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Genesis

Genesis

Well, well, well.. life has moved on and has left us more grey now. Computers were still a rarity in the mid 90s but for us, they were already a necessity!  ⁣ Rising before dawn to have any chance of downloading emails, the local communication officials completely bemused at us installing a fax machine, the list can go on!  ⁣ However, as you see, documentation remained an integral part of our work. Arriving in Kotagiri, in early 1995, taking time to organize an office, accommodation (office by day, house by night), it set the foundation for the work to follow! ...

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Intricacy of the elements

Intricacy of the elements

Have you ever been up close to the chunks of a honey comb which hold so much - apart from honey, the bees wax, the pollen, the larvae, they all form part of the ecosystem that the bees build for themselves! ⁣ Like all forms of collection and gathering, there is always an element of something gone but the bees return and the cycle of honey gathering goes on!⁣ Its been thousands of years - do we give space for that symbiotic relationship to thrive or are we always taking for ourselves?  ⁣ Every time we watched them climb down those...

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Mr.Reliable

Mr.Reliable

Well, you may see a very different physical version of Ashok Miller presently-but what has not changed is his enthusiasm, energy and intensity. He was the first local staff, joining Keystone in June 1996! ⁣⁣Extremely intrigued to be working in an organization that was interested in bees and honey. However, he plunged in taking whatever task was thrown at him. Along the way, he learnt to drive a bike and then graduated to a 4 wheeler!⁣He soon realized that markets and customers interested him much more and it turned out to be an awesome change. He loves to talk about his...

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The honey hunters of the blue mountains

The honey hunters of the blue mountains

We had just heard stories about honey hunting, while backpacking all over the state of Tamil Nadu in 1994 - travelling to any corner of the state, if you even whispered the word `honey'. ⁣This brought us to Kotagiri in 1995 and a new journey began. But nothing had prepared us for this - standing in awe of these sheer cliff faces and even more so, this set of lean, wiry men who took upon themselves, this gravity defying and jaw dropping exercise! ⁣It was a time of just print rolls of 36 shots - it had to go to Photo Centre...

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