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Monday, January 31, 2011

New Gear

It is only fair that the last photograph taken with my Nokia Supernova 7610 for the blog be of the new camera I bought over the weekend. So I hope that all of you are clapping or at least cheering for the new gear I bought. Hopefully the quality of the photographs I will post on the blog will improve now. However, the old friend, the mobile phone, will be dearly missed and its achievements in helping me record priceless moments in my long affair with Delhi will always be in my heart.

Ray of Hope

For several years I have rarely fulfilled any of my New Year resolutions. This year I am happy to share with you all that I have managed to keep one of the many resolutions for the year 2011. Over the weekend, I bought a DSLR camera for myself with the help and guidance of a dear friend, Ashwini. The fact that I did keep one of the resolutions gives me a ray of hope that I might be able to keep some more in the months to come.

This is the first shot I took from my new camera. In the days to come I will flaunt my new camera and more clicks from the machine will follow.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Building the City

I spotted this construction site, with the bright yellow poles, in Connaught Place recently. The construction in the city continues months after the Commonwealth Games 2010.

I often wonder what the generations who come thousands of years after us will think about us when they find our civilization (buildings, things we use, roads, etc) buried beneath several layers of soil.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dastangoi: The Persian Art of Storytelling

Last week, I went to attend a storytelling session at the India Habitat Centre. The effort was to revive the dying art of Persian storytelling. Here are the photographs of the four artists who held the attention of a house full of listeners for almost 2 hours.

You can read about the performance we saw and the synopsis of the stories told in Urdu here:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Minutes of the Meeting

I spotted this notebook at an office I visited recently. Impressed with the sketch I clicked the photograph and then enquired whose work it was. I was told that a gentleman named Sanjay often spent the time at important meetings doodling and created his masterpiece while the boss was scolding the entire team. I have to say there is no better way to attend a meeting :-)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dear Dustbin, where are you off to?

Saw this good-looking dustbin at the National Rail Museum. Wonder where is the next stop for this engine.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NDMC Building

This is the majestic building which houses the many offices of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). Several big decisions about the city (specifically New Delhi) are taken in this building. This building's design translates to the Indian gesture of namaste and that is the reason I really like this structure. Like most good things in the city, this building is also located in Connaught Place.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Razai (Quilt)

With the winters reaching the levels of biting cold, like most Delhiites, my mother and I also went to purchase new quilts. There are several places in Delhi where quilts, called razai in Hindi, are made to order. First the customer buys fibre wool, the quilt cloth and then finally the cover for the quilt.

This man weighed 2 Kg of fibre wool for us and then stuffed the wool into the quilt cloth chosen by us.

Happy Winters!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Heavy Metal

Installation art went the heavy metal way at the Triveni Kala Sangam's Open Art Gallery.

The first installation was made using metal scrap and utensils like spoons, forks and ladles.

The one below, has been made using metal scraps. This one shows the Hindu God Krishna playing a flute.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Not Too Cold For Them!

While most of Delhi and Delhiites are freezing, soldiers at India Gate are busy practicing for the upcoming Republic Day celebrations. Covered in 5 layers of woolens, I braved the cold to get this shot. A warm brrrrrrr to everyone visiting the blog :-)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January Theme Day: Photo of the Year: Light and Shadow

It is once again the time of the year when photo bloggers from around the world showcase their photograph of the year gone by. I chose this photograph as the photograph of the yer 2010, because this was the first time I managed to print a photograph in the dark room. This photograph is a reminder that I need to learn one new thing this year as well. This photograph is a medal of pride as I did manage to achieve the target I had set for myself last year. This photograph is special :-)

Hope 2011 is special for everyone around the world and especially my friends in the blogosphere. Happy New Year!

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