Mehrauli, Delhi

Visited Mehrauli today, so much of history scattered around. Yog Maya Temple is said to be more than 5000 years old (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogmaya_Temple). Then Qutub complex, plenty of Hindu, Jain and Islamic ruins scattered around, Unfortunately Wikipedia couldn’t gather more than few paragraphs for thousands years old history (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qutb_Minar).

Yog Maya Temple, Mehrauli is said to be 5000 years old.

Yog Maya Temple, Mehrauli is said to be 5000 years old

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Qutub Complex

Qutub Complex

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Diwali 2017

Tried taking photos of kids in this Diwali, few tips for those who wants to try this 😀
Tips:
  • Organizing them is impossible, forget about it
  • They are quick and can burn all fireworks in minutes, you can not prevent or control it, you can only be ready to capture the right moment
  • They will not listen because to noise around and their excitement
  • Lighting changes drastically before lighting firework and after light up, better set your camera for one type of lighting, preferably after
  • Choose lens with big aperture, smaller aperture will need higher ISO and results will not be good. (I was using F-1.8)
  • You will need to hop from one place to another for right background and foreground
  • After all consideration taken, your result will not be more than 10%, I took 30 photos and satisfactory were just 3, posting below –
Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Yearly ritual

It has became a ritual for us (brother Balkrishan, Dr. Sharad and me) to travel together once every year, this trip happens in month of December or January from last 5-6 years.

I had planned it during new year earlier, but that could not happen as everyone was occupied during that time. Planning this trip every year is really challenging, I have to take family and drop them Allahabad first which depends on the fact that every one well and there is no school tests of kids, convincing Dr. Sharad to shut his clinic for a week is another challenge. Sometimes I think not to plan this at all, just pack the bag and go and leave rest to destiny.

MP especially Orchha has became our favorite destination, it has complete package in it, slow paced and very less crowded township, has great history of Bundela kings, ruins, rocky Betwa river, great food at Hotel Sheesh Mahal and cheap lodging at hotel (which I love when travelling without family).

Sharad was little agitated with Orchha and MP but somehow we dragged him in.

After spending a day at Allahabad, we started to Bhedaghat, spent a night there and then started to Pachmarhi, stayed at Orchha for one night.

I am sure MP will be out of option from next year onward and I will miss major part of these trip which is driving.

Oh yes! forgot to mention that my car has completed 100000 KM since I bought it. Its a kind of achievement that I drove so much in last 4 years.

Posting few moments which I collected during this our yearly ritual 🙂

Kids of Dad adopted family with their pets at village, Allahabad

Kids of Dad adopted family with their pets at village, Allahabad

A sadhu at Sangam, Allahabad

A sadhu at Sangam, Allahabad

Evening at Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi

Evening at Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi

A priest heading towards Raja Ram Temple, Orchha

A priest heading towards Raja Ram Temple, Orchha

A family in discussion, Orchha

A family in discussion, Orchha

Dr Sharad, getting water spray after shave

Dr Sharad, getting water spray after shave

Half Sweater

Winter is here, feeling cold in air these day, temperature is dropping a degree Celsius a day from past one week, snowfall is reported in Himalayas. Entire northern India will be shivering from cold soon. Its time to take out warm clothing from closets, keep them into Sun to get rid of smell and moister.

Sleeveless sweaters are generally called “Half Sweaters” in most of part of India, hand woven, mostly wear by middle aged men are visible a lot these days, younger strong enough to tolerate this cold are still in shirts.

I also have one, not sure where, which was hand woven by mom, the last one by her.

I recall my childhood when mom and other women of neighborhood begin weaving sweaters few months before start of winters, buying wool, sticks of different numbers starts much before. A practice of each of family is loosing its battle with market full of ready-made, cheap and better in finish products, not sure they will create same warmth as hand made once….

Half Sweater

Half Sweater