A worker breaks coal for a steam engine belonging to Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which run on a 2 foot gauge railway and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at a station in Darjeeling, India, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ranita Roy/Files
School children walk past a parked Darjeeling Himalayan Railway train, which runs on a 2 foot gauge railway and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at a station in Darjeeling, India, June 26, 2019. Picture taken June 26, 2019. (Ranita Roy)
A Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) steam train, which runs on a two-foot gauge railway line, passes by a market in Ghum, India. Built in 1879, the 88km (48 miles) line, now part of a Unesco World Heritage Site, once transported tea from the foothills of the mountains - Ranita Roy
Photographs by Ranita Roy Text by James Estrin May 2, 2019 One rainy night in 2015, Ranita Roy was startled awake by the feeling that an intruder was in her bedroom. She tried yelling, but discovered she could not move a single muscle. “I wanted to open my eyes and run away from the room but I couldn’t,” Ms. Roy recalled of that night in her parents’ house in Kolkata, India. “It felt like I was drowning. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t see, but I could feel everything. It felt like someone was looking at me in the...
Indian girl hailed photography prodigy after winning award Ranita Roy from Calcutta, India has been hailed for her talent by veteran photojournalist Sir Don McCullin after she won an award for her pictures at an international exhibition.
22-year-old Indian photographer Ranita Roy is also among the finalists. In her series, she has represented the positivity reflected by Indian women despite difficult circumstances. Here her subject is Bhanumati Das, Roy’s maternal grandmother.
Kolkata-based photographer Ranita Roy is the only Indian participant. The 22-year-old studying environmental science at Asutosh College in Kolkata has photographed her grandmother Bhanumati Das, whom she fondly calls ‘Chhordima’, currently in her 80s."My grandmother carries great inner strength and keeps herself happy with the grandchildren, after she lost her husband. This is my tribute to her positive attitude,” says Roy.
From India, Kolkata-based Ranita Roy’s black and white frames narrate the story of her grandmother’s life. “Since my childhood I have seen her as a spirited woman. Now in her 80s, she’s still the source of positivity, strength and motivation for all of us in the house.