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In the Independence day spirits! :)

Last year, I went to Hyderabad on Independence day…this time it was destination Ooty/Coimbatore!! πŸ™‚ Will share the trip pics later….but here are a few shots…clicked…in the Independence day spirit!! πŸ™‚

The Vegetable Tricolor

The flag designers (Anu and Roh) and I just made them click me! πŸ˜‰

On the way from Ooty to Coimbatore…inside the (very) narrow gauge train…

India….A very Happy 63rd Independence day! πŸ™‚

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Posted by on August 20, 2010 in Friends, I~do~such~things

 

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[Love Call][Photo-blog]~ Caw Caw :)

Standing on the balcony, as I was sipping on my early good morning coffee around 1pm last Sunday…I saw this crow perched on the window slab of the opposite building, calling out “caw caw” loudly.

I didn’t realize it to be the “love call”…and in no time, did another crow (presumably male, by its behavior towards me) come to join its partner (presumably female, cos the other one I reasoned out to be a male πŸ˜› ).

The male was looking at me as if I would run away with his muse…huh…while the female (I was as much tired of its caw-caw, as it must have been “caw-caw-ing”) was whispering something to it.

And suddenly, not bothering about who was watching – THEY DID THIS!! I clicked, and ran inside to instead watch some decent Rakhi Sawant show on TV!! hmm…

NOTE: No Crows nor their sentiments were hurt in the process.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2010 in I~do~such~things, Pics

 

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[Travelogue]~The DNIT – 5 (New Delhi)! :)

As we packed our bags past midnight we knew we had not much time to sleep. The Gareeb Rath (Poor man’s chariot) to New Delhi was scheduled to leave Amritsar sharp at 4:50 am!! Even then, we slept keeping a series of alarm every 15 mins with the first one set at 3 am. We were finally all up by 3:30 and reached the railway station by 4:15am right on time to dump our luggage (which was now 14 in number) into the coach and get a cup of chai.

As the train started on time, I dunno what others did cos I had already climbed up to the upper berth and gone to continue from where I had left…sleeeep… πŸ˜€

Btw, if you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series you can read them HERE!!

Left Amritsar: 26th Dec’09 4:50am – Gareeb Rath
Reached New Delhi: 26th Dec’09 11:30am
Weather: Cool (8-10 deg) but having got used to the chill weather for the last 7-8 days, we found it warm!! πŸ˜‰

The accomodation at Delhi was free of cost, courtesy the company of my friend’s dad…and the 3-BHK guest house was located in South Delhi at Greater Kailash-II.
It is at this place, where we got to see why someone’s called “stinking rich”!! If not every house, 99% of the houses had a minimum of 3 cars with the least priced one being a Mercedes…else it was either a BMW or Bentley or Audi…we heaved a sigh of a relief when we got to see a Santro parked…Btw, we roamed around that locality in a black n yellow painted Ambassador!! πŸ˜‰

On to the pics,

By the time we reached to see Qutub Minar, it was already late evening.

The entire area where the Qutub Minar stands was lit here and there in various colors, which gave the whole area a very semi-vibrant look!!

On the second day, we went to the Humayum’s tomb which is an area that’s now under the Archaeological society of India and was very well maintained…

Inside Humayum’s tomb – Under one of this, lies Humayum…not sure which one…didnt find any board in English/Hindi…

Humayum would have been a man who loved his barber (no, not that way)…his barber’s tomb is also a huge dome structure in the same compound…The above is the writing in Arabic (or is that Urdu) over Humayum’s barber’s tomb.

Before going to the Lotus Temple, we had been to the Akshardham Temple….It was breath-takingly beautiful but no photography is allowed inside the temple…and nothing much is seen from the outside…
Lotus Temple is a place of worship of the Baha’is. Beautiful and peaceful.

This Birdy – the king of the skies – was shot at the Lotus Temple while it had perched on one of the huge focus lights!! πŸ™‚

And finally as our journey came to an end, we closed it off with visit to the India Gate – a memorial to the lost lives of our soldiers.

