In darkness

Seeing people walking in darkness is not a big deal in India, at least not in the rural parts where people are used to walking in darkness. The reason probably is that their farms are away from their homes. It gets dark by the time they return after hard work. The probability of walking in darkness increases in the winter season when the sun sets early. Amazing thing is that they are not afraid of wild animals!

I was on a 3 days vacation to the greens of Konkan last weekend. Our stay was near Gharadi village and Shedvai village. Click here to see the location of our forest lodge. Try zooming out in the map to get a broader view.

On the first day, when we were returning from sunset point in Anjarle to our forest lodge, we saw a man walking alone in darkness. It was so dark that the clusters of stars were in the maximum number I had ever seen. He was brave for sure as we had been informed about presence of tigers, leopards, hyenas, etc. in the area.

See him.

In darkness
In darkness
In darkness

I was a bit brave too as I stepped out of the car a couple of times to take photographs that were not possible to be recorded on pixels from inside the car. The feel outside the car was magical. I will share those photos in some future posts.

East view terrace

What is the advantage of living in an apartment with east view terrace? I hope it is quite evident in today's photo. The aperture of my eyes did not divide at all when I was in the terrace today morning just at the right time when nature was painting the huge wallpaper with vibrant colors. There were birds chirping and flying around for special effect.

I was mesmerized! Am I able to forward the feeling by today's photo from my east view terrace?

East view terrace
East view terrace
East view terrace

If you haven't already, please see my sun view posts from the past…
HDR of Sun and Clouds as seen from my home
Moon and Sun in One Photograph
Golden Sun
Happy Earth Day
Rays of Hope
Sunset at Matheran Hill Station
Photo of sunrise at Veer Dam backwater
Sunset and trees

Balaji Temple Pune

Those who have reached this page from search engine must be knowing that Tirupati Balaji is a very famous temple in south India. I'm saying this because most of those visitors reached this page by searching "Balaji Temple Pune". You have reached the right place to see the very beautiful Balaji Temple Pune.

For my blogger friends, this might be a new information that Balaji is one of the highly believed in GOD, in India. There is a huge temple in south India. Considering the faith of people, many replicas have been created all over India. One replica is near my city Pune. Balaji Temple Pune is very clean and beautiful. See the below photo to know for yourself. Balaji Temple Pune is very decorative, with amazing carvings, beautifully painted walls & ceilings and breathtaking views of many gods and goddesses. Sadly, photography is not allowed inside the temple. So I could not take and show you the photos from inside. But the view from outside is equally worth. See below. What do you say?

Balaji Temple Pune
Balaji Temple Pune
Balaji Temple Pune

If you are visiting my blog for a long time, you might have noted that I had published 2 photos of this temple last October. See Balaji Temple Replica in Pune. Those photos were loved very much. But it was time to take even better photos. I took many new photos of Balaji Temple Pune 2 days back, on Sunday. Early morning of winter gave amazing colors and my Canon T2i did a great job of recording perfect Booleans creating this beautiful electronic painting!

Thoughts of the Season [Poetry by Carmen Henesy]



Have you visited Carmen Henesy's blog? The name of her blog is Carmen's Chronicles. She is an amazing poet with very creative thoughts.

Recently, she composed a very touching poem; Thoughts of the Season. I'm proudly sharing it with you all in this post. The meaning is so beautiful, which can come from a pure soul's mind only. Tell me your thoughts on this poem. And do not forget to check her book — Life's Journey.



Thoughts of the Season

Far from the hills of Afghanistan,
Guns sound on American streets,
An innocent teen falls to the ground,
As his heart pumps its final few beats.

A mother pauses in cooking a meal,
In a home full of bright Christmas cheer,
As uniformed officers solemnly tell,
News she never thought she would hear.

So many go hungry all over the world,
They don’t have a feeling of joy,
No stockings are filled with wondrous treats,
For a good little girl or a boy.

In this season of love, goodwill to all men,
Terrorism is something we dread,
Why can’t we all aim for world peace,
And learn to negotiate instead.

