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Isn’t there something uncanny about the flow of time? Hardly anything drifts quietly like it. Every fleeting second is escorted by yet another second. If this was the last moment, what would be thereafter? Endless questions, but not many satisfactory answers.

Islamic architecture in Indian capital New Delhi

Delhi, 2021

Stone columns in the Ellora complex, a world heritage site in Maharashtra, India

Ellora, 2016

A dragonfly fly past a statue at a public park in Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, 2015

Most moments are fleeting, but some are lasting. For instance, when a mushroom cloud rises from the ground, molten concrete will tattoo upon itself the shadow of the world around it — A world built for millennia but destroyed in a flash. Since their humble beginnings as cave-dwellers, humans have been on a binge: making the simplest tools to hunt, simpler tools to farm, and simple tools to raise buildings. Not a disciple of simple living, mankind has also shaped complex devices that can outlast or destroy itself.

A tomb inside the Humayun's Tomb complex in Delhi, India

Delhi, 2021

Stone walls of a Portuguese-era church in Goa, India

Goa, 2016

Shadow of an old tree near the Virupaksha temple in Hampi, a world heritage site in Karnataka, India

Hampi, 2014

A view from inside the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, 2014

Islamic architecture, Lucknow, India

Lucknow, 2016

Ellora, a UNESCO world heritage site in Maharashtra, India

Ellora, 2016

Columns at Puducherry promenade, India

Puducherry, 2018

Remains of a thermal power plant in Ennore, Chennai

Chennai, 2020

Flying eagles scratch the sky, Gulbarga, Karnataka

Gulbarga, 2016

An insatiable urge seems to drive civilizations to build more and more. Giant structures made of stones, bricks, concrete, and steel dot the ground, standing as a testimony to this urge. These edifices ruin only gradually, facing the blow of time, even as their nameless creators have long vanished in the abyss. Seasons alter, shadows grow and die, and weather chisels away fine engravings. Yet, these pillars of civilization refuse to turn into dust. Unlike a photograph that freezes a specific moment, the archaic edifices let moments fleet under their feet.

Gandikkotta, Andhra Pradesh

Gandikkotta, 2015

Remains of a church, Goa, India

Goa, 2016

Remains of a church destroyed in cyclone, Dhanushkodi, India

Dhanushkodi, 2012

Bhuddhist structures, Leh, Ladakh, India

Leh, 2014

Qutub Shahi tombs, Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, 2016

Along with buildings of the yonder, gods and goddesses cutting across nationality and race, too, outlast their creators. They refuse to age and decline to change their attitude and attire. Probably, they won’t outlast if they update. Inherited through generations and imagined for posterity, the gods and goddesses languish in cold storage. Does their immortality arise out of their servitude to time?

Buddhist cave in Ajanta, a world heritage site in Maharashtra, India

Ajanta, 2016

Qutub Minar and an ancient iron pillar in Delhi, India

Delhi, 2022

Inside a haveli in Murshidabad, West Bengal

Murshidabad, 2019

Care to imagine time as a sailship that keeps on circling a featureless ocean? Where did it start, and where will it stop? We wave at the ship before we sink into the depths of the ocean. While passing by, the ship just watches us mortals with an ironic smile. Aren’t we all lucky to perish?

Sun Temple, Konark, a world heritage site, Orissa

Konark, 2015

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