING | SHIVANI BORUAH
PHOTOGRAPHY & EDITING | SUBHAM DAS GUPTA
CONCEPT | Monsoon and its aftermath
OUTFIT | A pair of gumboots in bright yellow and a cardigan in bright blue. Bright colours are chosen to create a contrast with the gloomy monsoon. The wrap around top which is a big trend in the market and a pair of denims.
ACCESSORIES | NA
LOCATION | A Football Ground in Koramangala 1st Block, Bangalore (A big thank you to the Rain Gods for stopping the rains after almost 10 days so that I could finally be done with this shoot )
Here’s another monsoon story of a dear friend SAGORIKA where she has jotted down a few lines for Assam. I hope you’d take a look. I also hope that you liked this entry, more visuals HERE.
~ Stylishly Yours,