By Ahmad Masood
The Maha Kumbh Mela, or the Grand Pitcher Festival, is one of the biggest gatherings of people on earth; it takes place every 12 years and goes on for 55 days, in one of four cities in India : Allahabad, Ujjain, Haridwar and Nashik.
I moved to India from Afghanistan last year and the Mela, as it is called, was one of the assignments I wanted to cover.
My memories of the word βMelaβ come from the times when I used to watch lots of Bollywood movies. Some of these movies would show brothers separated during this massive, chaotic gathering at childhood and then re-united decades later as adults.
At the Mela, the challenge for me was to make a clear picture from masses of people assembled for the holy bath.
The most frustrating part for me was that I could not get to an elevated place where I could show the large number of people from a vantage view point, as one of the greatest shows on earth takes place on the banks of the Ganges river, with a vast flat area around it.