Petals in the wild
Prakash Dubey's photographs of Indian wildflowers have left their stamp, literally, on the public at large, with 12 of them released last month as postage stamps and first-day covers. We feature a selection from his book, Indian Wildflowers
From taxes to thistles
Former Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Prakash Dubey, will go to practically any lengths for his passion. Photography has always been his hobby and with Indian Wildflowers, he has also highlighted flowers which are endangered. Thus the book serves a wider purpose.
Explaining some of the situations that the camera took him into, Mr Dubey said, “The Globe Thistle was photographed a few months before the Kargil War. I was travelling by road from Leh to Srinagar. In Kargil I asked the District Magistrate to give me permission to travel during the day.
Vehicles were allowed on that stretch only at 3am under heavy army security cover. He was a young officer, and considering my seniority, he could not refuse. After half an hour’s drive I realized that we were sitting ducks for the Pakistan army, and my driver was literally trembling.
There were burnt vehicles all along the road which had been hit by heavy shelling. It was a huge risk and I can never forget this flower.” Besides Indian Wildflowers, other titles to Mr Dubey’s credit include The Mahakumbh at Prayag, India: Images of Nature, and Birds of India. His work has been published extensively and he has won several awards.