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Pondy Frames 2011 : Barringtonia Asiatica

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

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Travel Diaries: Kangra Fort – Himachal!

29.12.2010 – The day was overcast and gray with splatter of raindrops now and then on the windscreen. We drove about 20 kms from Dharamshala to reach Kangra town and headed up towards the Kangra fort which is also known as Nagarkot or Kotkangra. The kangra fort was built by the royal family of Kangra… Read More Travel Diaries: Kangra Fort – Himachal!

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Macro mode: Flutterby!

Wishing to show off my new macro lens to the butterflies, I set off to the Bannergatta National park for the nth time in past six months. The gorgeous red and yellow lantana bushes at the entry were so silent; almost morose. Usually these are being arduously courted by hordes of butterflies; blue tigers, common… Read More Macro mode: Flutterby!

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Bangalore diaries: Walking through Basvanagudi!

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!

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Champa – Kali a.k.a. Frangipani

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

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Royal Grandeur – Mysore Palace

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

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Bangalore Diaries: Manchinbele

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

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Ranganathittu : Cattle Egret

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

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Bangalore Diaries: Hebbal Lake

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

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Bangalore Diaries: On the Butterfly trail

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