We are all brothers, perhaps different colors,
Who share the holy seasons on earth,
May we join in our blessings, look into our hearts,
And see the value of each human’s worth.

Carmen Henesy

Copyright © Carmen Henesy
December 14, 2010


You are the best Carmen!


Fake grass

This is a story of fake grass. Many people are using fake grass now-a-days. This story may probably change their opinion!

Once upon a time, a great scientist finally created fake grass. He was so proud of himself because his fake grass could be created in minutes and in bulks that could be supplied to everyone in the world at rapid speeds. He sold the formula of creating fake grass to a big businessman, who did not lose a minute starting the production of fake grass.

A day came when most of the houses and offices were having fake grass instead of the real grass. The fake grass never needed water, sunlight, special care, etc. The fake grass never dried! A few years passed. One fine morning, photographer Bhavesh Chhatbar saw a bunch of real grass in the wild! He took a photo and showed it on his blog. He touched the grass and told stories to all his known ones how amazingly wonderful it felt. He mentioned one very different additional thing that the people of the future did not know; he said that when he saw the real grass in the morning, it had water drops on it, which upon finding traces in the past was mentioned as "dew". How amazing, isn't it? See the photo he took that morning.



Bristly Smithia [AKA Smithia Setulosa, Motha Kawla, मोठा कवला]

Bristly Smithia is a small flower that is found in the western ghats during the month of October. When Bristly Smithia blooms, it spreads itself in abundance. You can see huge patches of land covered by Bristly Smithia in October. Bristly Smithia is actually a herb! The flowers are just about 1½ or 2 centimeters in size!!

मोठा कवला - Motha Kawla - Smithia Setulosa - Bristly Smithia
Bristly Smithia [AKA Smithia Setulosa, Motha Kawla, मोठा कवला]
Bristly Smithia [AKA Smithia Setulosa, Motha Kawla, मोठा कवला]

Internet Connection Issues

Do you find anything funny in the below screenshot from GMail taken after sending an email? Nope? See the line in blue. I had actually sent an email to Internet Connection Issues department of my internet service provider. GMail is asking me to invite Internet Connection Issues to GMail! Very funny. Computers will be computers :) Do you find it funny?

Internet Connection Issues
Internet Connection Issues
Internet Connection Issues

Suggestions for gift please

Girl in blue jeans and pink top with jacket Well, this post is very different in a way because in most of my posts, I show something, but in this post I am asking for something — your guidance. My friend is getting confused what to buy for her "probable" girlfriend. He wants to gift some cool dress to her, but is not able to decide on anything. I knew a good website. So I suggested him to check some yoga outfits, jeans for girls, trendy tops, etc. and to look inside that website for more options. There are quite many options over there to choose from.

My personal liking was winter clothing for her. But it was not what was in his mind. So I looked up for something more, even asked Megha to help. She suggested stylish blazers for girls. I showed it to him, and viola! He liked it. I think he will go with it.

What do you think? What should he buy? What are the latest trends? What is it that the girl of today will like the most? Add your valuable contributions. It will help my poor friend to impress her. Of course, he himself is quite smart enough to impress her. But some cool dress will be cherry on ice.

PS: The photo above is taken from the following URL under creative commons license.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/idhren/3228851786/


Altocumulus

Be sure to search Altocumulus in Google; here is the direct link to search it — Altocumulus. You will be amazed to see what it is! I have summed it up as follows…

Alto means high and cumulus means heaped; thus the word is formed as Altocumulus. The clouds of Altocumulus are found at a height of 6000 feet to 20000 feet or 1800 meters to 6100 meters or 1.8 kilometers to 6.1 kilometers. These are not precipitation clouds. Technically, the clouds of Altocumulus are spherical or roll shaped clouds that are always in bunch and are spread in a beautiful pattern formation. Altocumulus lie above Stratocumulus and below Cirrocumulus [mackeral sky]. Often Altocumulus are followed by cold weather. Many times Altocumulus seen in the morning of warm and humid summer results in thunderstorms in the evening. This is so much of interesting information about Altocumulus, isn't it?

