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.

Posted in Art, Communication, Culture, Design, Entertainment, Movie, Music, Photography, Technology, Thought Leadership, Vision

Some amazing stuff that I have seen in the last days

I just had to keep these for the later years.

The Help Project

via @mita_majumdar on ClickCraft

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the World

via @sunilmalhotra on FaceBook

Vivian Maier, street photographer

via @mita_majumdar on ClickCraft

The Sartorialist

Posted in Art, Delhi, Entertainment, Life, Photography, Vision

Shootout at Lal Qila (Red Fort)

Date: 13 Feb 2o1o
Participants: vishesh, priyanka, sunaina, mita, surbhi, suchita, priyanka, sunny, ananda, ruben, viveck and daksh

Build up: http://twtvite.com/6hz2yg

Final roundup: http://bit.ly/9YresD

Pictures/blogs:
http://clickcraft.ning.com
Mita – http://ning.it/auWA6O
Priyanka – http://ning.it/acF04w and http://ow.ly/16zVG6
Viveck – http://tinyurl.com/yl49vym and http://tinyurl.com/yzl3t2r
Sunaina – http://ning.it/b1rp4H
Suchita – http://ning.it/a5dqoS
Surbhi – http://ning.it/aPdnOR
Ananda – http://ning.it/dzQttv

Some pictures taken by Ruben and Ananda

Sheesh Ganj

Wires all over

Red Stone against a white sky

silhouette

Diwan-e-Khas

bee

moti masjid

jain digambar

CCD

Posted in Delhi, Personal, Photography

Athpula aka Khairpur ka Pul

mita and dakshPhotography on a cold Delhi winter day. Sounds interesting? I am sure if we hadn’t messed the previous occasion we would have happily missed today. Guilt pangs and the want to start a Sunday differently took us to Athpula.

So where is Athpula? This heritage bridge is located in Lodi Garden in Delhi.

A little about the place from the information board at the site.

This bridge was built by Nawab Bahadur, a nobleman in the court of Akbar (1556-1605). It is one of the very few surviving works built in Delhi area during Akbar’s reign. The bridge once spanned a tributary of the Yamuna, a part of the river system that once drained the South Delhi areas. The bridge has seven arches, their span decreasing from the centre to the bank of the streamlet over which it was built. The pul refers to the piers of which there are eight (‘ath’) supporting the arches of this bridge. The top of the bridge is paved with local grey stone and the parapet of the same material originally was crowned with a moulded coping which rose to about 3 feet and 8 inches above the level of the roadway. The bridge was repaired in 1913-14. This is a Protected Monument (Category ‘A’) of the Archaeological Survey of India.

athpula

mroning haze

athpula arc

athpula athpula can feel the chill
athpula pillar dew drops peace

What this board also says is –

geese

This 400 years old bridge is a part of our heritage. Please protect and preserve it. Do not feed birds here. The bird feed gets embedded in the crevices of the structure and attracts ant and other insects, which damage the monument.

geese

Unfortunately that is beyond the comprehension of the ‘morning walker’ and ‘bird lover’ Delhi-ite. We found many families feeding the duck and geese here.

 

Here are links to Mita’s Pictures:

http://photodiaries.tumblr.com/post/338666025/17-01-2010-woke-up-6-30-in-the-morning-after

http://metascope.tumblr.com/post/338703895/17-10-2010-lodhi-garden-loved-the-ducks-although

http://picasaweb.google.com/mita.majumdar/LodhiGardern17012010?feat=embedwebsite

 

On the way back; here are some shot at nearly 9AM

delhi delhi Taj, New Delhi

And then some at home

See some more here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/aanondo/

Till next time! Cheers!

Posted in Art, Life, Photography

When god is not looking …

Well a brief background, Sangeeta and I worked at NIIT for nearly 2 years. Can’t remember if I left NIIT before her or vice-versa.

Next time that I touched base with her was nearly two years later when she was to get married.

— Cut to going to Sangeeta’s wedding —

All set, Shikha and I leave for Mayur Vihar well in time. We reach the Noida crossing at about 8:45PM, pretty decent for a New Delhi wedding (we thought we’d be there in about 20mins), but now is the twist in the tale. A construction worker directs a huge truck to make a U turn, in the bargain I miss the only scraped, dusty, dirty, unlit road sign that was to take us to Mayur Vihar!

— Cut to Noida Express Highway —

That is where we landed!! at 10:00PM cruising along, unaware that that was a 18Km stretch without an EXIT!! (now of course there are many)

— Cut to Roll Waala, Ring Road —

That was dinner!

Then again Sangeeta went into hibernation. Touched base with her recently thanks to someone from her previous organization coming for an interview to our office. I was attempting a reference check, but Sangeeta did not know this person 😦

— Cut to reality —

This post is not about Sangeeta, it’s about her husband Hirak. Now, Hirak is a passionate long distance adventure motor-cyclist, he has covered over 50,000 kms of Indian terrain over the last couple of years. It is this passion that has brought him closer to the camera since he wanted to bring home memories from each journey.

— What I missed at Sangeeta wedding —

See Hirak arrive for his marriage driving a Royal Enfield, bedecked with flowers, and in traditional Bengali attire – silk dhoti, kurta, ‘topor’ for helmet et al.

Their 30 day honeymoon was a long bike ride with his wife, from Delhi to Goa! A self proclaimed polygamist, he has three spouses – the camera, the bike, and Sangeeta.

by Sangeeta Das A self taught photographer, Hirak’s photography includes, travel – people and places, street photography, abstract and fine art. He is also an artist, illustrator, cartoonist and writer. His photographs and artwork have found their rightful place in private collections in India, UK, the Nederlands and Indonesia. His writings on terrorism, current affairs, international affairs and sports have been published in the editorial pages of leading Indian dailies and one of his leading articles on Osama bin Laden, written exactly a year before 9/11 in The Pioneer, is on the official press pages of the Indian Embassy at Washington.

by Amrita Dey Loved his favorite quote –

“Sair kar duniya ki Ghalib, yeh zindagani fir kahan;

Zindgani gar rahi to, naujawani fir kahan”.

 

 

Hirak lives and works from New Delhi, India and is currently showcasing his work with best in the trade at –

ZAZA Space Gallery,
25- 26 Community Centre,
Zamrudpur, New Delhi

Date – 6th to 27th March
Timings – 11 am to 6 pm daily

Map:

zazamap

I will add onto this post or will write another one after I visit the exhibition.

See you there!

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Posted in Personal

Set up your ‘blog’ in Flickr

Lot’s of my colleagues, friends and family post their pictures on flickr, so I setup ‘my thoughts in words‘ to take posts directly from flickr (a fancy photo sharing thing) on the internet.

It was a breeze to setup my blog on flickr .

For ‘WordPress’ users here is the URL and the string.

Goto – http://www.flickr.com/blogs_add_metaweblogapi.gne (You’ll have to sign into flickr)
For API Endpoint enter – http://<your.blog.address>/xmlrpc.php
Eg. https://aanondo.wordpress.com/xmlrpc.php

Happy ‘Photo’ blogging!