October 2015

Best friends with buffaloes

Image copyrightMansi ThapliyalImage caption Ten-year-old Rukshana combs the hair of her calf. ‘Without our buffaloes, we are nothing,’ says a member of the tribe The Van Gujjars are among hundreds of nomadic tribes scattered all over India. Originally from Jammu and Kashmir state, they have spread out across the Himalayas in search of rich forests and meadows for their water buffaloes. Their lives are mainly spent caring for their animals.

Past and present

Image copyrightJ J ValayaImage caption Mr Valaya says the photographs are his “tribute to this great city of Delhi… to its people, past and present” A selection of pictures taken by fashion designer-turned-photographer JJ Valaya, which shows models dressed up as characters from the Mughal and Rajput era amid scenes from present-day Delhi, are being exhibited in the Indian capital. Valaya is one of India’s best known designers and his