We were lucky to see this rare bunch of clouds of Altocumulus one evening. We did not miss it to photograph :) Here I present you with a photo showing Altocumulus. I hope you will like it :)

Altocumulus
Altocumulus
Altocumulus

Sunset and trees

Yesterday was a day decided to earn some extra money. We went to Sinhgadh Fort again to do some clone photography and some marketing for selling my photo paintings. Did a good business for 4-5 hours and then was the time to enjoy sunset and trees together from the second highest point in Maharashtra state. It was such an exciting moment to take a beautiful picture of sunset and trees. There are really no words to express how it feels to see such a majestic display by nature. You have to be present there to enjoy sheer size and expanse of the landscape being enlightened and then dimmed by the sun.

Sunset and trees
Sunset and trees
Sunset and trees

Be sure to do some Google to see more of such pictures :)

Photos of people doing stupid things

Burger baby - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Burger baby

Boy with dino t-shirt - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Boy with dino t-shirt

Cheerleader man - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Cheerleader man

Drinking from childhood - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Drinking from childhood

Fat man on little bike - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Fat man on little bike

Fire fighter fighting with water - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Fire fighter fighting with water

Flower pot with jeans - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Flower pot with jeans

Girl messing with chocolate - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Girl messing with chocolate

Man on four decker cycle - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Man on four decker cycle

Man seemingly peeing in car petrol tank - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Man peeing in car petrol tank

Man with chalk cycle - Photos of people doing stupid things
Photos of people doing stupid things - Man with chalk cycle

Photos of people doing stupid things - Matador on bullock cart
Photos of people doing stupid things - Matador on bullock cart

Note: I received the above photos of people doing stupid things in an email forward. These are not photographed by me. The copyright and credit of these photos of people doing stupid things remain with the original photographers. If you are one of the original photographers of these photos of people doing stupid things, please let me know; I'll very happily link back to you :)

Felicitation of Bhavesh Chhatbar at Olympus India's Nariman Point Office

Hello friends,

I was awarded the prize I mentioned in my Contest Winner post, on 29-November-2010 at Olympus India's office in Nariman Point, Mumbai. Here are some glimpses…

Facebook Screenshot of OlympusPro
Facebook Screenshot of OlympusPro

Kinya Yoshimura, the General Manager of Olympus India, giving away the prize to Bhavesh Chhatbar
Kinya Yoshimura, the General Manager of Olympus India, giving away the prize to Bhavesh Chhatbar

Kinya Yoshimura with Bhavesh Chhatbar, Bhavesh's uncle-aunty, and Bhavesh's wife Megha
Kinya Yoshimura with Bhavesh Chhatbar, Bhavesh's uncle-aunty, and Megha

Gold price is Rs. 21000 in India per 10 grams!

2 Drachmas Gold Coin Delhi Bullion has declared today's price of gold per 10 grams [often called as "tola" in India] as a whopping amount of rupees 21000! The prime reason seems to be the upcoming wedding season expected to be the costliest wedding season of India ever in history.

I clearly remember that 3 years back the gold price of 10 grams was only rupees 9000. This proves that gold is the best investment option available in any market. No market has proved the return of 233% in just 3 years. The invested money has more than doubled in such a short span of time. So what are you waiting for? Invest more in gold and get richer faster than any other investment source! Gold prices are always going to increase.

Update: 2010-12-06: One of my friends read this post yesterday, and whoa! What an influence. He bought 2 tolas of gold! I'm so happy for 2 things…
• By this post I added some demand to the market, worth rupees 40000.
• My friend will make money in the coming days that will be higher in return compared to any other investment option. I'm expecting that he will be able to sell those 2 tolas for Rs. 44000 in 6 months, which means 10% increment in 6 months, or 20% in a year!

