Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Follow me where I go

I shifted my blog sometime ago. 
To check out the current posts

Follow me where I go 

What I do and who I know

Make it part of you 
To be a part of me
Follow me up and down 
All the way and all around
Take my hand and say 

You'll follow me

Let me take you back in time...

Raja Deen Dayal : photographing Princely India 

Steal an afternoon away from what ever your daily routine is and spend it at the exhibition of Raja Deen Dayal's photographs at the elegantly restful Indira Gandhi Center for Arts near India Gate.

Raja Deen Dayal gained fame for his photographs of Princely and British India. Most of his time was spent at the court of the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad. In his work, the people, places and customs are captured and documented forever.

Large digital blowups of the original glass negatives are a delight. Each detail can been absorbed, appreciated and analysed. From the Nizam of Hydrabad's  spectacular palaces and attire, to the glint in his eyes.

Also part of the exhibition are photographs of Udaipur, Deeg and Orchha. Beautiful palaces, lakes, the cenotaphs that still attract photographers and travellers from across the globe.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Delhi Traditions: In the fog

60 years of tradition says the morning of 26th January in Delhi will be either wet and cold or foggy. Just to make the Republic Day parade a cold, damp affair. Then as the parade ends, around mid-day, so too will the weather improve. Becoming bright and sunny by afternoon.

Well, the fogs here. after two lovely bright clear mornings. That's the lamppost about 50 yards across the road from my balcony. The houses and park behind are just slightly darker whispers of reality. Almost not there at all.

Now waiting for the sun...
Happy Republic Day folks :-)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The joys of a custom built Calendar

Across northern India each season is harsh and extreme.
Summers are hot and long. Monsoons sultry and very wet. While winters (my choice for worst time of the year) are bone chillingly cold. Its pretty much a fight to somehow see through each phase of the year.

(The magestic Surya at the City Palace, Udaipur)

Luckily we have the Hindu Solar calendar for solace.
It's like having a a custom built coat. Snug where it should fit, yet loose and comfortable when u reach your arm out. The Hindu Calendar, created centuries ago, fits the changing north Indian weather as beautifully.

Yesterday was grey and cold. A miserable dark day in a string of many  dark grey day. Yet in the evening people sat out around bon-fires. Celebrating Lohri. The end of winter.

The end of winter? No way! Specially when today dawned really foggy.

Then the change came by noon. It had too. Because today was Makar Shankranti, the day the sun moves into Capricorn. The winter grey had to go. And it went. Leaving us a beautiful  sun lit afternoon.

:-) Warmth and light returns.
Happy Lohri People! Happy Makar Shankranti!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dilli mein Hauz Khas (Hauz Khas in Delhi)

winter on the pond

In the heart of what is now a upmarket residential colony and art boutiques is a large park with forests, rose gardens, a deer park and some medieval ruins. 'Hauz Khas' or the special water reservoir.
In the dark winter evening, the water tank with it's fallen trees and ducks looked far away from anything urban...

winter on the pond

For me, this is one of the reasons why I love Delhi. It's many layers of history, present and different destinies for the future.

This water tank is one which inspires hope. As the residential colony and markets grew, the inlets to the reservoir were blocked and the lake dried up. Then in 2004 as the cities water levels sank alarmingly plans were made to revive the lost water storage systems. The Hauz (reservoir)came alive again, storm water generated at the southern ridge of Delhi behind an embankment was diverted into the lake. Other water sources were developed.

Hauz Khas ... Khas (special)also for the hope there will be other projects like this successfully implemented.

More about Hauz Khas on Wikipedia

Photography details: Carry a tripod and a torch. Tripod to hold the camera steady in low light. Torch to stay steady on your course as there are steps to climb along the way.

winter on the pond