Call me crazy for taking a time-lapse on a full moon night! But hey, this was my first time with night-time lapse so I guess its fine! I realized that the light pollution did not reveal too many stars (moon wasn’t helping!) and I did not have an interesting foreground subject to add that extra flavor to the video. Nevertheless, I kinda like the overall mood of the video!
P.S – Click on the link to view the video in HD on my Vimeo page!
So i was at Phoenix Market City (Velachery, Chennai) waiting for 2 of my friends to grab dinner. Outside the mall, an electronic music concert was taking place where the musician was belting out some funky tunes while wearing a mask that looked like a Xenomorph! (Think Alien/Predator bla bla)
Thankfully, i had my camera with me and started clicking some snaps! Later i googled to find out that the musician is French (i think) and calls himself Janski Beeeats (No clue what that means). But his music was definitely good! (i am no electronic music expert!) And oh yes, the percussionist wore a bear suit (?!?)
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Concert photography is definitely an enjoyable experience! 🙂
I recently realised that there are many interesting places to visit in my backyard, when otherwise i would be thinking about which cities/countries i should potentially travel to during my vacation. In that spirit, my goal in the years to come is to visit and experience the grandeur of the thousands of ancient temples/places in and around Tamil Nadu (well not all of them!)
To kickstart this ambitious goal, i present to you Adi Kesavaperumal Temple in Sri Perumbudur, Tamil Nadu (40km+ from Chennai). This temple is supposedly more than 500 years old and Sri Perumbudur is the birth place of Saint Ramanuja Acharya, an important proponent of the Vaishnavism movement in South India. He is also one of the presiding deities of the temple and the temple by itself holds great value to those who are aware of its history.
More about the Saint, he was born in 1017 CE and lived for 120 years! According to legend, it is said that he transferred his powers (no not Lord Voldemort style) to 3 idols made in his image, one of which is the vigraha in this temple. Among the many beliefs attached to the temple is the ability to cure skin related ailments and persistent health issues (faith is key ofcourse!)
You can read more about the temple’s Sthala Puranam (History) here.
Interesting right? I for one, am looking forward to the other fabulous places in Tamil Nadu that are probably the last surviving links to our ancient and glorious past!
We all know that current day Chennai, erstwhile Madras was a strategic location for the East India Company. But there is a rich maritime history to this charming city as well! The lighthouse you see in the pictures was commissioned in 1977 and is the 4th lighthouse this city has seen since the first lighthouse was constructed roughly before 1796 AD. The previous three were in different locations along the stretch of the Marina Beach (World’s 2nd longest beach). Interestingly the previous lighthouse was in the tallest dome of the Madras High Court!
Oh here’s another fun fact – This lighthouse is one of the very few lighthouses in the World to have an elevator 🙂 The Government reopened the lighthouse to the public after a span of more than 20 years (because of cases of suicides in the past) in November and i am certainly waiting to get a view of the city from the viewing gallery, which has now been secured with grills and CCTV cameras.
I just returned from a 9 day long travel trip, one of which included a short stay at Kathmandu, Nepal for 3 days as part of my company’s team retreat! Though i could not try the many exciting adventure sports or visit the Everest base camp, it was definitely a wish come true to see the vast mountain range up-close and personal! Breathtaking is what i would say. The Nepali food was healthy and tasty (though the prevalence of buffalo meat may not be suited to everyone’s palate), the temples and palaces were splendid (too bad could not visit Pashupathinath Temple).
It was evident that Nepal is one of the few places in the world where the marvel of nature’s creations are intact and can be experienced in possibly many ways! Check out some of the pictures i was able to take during my stay – (My favorite ones are the aerial shots from the flight back to Delhi of course! – Simply stunning views)
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To all my followers and casual visitors, here’s wishing you a very happy and prosperous Diwali ! Once again for my non-Indian friends, Diwali is an Indian festival celebrated with extravagance every year where we buy new clothes, burst crackers all day long and eat tons of home-made sweets. But the real fun begins in the night when people start bursting their fancy fireworks for hours together (poor Ozone!) . And THAT is my favorite part of the day!
This time i decided to try my hand at long exposure with fireworks and the results were pretty interesting! See for yourself!