PS: The photo of 2 drachmas gold coin has been taken from the following URL under creative commons licence. The copyright and credit of the photo remains with the original photographer. The URL is http://www.flickr.com/photos/darwinbell/326314641/sizes/l/


Lightning McQueen Picture

My nephew loves this character so much that he was one day very persistent that I take a Lightning McQueen picture in my style! So I thought for an idea for a while and told him to fold his palm in punch style; I then put the car on his hand and took this "Lightning McQueen Picture". He liked it very much! The picture really turned out to be of good quality for me too. Usually I'm a bit choosy about ranking pictures. But this turned out to be good in my view also. Why? It's because the photo has soft focus to cover the kid subject. Additionally, the crispest focus point is on the eyes of the car. Secondarily additionally, the light is nicely spread and natural.

My and my nephew's opinion about this Lightning McQueen picture is probably what I should call an obvious one because for me, it's a picture photographed by me, and because for him, it's the picture of his favorite character. The real opinion is of you my friends. What's your reaction? :)

Lightning McQueen Picture
Lightning McQueen Picture
Lightning McQueen Picture

Iron bench outdoor

Have you seen my posts from Jaisalmer? If not, check these out…
Jaisalmer Palace
Kuldhara
Tribal lady and her child
Carved wall of a palace
Puppets of Rajasthan
Ganpati and Shiv statues
Catfish of Gadisar lake
Night photography of a tree
Sam desert
21 Iktara on sale

When we were in the palace of Patwas [locally known as Patwo ki haveli] in Jaisalmer, there were things in big number that were picturesque and photogenic. I could have filled all the 3 of my memory cards if I had enough time. But still, what I painted on billions of bits of Boolean was satisfactory for me. A few million of those lucky bits stored the following photo of an iron bench outdoor a section of the palace of Patwas.

Do you like to be outdoor? Do you want to sit on this iron bench outdoor? Do you like this photo? My answer of course is yes for all the 3 questions :) I want to see your comments.

Iron bench outdoor
Iron bench outdoor
Iron bench outdoor

Indian temple photo

A few days back, I published a photo from Agroha. See Shehnai Player Statue - Agroha, Hissar, Haryana, India. A few kilometers away, there is another temple. It's of Mata Shitla [Shitla Goddess]. It was so fresh and clean that I could not believe that I was in India and was visiting an Indian temple! It was probably the best chance to take an Indian temple photo that was clean and neat. Otherwise it is very difficult to have an Indian temple photo without clutter of wires, dirt, people, etc. around. I hope you will like this photo. Do you like it? And oh yes, do you feel that this Indian temple photo relates to some popular place? I feel so somehow. Anyway, tell me whether you like the photo :)

Indian temple photo
Indian temple photo
Indian temple photo

Forever green landscape

We were returning from Varandha Ghat; there was beauty everywhere except that it was too hot to be comfortable. But we still tried to take some good photographs. See my photo of bouquet tree. I think you will like it. At the same place where I photographed the bouquet tree, I photographed the below scene. The bouquet tree was photographed facing towards the road. The below landscape was photographed facing left side of the road. It looked as if it is a forever green landscape. There was no sign of aging grass. How do you find this photograph? Do you like it?

Forever green landscape
Forever green landscape
Forever green landscape

Feeding Buffalo

I was on my way to Kas Plateau… no no, I did not see this feeding buffalo twosome at that time :) I saw them on my way back. It was such a beautiful time of the year and beautiful place too. High above the lower plains, these feeding buffalo were having their lunch on a plateau. I guess you are having a feel looking at the photo that the place they are feeding at is at a high altitude. How do you feel looking at this photo of feeding buffalo? Enjoyable life they are having, isn't it?

Feeding Buffalo
Feeding Buffalo
Feeding Buffalo

The Red Leaf

This particular red leaf photo has it's story just like most of my photographs. It was a hot afternoon when we were roaming the potholed river basin at Baneshwar. There was much to photograph, but the red leaf in this photo was unexpected. There were different colors like greens of vegetation, washed browns and grays of potholed river basin, browns of soil, blues of sky, vibrants of cacti, etc. But this red leaf was alone! The light was so perfectly behind it! I love this leaf. Do you?

