In 2014, I published my first book which is based on the ‘Parks of Singapore’. It started as a project in school where I could pick an area of my interest, narrow in on a topic and show the difference I could make in the area. I combined my photography skills and my love for greenery and decided to work on a visitor resource for the Parks in Singapore. What started as a small project grew into something serious as I spend entire winter break visiting over 20 parks in Singapore, taking plenty of pictures and talking to numerous people for their feedback and observations. When I looked at all the information I had collected, I reckoned that it’s best to place it all into a book. So I consulted my mentors, teachers and parents to give it the shape and fuel it needs.
What happened in a couple of months was a good quality coffee table book containing nice pictures, brief highlights on each park along with some recommendations on how to make the park even better. I still do think I did this as an educational attempt so authorities in my country could understand how to maintain and manage parks in India, a country that is rapidly urbanizing and leaving many unkempt parks around. It was all about learning what’s good and working in one place and transferring that knowledge onto another place that needs it most and can hugely benefit from it. The Indian media seemed to have liked my work as I received good coverage for my efforts.
This year I am keen to complete my book on the Asiatic Lion – a majestic animal that I have been researching and documenting on during my last three trips to Gir National Park in India. Interestingly Sasan Gir in Gujarat is the only home for the Asiatic Lion in the world. Yes there are lions in Africa which are of a different, larger kind. With High school taking up a lot of my time, I have decided to go slow on this book. However, I am getting ready to exhibit my works in the interim to share what I have gathered with everyone.
An event is planned in November 2015 in Singapore and I hope to be in India during first half of 2016 to do the same. If you have ideas or suggestions for me on my forthcoming Exhibitions and book, please do write in. Fill in the ‘Reach me‘ page on this website and you will find me wherever I am.