New Delhi, April 5 -- At Art Basel Hong Kong last week, among the thousands of works by 242 international galleries on exhibit, there were a handful of sculptures that had photo-hungry crowds constantly thronging them. One of them was a cobalt blue circular installation by Anish Kapoor, though it wasn't a novelty for the art fair crowd. Even as novices and collectors browsed, discussed and purchased other works, this was what they wanted to be photographed with. So many people asked me to take their photograph against it that I too finally asked someone to take mine-it was my only photograph at the fair.

It's a given that the Mumbai-born British artist makes spectacular works, whether it's Cloud Gate (2006) in Chicago or the 375ft-tall A...