About Me

Avid photographer, Travel enthusiast, Mountain lover, Movie watcher, Music lover, ex Microsoft Program Manager, currently a student at Wharton…..that’s me, aka Sonali Mangal :)

This blog hosts the results of my experiments with my camera…..I’m yet to find my “niche” but the journey’s been great so far and I hope it continues to be that way!!

The photograph below is courtesy one of my friends, a fellow photography enthusiast, Divya.



  1. Rajesh · July 26, 2010

    Dear Sonali,

    I chanced upon your site when I was searching for some images for my blogs. I feel lucky to have stumbled upon thus :)

    Awesome dark, moody, shady photos. I cannot comment on your skills as a photographer, but I loved what I saw. Great work. Add more.

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Hi Rajesh – glad that you liked the photographs. Are you into photography too?

  2. mayank · July 26, 2010

    Dear Sonali,

    Stumbled and landed here and boy am i glad. i just found a photographer whose work is different, subtle and not cliched. Love to connect on flick too. Pls expect my request.

    Do visit my blog and various homes i have on web (its there in about me section of my blog).

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Thanks a lot Mayank! :)

      I saw your photostream on Flickr – you have some great shots in there!

  3. Rahul Jindal · July 26, 2010

    Loved the coffee mug shots and the beach clicks..

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Glad to hear that! :)

  4. TheBlackTwig · July 26, 2010

    I’m loving India more because of your photos. :) – Dahlia from Philippines

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      That’s a great compliment! Thanks :) Nice to meet you Dahlia :)

  5. Nitin Bothra · July 26, 2010

    My photography isn’t as awesome as yours as i have started it recently.
    But your photography is really awesome no words for complimenting it.

    I am also a travel and photography enthusiast.
    But i really see no future of mine in photography after seen your work.Because my work as not at all near your work.

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Hi Nitin – first of all, glad that you liked my work! :)

      Also – I too am only pursuing photography as a hobby. There are many, many, many photographers, both professional and hobbyists, who are much better than I am. That does not mean that I stop doing photography!! I do it, because I love it. That’s it. I would advise you the same! :)

  6. rahul · July 26, 2010

    hi sonali, met your dad and mom at an iimc reunion do, yesterday. alok told me about your new passion and i googled out yr site. this is very good stuff, sonali. you have a good eye for composition, as well for capturing the human moment. keep it going!

    rahul uncle

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Thank a lot uncle!! :) I hope I am able to sustain this for a long time!

      Thanks for your help on CSR – I’m guessing it worked :D

      Hope you’re doing well! Anubhav seems to be having an awesome time in TOI Ed deptt :)

  7. hani thirth · July 26, 2010

    hey sonali!
    i liked ur work!… u could capture the expression of a built forms!…

    architecture student,SPA

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Hey Hani – thank you so much! :)

  8. Santosh Kamath · July 26, 2010

    Awesome… :-)

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Thanks a lot Santosh!

  9. prashant bhattacharji · July 26, 2010

    I stumbled across your blog and your pictures are amazing ! And to think I’ve been sitting in Hyderabad with a camera and done nothing .
    I think your descriptions, words etc and the design of the blog make it even nicer.
    I do have a photostream as well (not like yours :-) ) and I badly need to add good descriptions and titles for the photographs .

    Apart from photographs I have an interest in Visual Arts in general and now working on making education go “visual”
    http://www.thelearningpoint.net/ ( just placeholders present currently )

    So are you a professional photographer or what ??

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Hi Prashant – thank you so much for your kind words! All the best for your education initiative!

      No, I’m not a professional photographer. It’s only something that I enjoy as a hobby right now :)

  10. Anoop · July 26, 2010

    Hey it was great to accidentally stumble upon your website ..it was the b&W photo of the women in the rice field that brought me here :)
    and what was surprising was that I forwarded it to Divya Ramakrishnan :P.. and she already knew you
    nice pics btw

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Hey Anoop – ha, it’s a small world isn’t it :) Ya I know Divya, in fact we’ve gone together for a photowalk also! :)
      Glad that you liked the pictures, hope you visit often!

  11. muvahead · July 26, 2010

    hi sonali,
    the pictures are amazing. its true that black & white reflects the True Soul. well i am a photo enthusiast myslef & your pictures of Buildings from Sidewalk & from Down-under – SLIDING RIGHT FROM BASE TO SKY were a great show..
    I recently lost my Nikon but will be buying another one, soon enuff to be on Sight capturing spree..

    Would be eagerly waiting for your second round of pictures.. it will be Philadelphia through your eyes…Beautiful.


    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Thanks Anshu :) Sorry about your loss, hope you get a new camera soon! Keep visiting now and then :)

  12. Maria · July 26, 2010

    I’m fascinated with your fabulous work!!! Really, keep working, i absolutely LOVE your photos!!
    Congratulations, from Portugal :)

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Thanks a lot Maria!! I hope you’ll visit again!! :)

  13. Aaditya verma · July 26, 2010

    Hi, Howz u….
    I m aadi verma, from new delhi
    i m working in media (Hindustan Times)
    as a Visualizer……….
    ur photos are toooooooo good…..
    can i use the photographs in my newspaper……
    i’ll pay for that

  14. shahid parvez · July 26, 2010

    Awesome. Its not just photography , its sheer poetry! I think u found ur calling if u survive Wharton Good Luck.

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Hi Shahid, thanks for your visit! :) Yes, lets hope I survive Wharton, fingers crossed! :) Were you there too?

  15. getsetandgo · July 26, 2010

    Hi Sonali… You have a beautiful blog and some amazing photographs…. I am experimenting with photography myself and hope to be able to click pictires like yours someday….

    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Hi getsetandgo – thank you so much for your visit and appreciation! :) All the best in your endeavors and do visit again! :)

      • Sarah · July 26, 2010

        I have a couple of qntseious. I would like as much information you can give about your sessions. I have a combined family. My husband and I have five children total. I have all girls. He has one boy and one girl. Each child has thier own personality of course. We are all country at heart with a little redneck a little diva and a little love and meanness mixed in. I would love to have our family pictures taken. Some poses with all and some of just the kids, some of each kid, and some of just us adults. I am sure it would take a little longer than the boys would like. I want some outside. We have an old red barn in our back yard and I would love to do some by it if you do onsite photos. Or if you can think of another location that would be fitting. I wanted everyone to wear dark denim and white long john shirts.. everyone can add what they want to the outfit to make it thier own. of course everyone would be in thier boots.I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  16. getsetandgo · July 26, 2010

    Dear Sonali… You have a beautiful blog and some amazing pictures… I hope to be able to click some pics like urs someday….

  17. ketankatdare · July 26, 2010

    Hey nice work…excellent
    Plz go through following links:


    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Thanks Ketan!! :) And great photos in your photostream! :)

  18. Sunish · July 26, 2010

    Hi Sonali,
    Great work! Just found your website mentioned in some craigslist ad; and reached here. You rock as a photographer! Also, I really admire your skills, passion and patience in maintaining in such a wonderful website. I am just a beginner into photography and started clicking a few snaps with my new gear… People like you are true inspirations!

    My Photostream:



    • Sonali · July 26, 2010

      Hey Sunish – Thank you for your lovely comments! :) Btw – what craigslist ad did you find my site mentioned on?

      I just saw your photostream – I loved your architecture photographs! All the best and keep visiting!

  19. Sonali · July 26, 2010

    Ah ok, let me know if I can help you!

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