Delight of capturing sunset colors on the first day of 2019


 “A sunset will color your dreams. And a sunrise will color your smile.
It’s all God asks.” ― Anthony T.Hincks

“A dawn always promises a new beginning,
Whereas… A sunset always promises a beautiful ending.” ― Anthony T. Hincks

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Photography is a way of feeling………..From my photo junction….2018 (select)

“The camera is much more than a recording apparatus, it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.”
– Orson Welles

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
– Robert Capa

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt

“I believe photographers should shoot what they want, not shoot what they get.” 
– Roberto Valenzuela

“A camera is a SAVE button for the mind’s eye.”
– Roger Kingsto

Grocery shopping – do you carry the right bags?

As the world celebrates the Environment Day I appreciate all productive environment friendly initiatives attempted by the Corporate and individuals across the globe that yielded good results towards our march towards greener postures.

On June 5th I read an advertisement in the Times of India Bangalore edition from a cooking oil producing company in bold caption reading-“TO DAY LET YOUR STOMACH SPEAK FOR THE ENVIRONMENT “.Carrying this thought further I pondered  over that how as common citizen we can contribute to the green renaissance?

Whenever I read and think about green environment Images of plastic bags top the agenda.

I have no idea about how much money is spent by the Bangalore civic Corporation towards banning plastic shopping bags. Although there is a ban on  plastic bags and all shops kept a sign board displaying the ban and non availability one will not miss their sight on mountains of used plastic bags gathered in street corners. Reasons could be far too many.

Perhaps thanks to the spree of consumerism and the proliferation of shopping Malls, grocery and convenience stores in Bangalore. Does it mean indirectly we are perusing only worthless awareness campaign? I know that I am not   the most environmentally aware and knowledgeable but I know at least what non biodegradable crap is. Can I therefore take the opinion that do contemporary shopper’s mostly in bikes,scooters and in cars in Bangalore tend to ignore their concern for good environment to over weigh their immediate convenience to overcome their laziness to avoid carrying environment friendly carry bags from their homes?

From today on wards I have an appeal to all shop goers in Bangalore that you should pledge to the compliance of the law and establish a new habit of carrying the right bag for your shopping needs. A must retail therapy call to all shoppers who care to save the environment.

It is the duty of every citizen to educate the society and self in leading the search to blend the habit of shopping in right type of bags. This habit would speed up our catch to our march towards green renaissance.

I am confident that we will achieve a situation soon that you would rarely see people carrying plastic bags everywhere. A green hope and faith from my side indeed.

 


Time to Say cheese – 2013 unfolds with jewel of smiles

I know pictures are beyond postures.

Any picture is connected to a camera, focus, person and an event.

Shoot, edit and share are the mantra of the day.

Who says you cannot focus beyond cheese?The truth is zooming lens really talks with photographers.DSC_9994

My family members ( amateur photographers) are grouped together to catch a pose of a family event.

I present here a wider lens from my family photo frame.

Note in your 2013’s New Year diary what FOCUSES beyond CHEESE!

Explore newer facets of yourself in 2013.

The spotlight is exploring the possible in 2013.

I find lucky in both 20 and in 13.

I find more energizer and vibrant new year omens in Bill Vaughn’s words-

” An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves”.

My visit to Dakshineswar kali Temple-Kolkata

India’s temple map is very unique. All are steeped in antiquity. And full of architecture and crafting skills of artisans. My son was in Kolkata during the first week of this New Year. So, a religious cum venture trip was planned on New Year’s Day. We all decided that we would go to Dakshineswar Kali Temple situated alongside the river Ganga (Hooghly) of Vivekananda Bridge north of Calcutta about 22 Km from BBD Bag and 40Km from Kudghat Bus terminus where our house is situated.

I debated for a while on how to go to the temple. As you know that talking about the local transport, Kolkata city may be one of the rare cities in India and for that matter in the world  that offers you so many options: local metro, trams, ferry, buses, taxis or the typical  ancient style hand-pulled rickshaws (that are still very much part of the cityscape). Finally we decide to board a local bus and then a river ferry to reach the-I -Dakshineswar temple-Kolkata.

After reaching a certain point by road when I stepped in to the local crude motor ferry boat to reach Dakshineshwar the cool river breeze continue to fascinate me and it was so refreshing to mind and body. While I was charting along the riverside route I could locate some very beautiful may be some of the largely ignored upstream gem of sites along the river Hooghly.

Finally when I reached the temple destination I was encircled by self appointed religious touts asking me to buy temple offerings from their shop. Of course I did not oblige and walked towards the temple.  The temple is dedicated to goddess Kali. A narrow covered verandah serves the purpose of an audience-chamber attached to the sanctum where the goddess Dakshina Kali stands on the breast of Shiva.  Since the sanctum sanctorum is situated in a small room and circumambulation is difficult. Unlike, as one can observe in temples in Southern part of India.

The construction of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple  was done between in 1847 and 1855, covering an area of about 25 acres. Queen Rasmani the renowned queen of Janbazar had founded this temple. It is one of the largest temples of Kolkata . (Hindu Temples)

Ramakrishna Paramhansa, the world famous spiritual GURU has also associated with this temple as a priest and finally achieved here his spiritual vision. His meditation room is open to the visitors.

The main temple’s vast courtyard is surrounded by 12 other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.  The respective twelve Sivalingas in the Dakshineswar temple are – Yogeswar, Jatneswar, Jatileswar, Nakuleswar, Nakeswar, Nirjareswar, Nareswar, Nandiswar, Nageswar, Jagadiswar, Jaleswar and Yajneswar

No visit to Dakshineswar is complete without offering prayers at the Adya Ma temple just 2km away from the main temple at Dakshineswar Ramakrishna Sangha Adyapeath  which was commenced in the year1921.  The dharshan at this temple is for a limited time. One should be there by 10 a.m. You can watch the one hour Puja and Arti and also have bhog (lunch),

Around the Dakshineswar main Temple entrance there are umpteen shops .A leisure theme park is also getting ready. The temple remains open from 6 AM to 1.00 PM and 3 00 PM to 8 30 or 9 00 PM. One can check up the exact time before planning the trip.

Visitors should not be missing any chance of tasting the mouth watering puchkas, churmur, Naleen gud sandesh and masala lemon tea, Luchis, pedas and jilabis sold in very small shops in not so clean environment around the temple area.

I did my share of shopping at the small shops around the temple by buying “Bamboo sprout” and Kjoor (date fruit) pickle, pack of rosogullahs, gulabjamans and a bag full of souvenirs and said goodbye to Dakshineswar located near the city of joy with fond memories.