Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

Art, Dance, durga puja, Festive, Friends, Photography, Spiritual, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge

Well, I was really happy to read the topic albeit a bit late , but because a few days back on a random walking spree I coincidentally clicked two shots which fit the theme to the T ..!!

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First and third shot are taken 2 days back at a chai cafe (Chaayos) which is close to my heart for all the memories it holds with my near and dear ones ….makes me nostalgic 😀

Second shot is taken at a recent dance festival I visited in Bengaluru in the artists dressing room and it is actually the headgear in one of the traditional Indian classical dance forms from Orissa – Odissi … my first love 

Final shot is taken at this year’s Durga Puja (Indian festival) and it is actually a Sudarshan Chakra granted to Goddess Durga by Lord Vishnu during her fight with Mahishasur, the demon….!!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Glow

Art, Clouds, Festive, Nature, Photography, Spiritual, Sunset, Weekly Photo Challenge

Finally the festivities are over, guests have bid adieu, the fireworks have been shot, the sweets & snacks are gobbled up and the gifts have been exchanged…in short one of the biggest Indian festivals is done with …!!

And what a coincidence , the topic for WPC is also “Glow“….couldn’t have come at a better timing 🙂

Diwali diyas

The way a Diya can add that special Glow not only in a house but even in the heart is Wow

Diwali fireworks

No matter what is your age but the excitement of watching an anar light up is still child-like … 🙂

Diwali lantern

This lantern was Glowing in that dark sky so brightly like Hope …!!!

And finally one picture that I took a few weekends back…honestly I was feeling a bit low that evening but this radiant Sunset filled that much needed “Glow” in my heart ….am glad I didn’t miss it 🙂

Autumn Sunset

Autumn Sunset – Glowing Like Fire

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Pedestrian

365, Human Relations, Just Like That, Photography, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge

Honestly this was one of the prompts that I used to eagerly wait every single week till a couple of years back and I hardly missed posting any during that time. But then, priorities got shifted and I lost touch. Yesterday, while going through my archives, I happened to read one of my WPC posts and I knew the next step right then and there…!!!

So here it is, my humble attempt to interpret a tricky topic for this week’s WPC – “Pedestrian” 

Till now, Pedestrian the word related to mostly Street and its life and street photography has always been interesting for me…so here is my version 

 

WPC - Pedestrian

Bored to Sleep

Well, spotted this old lady sitting right in front of Gateway of India and unaffected to the chaos and crowd around her. Infact, with the habit of carrying bottles, there was hardly anyone in the crowd buying water from her. Bored and tired from her pedestrian routine,  she finally dozed off to a good 10-min nap.  

Taking a cure from Krista’s point of view and in continuation with the earlier shot, would like to share a picture of a historical place which is “Anything but Pedestrian” – Gateway of India

WPC - Pedestrian 2

Gateway of India – Anything but Pedestrian

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration

365, Art, Dance, Weekly Photo Challenge

Teacher

2 days back…29th April 2016 to be precise it was International Dance Day and this week’s Photo Challenge is about Admiration….so when you add up the two, the only person I could think of was my dance idol , my Guru – Smt Nivedita Mukherjee aka Shampadi for me…

Thanks Di for being a part of my life…blessed to be your student!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Nature, Photography, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge

Coming back to the arena after 60 loong days feels very different….just like the day when I started it all.

Lot of factors added to the temporary hiatus … fabulous ones…some extremely bad….but then that’s how Life is !!!

Curves. …..that’s one aspect a girl can talk about for hours together …either the absence of it or the envy of someone else’s …..lol 😉

Well, for a change I shot a road curve at Kuala Lumpur on a recent trip and it just came handy 😀

Curve down the road .....

Curve down the road …..

Tried my best ….but couldn’t ignore the gentleman on the side ….no issues though 😉

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

Dance, Music, Photography, Spiritual, Weekly Photo Challenge

Attended the Day 1 of the most eagerly awaited festival of Mumbai – Kalaghoda Arts Festival

and

it was simply mind-blowing!!!

Below is a picture of the numerous ones I clicked that eventful evening….many many more to follow…Overall an experience never to be missed 😀

Rama Vaidyanathan

Rama Vaidyanathan

This is what I call a “Unique” experience…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Art, Photography, Spiritual, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s challenge almost got me in my “Philosophical” mood….Beyond!!

Have you ever wondered why some of us sink into anxiety at the onset of any challenge while some get charged up and raring to go like the bull which sees the red cloth (bad example :-P)? Well, that’s simply because the latter ones choose to see beyond their current hurdles and visualize the finish line…

Look beyond the hurdles...

