Friends in Deed

Tree

She is dull

drab and brown

cares of the world

weigh her down;

unbeknownst

they close in

and paint her

pink and

yellow.

 

T2Where

would we

be

without

friends?

 

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CB&W: More Lights

I already posted my selection of lights for Cee’s BW challenge on the theme. But I still had a few left over, so here goes…

Mumbai airportAt Mumbai’s swanky new airport

SignageThe lights were so bright and the floor so shiny, even the mirror image is pretty easy to read. Or is it?

DiamondsDiamonds in the sky just the tiniest bit out of reach πŸ˜€

RichmondA cozy dinner for two. One of the rare occasions (in thirty years) where we had dinner all by ourselves (and emerged unscathed πŸ˜‰

Diner

The other occasion – this one was a close call. We do love to live dangerously πŸ˜€

Gandhi

Children make the most out of Gandhi’s Memorial and play on the makeshift slide at his feet.

Cake

Hungry after that little jaunt? How about a piece of this delicious crunchy ice cream cake? Frankly I don’t remember craving this much for anything else. Not today at least πŸ˜‰

SunsetI know Cee said only man-made lights but I couldn’t resist this perfectly framed frilly sunset.

Have an awesome weekend πŸ™‚

CB&W: Enlightening

The theme for Cee’s this last week’s Black and White Challenge is was Lights.Β  Without any further ado here are some selected shots from the Golden temple at Amritsar.

BerbabaBaba Budha Jee, the first head priest of Harmandir Sahib, used to sit under this Ber (tree) about 125 years go and supervise the excavation of the Amrit Sarovar and construction of the Golden Temple. The tree is more than 500 years old. The lit up tower on the right looks remarkably like a face doesn’t it?

Gold templeA view of the Golden Temple from the other side (previous photo). On the right is the queue for darshan at around 8 pm.

EntryThe entry gate for the queue

ChandelierA closer look at the gorgeous chandelier

 

Golden templeI used minimal color in this photo.

Golden2This is the sepia version. You can see the original photos of the Golden Temple here.

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For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 152

A Survivor

 

Pre drum

You may cut

me to size

show me

my place

as many times as you wish.

Destruction

is your nature

just as mine

is to rise

again and again

Drum

Four months was all that she took to begin yielding juicy drumsticks all over again.

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CB&W: Buildings from Home

Hola! How’s the weekend progressing? I know Cee’s Black and White Challenge on Buildings is over but I did warn you I had loads more. Although I have to admit nobody asked for more photographs. But then again I have a generous nature and an active ESP – I can hear your clamor, nay, demand for more photos πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

So here goes – but this time all from India but yet another eclectic mix. Hope you like πŸ™‚

VillageAfter the massive and high rise buildings in the previous post I thought it was time to get closer to the ground – a village in the north east.

KolA deserted run down house in the suburbs of Kolkata

GangtokI was attempting to capture the view of Gangtok but the mist obstructed my view. But all I got was a makeshift school and an under construction building

LighthouseA defunct lighthouse (alongside a hopefully working street lamp) in Puducherry

AmerAn outsider view of the Amer Fort, Jaipur – it was dusk and you will have to peer to make out anything πŸ˜€

City palacePhew this is one is better – isnt it? It is the City Palace at Jaipur.

HutTired from all that zipping around the country? Take a breather in this thatched shady place built just for this purpose. Although I have my doubts if it can be called a building πŸ˜‰

GopuramI have shared several photos of the gopurams of the Chidambaram temple. This the first black and white version. Which one do you like better?

MpuramA 7th century cave dwelling built along side the more famous and one of world’s largest bas-relief monolith known as Arjuna’s Penance at Mammalapuram.

ShoreTJust a little ahead, in Mammalapuram near the Bay of Bengal, is the Shore temple built with blocks of granite. It was built between 700–728 AD. It was barely dawn and apart from us, there was a group of boys who were busy clicking pics. But there was one who stayed away from the group despite their active efforts to make him join them. He preferred to sit alone and mope. Can you see him? Right in the center, sitting and brooding – I do hope he is fine now.

