Lanterns!

Pictures say it all ! Click on image to enlarge !

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Janski Beeeats !

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 (?!?)

Click on images to enlarge –

Concert photography is definitely an enjoyable experience! 🙂

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Sri Perumbudur Temple, Tamilnadu!

Ramanujar Temple

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!

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Lighthouse, Chennai!

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.

Until next time! Cheers

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Weddings Galore!

Hi all, how’s the holiday season treating you ! This month (for me) has been filled with attending weddings of close friends and relatives (my my we are becoming old!). The best part of Indian (South) weddings is the elaborate pre-marriage rituals, ceremonies and the FOOD! It was a great time to wear extravagant clothes, meet old friends, rag the couples and once again eat good, rich traditional food! See below for a snapshot of what transpired – (Click on image to view)

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From the Terrace

Hey there! So it’s been more than 2 months since my last post, i have been waiting to pick up my camera and take some pictures! I found the right opportunity on my own apartment’s terrace (my dad has taken a sudden interest in gardening, here are a few of the plants we have. And nope i don’t know their names! )

Canon EOS 650D
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Terrace Garden (1 of 17)

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