Thursday, December 30, 2010

The 365-1/4th Day

There, I've come to the end of this project which actually ended quite a while ago. If you've been following this blog, you will know I lost my camera at the end of August, and that derailed my momentum with this photo-a-day project. I tried to keep it going, but I began forgetting to take pictures for days on end after that. I'm quite sad - I thought I could and would see it through.

So here are the last batch of photos taken over the last one month. I am looking out for another project but none as intense as this - I was really seized with it as long as I didn't lose my camera - it made me spend more hours on the computer, more hours up at night, and for a while, I didn't even feel like working on the other blog because I was spending time on this every day. I also took a lot of pictures just for the sake of meeting a deadline - I guess it's time I eased up and learnt some photography now!

One of the nicest hotel rooms I've stayed in!

Home baked goodies from a friend!

Trying some food photography!

Same star, different shot

Cooking in progress!

It's been many days of Rajasthani food at home since my trip last month to Rajasthan - here it's pithore ki kadhi in the making. The cubes above are the pithore, made from besan. More posts here and here

 The pattern on this pressure cooker full of greens and dal reminded me of geographic maps.

I boiled eggs straight out of the refrigerator. An egg cracked and this yolk popped out. Maybe there were two or it shaped itself so. I found it cute.

An evening out

Hard times - vegetables at awful prices

But at the end of the day, something sane, some good advice ... 

A very happy new year to you all!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Rajasthan journey

This past week, I was in Rajasthan for a trip with my friends. We went to Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Jaipur. These pictures are from Jaisalmer. The lady above is a vendor at the fort, which is home to about 4,000 people.

There are many shops for tourists inside the fort, this one selling hats and turbans and other stuff is one of them.

As you enter the fort, there are several stalls selling silver jewellery and puppets.

Just a small example of the beautiful carvings in sandstone - I think this is from Patwon Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer.

Sunset on the dunes in Sam (pronounced 'Sum', in the Thar desert.)

A 'pol' (gate) at Mandore Fort, Jodhpur

The imposing Mehrangarh fort

The Blue City, as seen from Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur. Originally painted blue for Brahmins to distinguish their houses from others', the indigo wash was later adopted by everyone as it was supposed to have disinfectant qualities.

Amber fort, Jaipur

Inside Amber fort, Jaipur. You can see the wall of Jaigarh fort, which houses the world's largest cannon, at the back.

A large courtyard inside Amber fort - there are several courtyards, not to mention rooms, gates and passages inside this sprawling fort. The place is a maze, you can get lost very easily and waste a lot of time as there are no directions and the audio guide tour is also badly organised.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

These Past Few Days

Nowadays, I don't even try to take good photos. This project has become one that's all about struggling to the finish line at any cost. Here are pictures from the past few days:

A landmark in my city

I've seen stuff like this only on the doors and walls of loos in trains, this was in an elevator!

Double rainbow! On the way back from home after the Deepavali break. I saw a rainbow on my way there too!

I still remember the days of my childhood when this creeper came to our house - how taken we were with its exotica, and its fragrance. It smelled very sweet and there were ants running over the flowers all the time. I just realise I'd posted this on my other blog a couple of years ago.

Green bananas, steamed, grated, tempered

Mashing garlic, in preparation for tawa paneer

Gravy for paneer makhani

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


of 'fruit falooda'

Matta Rice

More Diwali Greetings :)

A Smudge of Rainbow, And a Road

Diwali Greetings - 2

Diwali Greetings - 1

Creepy Crawly



Notice the second above?

Somebody Else's Property

Elevator - usually it's the loos on trains that have this kind of stuff!

A Landmark

Birthday Dinner

It was The Spouse's birthday last month.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What I've Been Eating

This blog is about what I've been photographing, but this is just what I've been photographing as well - I'm trying desperately to keep up with the challenge I've set myself, and not faring very well. But here goes!

Now that's a stylised picture of our dining table and the people around it on Dasara day earlier this month!

A podi (powder) that came out right - I imagined this is how it would be made and went ahead after some Internet searching confirmed my suspicions.

A barley salad with green beans, cranberries and almonds that I chewed through two days. There's still a little left over in my fridge.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Flora At Home, Accented

Papaya, with colour accented, finally had some fun with my new Canon SX 210 IS today!

With the macro setting

More accent on the colour! This is the 'bird of paradise'.