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Making the heavens pour.

A dense patch of vegetation is set alight on a hillside and left to smolder and fume, in an attempt to bring down the rains in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Life of a master weaver at Bhuttico.

Mahender is a veteran weaver working with the Bhutti weavers co-operative society in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India and one of the few skilled enough to produce the difficult Kinnauri shawl. Yet at the age of 16, he was an unskilled youth, desperately seeking an employment to support his family.

Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India.

What to expect at Bhuntar, a mid size town, that falls en route to Manali and Manikaran in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Intelligent birds. Bad human students.

A Rose Ringed Parakeet balances high on a tree for breakfast in the outskirts of Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India. Parakeets are claimed to have the highest voice clarity among all other species in the parrot family.

A weavers community at work.

Dimly lit by bulbs dangling at the end of insulated wires and sunlight illuminating wooden windows, a large hall echoes with a consistent tak, tak, tak song of looms at work as the skilled hands of Himachali weavers, go about their daily business of producing a crop of traditional Himachali garments.

Shoes for all.

Buying shoes take on a different dimension underneath a brightly illuminated tent in Kullu's Dhalpur Grounds during the festival of Dusshera.

Up and down goes the ferris wheel.

Cone shaped boxes equipped with metal chairs dangle from iron links as a Ferris wheel rests in the lower Dhaplur Grounds during the early hours of a new day.

Eating out on Dusshera.

Dinning and festive revelry walks hand in hand on the streets of Kullu during the festival of Dusshera.
Spangle Papilio Protenor

Touchdown in Autumn.

A female of the Spangle Papilio Protenor species poises with stretched wings like some sleek future age plane still to be built in the days to come.

A seasonal super market.

Gods aren't the only reason for folks to collect in numbers during the Kullu Dusshera. The festival is also a seasonal super market, both visitors and businesses, hate to miss.