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Sunday, October 14, 2012

St. Mary's School, SDA

I had the privilege of visiting St. Mary's School in SDA a few weeks ago. It was a Saturday and it was not a working day. So, I was really surprised to see a few students running around the school. They looked super busy. I was intrigued and wanted to know what these teenagers were upto when I saw two of them rolling a gas cylinder towards the football field. I had gone to the school with my friend SKT, who is a teacher at the school. She took me to the spot where a bunch of teenagers and some teachers were busy cooking in huge utensils. I was later told that these kids are a part of The Hunger Project. They cook meals, pack them in separate tiffins, and then deliver them to the lepers basti nearby.

The Hunger Project

Later SKT took me the the staff room. I loved being there. It was nice to be in the teacher's staff room without being in trouble ;)
Answer sheets
Teacher's room
Teachers can be messy too!

I loved the work she and her students had done on the classroom bulletin boards.

Introduction board
The teacher and her work

My favourite one was this particular one about fishing for good books.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Najaf Khan's Tomb

Another monument SKT and I visited over the past weekend was Najaf Khan's Tomb. The unique thing about this tomb is that it is without the dome. Apart from that there was nothing else to see or savour.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Safdarjung's Tomb

This past weekend I went to Safdarjung's Tomb with my friend SKT. We both were a little disappointed after seeing the renovation/restoration work being carried out at the tomb. We sat there for some time, clicked a few pictures, and had a good talk. Surprisingly, I was very happy with the photographs I took and hence decided not to edit them at all.

Let me know what you think about these clicks.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ganpati Bappa Morya!

This is the idol of Lord Ganesh that graced our home this year. The decoration has been done by yours truly. I used my chhunis and red coloured fairy lights to make the idol's seat beautiful.

May Lord Ganesh remove all the hurdles in your lives!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Qutb Minar--Revisited

I had the good fortune of re-visiting the Qutb Minar yesterday. I say good fortune because the skies were blue, the clouds were white, and I had the company of two friends who have studied history and have a keen interest in the subject even today. I'm happy with my photographs thanks to the background provided by the blue skies and white, fluffy clouds. The history lessons I received will stay with me for a long, long time to come and the awesome time spent with friends laughing over inane stuff just made me a happier person :-)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Rainy Day's Work

A rainy day and an old pair of comfortable shoes tempt me. I picked up my paint box and brushes and got to work.  

This was the result of a bored mind and creative hands :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

An Early Morning at Connaught Place

The sky was beautiful after the rains through the night. The Click Walk group had planned to meet in Connaught Place to go shutter crazy on Saturday morning, 14 July 2012. There was no reason for me to miss this walk and I should have been amongst the first people to have arrived. But I was the last one to join the group. I did not hear the alarm when it rang for the first time and I woke up only 15 minutes after the appointed time. I rushed and managed to reach in another 15 minutes to the spot of meeting. And boy am I glad that I did not miss this one!

The skies were in a generous mood and showed me all their colours! 




There were devotees who were up and about even before us. I spotted this garlanded symbol of the Shani God on the footpath.


By the time I reached the group, they were already busy clicking pigeons.

Shutter crazy over pigeons

I did my share of pigeon clicking.

To the sun


In one direction

This group of crows caught my attention. This one seemed to tell others, this carcass is mine!

Mine. All mine!

With others still busy clicking the pigeons, I decided to enjoy an empty Connaught Place. You can barely see one pillar without people crowding the place in the afternoon or evening or night.

Pillars of Strength

The editor in me could not help herself from spotting a spelling mistake.

The case of a missing P

I saw some photo-friends move away from the pigeons


Some remains of the previous day were still visible on the grey roads.

Road advertising

I turned my attention to me and decided to get a self portrait with this well dressed mannequin.

Arm candy?

The stores with their well-done window displays did not hold my attention for long and I again pointed my camera to the blue skies.

 Though the traffic was slow in the early hours, there were birds flying, autorickshaws moving and the Metro stations had also been cleaned and readied to welcome passengers.

Up and Down
 For  some, morning was still a few minutes away. So they slept in innovative beds made by joining chairs and a big stool. This is what is called 'jugaad' in India and what Delhi is famous for!

 Some men had been discarded and were lying carelessly on the roadside.

Discarded Men
 There were other men doing the job of cleaning the heart of Delhi before the crowds came.

Hard at work
 Not satisfied with clicking pictures of pigoens, sleeping men and the skies, a friend and I decided to venture a little and take the view of the city from the top of the white buildings designed by Lutyens. Now, partly residential and partly commercial these buildings and their approach from the middle circle is a revelation. It was surprising for me, someone who has lived in the area for nearly a decade and a half, as well.

 We were told by the care taker of the building that we can climb this ladder if we wanted to get a bird's eye view of the Inner Circle of Connaught Place. Unfortunately, we were not adventurous enough.

Steep Climb
 With not much else to see, we returned to the pigeon point and I tried to capture all the colours I could.


I then pestered the photography expert with us, Abhijeet Kothale, to teach me the technique of getting a handheld burst zoom shot. This is what I got in my first attempt.


We ended the morning's shoot with a cup of tea. The roadside vendor looked like a Marathi man (because of the cap he is wearing) and a small chat revealed and we were happily surprised to know that he belonged to Bihar. This was a wonderful case of national integration.



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