Thank you one and all. Β With this post, ends the series of travelogue of my DNIT!! πŸ™‚Β 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2010 in Friends, I~do~such~things, Pics

 

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[Travelogue]~The DNIT – 3 (Haridwar-Rishikesh)! :)

If you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series you can read them HERE!! πŸ™‚

Moving on from Jaipur, our next destination was Haridwar-Rishikesh. This was going to be our longest overnight journey of the trip…a total of 14-15 hours. The train left Jaipur almost on time for us to catch up with enough sleep, and it being a 3AC coach helped us not worry much about the luggage either.

Left Jaipur: 22nd Dec’09 11:15 pm
Reached Haridwar: 23rd Dec’09 12:45pm.
Weather: Cool when we reached…but dipped close to 2-4 degree by nightfall.

We had booked a guest house as our accomodation. Not a very good one, but decent enough for bachelors – more importantly cost effective. When it came to go around the city, we had two options…a cab or an (Vikram) auto and we being we chose an auto, for the thrill of it. We planned to cover Haridwar that day and Rishikesh which is about 40 kms away, the next day.

Here we go, photo-time!! πŸ˜€

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We took the rope way (Udan Katola – flying basket) to the Chandi Devi temple and must say it was one awesome ride…the power-cut on the way up, gave us some breathing space during the breath-taking ride!! πŸ˜€

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I’m standing in the Ganges at ‘Hari ki Pauri’, the ghats where Goddess Ganges is worshipped every evening…The sides of the river are chained, as its very slippery and the water that day was ICE COLD….from the moment I got out of the water both my feet went numb for like 2-3 minutes. Water was super clean though. πŸ™‚

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Thousands, if not lakhs of people (crores during this time…currently Kumbh ka mela is being organized at Haridwar) gather each evening to offer their prayers to the Ganges.

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Just on cross the ghats, is a street where sweets are prepared on the spot and sold…yummy!! Gulab Jamoon above, FYI!! πŸ˜‰ – This pic is post processed to make the jamoons look yummy….go slllluuuuuurrrppp!! πŸ˜›

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The next day we went to Rishikesh in the same auto…The unpleasant noise making vehicle ride, was enjoyed to the core…moreover we had a talkative driver too…who went on yapping happily, even with those folks among us who didn’t understand Hindi!! πŸ˜› The picture above is of Ram Jhula (Bridge)…we walked across that and returned by boat below the Lakshman Jhula.

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Your’s truly on the Ram Jhula when it wasn’t crowded. πŸ˜› You can see the multi-floored temples on the right side behind the Jhula.

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All I wanted was a picture with the extremely handsome bull, but then it wasn’t my intention to wake him up. I swear. πŸ˜›

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Guess what?? There was a coffee day in Rishikesh!! πŸ˜› And we didn’t miss it…Their 4 Cappuchinos and my non-alcoholic whiskey flavored Irish Coffee did strike a pose for the camera!! πŸ˜‰

Ok…I’m done with all the pics of Haridwar…but then during the trip, there were several other species that we clicked…me being an animal/bird lover, clicked almost every other creature that came by…Here are a few snap shots!! πŸ™‚

This Sparrow was shot at the Jaipur City palace.

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The Birdy seemed to be searching for its “dove” while standing on the walls of the Amber fort, in Jaipur.

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The pair of ducks swimming in the ganges were shot at full zoom from the top of Ram Jhula… πŸ˜€

The squirrel seems to be searching for me as it gets clicked in the gardens of Humayum’s Tomb in New Delhi.

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This one was clicked in Humayum’s Barber’s tomb vicinity.

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Nah…before you guys say anything, let me clear the air…This isn’t me :mrgreen: …on the walls of Agra fort!! πŸ™‚

Before leaving Haridwar, we did some shopping…among that I picked up a woolen blanket for my sister but it came of good use for us, during our next train journey to the coldest destination of our trip….AMRITSAR.

