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Friday, September 28, 2012

Ma is coming 1 !!!

With only a month left for the Sharodiya Durgotsav (Read more about it here) I decided to pay a visit to the local kumar tuli, the place where the potters make the clay idols of Goddess Durga. This is what the idol initially looks like before it is painted and adorned with embellishments. Made of rough clay this a beautiful masterpiece. I will be posting atleast one every week till the end of Puja..... and yeah she does have a lot of hands...... ten in total!!!




Ni Hao Yall

Skywatch


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jag Mandir, Udaipur

Situated in the middle of the lake Pichola, Jag Mandir is simply beautiful. It has an ethereal floating quality to it and a history that kind of joins the Moghuls and the Rajputs...... two fabulous and powerful imperial powers that ruled in India. You can read more of it here. For me it was a beautiful place to go in a boat and spend some fabulous time surrounded by water and history.


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Maharana Pratap

Maharana Pratap was a great warrior administrator and a fabulous king loved by all of his subjects so much that they still regale tales of him to inspire the next generation. He is the pride of Rajputana/ Rajasthan. 

More on him here. 

This pic depicts him on his favorite horse Chetak.



Flower # 33



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ganpati Bappa Morya...... Mangalmurti Morya!!!!

My city and the entire of the state of Maharashtra today gears up to celebrate the 10 day Ganeshotsav festival. Today being the first day......... Ganesh Chaturthi. (For more details read here).

The most important aspect of this festival is the family bonding and family get togethers. Ganeshotsav is celebrated in most households in Maharashtra. Idols of Ganesha / Ganpati are worshipped. Ganesha is treated like a favorite family member  who is visiting the family and he is lovingly served with delicious modaks (His favorite) and lots of other dishes, which the family gets together to prepare. Everyday the family gets together to sing aarati after which prasad is offered. Every family has their own traditions regarding the duration of the festivities. For some the celebrations end after 3 days, for some 7 days and for some 10 days.

The last day of Anant Chaturdashi marks the end of the festivities by the immersion of the idol signifying the Lord's return back....... only to await for another year for his arrival. Huge processions accompanied with dancing and dhol tasha are taken out giving Ganesha a royal farewell.

Ganeshotsav is also celebrated on a very large scale by different clubs. That is a gala affair and attracts a lot of crowds. Very huge idols of Ganesha are prepared with lots and lots of mindblowing decorations and fanfare. My favorite are the Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai and Dagdusheth Halwai's Ganpati in Pune..... both are considered wish fulfilling and are revered by millions.









Taking the Lord home. 


You can take an idol of Lalbaugcha Raja for your home 

or one of Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati.

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Feel the sand through your toes



Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mr Tortoise

Saw this little fellow walking by totally unperturbed by my presence. As for me I thought this was an excellent photographic opportunity......... what followed was a full blown Tom and Jerry show. All my inhibitions about tortoises being slow were very very firmly put to rest by this little fellow...... and no he was definitely not camera shy..... quite the reverse. What I regret of that day is that I could not catch the tortoise yawning!!!! In case you're wondering..... "YES" tortoises do yawn.




Flower # 32



Ni Hao Yall

City Palace 3 - Interiors of the Palace

Rajasthan is filled with folk lores of kings, princes and queens. It was one of the most flourishing kingdoms during the moghul and subsequently during the British regime. The Rajputana history is still alive and humming and interests most people even today.

Interiors of the City Palace shows the private life of the royals in their varied moods. It gives a glimpse of glory days of the Rajput kings who after a busy day attending to administrative duties found relaxation in the vibrancy of the colors and at more somber time a place for pensive recollections.




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City Palace 2 - Reflections

Arch after arch after beautifully carved arch studded with stones and tiles of vibrant colors and beautiful Rajasthani painting and motifs art called meenakari....... closed in by a mirror......... Standing hundreds of years........ Can you spot me in the mirror???



City Palace Udaipur 1

This is a portion of city palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan. A daunting but beautiful structure flanked by 26 palaces in total. A very well maintained structure...... but an ordeal to see all of them.

A step into this palace takes you back hundreds of years ago when the kings and queens lived a life of opulence and grandeur. Every corner and every room has a story of love, romance, war and hatred..... also of sobriety and peace!!!




Saturday, September 08, 2012

Akash..... The naughty one

This is Akash......... my best friend Amritha's son. Cuteness personified!!! This was the response that I got when I said "SMILE"


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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Bridges

This is a bridge I crossed while walking through one of the nature walk trails in Sentosa, Singapore. It was a very very long bridge suspended between the woods..... As you walked through you could see different kinds of trees and birds and other animals. We spent a long time walking on these trails.



Saturday, September 01, 2012

Looking down

This little guy was stretching himself looking down from the highest point of the fort of Chittorgarh. It seemed rather funny the way he looked down. I wonder what he saw down......... perhaps a fruit or a nut which fell off!!!











Camera Critters

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Poetry on the run

This is a poetry by Pandit Narendra Mishra that was put up on a board in Moti Magri....... Praising the life of Maharana Pratap a valiant warrior king born in the soil of Rajasthan. I found it interesting because I have never before seen a poetry put up like that. Plus I kind of like the language used...... reminds me of Saint Meera's Bhajans.




The poem on the board is a prayer to the Lord asking him to give birth to more children like Rana Pratap so that powerful emperors like Akbar would lose their sleep...... like they had a snake under their pillow. 

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