Red Hair Fellow

Gujarat Trip - Part 7

And finally, the last photograph from Jamnagar.

He was probably one of the customers at the shops of the Wellingdon Crescent in Jamnagar. Just as the person in one of my previous posts — Smoked Off Face at the Willingdon Crescent in Jamnagar, he too quite calmly allowed me to take his photograph, and posed quite stylishly.

What made me take his snap? Nothing different than what you are thinking — his red dyed hair, not just the head, but beard and eyebrows too!

Red hair



Gujarat Trip - Part 6
Gujarat Trip - Part 5
Gujarat Trip - Part 4
Gujarat Trip - Part 3
Gujarat Trip - Part 2
Gujarat Trip - Part 1

Salty, Spicy, Sour — Indian Snacks

Gujarat Trip - Part 6

Salty, Spicy, Sour. Indian snacks cannot afford to lose these tastes. When I was in Gujarat, I took this photograph of jars full of Indian snacks, near Willingdon Crescent in Jamnagar.

Indian Snacks - Salty, Spicy, Sour



Gujarat Trip - Part 5
Gujarat Trip - Part 4
Gujarat Trip - Part 3
Gujarat Trip - Part 2
Gujarat Trip - Part 1

Kaushalya Mata (Vindhyeshwari Mata)

Gujarat Trip - Part 5

India is a country of GODs and GODDESSes. Here, every family has a Kuldevta (Ancestry GOD) and a Kuldevi (Ancestry GODDESS). The family believes in them and prays them regularly. Most of the times, because of families settling in different parts of India or out of the country due to profession or other causes, they are away from the temples of their Kuldevta and Kuldevi. That is the case with our family too. Our Kuldevta's and Kuldevi's temples are about a thousand kilometers away from our residence, at different places. Our Kuldevta's temple is in Nathdwara, and our Kuldevi's temple is in Jamnagar. Our Kuldevta is Shreenathji, and our Kuldevi is Kaushalya Mata (also called Vindhyeshwari Mata).

For my marriage, my mother had promised our Kuldevta and Kuldevi that me and my wife will visit their temples to pray for our good married life. It's a ritual followed by almost every Indian family. We got the chance of visiting the temple of Shreenathji just within one month of our marriage, but it was not making up that quick for visiting the temple of Kaushalya Mata. Finally, we planned it, and you know, our Gujarat Trip that I am posting on for the last 4-5 weeks, was meant for taking the bright glimpse of the GODDESS of our Kul (ancestry). It really feels so good when she grants you a view of the majestic, blessing and peaceful she. I have posted the photographs below…






Gujarat Trip - Part 4
Gujarat Trip - Part 3
Gujarat Trip - Part 2
Gujarat Trip - Part 1

My First Computer

We all know computers have evolved so much in the recent times. The technology is keeping on improving and upgrading.

I recalled something from the past and wanted to share it with you all. I still remember that we bought our first computer in 1997. Compared to the computer we are using now at home, it was far behind comparison. But I'm proud that we didn't do any mistake in getting the best computer available at that time. When we bought our first computer, we didn't have any guide. But thankfully, with the technology, Internet has also evolved. And now we have guidance, comparison and review websites in place. Another change is that now-a-days, people are concentrating more on laptops than desktops. I just stumbled upon a website that has a buying guide for laptops. After reading it, I remembered my first computer, and thought I would publish a post telling what my first computer configuration was without a guide at that time. It was…

• Pentium Processor @ 166 MHz
• 4 MB EDO RAM
• 1 GB Hard Disk Drive
• 14" CRT Monitor
• No CD Drive
• 5.25" Floppy Disk Drive

Well, well, I cannot write more about it; in the era that you are reading this, it is the configuration which you won't even recognize I guess.

Anyway, feel free to use the guide if you want to buy laptops.

And wait! Just wanted one great point of comparison to be added. Any guesses? Mmm no I think. You see that I had 1 GB Hard Disk Drive at that time. The comparison is that the current computer I have has 2 GBs of RAM! Well, forget it; even the laptop I currently have has 1 GB RAM. What a change! I'm again linking to the wonderful guide on buying laptops. Hope it will be useful for you.

Enjoy!!

I'm a photographer, and find it difficult to publish text-only posts :) So I am publishing a photograph also. I took it about 2 months back when I was assembling a computer for one of my clients. The following photo is of Intel DG35EC Motherboard with Intel E7400 Core 2 Duo Processor.

