Friday, 16 August 2013

Happy Independence Day! :)



A visual diary of Independence Day celebrations in Delhi













Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Ballimaran

Anybody who knows me, would confirm how madly, completely and truly I'm in love with Chandni Chowk. So when I got a chance for a photo walk in Ballimaran (A part of Chandni Chowk) I grabbed it with both hands.

Ballimaran is famous because of the "Ghalib Ki Haveli", home to the famous urdu poet of the Mughal Times. Ghalib spent the last nine years of his life there.

The Haveli is in shambles today and was being used as shops till December 1999 when Delhi Government acquired some parts of the Haveli and set up a Memorial Museum dedicated to Mirza Ghalib

















Sunday, 7 July 2013

Lets Get Going....

The best thing about monsoon is that it makes me want to get out of my home. And the best way to enjoy this season by taking a road trip. But the hectic schedules never allow me and my family to take a long road trip. So there's nothing much we can do but remember this wonderful trip we took way back in 1997.

Today, if it comes to taking a road trip to the hills, the first preference of car that people have is that of an SUV, but our trip from Delhi to Patnitop with frequent stops in between was in our family car Maruti 800. In those times, nobody really knew of SUV's and having your own car was considered a luxury for any middle class family. So in December 1997, when me and my sister had our winter vacations, and our dad had time to take a 10 day long trip, we packed our bags and headed out to for a road trip with our first stop at Ambala.

My Taiji has her maternal home there and was there with my two cousins. We stayed the night there and then the seven of us in the morning headed towards Amritsar. Non stop driving for my dad. Three adults and four kids and nobody cribbed about the lack of leg space which now is a major issue for four kids in the back seat in our present car which is much much bigger.







The Jalianwala Bagh, Amritsar
After the hectic driving for my dad and an even more hectic trip for my Mom and Taiji  (Keeping four kids entertained in a car for one whole day is a huge task!) we found a hotel and crashed there for the night.

Next day we went around sightseeing in Amritsar. The Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, and Wagah Border.
I remember going to the Golden temple that evening and being awe-struck by the beautiful lighting of the Gurudwara.

Next morning we headed towards Jammu where we met my Tayaji. He was posted in Udhampur at that time and was in Jammu for some official work. That was 31st December 1997 and we celebrated the new year in the Jammu Cantonment Mess.
The next day we lazed around and relaxed in the Cantonment.

And then we again picked up our car and headed towards Udhampur. Situated among lush green forests of eucalyptus, this place was the perfect place to unwind.Named after Raja Udham Singh, it serves as the district capital and the Northern Command Headquarters of the Indian Army. And the army accommodation that my Tayaji was given had this beautiful view of the Himalayas from the main sitting room.


The good old Maruti 800
We just relaxed and enjoyed the calm and serenity of that place. Two days later, we all packed into the car again and headed towards Patnitop.
47 Kms from Udhampur, Patnitop had a a snowfall the night before and was covered in a white blanket. I remember going absolutely bonkers when I saw the snow for the first time. In those seven years of my life, that was probably the best moment when I got down from the car, scooped up a handful of snow and threw it smack on the face of my then 3 year old sister! *wink*

Snowball fights, Making a snowman and in general going absolutely crazy. Those are the memories I have of that place.We ran and laughed and had a ball that day!!!


Oh! the snow!!!
We came back to Udhampur for another two days and had the time of our lives!!!
While going back, we started early in the morning and my dad drove non stop till kurukshetra where we have our ancestral home. Me and my sister slept in the backseat the whole time. Now when I think of it, it must have been pretty hectic for my dad, and to say nothing of our poor little Maruti 800!!

From Delhi to Patnitop, an approx of  694Kms. 10 Days. The super awesome feeling of being on a vacation with your cousins. First snowball fight of your life. Yes, it was the best possible road trip of my life. There have been other trips but none can compare to the joy that this road trip gave me.
Now when all four of us are busy with our respective careers and studies, I can just hope that someday we would all come together again and get out on the road for another awesome road trip in another car with Ambi Pur "Thai Dragon Fruit" fragrance. That fragrance is just mind blowing!!! Though back then we didn't have an a/c in our car so having a car fragrance would have been of no use. But now we can enjoy this awesomeness of "Thai Dragon Fruit". 


I'm the one in the yellow trousers :)




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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Life to set hai boss!!!



So I was sitting with my two besties at this coffee place, discussing what the future could hold for us. “Yaar MBA krna hai. Uske bina scope nai hai.” Says one of them who just got a professional degree from a reputed college and was also the topper there. We look at each other and start laughing. Four years back, when we were in school, our canteen discussions always concluded with “Is college me admission ho jae to life set hai.” When the three of us chose our different career paths, the discussion was always about “Yaar top maar lia na, to life set hai.” And today, when my bestie has a professional degree and she was the topper of her college, she is still thinking of doing something more so that “Life set ho jae”

In today’s world where the competition is cut throat, just a professional degree hardly looks lucrative to anyone. Leave alone the poor graduation degree which is now considered basic education. My grandfather did just his schooling and was in the Navy. My father got a professional degree and has been practicing since. But today, a professional degree without an MBA is not considered that good. Maybe that’s why 90% of engineers today are going for an MBA degree after doing their B.Tech. And it’s not just the MBA degree that only matter’s. Which college gave you the degree is equally important. And given the ratio of the population and the colleges, there are hundreds of students who are left with no option but to get a MBA degree from where ever they can. The rat race is everywhere. And the worst part is, we really don’t have any option other than being a part of it, no matter how much we hate it.

So let’s pull up our socks and start working towards getting another degree. Maybe after this we could say to each other, “Life to set hai boss!”



Monday, 17 June 2013

Rain....

So the monsoon arrived two weeks earlier in Delhi, and the relief it bought is divine. After the scorching heat waves, it is now all about cool winds that are greeting us now. Sitting in the balcony with a nice cup of tea and enjoying the rain is a beautiful feeling. I love to sail boats in the puddles but since I'm pretty silly when it comes to origami, I make myself happy with jumping in the puddles and scaring the hell out of people around me who are  afraid of spoiling their clothes because of the mud and "keechad".
And it is truly said by someone that, "Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain!". So lets bring out all the filmy songs and dance like there's no tomorrow......



Monday, 13 May 2013

First Wedding Shoot

When your first wedding shoot is that of your friend's wedding, the whole thing is so much fun!!!! :D