Ashima Narain@ashimanarain

http://www.ashimanarain.com

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Nothing like swinging your legs and eating chips before a swim. #jahanaraspacie #mumbaiwinterswater #2daughtersandason #mumbai #indiaphotoproject #googlepixel2


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Saira now refuses to be photographed, except on her own terms. This image was taken during the negotiations. #sairaspace #beachbums #2daughtersandason #googlepixel2 #phuket #thailand #familyholidays


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Standing on my tip toes to be in the same frame as the portrait of me with my 3 monkeys. Am happy to say that I am now the 1st female photographer to be a Sony Artisan in India, and hope there will soon be many more. Thanks Sony! #sonyalpha #sonyalphain #sonyindia @sonyalphain

Bombay Exhibition Centre Hall 6
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The calm before the storm. The calm after the storm. #ourboy #samarspacie #sonand2daughters @mspacie @natgeocreative


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Meitei men in traditional dress during a demonstrating of arambai, or traditional darts, that was developed by the Manipuri cavalry. The darts have an iron arrow head which was poisoned. The arrow tip is attached to a peacock feather to give it direction in flight. The riders throw these darts at the enemy with great accuracy and speed, while charging towards them on the fast-galloping Manipuri ponies. For my story please visit https://www.sahapedia.org/manipuri-ponies-origins-of-polo #manipuripony #manipur #pony #meitei #traditionaldress #culture #arambai #darts #equestrian #india #indiaphotoproject @natgeocreative


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In Manipur, polo is an egalitarian sport, played also at the village level by players who often come from humble backgrounds. After a game of village polo in Tekcham Village in the Central Valley, the horses are taken to a field where they can eat and relax! The Manipuri ponies are considered to be descendants of the Asian wild horse, and like their ancestors in the cold deserts of Central Asia, are very hardy animals, and can stay overnight in the open fields in very low temperatures. For my entire story, please visit https://www.sahapedia.org/manipuri-ponies-origins-of-polo #manipuripony #manipur #india #indiaphotoproject #pony #equestrian #hardyanimal @natgeocreative


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A young boy tries to coax the reluctant ponies into the water to bathe and exercise them on a chilly February morning. Though polo remains a popular sport in the state, the population of the ponies has been declining. A number of factors are responsible for the decline, but the main reason has been rapid urbanization in the region around Imphal, leading to encroachment of wetlands which serve as the natural grazing and breeding lands for the ponies. For the whole story please visit https://www.sahapedia.org/manipuri-ponies-origins-of-polo #manipuripony #manipur #pony #equestrian #bathinghorses #wetlands #water #india #indiaphotoproject @natgeocreative


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Manipur’s Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in northeast India. It contains large floating masses of vegetation called phumdis. Select types of this vegetation are collected, brought to Imphal, dried, and sold as pony fodder. For the story please visit https://www.sahapedia.org/manipuri-ponies-origins-of-polo #manipuripony #manipur #pony #equestrian #loktaklake #water #ponyculture #india #indiaphotoproject @natgeocreative


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The riders bathe the ponies that have arrived from Imphal to the outskirts of the city to prepare for the Lai Haraoba festival. The Manipuri ponies are recognised as one of five indigenous horse breeds of India. The other Indian horse breeds include the Marwari, the Kathiawari, the Zanskari and the Spiti. The Manipuri ponies are recognisable by their small size, yet are capable of incredible stamina, agility and speed, qualities essential in the sport of polo. For the complete story please visit https://www.sahapedia.org/manipuri-ponies-origins-of-polo #manipuripony #manipur #riders #washing #pony #equestrian #festival #india #indiaphotoproject #PhotoShelter @natgeocreative


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In preparation for Manipur’s Lai Haraoba festival, which involves the re-enactment of origin myths, boys and girls from Imphal’s polo clubs loan their horses to the local community for the opening day's activities. Here they ride from Imphal to Langthaban, where the ponies are bathed and dressed to lead the procession. This part of the shoot was really fun and crazy for me, as I had to ride pillion on a motorbike, back to back with the rider, so I could shoot the horses! For the full story please visit https://www.sahapedia.org/manipuri-ponies-origins-of-polo #manipuripony #manipur #equestrian #ponies #pony #indiaphotoproject #india @sahapedia.frames @natgeocreative


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