About Me.

I’m Darshan Manakkal – a writer, photographer and web designer. As a journalist and content specialist, I’ve worked with CNBC TV 18, The Times of India, The Week, RAVE Magazine, WorldSpace Satellite Radio and Time Out. As a freelancer, my writing and images have appeared in Rolling Stone, Caravan, Tehelka, The Week, and apart from other leading publications and websites.


I’m available for editorial, documentary and commercial assignments.

From the blog.


the collection of random artefacts at Albert Hall museum in Jaipur ranges from Japanese samurai doll, to Indian god head, through Greek philosopher bust....

the tourist guide

every fort, palace, mausoleum, temple, church and gompa in the country is best explored with a tourist guide. specimen in this picture with the flared pants, gave us a more colourful history of Ranthambore Fort than one tends to find in textbooks. in the...

har har hazratbal

perched on one bank of Dal Lake, Hazratbal is Kashmir's holiest shrine. inside is a hair belonging to the prophet. outside is a bustling market with shopkeepers peddling meat, wicker baskets, breads and some suspicious looking sweet thing....

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