Tuesday, September 22, 2009

About the lost earring and peacock…….

Peacock on a neem tree...

I was tagged by “the lost earring”  and these were the rules of this photo tag:
1. Open your first photo folder.

2. Scroll to the 10th photo.
3. Post the photo on your blog and tell the story behind it and
4. Tag people to do the same.

This picture was the 10th photo in my first folder, and the story is really not much of a story!

Last year during my trip to India, on my very first morning there, I saw this gorgeous peacock with amazing tail full of spectacular feathers, right in my uncle's backyard...yup there ....again :)Well, not only was he stunning with dazzling colors, he was also very elusive… I was not able to get a really good shot of him….. this is one of the better ones....

Now comes the good part….I pass the tag on to
Mridula, Anu, Bueno Aires Photoblog and JM

Happy posting!

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Sunday, September 13, 2009


Elaborate brass inlay work on a door in Jaipur…..
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Friday, September 11, 2009


A semi-stray Kitten

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This picture was taken in my uncle’s backyard. She must have been few months old at the time!
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Thursday, September 10, 2009


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Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Flag

Taken outside Jaipur City Palace.....

I was fascinated by the intermingling play between the light and shadows across the carved architecture of the Temple's dome.......
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Woodpeckers ? (hoopoe) in mom’s backyard

I was sipping on my herbal (tusli-Indian basil and Ginger) tea one morning (yum-yum - another story) when I spotted couple of woodpeckers in the yard.

They are such beautiful birds with beautiful stripes and amazing plume (?) on their head- which fans out. I presume when they are excited…I am not sure though, would have to research it a bit further.

The one in the first picture still had some fuzzy growth around his neck; I am guessing he was still young at the time.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Dresser

Sheru (metu) on master bedroom dresser
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Excitement .....

We were driving towards Delhi when I took this picture. There was so much excitement in their eyes for the celebration they were about to participate in. The picture was taken through the windshield of the car- in a moving car!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Contemplating in Jaipur

Taken outside a remote temple on a steep hill

I accidentally changed the setting on my camera with surprising pleasing results…now I have to figure out the settings!

His eyes almost saying- nothing can faze me….
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Saundhi meeti ki kushbu….

Taken during my last trip to the countryside in India….

Being so far- they almost seem iconic!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


One of my favorite pictures! It was taken at Galtaji- Jaipur.
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When I was growing up I had heard so much about Galtaji, that when we got a chance to visit, I jumped at it. I was just a tad disappointed with the condition it was in, specially the green water. Also, It did not help that I was little scared of the monkeys! But, I must admit-their curiosity, and their playful nature filled my heart with joy and ....trepidation at the same time
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Top of the Rock- Rockefeller Center

Tare Zameen Par?
This chandelier in the lobby caught my eye. Actually I was quite enamored by it.

Top of the Rock? All these pictures are from the 70th floor of Rockefeller Plaza (Also known as Top of the Rock), which is 850 feet or 260 m above ground.

One more view of the central park! The whole thing!

This building stood out for me- it was so traditional/old school (in a good sort of way) in midst of all the steel high rise buildings!

Top of the Chrysler building.

I found the architecture fascinating. All the swirls, on top of each other, reminded me of a beautiful cake (I think I must have been hungry). It must be fascinating to sit on the other side in the building and have a office.

Contemplating! Very cool attitude.

Another view of the chandelier- looks totally different – doesn’t it?

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lazy evening -Central Park, NY

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View from the top- Central Park

Taken from the top of Rockefeller Center
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You see the pond in the middle (just above the watermark) that where the Iris (or what I think were Iris) in the previous post were thriving!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

One shore to another

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View of downtown NY, from Stanton Island ferry

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Quintessential Sedona …

In picture: rock formations around the city
I was in Sedona most of last week for a business trip. These are some of the pictures/moments from the week…

The unusual red colors of the earth/rocks come from the Iron oxide in a post-glacial flooding that filled all of the Verde Valley.

My first evening started with a cool glass of ‘Sangria’ which is Red wine with La Pinta pomegranate tequila, hibiscus and triple sec! I must say it is worth a try…

In picture: Chile Relleno with a side of corn tortilla, and beans topped with salsa

Dinner was Chile Relleno with vegetable picadillo, goat cheese and queso Oaxaca. Vegetable picadillo was an interesting twist to the dish! I wonder that’s why chef called it picadillo!

Many homes have adobe style, which can also be seen through out south west. House on the botton of the hill reflects the style.

Wide open spaces....

Room with a view..

Play of light on the leaves caught my eye...outside Hilton
I saw use of red rocks in the design elements though out the city, which creates a very harmonious visual effect…almost one with nature.

In picture: statue at the entrance of Sedona Hilton
There is a very big influence of Native American heritage on art.

I fell in love with this vibrant-colorful/so-full-of-mischief sculpture by a local artist. It was also so-out-of-my price-range!

Tamed...The tall one is Saguaro- an cactus found only in Arizona. It can grow several stories tall.

Play of color and light on the rocks...

The two shots were taken within minutes of each other...

At the end of the trip, we did get a chance to visit Palatki and Honanki Ruins. They are both a World Heritage site.

In picture: Palatki ruins
The people responsible for creating the ruins are the Sinagua (literally means without water) people, who lived in central Arizona between 500 AD and 1425. There are no signs of them anywhere and historians are not certain but they surmise that warfare and drought were key factors in their departure or extinction.

Site of the Ruins- taken from a distance. The dwellings were almost 20-30ft above ground, just where the tree line ends.

Luminous sunset, hinting all things must come to an end…..

Neela asman so gaya....

Fitting end to a wonderful trip..