Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Lost SIGNAL!

WELL ...UNLIKE "THE LOST SYMBOL" THIS POST IS NOT ALL ABOUT MYSTICAL SYMBOLS AND BROTHERHOOD BUT ABOUT A FUNNY SITUATION WHERE BRANCHES OF LUSH GREEN ROADSIDE PLANT OF DELHI TRYING TO ENGULF THE RED LIGHT OF A TRAFFIC SIGNAL...CAUSING CONFUSION AMONG TRAVELERS!!!

trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven .... sometimes they are road to heaven too... Not their fault at all!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Go Green...


It is high time to go green....

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Indian Blackbuck.. The beauty of Blackness!!!

Here is the most beautiful and swiftest Indian Antelopes. Its habitat beng open plains, the blackbucks were more vulnerable to hunting. Once it was all but wiped out from Indian. Today blackbuck survives only in some protected areas.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunset @ Badartala, my sweet birth place...


[Click over the photographs to have a larger view]

These are few of the pics I took in last July when I was there in my home town. The sunset over Huglee River is the moment which I always enjoy.... Huglee River or Hooghly River (also known as Bhagirathi-Hooghly River) is the only river providing water to cities like Kolkata. There are so many reasons for liking this river and the piece of land. But I like Huglee as she along with clouds every day pay a colorful homage to The Sun. It is really a lovely moment to standstill and watch.


Badartala is a small area very near to Matiabruz, Kolkata.
[Poor internet connectivity is barring me from regular blogging and forcing me to upload smaller photographs with less density. I am extremely sorry for the both]
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Amateur bird watching!









These are some photographs of my recent effort in bird watching...I have captured these photographs with my 10MP, 5X digicam. Please try the following links for more out comes of my amateur bird watching:

[The photographs of this post are taken at Raj Ghat, Delhi and photographs in rest two posts are taken at Chouma vilage near Palam vihar, Gurgaon. Special thanks to my friends Amit & Sayani for there continuous boost....read Energy Pack :)]

Thanks for spending time at my blog.
Please keep visiting.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Beauty of Small Thing!

[Beauty of a small yellow flower]
If you know the name of this small yet beautiful flower, please share it with me....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Weekend Photos: Common chameleon!




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These chameleons are very common in India. I took these shots last to last weekend at my friends place. He has some rare pics of them and I am trying to convince him to make available those pics in web.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Durga Puja!


HAPPY DURGA PUJA TO ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!
[this photograph was taken last year...I'll try my best to capture some photographs this year but not sure about it... :(]

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Kolkata Tram:Behala Tram Depot

[An old Tram standing at Behala Tram Depot]

Trams are one of so many old friends of Kolkata. In 1873 (24th Feb 1873)Kolkata got her first horse drown tram.

After lots of modification in 1902, (27th March1902), the first electric tramcar ran from Esplanade to Kidderpore.

[Tram on its way]

Since then Tram has become a part of daily life of kolkata wallas'.
Behala Tram depot is operating since 1986. Tram used to be very popular mode of tranport for commuting to and from several parts of Behala , but recently the trend has seen a reversal. The only tram service in Behala now connects Behala to Thakurpukur and Joka.

[The cabin of the driver]

[Interior of a typical old second class coach]
I took the above photos in an evening july 2009, when I was just passing the depot. The tram shown in picture is the oldest version available in Kolkata.
Recently we have witnessed new sexy version of trams with sate of art design and better availability. Now it has become a MUST RIDE in Kolkata! :)
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Some Key Facts!
  1. Kolata Tram is the oldest oprating electric driven tarm in ASIA!
  2. On 22nd December, 1880, The Calcutta Tramway Co. Ltd was formed and registered in London!
  3. In 1908 Behala got connected in Tram network!
  4. In 1951, The Government of West Bengal signed an agreement with the Calcutta Tramways Company and the Calcutta Tramways Act, 1951 was enacted. The Govt. took control over all rights with regard to Tramways and reserved the right to purchase the system on 1st Jan, 1972 or any time thereafter giving two years notice.
  5. In 1986 Behala got her own tram depot!
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Peahen & Peacock: Chasing a couple!!!

It was an afternoon of a sun day and as usual I was killing time with my online friends and couple of glodflakes. Pre-monsoon breeze was trying to sooth the sunburn of Delhi NCR region. Suddenly, I heard the sound of peacock! It was loud and sharp...being sure that it is coming from very near, I came out of my room and found a couple in the roof of the next building! There was one male with a female walking here and there slowly on the roof.

Soon, I came with my camera and found the female one is still there in the roof. She was roaming absentmindedly as I was trying to capture her.




