April 2, 2011

India wins the World Cup

India wins the 2011 World Cup.
Victory, sweet victory!
Congratulations Dhoni and the Indian cricket team.
Cheers to all those who celebrate.

February 27, 2011

Live from Chinnaswamy Stadium: India vs. England

For the past few days, I've been travelling in India.

Today I spent a few hours in and around Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (okay, am not going to say Bengaluru as I still fancy the Anglicized name of the City) where the India vs England cricket match was going on earlier today.

These pictures were shot using a Nikon D300 using a standard Nikkor 18-55 mm lens, hours before the match was to begin.

The match was a thrilling tie!

February 20, 2011

Microfiction: Dead End

Microfiction Monday time again.
Thanks Susan at Stonyriver.
Here is this week’s illustration provided by her, and my stories on it in less than 140 characters.

Photograph provided by Susan

The eerie silence in the deserted corridor is palpable.
Suddenly screams fill the air as the blood of one more innocent victim spills.


There is no one out here, let’s go.
But where are we going?
To the ghosts press conference, am the spooksperson there.
At the dead end!
–139 –

February 16, 2011


Our human eyes are cool organs. They automatically adjust for changing lighting conditions so effortlessly. We expect the same kind of results from our cameras, but there are times when photography can be tricky. Such as at twilight, for it is that time after the sun sets but before the night sets in fully.

I like to photograph lamps. Visitors frequenting my blog may have figured that out already.

Here are a few shots of a rather dim corner on the beach side at twilight. Photos from Nikon D300. SOOC (straight out of camera).

Participating in:

February 14, 2011

Microfiction: Rhapsody

Thanks to Susan for hosting
Microfiction Monday
where a picture paints 140 characters, or even fewer.

On this Valentine's Day, my post titled Rhapsody is the ecstatic expression of feelings of the young man in the photograph below to the woman he loves (while ignoring the chaperones around her...haha!) :

I love your glances. Each time you smile, I skip a heartbeat. With your radiant face and mellifluous voice, you set my heart on a rhapsody. Happy Valentine’s Day my love.


You are beautiful, you’re great,
Then, why this distance
Oh, Ms. Ballentine Che?
Come closer to me, I can’t wait
Until the day you’ll wed me
On Valentine’s Day!

February 10, 2011

When the Sun Goes Down

A few days back, I was skywatching on my way back from an excursion into the Desert...

I stopped my vehicle and took a few shots of the setting sun...

Captured a vehicle zipping through on the other side of the road...

Colors in the sky turned into deeper shades in no time...

All pictures shot from the window of my vehicle as this last one indicates...


Thanks to Klaus and the Skywatch team of
Wren, Sylvia, Fishing Guy and Sandy
we can now go enjoy skies from all over the planet at:

February 9, 2011


The title of my post today is the name written on the yacht, or is it a boat? I would not be able to tell the difference. Looks like a private recreational boat.

I am not much of a sea going person. I love the mountains more, but to be among those, I'll have to make trips out of this country.

The weather is still pleasant around here. It rained a bit last night, and this morning it is bright and sunny. The air is crisp and cool, and I am putting up this post while taking a few minutes break from office work to sip some coffee.

Have a lovely day.
Near Kuwait Sea Club
Photograph shot: 4 February 2011

Participating entry for:

February 8, 2011


A few days back, I was out in the desert and reached the Camel Club. There were some interesting scenes but nothing was comparable to the feeling I experienced watching innocent children filled with wonder and joy.

Go participate in the meme to
Show Your World
My World Tuesday

February 7, 2011

MicroFiction: When the Clock Strikes

Thanks to Susan for hosting
Microfiction Monday
where a picture paints 140 characters, or even fewer.
Here's this week's picture, and my story below to go with it.

Everyone rushed into their sanctuaries, animals and birds too.
Wind stopped howling.
There was an eerie silence..
for it was time for the clock to strike...

February 6, 2011


My shadow shot for this week is from my archives.

It was late evening. The lighting was dim and I shot these pictures in a hurry on my way out after enjoying a good cup of coffee at the Clarke’s Hotel, Khajuraho.

Every region of India has its unique style of creative expression. Madhya Pradesh and its tribal art is famous, whether art that is directly created on the wall or metal art hung on the walls.