The Red Leaf
The Red Leaf
The Red Leaf

Rare Flower

It was the time when I went for an environmental task last year on Purandar Fort. I'm yet to see the results I'm expecting this December, not just at Purandar fort, but at some more locations. Well, that's a different topic. The below photo relates to a rare sight of a rare flower. I'm not sure what its general and scientific names are. But for sure, it was one that I had not seen before. Do you identify this rare flower? Please let me know.

And yes, as usual, I'm expecting your comments on the photo :)

Rare Flower
Rare Flower
Rare Flower

Morning Road

It was about 6:30 in the morning and a drive on the new Mumbai-Bangalore bypass. The morning sun was perfect for a good photo. I took this photo of morning road about 4 years back!

Morning Road
Morning Road
Morning Road

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali
Happy Diwali
Happy Diwali

Hibiscus Flower

Do you know that the hibiscus flower has about 220 types? The flower has received its name from the greek word ἱβίσκος [hibískos]. A famous author in the first century, named Pedanius Dioscorides had named marshmallow flower as ἱβίσκος. It has a few other names like rosemallow, sorrel and flor de Jamaica. Let this be some knowledge, and tell me how you feel seeing this hibiscus flower photographed by me.

Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus Flower

Contest Winner — I am the photo contest winner

I won it! Remember, I participated in OlympusPro City Frames Photo Contest? The theme was "Flavor of your city". I participated with the below photo of Dagdusheth Ganpati [the flavor of my city Pune] and won the competition. Oh! I can't believe this; I AM the CONTEST WINNER! CONTEST WINNER!! THE CONTEST WINNER!!! Woohoo! Yippie!! Yay!!! I AM the CONTEST WINNER! I still can't believe this.

Dagdusheth Ganpati
Dagdusheth Ganpati
Dagdusheth Ganpati

I'm waiting for the prize now. It's Olympus µ TOUGH-8010.

Contest Winner
Contest Winner
Contest Winner

Bhuleshwar Temple

On Neha's request on my post on Bhuleshwar Temple, I'm posting one more photo of the mysterious view of Bhuleshwar Temple. I took many photos over there, and I will publish many more photos of Bhuleshwar Temple in future.

Bhuleshwar Temple is really mysterious; I clearly remember — one photo of a small sculpture of the carvings on the internal side walls of Bhuleshwar Temple was horrifying. The sculpture is probably of a lady. Someone had applied bright red kumkum [powdered turmeric mixed with a bit of slaked lime] on the ruined sculpture's forehead. I will publish that photo from Bhuleshwar Temple sometime in the future. For now, enjoy this photo of a boy holding turmeric powder and kumkum [religiously important in India]. This photo from Bhuleshwar Temple really has some power, in my view. What is your view?

Bhuleshwar Temple
Bhuleshwar Temple
Bhuleshwar Temple

Gabbar Singh Orkut Profile

For information of my friends from outside India, Gabbar Singh is the most impressive wanted villain of Indian cinema of all times. He became a legend from the movie Sholay released in 1975.

Someone has made a virtual Gabbar Singh Orkut profile.

Gabbar Singh Orkut Profile
Gabbar Singh Orkut Profile
Gabbar Singh Orkut Profile

Note: I received the above photo/scan/sketch of Gabbar Singh Orkut Profile in an email forward. It is not photographed/scanned/sketched by me. The copyright and credit of this photo/scan/sketch of Gabbar Singh Orkut Profile remains with the original photographer/scanner/artist. If you are the original photographer/scanner/artist of this photo/scan/sketch of Gabbar Singh Orkut Profile, please let me know; I'll very happily link back to you :)

Pulsar 180 Model

This is my motorcycle — the Bajaj Pulsar 180 Model 2006. I have mentioned a few times in my past posts that me and my wife usually travel on motorcycle for trips to different places. For example, when we went to Kas Plateau, we went on this motorcycle only. It was a 330 kilometers drive.

The below photo of my Pulsar 180 Model was taken at Harrison's Folly near Panchgani.

