Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur - by Naina

ABC/D 15.01.14: Forget Technology! I say, forget it!

Visual Storyteller for Luxury Brands. La Raconteuse Visuelle. #photographer #storyteller

That’s how, rather enigmatically, Ms. Naina Redhu describes herself on her website, her Facebook page, her Instagram feed and her Twitter bio.

Finally, on her Photography blog (which makes you forget technology, as I keep claiming!), I found the following, not very different, brief introduction to the lady:

Naina is a visual story-teller. La raconteuse visuelle. She is a Luxury & Lifestyle photographer and Branding Designer. Her name means “eyes”, in Hindi.
She is well-traveled across Europe, North America and Asia and her portfolio includes a variety of clients across multiple industry verticals.

Believe you me, her photographs are filled with details, and they do tell a story – each one of them!

A lot of this blog (almost all of it. Okay, all of it) is about media channels, social media, technology, gadgets, mobile applications, web applications, tech CEOs, animations, companies buying out companies, etc. In a time like this, more than any other, it is imperative that we ‘stop and smell the roses’ as they say. Unplug yourself. Step out. Go for a jog. Hike. Be around nature.

And if you’ve been unable to do that, see the photographs I’m going to show you and I swear to you, you will want to step out, and travel.

Ms. Naina has 4 main projects displayed on her website home page including 2 for jewellery designers/companies and 1 for a beverage conglomerate. Allow me to draw your attention to the fourth one, the project that took my breath away and inspired this post.

ROYAL SALUTE commissioned Naina to photograph the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Polo Cup. Camel Polo, the majestic Meherangarh Fort, a vintage car rally, the Polo Match & the unveiling of Raghavendra Rathore’s latest collection at the Umaid Bhavan grounds.

(quoted from the website; project viewable at

16 pieces of art take you right into the heart of the action!

The collection begins with a beautifully-lit portrait of, what I can only guess are, the Umaid Bhavan grounds (I could be completely wrong). Followed by photographs of Camel Polo that make you wonder what it must be like to actually experience it. The truly majestic Meherangarh Fort is succeeded by 2 mind-numbingly brilliant vintage cars that I’d be fearful to approach, let alone touch. Then there’s the actual Polo Match – and my heart raced; I could smell the grass, feel the thunder hooves and hear the players’ calls. A 21-year old custom blend of Chivas for the occasion. To top it all off, the Umaid Bhavan itself:

Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur - by Naina

Yes, I put the photograph in again, but I can’t stop looking at it! Can you?

I have not added any of the other photos as I promised the artist that I’d use only one. So, you have to visit the site to actually be swept away yourself –

Thank you Naina, for creating these b-e-a-utiful pieces, and allowing me the opportunity to write about them!

We’ll be back tomorrow to our regular beat of technology and covering the same old tech acquisitions – Branch by Facebook and Nest by Google. Let’s discuss that tomorrow, okay.

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Atin Batra

Atin Batra is the Accelerator Lead at blueprint, Swire Properties’ tech focussed co-working space and B2B accelerator in Hong Kong. An ex-entrepreneur, Atin is a digital marketer by profession, startup mentor/connector by passion!

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