Saturday, March 27, 2010

Earth Hour - Celebrating Darkness


Celebrating Darkness - Earth Hour
The symmetry of light speaks the story of half day and half night. It was one my initial days concept shots. I like the way the natural colours of light and the background are exposed softly.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

One New Platform

One New Platform - Changing Times

Time has changed from those days of Old Coal Engines and Diesel Engines. We don't any-more listen the loud whistle "Kuuuu  - uuuu - uuuuuuu" and that old folk lore musical "Chhuk - Chhuk, Chhuk - chhukkk" from those rumbling machines or so called "railgaadis". What we now have are the sleeker, smoother, modernestic and fast metro trains. World around has changed so fast that it won't be too late when we ll forget the old times, and will get absorbed by the modern lifestyle. What we have seen, the coming generations will just wonder about. What we have experienced, they will never ever feel. History will not repeat itself.  We will become victims of time and advancement of ages will engulf our emotions. We got to preserve. These photographs are my small effort to keep those moments of history safe, .....in frozen frames at-least....
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One Old Platform

Old Platform 
Shot this one en route to Dehradoon an year back. The charm of the filtering sun-rays just caught my eyes and I could not resist Freezing the frame. As much I have travelled in India, the stations and platforms all across the country has mesmerized me for the very mere fact that they are all different from each other. Each city has its own flavour and one of the places to feel the flavour is at the station. You get to sense the city right in there and a certain feeling seeps in that tell us what lies beyond the station gate. And the way the city unfolds is further more exciting. 
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Landscapes

Landscapes
I got to see this beautiful mid-morning landscape approximately 80-100km from Mysore on State Highway SH-88 at around 8:00 am in the morning while on way to Madikeri. The beautiful picture with merging yet distinct shades of yellows, greens and browns covered under the golden rays of rising sun, left my mind charmed. Could nature be so beautiful in emptiness as well..? Though there was nothing to see except the far stretched shrubs and trees with a couple of mid morning smokes in them, the monotony of the frame was broken by the silhouette of a man. He was dozing off by the road side on the dry grasses, when the rumbling of my bike engine woke him up. he hurriedly, wrapped his cloth around and moved slowly and then vanished amongst the bushes in front.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

BLUE MOUNTAINS


Blue Mountains - The Nilgiris

I had only read till now in the books that Nilgiris are called the Blue Mountains. But seeing is believing. Its a lifetime experience and a Panoramic view to see the Nilgiris from Madikeri. A must visit place for those who plan a trip to South India. The place in Coorg region approximately 310 km from Bangalore, further south via Srirangapatnam and by pass of Mysore. take SH 17 from Bang., and then SH 88 to reach Madikeri. the road is awesome and wil take 5-7 hrs for a car with a couple of stops in between.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

EYES

EYES - Gazing at you
These two young lady Tibetan monks were passing by in the Namdroling Monastery when I was roaming around in the backyard lawn. Namdroling is the base of all refugee tibetans in the South India. Karnataka Government gave the refugee Tibetans a small land piece in Kushalnagar, to establish themselves.
Since 1969, this place has been homes to thousands of the tibetans. They happily celebrated their 50 years of excile in India and thanked Indian Government for the huge support to their community. Ultimately, it was India where Budhhism took birth. So its our responsibility to preserve the traditions.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

PANORAMIC SUNSET

Sunset Panorama

Madikeri, has a lot to offer, than just temples and trecks. Do not miss this Lifetime experience of a Panoramic view of the sunset from Raja'a Seat ( a local garden towards south-east side of town). The view is breath taking. In a span of half an hour to 45 minutes the sky changes its hues so dramatically that one cant believe. From all shades of Bright yellow, to orange to brown, to blue n purple and deep red and golden. Its just an amazing experience. A must visit site suggested by Just Vagabond.
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Madikeri Prison

District Prison Madikeri

Welcome to the town of Madikeri or MERCARA as known to locals. This prison was built long back in 1812 inside the Madikeri Fort by Raja Lingarajendra II. There is also a old church, and a poorly managed museum inside the fort.Now the fort is municipal head-quarters of the town. East of the Fort is Indo-Saracenic Style Omkareshwar temple built by raja in 1820. There is a small lake surrounding the temple.A flight of steps lead to the temple from behind the Madikeri Police station.
Rajs's Seat gives a Panoramic view of the Blue Mountains and Nilgiri Valleys. Its worth watching, and leaves with a lifetime memory of teh scenic beauty of the place. See other pictures of Madikeri on Blog to explore it. 
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Smoker - Indian or Greek.?

Indian, Persian or Greek..?

