I, Me & Myself

  • Photograph by: Aasheesh Pittie
    Photograph by: Aasheesh Pittie
  • Photographed by Sudhir K Reddy in USA
    Photographed by Sudhir K Reddy in USA
  • Photographed by Aditya at Bharatpur
    Photographed by Aditya at Bharatpur
  • Photographed By Sharad Khanna At Siliserh Lake Near Sariska Tiger
    Photographed By Sharad Khanna At Siliserh Lake Near Sariska Tiger
  • Photographed by Winayak at Bhartpur Bird Sanctuary
    Photographed by Winayak at Bhartpur Bird Sanctuary

... Random biography

Independent scribe and trigger-happy documentary photographer focussed on wilderness, wanderlust and ancient monuments. Published over 700 articles and 1000 photographs as a freelancer in Indian and foreign magazines and newspapers. They have appeared in leading publications like Sanctuary Asia magazine, Travel TODAY, Swagat (in-flight magazine of Indian Airlines), Xpression (in-flight magazine of Air Sahara), Times of India, Hindustan times, The Hindu, Business Line, India Today, NewsTime (English newspaper of Eenadu group), Indian Express, The Straits Times of Singapore, Statesman, JS (Junior Statesman), Exotica, Millennium Post, Tashi Delek (in-flight magazine of Drukair) of Bhutan etc. Since 1977 the love of words and pen-pushing, inspired by my Dad N.S.Setty, took me on a voyage of doodling, scribbling, painting, writing, publishing and travelling and imbibing the importance of environmentalism was encouraged by my mother N.Pusphavati.

In 1989, accomplished an arduous trip to Valley of flowers located in the higher reaches of Himalayas at 12000 feet where glaciers flourish and wildlife blossoms bloom. Because of numerous landslides and incessant rains it turned out to be a tough trek right from Joshimath to Govindghat to Ghangaria and on to the Valley of Flowers. The return was even more memorable as we hopped, skipped, waded through slush and walked most of the route from Joshimath to Haridwar negotiating more mudslides. Nearly 100 Km of pain and pleasure.

Another seven day of gruelling trek was into the virgin jungles of Silent Valley National Park with six friends and five porters carrying full board in 2004. We covered a distance of nearly 100 km literally making and breaking our path using machetes by cutting thick web of vegetation but benefitting the pleasure of relishing virgin jungle lore. Known as the Amazon forests of India, the rolling hills of Silent valley have an extremely unique type forest called the Shola woodland that do not occur anywhere in the world.

Five Photo exhibitions for the international Petrotech series of Conference & Exhibitions was conducted and choreographed and Two solo Photo-exhibitions held in Delhi titled “Winged Wonders on Wane” at AIFACS Auditorium & “Lions of the Landscape” at IIC in 2007 and 2013 respectively.

An award winning coffee-table book titled “A breath of Fresh Air” published on flora and fauna in 2009 with emphasis on avifauna in each of the 11 Ecological Parks of IndianOil. The coffee-table book has been researched, written, photographed and edited exclusively in 100 pages containing 100 photographs. The ecological parks were created by Indian Oil Corporation Limited at various locations like Digboi, Baroda, Barauni, Bongaigaon, Madras, Guwahati, Haldia, Panipat, Paradip, Mathura and Faridabad.

Born in Rajahmundry a cosy location in the Godavari delta of Andhra Pradesh, my schooling was spread in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Bhopal. For College and University studies back to Hyderabad and acquired a BSc degree in Nizam College and a post graduation in MA (history) and Journalism degree in Arts College of Osmania University. My first job was with Government of India Tourist Office in Madras at Mount road and was transferred to Hyderabad after a new office opened for Andhra Pradesh. Joined IndianOil Corporation Limited at Delhi in 1987 and worked at its various offices located at Mathura, Noida, Faridabad and Panipat and presently posted in New Delhi office. I live in NOIDA part of the National Capital Region of Delhi with my wife and two sons.

To satisfy my wanderlust, some of the countries travelled are Canada, Singapore, Srilanka, England, Ireland, Scotland and cities of USA were also explored as a tourist and travel photographer. In May 2017 made a wonderful roadrunner trip on Route-66 the fascinating “old-world road” of USA by travelling for 31 days from Washington DC to Los Angles via Chicago, Springfield, New Mexico, phoenix, Flagstaff, Santa Monica, Oklahoma City, Vegas, Grand canyon and back covering a distance of 12,000 kms. In India, completed over 500 road trips, over two decades covering nearly seven lakh kilometres of highway outings and intend to package the experience into another book. The journey continues...