This and more, in the next post of this DNIT series. πŸ˜€ Keep watching!! πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2010 in Friends, I~do~such~things, Pics

 

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[Travelogue]~The DNIT – 2 (Jaipur)! :)

Thanks a lot for theΒ large number of hitsΒ to the first post of this travelogue. In case you missed Agra, you can catch it HERE.

Agra was successfully covered…but did miss on Fatehpur Sikri due to shortage of time. The train to Jaipur was scheduled at 7:45pm but we got to know that there was a delay only on reaching the railway station. Since we had not got 3AC tickets for this journey of 4 hours, we went ahead with booking the sleeper class. The 4 hours which we thought would pass by in no time turned out to be the most suffered and longest hours of the whole trip with the cold air taking toll of us.

Left Agra: 29th Dec’09 Evening 7:45 pm: Late by 2 hours, left around 9:45 pm.
Reached Jaipur: 21st Dec’09 early Morning 12:45 am: Late by 45 mins.
Weather: Cold….approximately in the 4-8 degree range.

We had booked accomodation at a guest house by name Janpath. I must say, this was THE best accomodation during the whole tour. The hospitality and warmth provided by the owner Mr. Kapil Dev Tyagi cannot be described in words. And it turned out to be very much inexpensive. Our bill was Rs. 3100/- for 2 days of stay, food and pick-up from the station. Moreover, he arranged cabs for us to roam around the city at affordable prices (1000 bucks for 8 hrs – Innova on Day1 and Tavera on Day2). If you are going to the PINK CITY and want an affordable place to stay, CHECK THIS OUT.

Chalo, moving on to the pics!! πŸ˜›

We started off with the Birla Mandir…

We saw the Hawa Mahal exterior on our way to the city palace. This architecture is showcased whenever Jaipur is talked about on the touring map!! πŸ™‚

The city palace is a beautiful structure…the present head of state (non-ruling) Brig. Bhawani Singhji still resides in one part of the palace. We can see how he stays too but its charged too high. 2500 bucks per head.
PS: We did get to see him for free though, as he made his way into the City palace.

The Amber fort is a lovely not-to-be-missed site…the fort is built on high ground and its walls are awesomely spread…seems like we have our own “great wall” as in China!! πŸ™‚

Sheesh Mahal (Glass palace) is within the Najargarh fort and is a lovely structure fully covered with designs made up of plain and colored glasses as well as mirrors…!!

The Jaigarh fort which is about 5 kms from the Najargarh fort is a small fort famous for two things. One, it houses the largest ever man-made Canon which is as in the pic above and two, for the largest water filteration system.

In the evening we went to check out the Jal Mahal…from a distance as no tourist is allowed inside it. Jal Mahal is supposed to be the “entertainment” place for the rulers of historical times.

For those interested in science, Jantar Mantar is one place to visit for they house the astronomical wonders of that time. Seen in the pic is the “scaling” of the structure which tells the time based on shadow of the sun…it was dead accurate.

When we went to visit the art museum on day1 (Monday) it was closed on its weekly off. So we thought of visiting the Jaipur zoo which is right opposite the art museum too, on the next day.Β  On Tuesday (day2), it was a weekly off for the zoo…sigh!! So we just got to see the art museum…

Various swords and rifles of those times are on display…best part was that there was no ban on photography inside the museum which even had a “mummy”. Above seen is the handle of a sword, in gold!!

The security guards dressed in typical Rajasthani attire were pleased to click with yours truly (Raji, here I make my debut in this series…you asked for it, you get it!! πŸ˜‰ ). When we said thanks on taking the pic, they showed that they had coins of foreign countries in their hands. We showed them that we are Indians!! πŸ˜›

There u go, the other 4 of the Pandavas who went on the tour try their best to pose, as you-know-who clicks!! πŸ˜‰ We loved this corridor a lot, as it gave the perfect ambience for a cinematic picture. πŸ˜€