I was totally lost with the beauty she had! Feathers of her blue neck was sparkling in sunlight...She gave me enough time to press the shutter for few times before she went inside a neem tree.

Then I started looking for the male one. Strange! Where is he? In general a peacock don't let their mate go far alone during monsoon...Then where is he? I walked down in the street looking for him...

Finally I found him sitting on a roof of another house nearby!But it was out of the range of my camera.


After waiting some time with the hope that he would be kind to come closer to me, I realized that he has no such intention. So, I tried to get in the roof of another house to had a closer view...It was very funny when I found the house owner perplexed with our Hide & Seek game.

But, luck was not in mood to be pleased with me...when I managed to reach the roof top I found him sitting near the same neem tree which is just next to my room and where I found the female one.

Without spending an extra second I reached to our balcony. Alas! there was none apart from the neem tree!
It was a nice chasing but I failed to get them together!


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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Landscape of Badartala!

Landscape of my birth place, Badartala! It is peaceful place in the bank of Hugli River and just 45 mins away from Kolkata.
click on the photo to have a better view....

CAT's eye....

No! This post is not about the stone named Cat's Eye! Rather this one is about a real pair of cats' eye. In one evening, while returning from regular job hunt, I found her sitting near a window. As I was passing she gave a look at me with a great annoyance!
Oh My God! What a pair of burning eyes!

Alas! My camera was not focused properly and hurriedly I took the shot to grab her burning eye. By the time I re-focused and tried my 2nd shot she was off the stage....

Sheer a Bad luck!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fire trick!

Fire tricks of Delhi chanawalas' are very simple and natural....I found one chanawalla near Karol Bagh, Delhi. Here the Chanawala is trying to wax up the heat of the clay pot to serve warm fried chana to his customers...
As I have told you, the trick is very simple...

The chanawala has managed a small clay pot with some burning charcoal in it. The clay pot has a handle made of iron wire. If you notice carefully, the clay pot has some small holes at upper part of it for ventilation.
After placing some burning charcoal in the pot, chanawala puts small wood pieces to ensure continuous heat. Now, next step is very simple...using the wire handle place the fire pot inside the pile of fried chana.

Warm fried chana is very populer among commuters especially when they are returning home after a day long business in Delhi.
Next time you come across a chanawala, think before ignoring his warm chana with black salt!
[Chana=Chickpea. Chana is also known as chhola or chola in India. Chana is a part of reguler Indian diet and well apprised for its high protein and fiber content! ]

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lonely Boat

A stationary boat in Hugli River, Kolkata. I was really moved by the solitariness of the subject...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Retirement...



I thought to name the post as "Lonely Chair", then gave a second thought and changed it to "Retirement"...but still in dilemma about the appropriateness of the name :(

Happy Birth Day India!!

15th August is the happy birth day of my mother land, India.
Wish her a very good luck and many more happy returns of the day!
After centuries of blood shedding freedom fight India became a free nation from the British rule on 15th August 1947.
Today being a son of her, I wish all of we a happy, peaceful and lovely life. :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dacres Lane or Decers Lane? .....Itz simply Tiffin Gali!

If you want to know Kolkata better and test her delicious street foods, Dacres Lane (also known as Tiffin Gaali, decers lane, dacker lane etc.) is a must visit place for you . It is a very narrow and short lane with arrays for food stalls. Decers Lane is one of the populer lunch destination for working people of Kolkata.
Once Kolkata or Calcutta was the Capital of British India and since then the lane is serving lunch for babus. Most probably in 1773, the lane was named as 'Dacres Lane' after Mr. Philip Milner Dacres who was then collector of Calcutta and member of the business council. Gradually the name of the street has become Decers Lane and then Tiffin Gali!
Almost none of the reguler visitor knows the history of the lane....what they know is that the Decers Lane is destination of their quick but heavy, spicy but healthy(subject to your digestion power), sufficient but cheap lunch. Here you will get all the Chinese, Afgani, Western, North Indian, South Indian, veg, non-veg foods with a pinch of Bengali touch ;)..Never mind!

Ohh! One thing more!
We in Kolkata, never finish any meal without sweets. Likely in The Dacres Lane (or decers lane)you will find sweet vendors with their magic stuffs.

In single line Dacres Lane (or Decers lane or Tiffin Gali) is an old example of One Stop Food destination!

[Note: Decers Lane is there in the heart of Kolkata, West Bengal. It is a lane between Esplanade Row (East) and Waterloo Street. Peak hour is between 1pm to 2pm IST. I took the above shots around 2.30 pm and it was still crowded! Apart from small stalls hotels/motels are also there in the lane. You will not get beef or Pork items in any stall here.]