riteshuttamchandani

Ritesh Uttamchandani (@riteshuttamchandani) /riteshuttamchandani
On a terribly hot April afternoon in 2007, a colleague at the paper asked me to step in and knock off his assignment for he was stuck elsewhere. I took it up gladly for it wasn’t too far from home and landed up on the footsteps of a huge mansion in the Parsi Colony in Jogeshwari. I had no idea such a colony existed. While I waited for Tanya Balsara to show up, I called my colleague asking him for the details of the story but he didn’t answer. A few minutes later, she emerged with her mum. I told her that I was unaware of the story and she’ll have to fill me in before I photograph her. Tanya is the elder of Sam Balsara, a famous advertising professional who started an agency called Madison. Without getting into the details of her disability she told me that after she finished a computer course for the differently abled, she realised that the internet and computer literacy can open up a whole new world and that she could make chutney of her handicap! Aided by her father, she established Tanya Computer Centre for the visually challenged near her home. Her immediate challenge, apart from the obvious ones, was the language barrier since many of her students didn’t speak English. But she overcame that in no time and is grateful to her father for not just the financial, but emotional support that allowed her to rehabilitate so many lives. She confessed that she had not been photographed before so I asked her some questions to ease her a bit. She told me her favourite song is La Isla Bonita by Madonna. Before her rendition of the song was over, my photo of her, was complete. Two weeks ago, while walking around Fort, I chanced upon a book made by a famous cartoonist. It featured caricatures, accompanied with short profiles of leaders of India's business and corporate sector. I didn't buy the book for I was a bit bummed that it didn't feature a single woman and here’s the concluding image of three of the many portraits I have made of India’s business women.On a terribly hot April afternoon in 2007, a colleague at the paper asked me to step in and knock off his assignment for he was stuck elsewhere. I took it up gladly for it wasn’t too far from home and landed up on the footsteps of a huge mansion in the Parsi Colony in Jogeshwari. I had no idea such a colony existed. While I waited for Tanya Balsara to show up, I called my colleague asking him for the details of the story but he didn’t answer. 
A few minutes later, she emerged with her mum. I told her that I was unaware of the story and she’ll have to fill me in before I photograph her. Tanya is the elder of Sam Balsara, a famous advertising professional who started an agency called Madison. Without getting into the details of her disability she told me that after she finished a computer course for the differently abled, she realised that the internet and computer literacy can open up a whole new world and that she could make chutney of her handicap! 
Aided by her father, she established Tanya Computer Centre for the visually challenged near her home. Her immediate challenge, apart from the obvious ones, was the language barrier since many of her students didn’t speak English. But she overcame that in no time and is grateful to her father for not just the financial, but emotional support that allowed her to rehabilitate so many lives. 
She confessed that she had not been photographed before so I asked her some questions to ease her a bit. She told me her favourite song is La Isla Bonita by Madonna. Before her rendition of the song was over, my photo of her, was complete.

Two weeks ago, while walking around Fort, I chanced upon a book made by a famous cartoonist. It featured caricatures, accompanied with short profiles of leaders of India's business and corporate sector. 
I didn't buy the book for I was a bit bummed that it didn't feature a single woman and here’s the concluding image of three of the many portraits I have made of India’s business women.source: https://www.instagram.com/riteshuttamchandani

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