A visit to the annual Pushkar fair (held during the month of November) had been much awaited from my end for years. 2013 was the year when the wait was over and I finally got an opportunity to join a group of photographers who were traveling there. Most people came back with multi-pronged images of… Read More Pushkar – a foodie haven!!
My eyes filled with awe and wonderment as I gazed upon this stupendous vista of a pink tide which surged ahead, unfazed by the hub of industrial chimneys and electrical towers. It was a colony of pink Flamingos – tens and thousands of them, all drifting further on the mudflats since the tide had gone in. The sighting… Read More A date with the Flamingos @Sewri, Maharashtra
Finally the year has ended but not the world. The soothsayers and their ilk are now in the pursuit of new doomsday theories, since the last one failed to impress! Every year, at the beginning of the new year, I look back on the year gone by to see how had it been for me. And… Read More Twenty twelve!!
KumbhalGarh!!! The name itself evokes images of grandeur and grace! And it was all that and much more. Nisha & I geared up for the day and headed towards Kubhalgarh fort which is about an hour’s drive from Udaipur (about 82 kms). Our driver sahab stopped just before the fort to allow us to view… Read More Majestic Kumbhalgarh
I had been seeing these gorgeous deep pink and purple blooms in JP Nagar on short shrub like trees. The crown of the trees is totally covered with sprays of these blooms. I looked them up to know that these are called Queen’s Crape Myrtle – Pride of India – Queen’s Flower – Banaba for… Read More Purple Passions!!
14th November 2010 – With boredom nagging at our heels, we decided to head off for a day trip somewhere nearby. I searched on the net, asked friends and also consulted the Outlook traveller guide and finally zeroed in on Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp – a mere 100 kms away from Bangalore. The JLR website (http://www.junglelodges.com/) listed… Read More Bangalore Diaries: By the river @Bheemeshwari
26th March 2011 – Ever since I bought the Outlook traveller book – 52 weekends around Bangalore; Hampi has been on top of my list. The writer of that article describes Hampi as a soul amidst the ruins!! I borrowed the line to title my blog as I feel it very aptly captures the entire… Read More Hampi – soul amidst the ruins!!! (Day-1)
Pondicherry – french spellings on sign boards listing roads; wide and perpendicular boulevards, colonial style mansions and gorgeous hues of bougainvillea bushes. First day in Pondy and as we were heading out of the house, I glimpsed a tree with these beautiful powder puff like blooms and immediately wanted to photograph them. Since they were right… Read More Pondy Frames 2011 : Barringtonia Asiatica
I have been in Bangalore for now almost 6 months and yet to explore the city to its potential. With this thought in mind, I logged onto the net; stumbled on a website www.bangalorewalks.com which advertised a cultural walk through Basvanagudi; promises to unveil some of the myriad secrets of the area and overall introduce… Read More Bangalore diaries: Walking through Basvanagudi!
Plumeria or Frangipani (common name) or Champa as its referred to in India, is native to the tropical Americas but now can be found in India, south-east Asia, and even Africa. Plumeria releases its fragrance at night the most; this is done to lure in the Sphinx moths – the pollinators. The flowers have no… Read More Champa – Kali a.k.a. Frangipani
2nd April 2010 – Mysore We visited Mysore on our way back to Bangalore via Coorg. The wide city roads, lined with huge trees, carefully laid out green belts and lack of stray animals on the streets; made this city a pleasure to visit. Mysore is at a distance of 130 odd Kms from Bangalore… Read More Royal Grandeur – Mysore Palace
25th April 2010 – Sunday morning brought around our usual photo-date. Today’s agenda was Manchinbele – about 40 km from Bangalore. Its a dam built over a reservoir to provide electricity and water to the nearby Magadi townshitp. After sifting through many blogs and maps, we decided to take the Mysore road route via the… Read More Bangalore Diaries: Manchinbele
On my recent visit to Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, I happened to spot this beautiful bird with such gorgeous colours in its plumes. This bird is the Cattle Egret or Bubulcus ibis which according to Wikipedia is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It has similarities in plumage… Read More Ranganathittu : Cattle Egret
One Sunday morning (early morning), I happened to visit Hebbal Lake in north Bangalore, for a photo shoot with a group of ten fellow enthusiasts. Hebbal lake is one of the three lakes created by Kempe Gowda in 1537. The lake has a large garden spread out at the front side, near the entrance with… Read More Bangalore Diaries: Hebbal Lake
Hindi – titli Arabic – farasha Afrikaans – skoenlapper Balinese – kupu kupu Bangla-projapoti Bulgarian – peperooda Burmese – lapia Chinese – hu die Croatian – leptir Cantonese- woo deep Czech – moty’l Danish- sommerfugl Dutch – vlinder English – butterfly Farsi – parvaneh’ Finnish – perhonen French – papillon German – schmetterling Greek- psyche Hebrew – parpar Gujrati – patangeo Location: Bannergatta National Park – Butterfly Park Timing: 9 a.m. to… Read More Bangalore Diaries: On the Butterfly trail