Posted in Culture, Delhi, Photography

Holi 2018

Slow Motion Videos and Image Slide Show.
All images by Shikha and Chayan.

The music is from a movie shared on social media recently. I loved it so am using it here. All (c) remain with the original owner.

 

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Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

Some memories to start the year with…

AJANTA CAVES

29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE, the Ajanta Caves had paintings on the ceilings with natural dyes many centuries before the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. Notice the hairdos and the skin color of the figures. Gradient / Shaded fills, expressive eye and perfect proportions.

The entrance of most caves is shaped like a pipal (sacred fig) tree leaf, for its significance with Buddha attaining enlightenment.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site which can do with some attention towards its visitors. Accessibility is a challenge. They have palinquins (single seater) with 4 people transporting you. You are almost at the ledge, an incorrect footfall could result in tragedy. At places you pass under covered space, where people half my height had to duck to save their skulls. In short, this is worse than the hand-pulled rickshaws of Kolkata, if that can be banned, so should this.

It is said that the caves were accidentally “discovered” and brought to the Western attention by a British officer on a tiger hunting party. Sad on both counts, killing tigers and the sad state of how the site is due to uncouth behavior of humans.

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ELLORA CAVES

This is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world,and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I have no idea of other UNESCO sites, but this one sure needs help. It is not accessible for folks with walking problems. There are wheelchairs, but then again the path is so bumpy, you’d rather walk if you can. The folks pushing those chairs, suspect.

Cave 16, features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world, the Kailasha temple, a chariot shaped monument dedicated to Shiva. The caves served as monasteries, temples and a place of rest for pilgrims.

Its location on the South Asian trade route made it an important commercial centre in the Deccan region. The Deccan influence is evident in the sculpted lions.

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Source of historical content - Wikipedia
Posted in Culture, Life, Personal, Poetry

Diwali

Shikha was listening to this one a few days ago and it just stuck on… The words are beautiful. If you wish to view the entire video, visit – https://youtu.be/s4Tf-BQt5yM

I’ve the habit of playing with new tools, almost to the level of being obsessed until I’ve tried it. The iOS 11 brought with itself the screen recorder. I have tried it earlier but today I tried it in conjunction with iMovies and the result is here.

I tried sharing this one on Instagram and elsewhere but couldn’t manage to get the entire poem up. I’m guessing the blog won’t let me down.

All (c) is the property of their respective owners. My intent is to share the beautiful lines and not infringement of anyone’s property, royalty or product.

Oh and, शुभ दीपावली

Posted in Culture, Family, food, Photography, Travel

2017 – Spain and Portugal

Keeping the picture albums in sequence here.

Mobile pictures – Ananda
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Day 01: Madrid, Spain
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Day 02: Madrid, Spain
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Day 03: Madrid, Spain
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Day 04: Lisbon, Portugal
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Day 05: Lisbon / Sintra / Tram28, Portugal
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Day 06: Christ the King (Almada) – Lisbon, Portugal
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Day 08: Ibiza, Spain
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Day 09: Ibiza (Old Town), Spain
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Day 10: Ibiza, Spain
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Day 11: Ibiza / Valencia, Spain
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Day 12: Valencia, Spain
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Day 14: Madrid, Spain
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