Intel DG35EC Motherboard with Intel E7400 Core 2 Duo Processor

Smoked Off Face at the Willingdon Crescent in Jamnagar

Gujarat Trip - Part 4

Continuing my Gujarat trip posts, this is the 4th one. Below photographs are of a person who was standing at the Willingdon Crescent in Jamnagar. He seemed quite different from the normal public.

Our family had gathered at the Willingdon Crescent; my uncle has a medical shop there. When we were chatting, I saw a man and said, "A smoked off tree-trunk face is smoking beedi!" All looked back and saw this man smoking deep with his very hard tanned face. I found him very interesting for my photography passion. I asked him whether I can take his photograph. He said, "why not?"

The second photograph (more of a broader view) is such a typical Indian shot actually. If you look keenly, you will find that there's an auto-rickshaw on the right with a photograph inside, of Rani Mukherjee posing in tight pants and t-shirt.

Explanation for the unusual words and phrases…
Beedi: Indian Cigarette
Auto-rickshaw: A three-wheeled petrol-powered vehicle for 3 passengers except the driver in front.
Rani Mukherjee: A famous Indian film actress.

Smoking man’s ultimate close-up
Smoking man

Gujarat Trip - Part 3
Gujarat Trip - Part 2
Gujarat Trip - Part 1

Indian Railway Stations — Jamnagar For Example

Gujarat Trip - Part 3

Continuing my first post on my recent Gujarat trip, this post shows the Jamnagar Railway Station. In the first post, I had shown wildlife photographs taken just before the Jamnagar Railway Station.

The below photograph can serve as the example of how Indian railway stations look like. They're very very basic; sometimes, just the platform and the name of the railway station, which the beginning of the Jamnagar Railway Station looks like. Actually, this photograph is of the extension of the main railway station, but it is serving a very common look of the railway stations of the small towns in India. The small towns in India have this typical yellow-painted stone-made (now-a-days cement made perhaps) station-name-walls put-up on 2 thin pillars standing straight on their large bases. The name-wall mentions the station name in 3 different languages — the local language (Gujarati in case of Jamnagar), Hindi (the national language of India) and English. Do you see something written in red just below the black-letter-names? It mentions in Hindi, how high the place is from the sea level. Jamnagar is just 8.39 meters above the sea level; it's actually a city by the sea. Here's the photo of the railway station…

Jamnagar Railway Station

Gujarat Trip - Part 2
Gujarat Trip - Part 1

The Upper Class Crow

Gujarat Trip - Part 2

I am a crow, not from the public. I am from the cream layer of the riches. I don't eat rats, and I don't drink drainage water. My class is different. I can no longer satisfy my thirst just with the water; I need something more than that; I need soft drinks :) See the below photographs my wife took :)

Photographs of a Crow Holding a Soft Drink Pack
Photograph of a Crow Having Soft Drink Drop-by-Drop

Gujarat Trip - Part 1

My First Blog Award — The Lemonade Award

I'm so thankful to Janie and Steve for awarding me. They run a wonderful blog on Utah — Janie & Steve's Utah Trails. When I first visited their blog, without a thought, I became their follower. Utah is one of my dream destinations, and Janie and Steve are presenting their trails so beautifully from there.

Here's the award they have presented me with…



My Spirit in Bedse

Remember my post on "Bedse — A 2300 Year Old Buddhist Monument Created by Samrat Ashok"? If you read through the comments there, you'll find that I invited all of you around the world to visit this wonderful place; whenever you visit India, do contact me; I'll take you to Bedse. Yesterday, I took first 2 visitor friends too much interested in feeling Bedse. Me and my wife took them to Bedse and couldn't believe what we were seeing — just when we entered the main cave, we saw my own spirit sitting there, meditating!!! I didn't know that my soul liked the place so much during my previous visit that it left itself there! You don't believe, do you? I knew you won't. So I took a photograph of the spirit, and am publishing it here. People say that they can't take photographs of the ghosts, spirits, etc. But that's not right; I did took my own spirit's photograph. Here it is. Please scroll down…

Bhavesh Chhatbar's spirit in Bedse

Oh! You got scared, right? Don't worry, it's just a photo trick I did yesterday when I took the 2 friends out there.

Believe me, that place is so spiritual! Even though this photo is just a trick, when you visit the place, you really get a deep spiritual feeling. You feel as if you are 2300 years back and holy souls are around you.

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