Look beyond the hurdles…

Well,this picture represented this fact for me. Many of you may choose to disagree but when I saw this picture in today’s context, I saw the rock lying on the sand as the biggest hurdle of my success  – “Me”. Yes, I am my biggest hurdle. There is a vast ocean of success, abundance and prosperity waiting for me out there, but it’s that voice inside me which stops me from looking Beyond.

It’s high time, I kick off that hurdle(voice) and run towards the ocean….Beyond the Waves!!!

🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

Dance, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Trust Sara to come up with a topic that is already hovering in your mind…..Resolutions!!

New Year has always been more synonymous with “Resolutions” than with anything else as far as I can remember. Although majority of those never see the daylight beyond a couple of weeks, there springs one or two which do get through the year with grit,determination and a lot of pushing 😛

Well, this year I’ve decided to get better at my two passions – Dancing & Photography. Either I spoke real loud or much earlier than others could coz there comes a dance shooting assignment within a week of ushering the new year. What more can I ask for?

Guru-Shishya: Darshana Jhaveri and Sohini Ray

Guru-Shishya : Darshana Jhaveri and Sohini Ray …sharing a light moment!!

It is very rare to get a Guru-Shishya (Teacher-student in Hindi) jodi as closely knit and dedicated as Darshana Ma’am and her disciple Sohini Ray. Infact, I consider it a blessing to have so closely interacted with someone as magnificient as Darshanaji and to watch Sohini perform with all her grace,finesse and sharpness is a rarity.

Darshna Jhaveriji’s Website

Krishna

It may across to many people that Manipuri dance is a relatively easy and a very simple dance because of subtlety and softness that is portrayed, but trust me it is one of the most difficult dances to learn and yet not so popular as the regular Bharatnayam, Kathak or Odissi. An hour long workshop had us questioning our stamina and balance 😛

Sohini Ray’s Website

Radha

I have almost a hundred pictures that were simply stunning, but alas cannot post them all. But the sheer joy of shooting  two awesome ladies whose basic personality exudes warmth,humility and sincerity is something I cannot explain in a mere post.

Happy New Year to you all 😀

Weekly Photo Challenge – My 2012 in Pictures

365, Dance, Family, Festive, Food, Friends, Human Relations, Just Like That, Nature, Photography, Spiritual, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge

A  year that will be a milestone in all aspects…..

A year that will forever be etched in my heart……..

A year that started new phases and  closed old chapters…….

And a year  that taught me a lot about myself than all the previous years could together 😀

Bye Bye 2012 :-D

Bye Bye 2012 😀

A year that gave me lots to cry for and loads to rejoice….

A year that made me proud but more to be ashamed of 😦

A year that I bade goodbye with loads of happiness and joy 😛

A year that I bade goodbye with a hope that 2013 brings ten-fold happiness and peace

Bye  Bye 2012

2013…here I come!!!!

🙂 🙂 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Festive, Friends, Kids, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

What better to live up your festive season than a surprise which brings a smile  to someone’s face and makes their day!!

SURPRISE

A very interesting emotion to capture…..coz if it goes down the scale it can end up being a shock 😛

Well, I really had the picture coming to me today morning at a wedding I attended. Couldn’t wait to post the two pics which co-incidentally matched the theme….hehehehehe 😀

Surprise or Shock

Whattt….We are not getting married today??

This was a classic expression by the bride and the groom….I couldn’t think of any better caption…..Lol

😀 😀 😀

Huh??!!

Huh??!!

Can you believe I got two shots at the same event?? This cute cuddly angel was quite taken by surprise when I clicked her pic…but ain’t she absolutely adorable….mwah!!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Human Relations, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Entering a new phase of life and I’ve already started admiring that even the strongest of relationships are bound by a

DELICATE

thread of “Trust”, “Patience” and most important link – “Love”

Delicate Relationships

Delicate Relationships

Some emotions are better felt than described…….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Clouds, Flora, Nature, Photography, Seasons, Weekly Photo Challenge

The seasons surely are changing dynamically this year. Well, for a person residing in the coastal city of India, Mumbai…..it is getting relatively difficult to judge if its finally winters or is the October heat still on an extension 😦

Got this pic last year at the onset of the winters……as the mercury starts dipping; the clouds start increasing and the sky takes a beautiful crimson pallete

Onset of winters

Onset of winters

Clicked this one a few days back….it just excites me to see new life taking shape during this season

Onset of new life

Onset of new life