Apart from these, we loved the food at Jaipur…the Aaloo Parathas at the guest house, the Rajasthani Thali at a restaurant as well as the chaat items at a sweet shop near the guest house. Huge sizedΒ Rasgullas @ 5 bucks a piece melted in no time and in huge quantities in our (big) mouths!! πŸ˜‰

The next destination was to be Haridwar, the religious place of the Hindus…but no, we were not on a religious trip!! πŸ™‚
More on that, in the next post!! πŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2010 in Friends, I~do~such~things, Pics

 

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[Photo-post]~The Year That Is!! :)

This was a meme an open note at my corporate blogosphere…and I happened to pick it up!! πŸ™‚
About meme’s…well…they are just wonderful…where people write about the same topic but end up presenting different perspectives…sometimes unbelievably enlightening minds…
This meme is all about the year thats going to end…through write-ups, poetry, photography…through any piece of creative thinking! πŸ™‚

The year changed…leaving behind memories…life moved on…pulling itself along the rough sands of time…me…

Along the way…came recession, et. al…faced them all…taking them all light, yet right…just…

Sometimes left alone…it was the time to gather thoughts…make amends….stand up once again…tall…

Anticipations…expectations…crush…love…crash…fall…take us towards the end of it all….twilight…

And then came hope…there’s always hope…in moving again…a new beginning…new learning…another year…forward…

Have a great December and a year end!!Β  πŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2009 in Pics, Thoughts

 

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Photo clicks & a need for next door chicks! ;)

It’s been a long time since I have been off the external blogging circuit…the reasons are many, but then those reason seem so unreasonable for why I havent been around…I hate dormancy, but then probably a lot of factors got together and hatched a plan to unsettle me!

It all began with a health scare…lasting 2 days…followed by two weeks long of travelling along the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore-Hyderabad-Chennai route…finally ending on the dentist’s chair diagonized with multiple root canals! Sigh…that was just the beginning…With the canals still being under construction within the interiors of my loud speaker, my honorable owner dude landed asking us to vacate the flat unless we cough up INR 3K ($60) more per month…it seems he heard from someone that its the “beginning of the end of recession”, so he decided to kill us with his nonsensical demand. Who’s he to screw up an already screwed up life? whatever…phak him! 😈

Sacred Learnings of the week: The actual meaning of FYA!! 😦
Usage: In corporate emails, superiors forward a received mail with a FYA…
I knew it stood for “For Your Action”! – this normally happens to be a “you are gonna get screwed by this” mailer!
Recently, got to know from a manager that it also stood for “F**k Your A$$”…which literally is the same! πŸ˜€

Anyways…enuf talks of sickness and sick abbreviations. Let me show you a few pics that I clicked in Hyderabad! πŸ™‚
But before that, I sincerely apologize to the bloggers whom I followed for my conspicous absence on their blogs…I’m gonna visit you all soon, and as regularly as before! πŸ™‚
Chalo photo voto dekhte hey..

Β Golconda fort

Golconda fort

Same fort, from the top of it:

Golconda top view

The famed monument, Charminar:

Charminar Seedha view

Charminar, upfront and close:

Charminar side view

A few pics shot at Ramoji film City:

The huge painting on canvas: Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action

The local hollywood! πŸ˜‰

Local Hollywood

The animal shaped shrubs garden:

Animal shaped garden

Balcony show: Marilyn Monroe

Marlyn Monroe

Me ogling at Marilyn, made this dude sad…It took a while for me to convince him: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie-n-Guddu

And then the eternal bachelor called the single me to show something in that right side corner:

Bachelors

I quicky ran to get a photo clicked with her!! She did something that I badly needed (no, not “screwing” this time πŸ˜› )…a spanner to fix the screw! she called them “leaks”…eeeks! πŸ˜‰

she fixes

– Search is on for a new place…a paying guest room, with girls next door…wishes, prayers (and gifts for my-to-be-neighbors) welcome! πŸ˜› :mrgreen:

Have a nice last week of August (it was disgust for me πŸ˜‰ )!! πŸ˜›

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in Happens~2~me, Pics

 

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