Prayag

I am in my hometown Prayag (earlier Allahabad) for 3 days visit. Went on a short drive with Dr. Sharad. Tried to capture few unique things about this city, posting here –

First 2 photos are of a snake charmer and after that, there is a series of photo of a very popular still side food (snack) of this city which is healthy and always prepared fresh known as Chabaina.

A snake charmer with a Cobra

A snake charmer with a Cobra

A snake charmer with Cobra

A snake charmer with Cobra

Recipe of this snack is very simple, brown rice, dried grams, dried peas, and dried peanuts are showered with little water in advance and then roasted in raw salt. Then mixed with mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon, and green chili paste. It is consumed hot when it’s crispy.

Brown rice and dried peas are being roasted in raw salt

Brown rice, grams, peanuts and dried peas are roasted in raw salt

Filter of mix after roasting

Filteration of the mix after roasting

Collection of each ingredient of mix at one place

Collection of each ingredient of the mix at one place

Putting everything in a pot to mix spices and oil

Putting everything in a pot to mix spices and oil

finally adding mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon juice and green chili paste into mixture

finally adding mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon juice, and green chili paste into the mixture

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HR 26 Triathlon

Friends dragged me to take their photos for the HR 26 Triathlon, Gurugram… posting a few of my choice

HR 26 Triathlon - Swimming

HR 26 Triathlon – Swimming

HR 26 Triathlon - Cycling

HR 26 Triathlon – Cycling

HR 26 Triathlon - Cycling

HR 26 Triathlon – Cycling

HR 26 Triathlon - Running

HR 26 Triathlon – Running

HR 26 Triathlon - Time Keeper

HR 26 Triathlon – Time Keeper

HR 26 Triathlon - An eye catching bike

HR 26 Triathlon – An eye-catching bike

HR 26 Triathlon - An inspiring finisher

HR 26 Triathlon – An inspiring finisher

Biking

Yup! I am still around, getting busier day by day though.

Covered Trek Founder’s Ride in Delhi recently (28 July 2019), got an opportunity to shoot the way I always wanted, posting few photos of that ride.

Trek Founder's Ride Participant

Trek Founder’s Ride Participant

Trek Founder's Ride Participant

Trek Founder’s Ride Participant

Trek Founder's Ride Participant

Trek Founder’s Ride Participant

Trek Founder's Ride Participants

Trek Founder’s Ride Participants

Trek Founder's Ride Participant

Trek Founder’s Ride Participants

Trek Founder's Ride Participant

Trek Founder’s Ride Participant

Trek Founder's Ride Participant

Trek Founder’s Ride Participant

Team from Trek Bike

Team from Trek Bike

All Participants

All Participants at Rajpath

 

Kids Golgappa Challenge

Golgappa (Plural Golgappe, AKA Water Balls in poor English) has many names in India and rest of world like Pani Puri, Puchka, Paani ke Patashe, Patashi, Gup Chup, Phulki etc. It has the more or less same taste of filling (Flavored water or Paani and boiled potato or boiled yellow peas), which may vary from sweet to sour to hot. 

Fundamental idea:

Kids, in general, are very choosy on their likes and dislikes of food, parents always have a tough time making them eat what is cooked in the kitchen or what they should eat for good.

The fundamental idea behind this challenge was to make kids try different tastes and get used to it. Other than 5 fillings (Paani) brought by the vendor, 15+ more flavors were created form juices, curd, lassi, chaach, chatni etc.

Challengers were divided into 2 teams on the basis of their school class, Aashi’s team has all her classmates and children above her class, while Ishu’s team has all her classmates and children below her class. 

To make it more challenging there were different levels and each level has difficult to eat taste of filling water (Paani).

Rules of challenge:

  • Challenge is only for kids, parents are welcome to enjoy different flavors of Golgappe after kids challenge.
  • Participant can choose either Aatta or Suji Golgappe.
  • Participant can choose either boiled potato or boiled yellow peas.
  • There will be 20+ flavors and tastes of filling (Paani) served. These will be
    prepared of traditional filling, different juices, curd, chaach, lassi, chatnis etc.
  • Participant will be out of challenge, if they refuse to eat any flavor (broken or dropped Golgappa will be served again, but avoid wastage of food).
  • Participant will be out of challenge, if their parents prevent them eat further out of
    concern of overeating.
  • The participant will be out of the challenge, if they can not eat further.

Winners:

Aashi team 1. Dristi 2. Anshika 3. Sanskriti
Ishu team 1. Cheenu 2. Fareeha 3. Sanvi

Some photos:

Challengers

Challengers and the Judge Shubhee

Too big Golgappa for small mouth

Too big Golgappa for small mouth

It taste funny

It tastes funny

The Judge Shubhee has a doubt on one of the challenger

The Judge Shubhee has a doubt on one of the challengers

A jam-packed stadium, spectators cheering all around

A jam-packed stadium, spectators cheering all around

Winners 🏆

Winners 🏆

Bigger consumers of Golgappa in the world - Moms

Bigger consumers of Golgappa in the world – Moms

How can dads leave behind

How can dads be left behind

 

We are Colored! (Holi 2019)

This should be celebrated as no-discrimination day internationally as this is the only day of the year when we know person in-front as a fellow human being and do not ask of his/her race, religion, cast or any other crap. Sometimes I wonder how much ahead of time our forefathers have thought before starting this festival and the way it is celebrated AMAZING!!!

Well on shooting Holi, this was my first time in the middle of the crowd and chaos all around me. Loud music, rain dance, colored powder, colored water, wet and colored people grabbing each other to color, hugs, smile, shout, laugh, spring breeze, you just name adversity and imagine me in the middle of that carrying a costly DSLR which is highly sensitive to powder and water. Luckily people were considerate and noticed the camera in my hand… phew!

Post processing was the most adventurous bit as my personal computer with Adobe Lightroom went kaput before downloading raw (CR2 in Canon) files, being a Linux expert I took up the challenge of post-processing photos on Linux (I use another Laptop for work with Ubuntu). Got a great tool for Linux – Darktable which has all most all features of Lightroom but being naive to this tool, I am not yet very satisfied with the outcome.

I think I should log more on my thoughts on discrimination bit – Proving ourselves superior to others is human nature, so until two people are different there will be discrimination. At the same time there is no possibility that any two people will be the same, not even monozygotic (identical) twins as they get different experience and influences in their own lives, this is how nature works and wants us to be different. Educating people on how they treat others is the only way to suppress (if not eradicate) the feeling of being superior.

Well enough! … take a look of few photos I have shortlisted and post-processed in Darktable on Ubuntu –

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Redmi 6 Pro

I have lost my old phone few months back and bought a new one recently. Its Redmi 6 Pro. It has 2 lenses at the back and creates good quality Bokeh, though I have my doubt that it uses software as well. Posting few photos of our recent trip to Corbett National Park.

Aashi

Aashi

Ishu

Ishu the little photographer

Anshu

Anshu

Aashi and Ishu having fun in water

Kids having fun in water

Hathipaon, Mussoorie

Took family to a off-beat hill station of Uttarakhand, Hathipaon (translated in English as Elephant foot). Not sure why this name is given to that place, but the hill station is beautiful and very peaceful. Few pics which I have captured of this trip.

Dusk over Doon Valley (Dehradun)

Dusk over Doon Valley (Dehradun)

Family grouping

Family grouping

Family grouping

Family grouping

Family grouping

Family grouping

Aashi

Aashi

Ishu

Ishu

Anshu

Anshu

Anshu

Anshu

Anshu

Anshu

Anshu

Anshu

Anshu

Anshu