Posts Tagged ‘photography’

On the verge

May 23, 2013
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On the verge...

Ruins of those days

November 15, 2012

This place where I was born. I just heard yesterday it’s sold at a huge price.

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I spent 10 years of my childhood here. The two stumps you see in the photo below used to be huge trees of “peepal” and banyan. I used to climb on the banyan tree.

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This gate, this free space behind it (may I call inside it), used to seem “grand” back then.

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These ruins of my childhood… I know this town as it was some 20 years ago.

Today’s Menu: Egg paratha

October 5, 2012

I’m not a big foodie, but I feel free to take an off from my routine and check something on the street.  I do  it quite often; I just don’t write about it.  Food is not my forte; I like to have it rather than to write about it.

Egg Paratha Stall at IT Park, Nagpur.

But this place I saw today was really yummy. I had an “egg paratha” here that was quite classy; I haven’t had such a taste in a long while.  It was really something different from the routine noodles, Manchurian, masala dosa, veg pulao, panipuri, sevpuri, pasta, pizza, veg puff, sweet corn, red pasta, chocolate fantasy, etc; and I like anything served with tomato ketchup!

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Coming up soon…

September 15, 2012

The Ganesh festival is just around and the colorful Ganesha idols have started to show up in the market :-)

Ganesha idols in Nagpur market.

I don’t take much risks. I should!

September 9, 2012

I have heard of people who enclose themselves within a barrel and roll over the Niagara fall.  I would probably not do that; I don’t take much risks.

It was a weekend.  Excitement was in the air; kind of mania.  Nothing special, just a bit of freedom!  I went to Ambazari.  It was flowing over and people were enjoying the free shower!

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I stayed away, as I usually do, from the brim, watching the people enjoying.  I tried taking photos.  Some boys were diving from the high sidewall on which I was standing.  I wanted to take an “up in the air” shot; I couldn’t exactly catch that moment.  It was somewhere between this:

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A monsoon day, and me!

September 5, 2012

It was my first day back at work after a leave of 5 days; I had some exams and so over the weekend etc.  It was a dull day at work with some tech failure in early hours, so it stretched a little in the evening.  Had to have a little spat to leave the office leaving the work pending, but I cannot sit there too long after hours.  I earn so that I can live my life well, obviously I cannot spend all my time earning.

A tree fallen down due to heavy rain on my way to office.  A tree fallen down due to heavy rain on my way to office.

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A visit to Maharajbag, Nagpur

August 1, 2012

It was only 3:30 when I was free and had a lot of time in hand.  I was in Buldi, just around Maharajbag.  Alone; I took this opportunity to visit Maharajbag.  I hadn’t been there in at least the last 4-5 years, except a brief visit last year.

This visit was particularly for photos (though I have avoided “photography restricted” areas).  This place is very much under-represented on net.  No photo in the Wikipedia article; no photos on Flickr, Picasa Web, Panoramio!  I wanted to fill this void for long; found a chance today.

Click on the photo to view the complete album.

Click on the photo for rest of the album. Have a great time!

Gold abloom: Cassia fistula

April 22, 2012

I never knew yellow is my favorite color until I saw amaltas (Cassia fistula) some 8-9 years ago.  It might be Summer of 2004.  A friend—he was three years senior to me—introduced me to these beautiful yellow flowers.  We were students of Ayurvedic medicine and medicinal plants were a part of our syllabus—we often used to discuss about them.  I have always been fascinated with plants and their Latin names since.

The yellow flowers behind the veil of green leaves.

The other day, about a month ago, I was quite enchanted with yellow.  I was in the office and wherever I could see, I was finding just yellow.  There was something yellow everywhere I had never noticed before.  Even the calendar page with a detergent ad had a yellow lemon on it.  I severely yearned to find an amaltas that day.

I wandered all around the area near my former hostel.  I saw many amaltas trees, but not a single one was blooming.  Perhaps, it was too early to expect gold.

