Photographer Nipun Srivastava just completed an internship with Mambo magazine. He took a few minutes to sit down on the Mambo baraza and tell us about his time in Zanzibar.
Mambo: Where are you from?
Nipun: I'm from Pune, a city very close to Mumbai, in India.
Mambo: What was the first thing you remember capturing your attention in Zanzibar?
Nipun: In Zanzibar, from the first night that I stayed here, I heard the ocean. Every time one stops talking and just listens to the sounds of the island, they can hear the faint symphony of the waves breaking on sand.
Mambo: What are the three most important Swahili words you needed to use during your stay?
Nipun: Well, for me, Mambo and Jambo were pretty useful while getting around the island. Also, Pili-pili or chilli is a word/phrase I used a lot as I love spicy food.
Mambo: You took a lot of pictures here, what part of the island do you think photographers need to see?
Nipun: Honestly, a photographer needs to spend time on this island to really get with the vibe and understand the place. The beauty lies in the simplicity of Zanzibar and its people. If I had to choose, it would be the east coast during sunrise.
Mambo: What's your favourite location on the islands?
Nipun: The Livingstones' beach cafe in Stone Town. It is surrounded by a lot of action all through the day, a photographers' dream.
Mambo: What did you take back home with you?
Nipun: A changed outlook on some aspects of life and a reason to come back.