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The annual culture fest called the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Part II – Shops etc.


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The annual culture fest called the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Part I- Installations

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A Visit to Dr. Kotnis Memorial, Solapur

During another trip to the southern town of Maharashtra- Solapur; we visited this well maintained museum dedicated to the memory of Dr. Kotnis. This Indian doctor is much revered in China too and we were glad to find this treasured link maintained so well in his birth town of Solapur.

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Glimpses from the Ganesha Festival 2013

Hello Everyone!!

Last year I blogged about making of Ganesha idols, so this year it’s about the finished product i.e. actual Ganeshas.

These are photographs clicked by me during the recently concluded Ganesha Festival – celebrated majorly in Mumbai and Pune. All pictures are in random orders, from day one till the immersion procession.

Hope you all like it!!

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Travelling Through Solapur

These are some snapshots taken while travelling in and around Solapur – the city located in south-western Maharashtra.

On the way to Solapur City:

Trainride

The Solapur Fort as seen from across the lake:

Fort

The temple town of Ganagapur:

Ganagapur 1

Various saints and the God himself, carved on the Ganagapur Temple:

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A giant statue of God Hanuman on the outskirts of Ganagapur:

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To fulfil a wish, there is a tradition to tie a thread around the sacred tree:

Tree 1

Sunset clicked on the way to Akkalkot:

Sunset Solapur

The sacred necklaces to be worn during the puja ceremony at Tulajapur:

Tuljapur 1

The main gate to Tulajapur Temple:

Tuljapur 2

The inside of another gate at Tuljapur temple:

Tuljapur 3

The main temple at Tuljapur:

Tuljapur 4

People and prayers at Tuljapur:

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The lakeside compound of Shri Siddheshwar Temple:

Siddheshwar


A Weekend Gateway To The Pench Tiger Reserve

Had a weekend away @ the Pench Tiger Reserve; here are few snapshots from that trip

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A Glimpse Inside The Mumbai City Museum

There are two famous museums in Mumbai and I decided to tour the less famous of the two. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad or Mumbai City Museum as its known is situated at the entrance to the city zoo.

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It has recently been refurbished and restored to its former glory. Here are few glimpses from inside this treasure trove.


The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Shopping, Eating etc.

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Art Installations Part II

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Art Installations Part I

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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Christmas Merriment in Mumbai Part III

This is the concluding part of this series about Christmas in Mumbai, all about restaurants and foods.

The decorations at Mumbai’s favorite café – Café Mondegar.

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Another wall in the same eatery with the Santa clause welcoming everyone.

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The stars welcoming everyone under the green canopy at another restaurant called Candies.

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Christmas tree at the same establishment.

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The festive food tray being served at Candies.

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Even the take away bags bore festive look.

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The Christmas Special Plum Cake, welcoming people at Indigo Deli Restaurant.

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The traditional goan style Coconut and Sugar Sweet Treats at the American Express Bakery.

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Lots of sweetmeats at the Theobroma Bakery.

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The Theobroma’s take on Christmas Plum cake.

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The gift packs of the same at the Theobroma Bakery.

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Christmas Merriment in Mumbai Part II

Continuing from the last post, these are the snapshots of Christmas decorations seen in shopping arcades.

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A delicate looking and beautifully decorated Xmas tree at the Palladium Shopping Complex.

Tree

Fairy lights welcoming all at the Palladium Shopping Complex.

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An exotic flower decoration at the same mall.
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A look at the Phoenix Mall in Central Mumbai, through a life size star erected as a festive door.

Star

A tree of gifts, oh I want!!

Gifts

The festive decoration in one of the shop windows inside the mall. Shopwindows

A better and closer look of this window.

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A very decorative and real life size Father Christmas with his crew, looking from a shop window in South Mumbai – Colaba.

Santa

And yes a snowman too.

Snowman

The last picture is my personal favourite, because they seem to have taken the Christmas celebration to the other pole – South Pole.

SSPole


Christmas Merriment in Mumbai Part I

We too celebrate Christmas here in Mumbai, although not on such massive scale. But hey, its festive season and all churches, malls as well as restaurants are lit up. So, let’s just enjoy!!

The very famous Afghan Church with Stars lined up.

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The main door of this church with festive lights and a Star.

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The Star hanging on the porch; which has vintage wooden beams.

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The nativity scene outside the Mount Mary Church.

