Dispatches: My Diwali Experience

Two years ago, I landed at Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, just outside of Mumbai, around 4 a.m. It was the start of Diwali 2009 and it was my first time in India.

We had just arrived there from Moscow by way of Turkey. I was as far from home as I ever thought I’d be.

I had no idea what to expect.

We met our drivers and headed through the hazy early morning darkness to the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai.

By the time we arrived, it was nearly 6 a.m. We checked in, dropped our bags in our room, and met back in the lobby. The smell of marigolds filled the air as the lobby was filled with them.

We walked across the street to the Gateway of India. It took a few minutes to assimilate my lens to the humidity as it kept fogging up.

I shot the image above just after 6:30 a.m.. And my incredible India adventure- on the first day of Diwali – began.


When I think of India, and my visit there, I think of the explosion of color there.

Diwali 2011 just recently ended. When I was walking my dogs around my neighborhood, and saw the lights hung on the doorways of my Indian neighbors in celebration, I thought about my time spent in that remarkable, colorful country.

I hope to get back there to experience it again someday.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2011 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 50D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS4 or PSE6 and Nik Software.

4 thoughts on “Dispatches: My Diwali Experience

  1. Nandini, thanks for the comment and leaving the the link to your site. I hope you had an enjoyable Diwali.

    And, yes, I like that first image too. As we all know, photography is often about good timing. Right spot, right time for a nice image.

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