Something to take your breath away

The beauty of Taj Mahal – hyperbole or understatement? Whichever way you look at it, the first sight of the majestic edifice is sure to take anyone’s breath away, and it did take mine too, though it was the second time I was seeing it. This eternal monument, described as “a teardrop in the face of time” (by poet Ravindranath Tagore), couldn’t be described better.20140313-DSC_1193

The throng at the gate, vying for first images.

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“Wasn’t there that we first met?”

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The love that transcends generations and ages.


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And all many people want is to catch it in their enclosed arms and preserve it in photos.

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And as usual, children find their own ways to be bored at one of the wonders of the world.

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A child’s sense of wonder and curiosity is unbound, whether the Taj is in the background or two photographers are vying for his attention in the foreground.

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One image in the shadows.

20140313-DSC_1256A colorful entourage touring the Taj.

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And most importantly, the newer generation need to know of our beauty and heritage.20140313-DSC_1279

A mother’s love is the greatest, no doubt.

The children of Mumbai

The mighty megalopolis of Mumbai, (alliterative,isn’t it?) is an experience, a very personal experience. You have to be there to get it – the crowds, the trains, taxis , the people, the sights, the food, the culture… – I could go on a few more lines or even paragraphs on Mumbai. Without much further ado, I would show you what I like the best about any place- the children.

They are curious.

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They are shy.

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They are jubilant at play,

They improvise

They are quirky.

and the 'have nots.'

Surprise, they are photographers too!

Golden temple, Amritsar –

A few images from the wonderful Golden temple at Amritsar- the holiest of all Sikh places of worship. A place so serene, calm and almost always packed with the faithful. A must see for all the visitors and Indians alike.

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A long exposure in the evening.

You can find inspiration anywhere, if you look for it.

At Kaleniya Temple, Colombo.

The sights, sounds and smells of Mahane Yehuda market, Jerusalem

Yes, I might not be able to bring out the sounds and smells of the famous Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem but the sights had me spellbound. The light filtered through the translucent covers, the smells of confectionery, fruits, meats and of so much humanity is enough to make any photographer stay on for long. (And I am so sorry for the inordinate delay between the posts. I am back in India and at work.) The 50mm lens was a bit too wide and the 35 mm with autofocus would have been great. But then, it is better to make the best use of your equipment and not make excuses. So without much further ado, go ahead and savour the marketplace.

Dead sea and Ein Gedi

This being the first weekend in Israel, our hosts were keen to offer us a good taste of the uniqueness of the country. They took us on an organised trip to Ein Gedi, Dead sea and Masada. I will put up the images now and come on in later with the details. Wonderful hospitality. Thank you guys.


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Descent into the Dead sea region, the lowest point on the surface of earth 427 metres below sea level, literally into the bowels of the earth.

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The beautiful Ein Gedi springs region. A good hours trek with lot of fresh waterfalls in between to cool off.

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And a lot of young couples at the falls.

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One of my favourite images from the trip with our guide, Elan (second from the left) pointing at the Dead sea in the background.

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Dead sea beach.

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Yours truly, doing what everyone else does in the Dead sea, chilling on buoyancy.