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And here’s a close up.

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A beautiful couplet welcoming all and sundry to the Mount Mary Church.

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The beautiful statue of Mother Mary at the Mount Mary Church.

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The flower decked altar of the same church.

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The Last Supper of Jesus carved at the base of the altar.

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Another nativity scene inside the Mount Mary Chucrh.

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Here’s a closer look.

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The interior – all shiny and colourful of the same church.

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The mistletoes and bells hanging on the door.

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The outside open altar with the Christmas tree and its very own Santa clause.

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The Portuguese Church decorated in a pretty simple way.

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The front façade of the same church.

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The Doors and Windows of Jaipur

This is another collection of photographs from my Jaipur trip. This is all about doors and windows.

Yes, doors and windows that’s what fascinated me while roaming around the town. This post is all about it.

The ornately decorated door of the Jaipur City Palace.

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The window looking towards the main courtyard.

CPW

The mesmerizing peacock adorning one of the doors; representing monsoon. There were other doors presenting other seasons too, but monsoon is the one which catches everyone’s attention.

Peacock

Different floors, different window styles from the interiors of Hawa Mahal.

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The inside looks like this for one of these windows.

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Another one of the intricately carved window from the Hawa Mahal.

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The impressive gate of the Jaigarh Fort with a monkey acting as a doorkeeper.

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A window to guard the fort and not merely to peer down.

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A window to the world……from the Jaigarh Fort.

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Windows fit for a Queen!!

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What lies behind these closed doors?

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A work of art or a simply a window?

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One for the view and other for the breez.

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These one are eye catching for their co-ordination.

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The detailing on one of the windows.

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The giant sized Suraj Pol (Sun Gate) with massive but beautifully decorated doors.

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The Bazaars of Jaipur

Jaipur is famous for its shopping scene – offering everyone a bargain or more as per their taste and budget. Very rarely tourists don’t venture into Jaipur’s maze of various bazaars; it’s such a major attraction.

So, here are few photographs taken of these famed market streets by me while (of course) shopping for one thing or another.

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Very interesting streetlamps in the older part of the city. They can be linked directly with Jaipur’s royal lineage.

Lamp

The colourfully decorated pink gate that opens to various markets in the Old City.

Gate

The similarly styled signboards of the shops.

Shops

The shops on either side decked in pink hues.

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A heritage building getting repaired, housing mainly shoes shops.

Shoes

The famous Tripola gate opening into a busy intersection of three bazaar streets.

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A decorative terrace of one of the buildings.

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A Minaret soaring high and forming backdrop of one of the many market streets.

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The busy market scene as can be seen from the Hawa Mahal.

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The road leading to the modern shopping malls located on and around M.I. Road.

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Let There Be Light – Diwali Snapshots

Diwali is just few days behind us. So, here I’m with few snapshots of the festive lights.

The fairy lights put around a local temple.

The traditional floating light at my home- welcoming all and sundry.

Everyone have the tradition of hanging a sky lantern in front of the door to scare away darkness (& evil). So here is ours,

Of course, Diwali means bursting various kinds of crackers.

And some more,

The last one is my personal favourite – a hugh sky lantern hanging in a nearby apartments’ colony.


The Last Minute Rush for Ganesh Festival

I’ll let the pictures speak themselves, taken on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi (The Ganesh Festival). Just wish they could show the electric sparks flying in the atmosphere, it’s that HAPPENNING!!

Just Enjoy Folks!!

The decorative garlands on display

Some more

The headgears

Some more jewellery – to be worn on the arms

Various items required for the Ganesh Puja

More necessary items

The asanaas for Ganesh – to place the idol on it

Various kinds of fruits for the Ganesh – not to be eaten, just for the Puja

Some more Ganeshas waiting to be taken home


A walk around Mumbai High Court

The year 2012 is the sesquicentennial celebration year for the Mumbai (Bombay) High Court. So, to mark the occasion they have organised an exhibition describing the history of the said court. This includes a live court room complete with jury boxes and judges’ seat, various legal documents, decrees and photographs of old times.

It was a walkthrough in an era gone by and hence, we when attended the exhibition; we had quite a happy time despite all that sombre legal stuff around. Sadly as no cameras were allowed inside as per the government regulations, I couldn’t capture the building and the said courtroom from inside. But nothing has stopped us from taking pictures from outside of the building and here they are: