Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bold & Beautiful

I guess the title says it all. A soft hand wearing a bold colour, and the combo together, simply beautiful. The snap has been clicked while sitting in a car.


It was the evening of Deepawali, and I'd just laid down the diyas everywhere in the house. Once done with that I just switched off the lights to click a single diya in its natural light, but while clicking it, what I realized was that instead of one, the complete queue would look better, and so, here is the line, being reflected in the wall paint, doubling the beauty of the lamps.


I was at Lake Foy Sagar, the picturesque artificial lake near Ajmer (Rajasthan) when I clicked this one. It was not the boat that attracted me, but the way the name of its owner was written in its front. How people abandon their belongings but leave behind their imprints on them, only for people like me to find them later.


Commonly known as Kevda, this is a leaf of Screw Pine [Pandanus fascicularis]. It is a very thorny leaf having hook-like thorns all over the leaf edges after regular intervals. Generally, the thorns are not visible and it is only when one touches the leaf that he realizes about his mistake. I clicked this snap at my home in Ajmer, where we have this plant in a pot.


These are flowers of Bougainvillea, bunched together to form a cluster. I have it in my home at Ajmer. It is a depictive snap wherein I rendered the background as black & white, only to depict that when friends are together, they are happy amongst themselves and rest all seems dull. The depth of focus came exceptionally well because of the distance between the flowers and the background.


Lake Foy Sagar is a picturesque artificial lake named after the engineer Mr Foy, an Englishman, who created it under a famine relief project. It is a masterpiece when it comes to artificial lakes. He created it to tackle with harshest conditions of famine under a famine relief project. This artificial lake was constructed in the year 1892. It appears as flat as a pancake, and offers the eye-catching sights of the neighboring Aravalli mountains. After years I had visited it this time, and it had changed considerably. I was sitting there observing nature in its truest forms when I clicked this snap.

Baradari, Ajmer

The historic man-made lake Ana Sagar lake of Ajmer was constructed by Maharaja Anaji, the grandfather of Maharaja Prithvirāj Chauhān, between 1135 A.D. to 1150 A.D. By the lake is the Daulat Bāgh, a garden laid out by Emperor Jahāngīr. Emperor Shāh Jahān later added five pavilions, known as the Baradari, between the garden and the lake. In the snap, you sure can see three of those five pavilions. For Ajmer today, this place is a lifeline. If you happen to visit it in the mornings, you would find people on their morning walks, in the evenings kids along with their parents are a common sight running from one end to another here.

I remember coming here often when I was a kid, but when I came after a long gap of considerable years, the place seemed changed, needing more support and maintenance from the Government. But well, like all other historical places, I think this has the same fate of running dilapidated with time and ignorance of the (un)concerned authorities.


Another one straight out of Daulat Bagh (Ajmer). I was off from my clicking some snaps here and on my way back home, hungry, when I noticed these pigeons having their morning breakfast of grains. Lucky them!


Its a funny snap of a toy that I got for my two year old nephew. I had just hung it from a nail in the wall when I felt like clicking a snap of it before handling it to him. It looked cute and a perfect description of someone in a shock. You'll feel more familiar with the title of the snap if you've seen the advertisement of Center Shock chewing gum.


Its said that only the supporters make someone famous. Here what we have are the supporters in form of pillars of this structure. This is one of the five Pavilions built by Emperor Shāh Jahān, known as the Baradari, between Daulat Bagh and Ana Sagar Lake in Ajmer (Rajasthan). Behind the pillars is visible the Ana Sagar Lake.


I don't know the name of the plant variety, neither am aware of the flower name, all I know is that its a very beautiful flower. I call the snap Countless because of the innumerous flower petals that are coming out.


Generally vectors are used to represent physical quantities which have both magnitude and direction. I titled this snap as vector only because all that was common between these five birds was their vector. Usually, birds of the same feather create an aerodynamic shape to reduce air drag while flying, but these birds did not display the usual trait.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Goose Bumps

To keep Acharya Tulsi's teachings immortal, his followers built a memorial in the village of Todgarh (Ajmer, Rajasthan) named Mahashila Abhilekh. I was there, looking for something when my Mom told me to look at this bud, belonging to a Gulmohar Tree [Delonix Regia] growing nearby. I liked it and so I clicked it. When I later saw it, I could not come up with anything better than this tag.

Walk The Line

Recently I visited Todgarh, a wildlife sanctuary in Ajmer (Rajasthan) spread in total in an area of 495.27 Kms. Unfortunately, the only wildlife I saw was this pretty li'l creature whom with my limited knowledge in this field I am unable to work out about. But this one was damn interesting, especially with its three differently enabled set of legs and a radar-like tail-cum-sting. I titled it so because this creature was totally unmoved by my coming close to it, and just kept itself busy in reaching the other end of this twig.

I was quite curious to see its typical eyes, but later, on close scrutiny I found that the yellow circle with blue dots within was nothing more than a mere pattern, and the real eyes were in the front. Now, except the fact that I did not find any wildlife, Todgarh is an amazing place, especially to be visited in the rainy season.