PHOTO MOMENT: Happy Hindu New Year 2072

This Saturday marks the Hindu New Year V.S. 2072. This new year’s day is most keenly celebrated in north India and Nepal, although some peoples such as the Gujaratis, Tamils and Bengalis mark their new year’s on a different date. This new year also marks the beginning of spring and the agricultural season in the northern parts of the Asian subcontinent. It also marks the beginning of the nine-day festival of Navratri, in honour of Goddess Durga. “The Hindu New Year 2072 or Vikram Nav Varsh Samvant,is celebrated on Chaitra Shukala Pratipada (March – April). In 2015, the Nav Samvat … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Happy Hindu New Year 2072

IMPREINT: The CUT OFF Project

London, a leader among the world’s cities. A population of eight million. Frantic, busy, popular, cultural, fast, slow. A giant urban sprawl where everything runs at breakneck speed and even life can ill-afford to catch a breath. People go past each other in a flurry of activity, not a glance or a smile. No-one asks about anyone else, their fortunes or their misfortunes. For those with no fortune in life, the loneliness and dismissal is even more profound. Aside from the casual toss of coins or the countless stares and avoided looks, those who take the streets as home feel … Continue reading IMPREINT: The CUT OFF Project

PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Sheep/Goat

This year, the Chinese New Year will fall on Thursday, February 19, and according to the hallowed annals of the ancient zodiac from which originated the animals and their associated years, we will see the dawn of the Year of the Sheep. The sheep in question is said to be specifically the female Wood Sheep, although some will say it is the Green Sheep. Whichever material or colour the sheep of 2015 will arrive as, the New Year will be a time of new beginnings, family reunions and much excitement. Embed from Getty Images The sheep is considered a lucky animal, … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Sheep/Goat

MOAF 2014: Mauritian Open Air Festival flyers

The Mauritian Open Air Festival (MOAF) is a yearly cultural festival held in Tottenham, north London. With food stalls, live concerts, kids’ area and a convivial ‘party-in-the-park’ atmosphere you would expect of an open air public event, MOAF is a celebration of Mauritian culture, people and music and is a must-visit event for my community in the United Kingdom. I was very fortunate to have been able to attend MOAF in 2012. You can see my take on the festival plus some photos I took of the venue and activities at the link below. LEVER MO PEP!!: HalfEatenMind at the … Continue reading MOAF 2014: Mauritian Open Air Festival flyers

ANJALI’S PICS 2: More family photos from the Princess of piZap

By Vijay Shah On March 17, the Half-Eaten Mind played host to a selection of family portraits and fun images made by my youngest sister Anjali (with one produced by younger brother Arjun on his phone using an app he has unfortunately forgotten the name of). She built up these works of art using the photo effects/editing suite piZap (pronounced ‘PIE-zap’) which can be found at this link –  piZap. piZap is an online photo editor and collage maker with more than 7.1 million likes on the social network Facebook. With piZap you simply upload a photo and using a … Continue reading ANJALI’S PICS 2: More family photos from the Princess of piZap

A LEAFLETTER’S PHOTO ALBUM: Photography special – Part 2

By Vijay Shah Another weekend here in sunny Stratford relaxing at home….the 30th Olympiad has now officially been opened, amid much fanfare, fireworks and foreign visitors. Yesterday also was one of my good friend’s/work colleague’s last day at our office, and we celebrated with an informal get-together at a nearby pub before setting off for Trafalgar Square to watch the Opening Ceremony on a big screen. Unfortunately said big screen was a no-show, so our party ended up at the Slug & Lettuce in nearby Chinatown where surprisingly we were able to get in and get seats despite it being … Continue reading A LEAFLETTER’S PHOTO ALBUM: Photography special – Part 2

A LEAFLETTER’S PHOTO ALBUM: Photography special – Part 1

By Vijay Shah Fresh out of university, I found myself moving back to my parents’ house in Plaistow, and was in desperate need for a job. I was finding it near impossible to get into my chosen career of journalism, and my stepfather was giving me a lot of headache and pressure to get employed ASAP. This meant many trips to the local Jobcentre Pluses and hours in front of library computers searching and applying for job after job, without much success. Then in December 2006, I found a vacancy for door-to-door leafletters from a company called ABI Leaflet Distribution, … Continue reading A LEAFLETTER’S PHOTO ALBUM: Photography special – Part 1