Pulsar 180 Model
Pulsar 180 Model
Pulsar 180 Model

Pigeon attack on boy

Pigeon attack on boy
Pigeon attack on boy
Pigeon attack on boy

Note: I received the above photo of pigeon attack on boy in an email forward. It is not photographed by me. The copyright and credit of this photo of pigeon attack on boy remains with the original photographer. If you are the original photographer of this photo of pigeon attack on boy, please let me know; I'll very happily link back to you :)

Photo of golf

I found this very beautiful photo of golf on flickr.com. Isn't it very clean and colorful?

Photo of golf
Photo of golf
Photo of golf

When I used the find tool of flickr, I thought why shouldn't there be find tools for searching products. If you are considering Google as the find tool for information, I think ShopWiki is the find tool for shopping. There are innumerous products like Golf, Tennis, Kids' Sports, Inline Skates, Gifts for Sport Fanatics, etc. Check them out!

Actually, ShopWiki is a tool that works almost like Google. The only difference is that ShopWiki spider looks for shopping inventory all around the web of Internet, whereas Google spider looks for any and every information all around the web of Internet. So if you are specific about finding something to shop for, do check the wholesome collection of almost every item on ShopWiki.

There are such genius people in the world who create such masterpieces of logical power! I am amazed!!

PS: Photo credit to the author of the photo at URL http://www.flickr.com/photos/fevisyu/2335224771/

Hen and chicks picture

Have you seen my post on the baby dinosaur we saw on the treks of Sinhgadh? See it; you will enjoy, I'm sure :)

On the same location, we saw an ordinary hen too with her 2 chicks. Actually, it seemed that the baby dinosaur was the 2 chicks' elder brother :) Here is the hen and chicks picture for you in this post. The 3 were very ordinary at the first look. But when I looked from the viewfinder of my camera, the hen and chicks looked awesome having their lunch. My blog is the viewfinder for you to see my vision. I hope you will like this hen and chicks picture. I'm eager to know :)

Hen and chicks picture
Hen and chicks picture
Hen and chicks picture

College Algebra

I clearly remember; in our times, college algebra was the easiest one. At that time, the school algebra was a tougher one as it involved tough topics like factoring polynomials.

E=mc2 Now-a-days, it's quite easier with online free math help and math problem solver. Do check these links. The students in current times are the luckiest ones, believe me. There are so many things readily accessible in life, that make learning way easier and fun-filled. I think the people who are reading this post must concentrate on seeing opportunities with online tutoring specifically for K-12 and college.

Bhuleshwar temple near Pune

I had mentioned in my post named Photo of temple that I will publish the photo of Bhuleshwar temple near Pune. Here it is. I hope you will like it.

Bhuleshwar temple near Pune
Bhuleshwar temple near Pune
Bhuleshwar temple near Pune

Lalbaugcha Raja

Lalbaugcha Raja
Lalbaugcha Raja
Lalbaugcha Raja

Note: I received the above photo of Lalbaugcha Raja in an email forward. It is not photographed by me. The copyright and credit of this photo of Lalbaugcha Raja remains with the original photographer. If you are the original photographer of this photo of Lalbaugcha Raja, please let me know; I'll very happily link back to you :)

Iktara

Iktara is a guitar-like instrument with only 1 string. I took the below photo of a man selling Iktara at Gadisar lake of Jaisalmer. 1, 2, 3, 4, …; seems that he has 21 Iktara on sale!

Iktara
Iktara
Iktara

Photo of temple

The below photo of temple was taken from the big temple of Bhuleshwar. I will publish photos of Bhuleshwar temple in a few days. For now enjoy this majestic view as seen from Bhuleshwar temple.

Photo of temple
Photo of temple
Photo of temple

How to get rid of Monday blues

For many, "How to get rid of Monday blues" is the biggest question every start of the week. The answers are many, like…
• having a hot cup of coffee before heading towards the office to make sure that you forget every sad part of it and just indulge in the taste
• taking a leave
• chatting at office
• not attending boring meetings and sitting happy outside
• etc.

But the above points are just some funny thoughts. The real idea to get rid of Monday blues is to see this beautiful rose. It will turn your Monday blues into Monday pinks :) How do you like it?

How to get rid of Monday blues
How to get rid of Monday blues
How to get rid of Monday blues

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