Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

I stumbled upon this weekly photo challenge started by the guys at WordPress as part of their “Post A Day” initiative. This week’s topic for the photo challenge is “Through” in which the participants post a picture which depicts “through” in their opinion.

I thought it’d be fun to take part and here’s my photo. In this photo, we see Taj Mahal “through” the entrance arches of one its adjacent guest houses. It was dusk when this photo was taken. I love this photo since the dark interiors of the beautiful guest house, the dim light highlighting the arches of the entrance and the magnificent Taj Mahal in white make a wonderful combination.


Travel – South India

These are the photos from our travels across South India.

1) Sunset caught in our mirror

2) Go green! Rice fields and coconut farms

3) Coconuts and autos

4) Old temple

5) Wheel, a mini sundial

6) Big chandeliers

7) On top of a hill

8) Arabian sea – backwaters

9) A banyan tree?

10) Sunrise

That concludes the photo share for our recent holiday across India. More holidays planned for this year and so more exciting photos to come.

Love Milkshakes, Hate Negativity

People living close to the equator are slowly getting dragged into another dreadful summer or may be already in another dreadful summer. I belong to the latter lot and therefore busy trying to find several ways to stay cool. Until a couple of years ago, I wasn’t a huge fan of fruits and neither did I make any effort to make sure I had ‘some’ fruits every week (deliberately had to use “week” since I haven’t reached the point of eating fruits every “day” yet). And I recently watched a telly show in which a nutritionist mentioned that the two things that would help beat the heat effectively are water and fruits. And so my obsession with fruits and milkshakes started there. I would do anything to stay cool in this crazy 40 C summer! As a starter to my long chain of summer milkshake days, I made a strawberry and banana milkshake yesterday. It tasted heavenly 🙂 and only took 5 mins to prepare!

For those of you who haven’t discovered the world of easy milkshake making, I’ll be more than happy to share the recipe. Actually it is too quick and easy to even call it a recipe! And for those of you who hate eating bananas (I was the forerunner of the hate-banana club for several years), taking in bananas in a milkshake form completely eliminates the torture of eating them.

I think that’s enough of milk shakes and bananas for today. Now, there is this thing that has been bugging me for the last 2-3 days which, I thought, if shared, would stop bugging me. I’m not a huge cricket fanatic/expert or something but I pick up bits and pieces of headline news and I picked up news about Sachin Tendulkar recently. Non/anti-cricket readers, Sachin Tendulkar is one of the most popular cricketers in the world and one of the most worshipped cricketers in India. He made his hundredth hundred in international cricket recently and is the first one ever to achieve that. I think it is a pretty good achievement and if I were to achieve something like that, I would be hugely proud of myself.

Now the thing that has been bugging me is the reaction of some people towards this. I completely agree that everyone has a right to have their own opinion because well, I have an opinion too! But it is not the opinion that is bugging me, it is the way they have chosen to look at the other side of the coin. I know a few people who don’t like Sachin Tendulkar (before I write further, may be I should clarify that I’m neither a fan nor a hate-Sachin club member) and I absolutely deny their way of looking at all this. A few don’t think that this hundredth hundred or his hundred hundreds is/are a big deal because he has scored the hundredth against an apparently weaker team and a few others think that it should not be regarded as a big deal because cricket laurels should always be achieved as a team and not individually.

I’m not going into the arguments of how the media are over-publicising this and all that (which is a topic in its own right) but what I think is that a little positive attitude is called for. When somebody achieves something that you/nobody did, we can choose from standing up and clapping, stay seated and not react and finally, standing up and boo-ing. I somehow don’t approve of the last option – it smells of negative thinking. Also, it is not as though there was a competition and the judges chose somebody that we don’t like as the winner; It is an achievement which nobody else has managed to make, given his/her ability/circumstances. I’m sure lots of people have lots of different opinions on this but my side of the story stops here and I guess the ‘bugging’ will stop too.

Ooooh, this turned out to be a bigger essay than I expected so I shall leave the next two topics in my mind for my next blog. I’m trying to maintain a balance and become a regular blogger rather than all at once now and nothing later.

And I shall also post our South India photos too!

By the way, before choosing the word to appear in my post header, I had to check a couple of times in the dictionary if the word “Negativity” existed and if it is what I think it is. I think I’m ok on that. Please correct me if that’s not the case.

Laters! 😉

Travel – North India Part 2

Continuing from the previous post…

9) Designs on a ceiling

10) Spot the wonder!

11) Tractor on a highway

12) Arches in a row

13) Beautiful pillars

14) A really busy street

15) Formula 1 in India

16) Sunset and travel “on” a bus

I absolutely love the variety and diversity in culture, landscape and lifestyle in India. I wish I had taken similar photos which capture the character of the place in our previous holidays as well. But better late than never.

South India photos to follow in the next blog.



Travel – North India Part 1

I have been thinking of sharing these photos from our travel across India but never had the time to do so until now. These photos are not the usual touristy ones; they are a snapshot of how I perceive India. I’ve picked a few favourites from the lot, here they are:

1. Inside outside

2. Jaipur

3. Marble Idols

4. Trunks & Colours

5. Horses taking a rest

6. View from a fort

7. Flowers

8. A beautiful lamp post in one of Jaipur’s palaces


More to follow in the next blog…