Posted in Culture, Delhi, Design, Life, Photography

Jama Masjid 


I’m trying to get back to the habit of writing regularly. Let us see if I succeed. This blog was thought of as a diary for Delhi. But has shaped otherwise. 

Here is a link to an album with more pictures of the Jama Masjid and a brief description borrowed from Wikipedia. 

Jama Masjid

Posted in Art, Culture, Life, Personal, Photography

Pataudi Palace

Yesterday I wrote about Neemrana, a place I didn’t quite like. Today’s post is about Pataudi Palace. It is managed by the same company, but it is so strikingly different from Neemrana that most people would imagine that this  one is managed by a separate company all together.

The palace is just off the Gurgaon Manesar toll.

What I found best here was the helpful, smiling people who greeted you in bright pink, yellow or cyan clothing. The palace is maintained well and the food (a thing that is commonly bad at Neemrana properties) was excellent.

The compound has a lovely swimming pool, which unfortunately opens at 8am and not 6am.

It also has some 300 peacocks and peahens. Their chatter does get irritating after a while, but just to see the majestic birds moving peacefully around the compound oblivious of the humans is a sight to savor.

The many fountains and the old English architecture go well with lore of the Nawab’s from Pataudi.

One can go around the compound on bicycles or foot.

The palace of the current Nawab is off bound for the people visiting the palace, as Sharmila Tagore likes her privacy and right so.

The tea and pakoras for evening snacks at the lush lawns is typically reminiscent of the British…

A must get away for people near Delhi…

Cheers!

Posted in Photography

Talking creative photography with Ashok Kochhar at Kunzum Cafe

My Thanks to Kunzum and Ashok Kochhar to share their space and experience w/ us, respectively. This post will grow until the end of this month (June 2013).

June 8, 2013 

That’s Richard (in the red tee) and his son Ryian listening to Mr. Kochhar.

The zoom just kills the shot.

Uncle… wewill get to know the reference later in the day

It was good to meet w/ some friends

and we missed some

and we promise to meet the next time…

And so it turns that the gentleman we went to listen and learn from, is the known to Daksh

June 15, 2013

Today we will get to know about street photography

This was takeaway for me:

Kunzum paraphrased Mr. Kochhar’s words so well, that I just sat back and retweeted 😉

Posted in Communication, Culture, Entertainment, Life, Photography

Culture Gully Food Festival at Kingdom of Dreams

Kingdom of Dream

I got a message on Facebook from Daksh about #CGFoodFest @kingdomofdreams a few weeks prior to the 23rd March 2013 event. Pravit and I went for the event. It started at 12PM and was on until the early evening.

Culture Gully is an air conditioned environment with an artificial sky and many food pavilions from all over India. The idea was to have fun knowing, tasting, writing and photographing food. The event was organized by KoD in conjunction with Iffort. The organizers did a good job, preparing games and quizzes around food.

Culture Gully

While for many of the people who were there, it was their first time at the Kingdom of Dreams, I had been here earlier for a couple of shows and also had eaten at the Culture Gully. However, each time KoD, fascinates you with something new. This time around it was the great food and the many impromptu (for the viewers) performances that happen within the Culture Gully.

Pravit was the youngest blogger. Well, he doesn’t blog, just shoots pictures. Here are some of his captures.

Some food pictures, that I shot. The food was very good. And the best part was we could eat whatever we wanted from any pavilion.

Sabudana VadaKeema PaoJalebi

You can get a crash course about India within these pavilions.

Musicians

Puppets

You can see some more picture from the event at – Flickr and on Facebook.

It was great to meet : Vinay, Anandan, Arvind, Akshita, Sangita, Erin, Romel, Prashant and Gaurav (i think).

Here is Romel’s picture of all of us!

Bloggers at #CGFoodFest

And Daksh followed with this one:

It was good fun, thanks for hosting us and treating us to some great food.

To view tweets from this event, search for #CGFoodFest on Twitter.