Shot on way to Madikeri, this old man happily smoking and was more happy to pose for a shot. He puffed, and puffed and puffed, until I kept him shooting. The Kodagu ( Coorg ) region has low lying hills which is usually cool and dry except the monsoon seasons, makes it a fantastic area for trecking, bird-watching and genarally refreshing the soul. The climate is best to grow coffee, and this is from where India's best coffee come from. The people here are called Kodagas, believed to be descendants migrating Persians and KURDS or Greeks. It dates back to time when Alexander had visited India. Some from their army had settled here. Thus, the tribe gets its name as "Kodava"  from the local word meaning 'blessed by mother Cauvery' and the region is called Kodagu or Koorg. There are about 1000 clans of Kodags in region and they meet every year for an annual festival in hills. With passage of time the region has been also manifested by Kannadas and Mallyalis. 
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Monday, March 15, 2010

THE COSMOS

The Cosmic Lights

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Majestic Morning

Majestic Colours

Morning cannot be more beautiful. With sky spread as canvas, and cloud patches like brush strokes, this picture seems one of dreams come true. Shot en route to Madikeri, around 20 km away from Srirangapatnam.
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Time Froze for a Millisecond

Time Froze, but for a millisecond.
Shot taken at a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second. This droplet was captured right in the middle while it faithfully followed the law of gravity. It had no idea what my shot would look like when I was trying to capture it. Because I wanted to shoot a drop hanging midway in air. The housefly in the left just tells us what could be the size of the drop. The image is not very sharp but yes its beautiful. Don't we miss these moments in our hustle -bustle of everyday life. ..?
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pure White

Pure White

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MY SAND CASTLE

Castles are not made with concrete and stones, not with Iron ans steel, not with labourers and contractors. They are not made in grasslands, or hills, not in cities or towns. 
Castles are made in hearts of people.
This little girl was shot by me in Chowpatty beach, Mumbai. She was happily building her dream home, her sand castle. It took my attention, and I could not resist stopping by. With her oversized slippers, and a basket of scraps, she was least bothered about the world around. And why not, because she was building her dream, her sand castle.
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Spirit of Togetherness

Enjoying the Spirit of Togetherness

Its so good to see people,especially when they walk side by side. This couple was walking along the shore of the Rocky Beach at Pondicherry, when I shot them. It was too cloudy so the sun was not seen at the horizon. But when it came up, it was too late.Still the weather was amazingly pleasant. It seemed that it was in the blood of the people of Pondicherry to take a daily morning walk. Whole of city can be seen strolling and jogging on the sandy beach side in the early morning hours. I was just a little lucky to get this picture right in time.   
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dip in Shiv Ganga


This was shot at the Shiv Ganga, Deoghar, Jharkhand. People taking a plunge in water is always mesmerizing. The Shi Ganga is a natural pond that is believed to be created ages ago. The story goes like this. Once when Ravana was a great spiritual person, he worshipped Lord Shiva. Being happy with the faith and devotion, Lord Shiva blessed him and asked to make a wish that will be granted. Then Ravana asked him to come along to his LANKA and leave Himalayas. It was a tough situation. So Lord Shiva gave his Linga and asked him to establish that at Lanka. All Deaas were unhappy as it was unfair if Shiva went down to Lanka. So they planned a trick. Midway while Ravana was on his way, Indra disguised as A brahmin came to Ravana, and induced in him the urgency to piss. Then Ravana had to do it. He handed over the Linga to the brahman and asked him not to keep it on land, and he started pissing. Meanwhile, Lord shiva connected a stream of the mighty Holy Ganges River to his Flow and Ravana never stopped. So what flowed had become "SHIV GANGA" - A never drying pond. And Brahman incarnated Indra placed the Linga at the empty land there. That place became Baba Baidyanath dham, Deoghar - one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Shiva.
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Monday, March 8, 2010

Water World

Water World
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Dragon Flies


On one of the very sunny days, I found myself travelling to Dhamdhama lake, near Sohna, around 30 kms away from Gurgaon. The sight of these two beautiful dragon flies hovering near the shrubs at the lake made me click them. Its really tough to shoot these creatures when they are constantly in motion. But I got a Ok shot. The contrast in the insect colours is amazing.

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Dragon Fly


Dragonfly
Its found mostly in gardens, near water bodies and in marshy shrubs. 
This one had come wandering like a vagabond into my room at odd night hours (just like our friends do). It posed for me and I got good shots.





Close-up of Dragon Fly

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Gajraj and Mahavat - Indian Elephant Charm


Indian Elephant bathing under direction and control of its Mahavat @ Muddumalai Forest Reserve, Tamil Nadu, India. 
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Indian Fauna

Spotted Deer - @ Bandipur Reserve Forest, Karnataka, India

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It Kills - Quit it


Cigarettes
Shot long back in my room in Delhi.
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spidey


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The Monkey Business

 Hi - Howdy there..?

Chuk it ..!

Just another kind of similar family - The Langoors
Shot at Bandipur forest reserve, Karnataka, India.
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Colours Of Sun

Sunset
Shot on way to Vaishno Devi shrine , Kashmir,India.

Getting a Close-up
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

When sun sets and it starts to get dark in a jungle...

 The enchantment of the wild increases.. with the darkness,

and
so does the fear of spooky woods.
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Enchanted Woods

 Woods, 
Lovely Dark and Deep.
The shot was taken at Bandipur, while I was traveling to Bandipur Tiger Reserve Forest. The woods are just so majestic, that one cannot ever forget the ride through the forest. 

Woods,
Enchanting the evening as the sun set behind the mountains.
These places exist on our beautiful earth, In India.
The shot was taken at Masengudi, Tamilnadu.
 
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Patterns in Nature

Branched


Full Bloom
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Kavery

Dhyan
A man in dhyan mudra, performing his daily yoga sitting in river water.


 Kavery Ghat at dawn, Srirangapatnam.
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Changing

 Women changing after early morning bath at the Cauvery River bank, Srirangapatnam.
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