AurovilleMatri Mandir or the meditation center at Auroville

HawaThe famous Hawa Mahal of Jaipur, the Pink City

Monkey

Whew that felt like one of my long pieces – where I never know when to stop or how to stop. Here the cup of tea acted as the perfect reminder – so I am off while you leave me a little note or a smiley or whatever else you are keen to throw my way – have a super weekend!

And just in case there are any Khulasa Mami friends - she's been at it again.

 

 

CB&W: Homing in on Buildings

It’s been quite a while since I participated in Cee’s Black and White photo challenge. This week’s theme is Buildings and I am late. But I have been good for many days now, so I guess Cee will cut me some slack πŸ˜‰ Especially since I started digging through my archives all I had were photos of buildings and I got lost trying work my way through them πŸ˜€

SchoolHousing young bodies and nurturing budding minds – a school in Darjeeling

Salar jungA side view of the Salar Jung Museum which houses the priceless sculptors like the Veiled Rebecca, Cuppa Chai, Dishy Stuff and so many others that I still have to share. And I managed to visit only the ground floor!

SpainSomewhere in Spain that’s all I can tell you for I flicked this impressive building from my worse half’s collection πŸ˜‰ Time to move on from the pristine whites…

DenmarkOne of the many castles in Denmark. Despite the huge structure it’s the sculptor in the middle that invariably captures my attention. What about you?

GolcondaGolconda fort near Hyderabad, which was in its hey days home to the Kohinoor diamond among others.

palace in swedenOutside the Lund University, Sweden built in 1425 is one of Europe’s oldest, largest and prestigious universities.

MumbaiAamchi Mumbai from the 33rd floor! Where lives are made (and destroyed) in the quest to touch the sky, become a star.

AmbaniYep that’s the Antilla home to Mukesh Ambani, the Indian business magnate worth $ 29 billion. The Antilla was built at a mere $ 1 billion has 27 stories but since ceiling are high it’s equivalent to a 40 story building. It has a multi-story garage with space to park 168 cars and three helipads, it’s another matter that permission for chopper landing hasn’t yet been received.Β  Once the tallest in the region it is now overshadowed by a taller building in its backyard.

SunsetAs if there aren’t enough buildings in Mumbai! The work continues into dusk and beyond – living up to its name of the city that never sleeps.

hanging gardensJust to reassure you that Mumbai is not just about heights but also has breadth, not much but nevertheless culled out some space to hang out – the Hanging Gardens.

MalmoA building facade at Malmo, Sweden – looks like a swanky office complex.

CharminarMuhammad Quli Qutb Shahi built the Charminar, the most famous monument and mosque of Hyderabad, in 1591 AD. It was built to celebrate the end of a deadly plague.

copenhagen from a boatSightseeing at Copenhagen – home or office?

HutThis was once probably both home and workplace – an abandoned hut by the roadside

copenhagen royal theatreRoyal Danish theater – the outside facade is so awe-inspiring, wonder how it would look from inside.

GhoomOld Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling, India is the popular name of Yiga Choeling. The monastery belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat sect and is famous for its 15 feet high special statue of the Maitreya Buddha. The famous Mongolian astrologer and monk Sokpo Sherab Gyatso established the external structure of the building in 1850.

Oh darn it – I think I better stop now. If you would like to see more buildings do let me know – I have loads more πŸ˜€

For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 150

CFFC: Dishy Stuff

How swiftly the days pass! It’s time for another of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Pots, Pans, Dishes and Silverware. Since we are allowed to be creative, continuing from my earlier CFFC post of photos from the Salar Jung Museum, here are some more dishy goods πŸ˜‰

Bowl

A decorative bowl – I wonder what it was used for? Surely not soup πŸ˜‰

JarPerhaps he washed his hands with water from this jug over the bowl – what do you think?

Silverware

Another massive silver bowl – purely decorative purposes I am guessing.

Urn

A huge urn – I am out of guesses – what do you think?

BlueThis jar looks tiny and a bit lost doesn’t it?

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