Here is an example of Bastar metal wall-hanging:

This wall hanging is made up of metal objects and has an antique look to it. I like the shadows these little animals have cast on the wall. What do you think?

Thanks to HeyHarriet for hosting
Shadow Shot Sunday

February 5, 2011

Saturday Smile: Canine Love

One evening, on the way from Jodhpur to Ajmer...

"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend."
~Corey Ford

Other Saturday Smiles:

February 3, 2011

Desert Ramblers

Last weekend, I spent the entire day out deep into the desert. After a trip to the Camel Racing Club and a late lunch at a Farm, I was heading back to the City.

A few minutes into the hour long return journey, the sun was getting ready to set, and while on the lonely road, I kept glancing out at the sky. Driving at a speed of approximately 100-120 kms, I had to screech my brakes when I saw this endearing sight!

I had less than a minute to pull out my camera and shoot before they passed by. I got a total of 14 shots. Here are a few:

View many more skies at

January 27, 2011

All is Well

This post is in response to those who inquired what I have been upto
because it’s been a while since I’ve been active in the blog world,
and also others who may be interested in my photographs.


The weather in Kuwait has been pleasant lately. After my return from India, Rajasthan trip in particular, I have been spending considerable time outdoors. It has been a good time living out my hobbies and interests.

I have indulged in activities that I enjoy indoors. With windows wide open - few rare times when weather permits in this part of the world - and spending time at home to catch up on some reading, writing, watching movies has been indeed good.

I’ve been making visits to the Scientific Center and spending hours particularly watching the fascinating 'sea-world' there.

Near the Scientific Center

Some of the other activities outdoors have been heading to different beaches for endless jogs, followed by long walks, and a few trips deep into the desert.

Pick up a 'chai' and head to the beach

Bicycling has been possible because of good weather, and now I've got my own bicycle which is hauled into my SUV up to the beach to begin biking from there along the long stretches.

Area where I generally bicycyle

I have started with a new hobby: Angling. Or Fishing, if you prefer this term. Not a trip to the sea with the fishermen, but with a newly acquired rod. So far I haven't caught a single fish, but that will not stop me. After all, there is something cathartic about testing patience waiting for a bite in the serene atmosphere when the weather is fully in one's favor.

It has been good to do skywatching, as usual.

Wild west from the Kuwait Towers

As always, no matter which part of the world I am in, if I am up early, I stop by to catch the first rays of the rising sun...

Sunrise: 7:15 am

.... but almost every evening watch the last rays at sunset.

Sunset: 17:46

I hope carrying my camera around for some shots on certain days has made this post less drab because of the photographs I'm sharing here.

So that’s it, all from the local scene. My other travel stories should continue in days to come.

Go view many more interesting skies around the world at:

January 26, 2011

Republic Day of India

On this day...

...I remember the words of my school teacher who first explained to me the significance of the Republic Day.

...I feel honoured to be a self-confident citizen of the largest democracy in the world.

...I shall remember that the outbursts of emotions and fervour of patriotism is not to be abused but to remember that a person is not bound by a certain area of land, mountains, rivers or woods, but has a connection and allegiance with the humanity of the whole world.

...I shall do my part to, however insignificant it may be, to eliminate corruption that has spread its tentacles to every segment of society and fight any threat to our unity and polity.

...I resolve not to lose faith in our system and not allow to create a generation of confused identity but one that recognizes the need to reduce poverty and alleviate hunger.

...I shall never give up hope that my nation will someday usher in a classless, free and happy society as the founding fathers of our Constitution had envisioned.

...I shall do whatever it takes, incurable optimist that I am, to send the right signals to honest law-abiding citizens that all is not lost and that justice shall prevail.

...I shall do my little part to participate and help my nation in taking confident strides in diverse fields of development and progress, and shall continue to believe in the magic of sustaining democratic process in spite of several constraints.

...I shall learn to celebrate a Constitution that is created to protect our rights and allow us to be good citizens while not trampling over the rights of others.

Indian Embassy, Kuwait

On this day...

...I salute all those, unknown and faceless maybe, but dedicated and courageous soldiers and other defence personnel of India, deployed within the country and abroad, who tirelessly work for the nation and its freedom.

...and always, I shall remember the overwhelming feeling experienced as I observed the tricolor being hoisted this morning and solemnly watched it flutter high up in the winter skies in a land far away from India.

A salute also to my dear readers on this Republic Day.