I saw this amaltas tree yesterday while coming back from office—very Golden bloom of Cassia fistulanear to my place.  It was after sunlight hours, my camera has no flash, the place was too crowded, and the next day was a Sunday—I postponed my plans for a few hours.  The first thing I did today after getting up was I took my bike and rushed to the place; it would be too crowded after a few hours—it’s a marketplace.  I’m quite happy that I’ve made it.

One thing I want to make clear; this is not a photography post.  These flowers are just lovely and I love them.  I wanted to share them with you all; and preserve their beauty for me if I loss myself somewhere in the future.

Heavenly beautiful mixture of yellow and green.

Random Notes:

1.  I don’t like the Latin name of this beautiful tree.  Even in English, it’s called purging fistula (courtesy Wikipedia), do we need to connect every yellow thing to purging?  And fistula?  Shut up!  Yellow is beautiful.

2.  Sanskrit name for this tree is Aaragwadh (आरग्वध), which can be literally translated as something that kills the diseases.  Its pods are used as mild laxative (another thing to relate with purgation).

3.  Though amaltas is seen frequently here in Nagpur, I had never seen it before coming here.  It is not found around my native place, some 300 km from here.

4.  I noted an interesting point about this tree on a Google group eFloraIndia.  If you try to plant this tree in the middle of your lawns hoping to get a beautiful bloom during the summer, you will meet with a failure.  The dry, hot weather of summer helps this tree to get and maintain this bloom.  Strange!

5.  The tree pictured here is the one peeping out of Shree Ayurved College’s compound.  For the curious ones, a picture of the whole tree with a view of surrounding area is posted here on Panoramio.  Cassia fistula does not grow too big.  It grows up quickly, but remains always a medium-sized tree.

6.  I think I should try to find some more Summer flowers of Nagpur.  The post about Gulmohar (Delonix regia) on of the brighter side was too short.

 

The neglected people of shining India

February 12, 2012

While I’m still waiting for more opinions on my last post (What is God?), I am here with a new post that has been building up in me over the last couple of weeks.

A while ago, I started posting a daily photo on Flickr.  The concept was to get an eye looking for new ideas on a daily basis.  I had a hard time for the first few days to find something new to click.  I had already shared about 100 photos from literally every corner of the city, so it was very difficult to find new places everyday.  Also, one cannot go on a photo-shoot daily, we have our own jobs etc., so I had to find something new at the very same places day to day, and I turned towards people.  After all, we can always find new people on the same streets forever.

He lashes himself with a whipcord in the name of God to earn his living. These people build our roads, and they can't afford warm clothes for the winter.
Sadhu: Victim of a philosophy that handicaps. A boy at the main market in the city.  He should have been in a school.

But what I started as a leisure activity turned out to be a disheartening thing for me.  We are a booming economy.  People are getting salaries that they never believed they would.  Roads are getting poured with more cars and more bikes.  India is shining.  And as I turn my camera on roads, I find people living at the lowest brink of poverty, at the depth of human dignity.  And the socioeconomic system, the religion have deep-sown a philosophy in them to be satisfied in what they are.  They neither aspire something higher, nor are they conscious of what destitute life they are living.  I am standing between the two extremes of India, and I’m awed with those both.

And this family; shall I say anything else?

I wish someone of them grows up to sue me for publishing their pictures in such inhumane state without their consent.

Note:  Hover over the photos for the alt text.  Click on the photos for the respective Flickr page.  All photos are CC-BY-SA.

Why donate images to Wikipedia?

December 11, 2011

Have you ever noticed the images in Wikipedia articles, the images that help us to understand the topic better?  If you’re a blogger and need a free image for your latest post, you often turn to Wikipedia.  Or if you use Zemanta, you get images suggested that are often via Wikipedia.  Have you ever wondered from where does Wikipedia get these images?  These images are donated by common people, like you and me, to Wikipedia in order to illustrate the most comprehensive encyclopedia ever!

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