Photo-essay on Majuli. ( Text excerpted from the magazine)
If you are photographing in Assam for the first time like I was, you would do well not to carry a heavy long-angled zoom. Everything is so vast here that it wont fit your frame unless you carry a wide-angled lens in your camera bag. In Kaziranga National Park the rhinos often breach that invisible man- animal line and come close enough to ram your gypsy turtle. From that close proximity the zoom is useless.
The Brahmaputra is so vast that it is virtually an ocean where islands appear and disappear at the river’s whim. Islands so large that for years the Assam Government has been parading Majuli as the world’s largest river island and no one doubts the claim though the largest is Bananal island far away in Brazil. Driving in the countryside you see sprawling tea gardens and paddy fields that end only at the horizon. The people here don’t run away or ask for money when you point your camera at them but settle down quietly for you to make the picture.
Majuli is also a bird lovers paradise. Rare birds like the Pelican, Siberian Crane, Adjutant Stroke flock to Majuli to gambol and fish in the wetlands here. These are few snap shots from a journey across the state.