Cashews Galore!

I travelled to Kerala at the peak of summer earlier this year; my second time in as many years. Although this time not only was I travelling alone but had a 50-pound backpack, replete with all my photo gear, strapped on my rather bony shoulders for a photo assignment on cashew nuts. Self-doubt ran riot in my mind the entire duration of my 12-hour train ride. I could barely sleep.

The first day of shoot was probably the most overwhelming of this fun yet demanding three-day shoot, for I (along with three wonderful WSJ staffers from the New Delhi bureau) was thrust in a cashew processing factory the likes of which I hadn’t seen ever before. There was so much going on yet there was a method to this madness. And that’s precisely what I tried to explore the remainder of this (productive) assignment with my trusty D90.

You can see my exploits here – How Cashews Explain Globalisation. Meanwhile, here are some of the outtakes that didn’t make the annals of The Wall Street Journal.

Friends Forever… (Final Teaser)

Alyssa & Mars

“…I believe most people love their pets because they are always there no matter what. They do not judge, they do not abandon you, they become something in your life that is static and that can be relied on. Even as a lizard, Mars is without a doubt my best companion. He has taught me to not give up hope even when the odds are not in your favor. He has provoked me to work exclusively with exotic animals as a future veterinarian, in hopes to educate others about the special needs of animals such as himself.”

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Friends Forever… (Teaser #2)


Brittany & King Louie

“When Louie was one year old he developed bone deposits in his jaw causing it to fuse shut and making it very difficult for him to eat. This rare, noncancerous excess bone growth called Craniomandibular osteopathy was a serious problem, and enough for his owners to elect euthanasia. My friend and fellow classmate Nicole Berlin heard about Louie from another student and we decided to see if we could save him…”

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Friends Forever… (Teaser #1)


Care & Gandalf

“The first time I ever saw a ferret I was at a summer school class, when I was 12, about different “critters” or something like that. Everyone else was excited about the rabbits or the fast hamsters, but I was fascinated by this slinky and sleepy animal in the cage … Gandalf was the first pet I ever had. Having him in my life has definitely changed it for the better. Whenever I am lonely or sad I have this warm living teddy bear to snuggle with.”

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