Many hotels and restaurants can be a photographer’s hunting grounds to shoot interesting frames. The characteristics of these eateries evolve with the changing expressions of customers and staff. The photographs have been carefully selected to reflect the ambience of the hotel or restaurant and the area in which it is situated. The places featured are in Nepal and Russia. (Bestseller in Kolkata)
Music in the Air - Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
A hanging guitar placed near a wooden ceiling, antique wood and brick paneling, warm tones of pendant lights shining on a mirror reflecting old brass utensils with a neon sign flashing the name of the restaurant – a perfect set up to spend pleasant summer or cool winter evenings, with jazz music playing in the background and a glass of popular Nepali country liquor ‘Chhang’. New Orleans Café in Thamel, Kathmandu, is one of many bistros and brasseries that lend a lyrical atmosphere to this pulsating tourist spot..
Vodka & Caviar - St. Petersburg, Russia
For those who have grown up on a heavy dose of spy novels and films set in the Cold War era, this roadside bar in St. Petersburg gives a heady feeling. The Beluga vodka bottles in the bar and the caviar on the racks of this pub are highlighted by the yellow light creating silhouettes of limbs of men and bar stools. The blue TV screen is a brilliant contrast to the yellow. The reflection of the photographer adds to the concept of an outsider looking into the elegant Russian world.
Greens & Glasses - Haatiban Resorts, Kathmandu, Nepal
The greenery around the window pane gives a green on glass effect; the reflection of a child being served a glass of orange juice and a girl being served with tea or coffee adds to the word ‘glasses’. The open-air restaurant, of the second oldest resort, Haatiban Resort in the Kathmandu valley, is on a hilltop overlooking the crowded city. It is surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayan range with a 180-degree view of the Langtang and Gauri Shanker peaks.
Lights, Trees & Skyscrapers - Taj Vivanta, Kathmandu, Nepal
The image of the lights of the bustling city of Kathmandu and the artificial tree of a roof-top restaurant, tells a story of ecological strife. Colourful cushions and earthy tones of the interiors of The Taj Vivanta try to recreate a fast-fading natural world of trees, fruits and flowers.
Serving Kathmandu - Taj Vivanta, Kathmandu, Nepal
The reflection of the vast expanse of the congested Kathmandu city in the lap of the Himalayas, reflected on the table of a restaurant. The diners of the roof-top restaurant of Taj Vivanta, Kathmandu are served with splendid visuals and a sumptuous menu.