Playing with REFLECTIONS :)

In the cable car@ Saputara, Gujarat ๐Ÿ™‚

@ Munnar, Kerala ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t it symmetrical ๐Ÿ˜‰

@ Hussainsagar lake in Hyderabad- Me and my would be husband ๐Ÿ˜‰ (back then )

Different Beauty- With or without Glass !! Equally Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

Texture of Glass, creating a difference ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The apple of my eye in my apple -i ๐Ÿ™‚

Light at the end of the tunnel- A photo post!!

I’ve been really lucky to have bagged this golden opportunity of weekly visits to Pune!!

First n foremost, I get to visit my parents who stay with my 93 + years aged grandmom. The thought of my parent’s having only 2 daughters makes me feel lonely inside. Aging in this manner, carrying forward responsibilities of an old mother n staying alone (with neither me or my sis staying with them) seems like a horrible thing to me..

And so I’m lucky to have got this work assignment, which allows me to spend some time every week with my mom n dad ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

This weekly shuttle is very beautiful also cuz my work is extremely satisfying!! So much so that I feel energetic, no matter how early I’ve to get up n travel for almost 4 hours- one way…

The last but not the least is that it offers me PARTY TIME!! I get to party in solitude, with my fav music in my ears & endless beauty of nature to enjoy n capture with my iphone ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been exploring my click skills for the last few weeks & thought of posting them here!!

I loved the idea of capturing the light at the end of the tunnel & though this looks like just few pictures, theyre the few successful attempts out of so many! Lucky me, so many tunnels coming across every time I go to Pune & come back..

Presenting here, my fav ones: though they look like series of clicks, they’re of different tunnels, simply appearing like its a series of click.. Hope you enjoy them..

The beginning – I see some light!!

Yep: Some more light!!

Awesome one- Lotsa light!!

This is divinity presenting itself!! My fav pic!

The last one is my fave!! Isn’t this how it feels when we transition from dark space into light? Divine, isn’t it?

Signing off!

With loads of gratitude in my heart:)

 

 

Organised Greenery, House Boats & Kathakkali @ Kerala

Its time for me to pick my fave snaps of our trip to Kerala in March 2010 ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy viewing as much as I enjoyed clicking!!

We visited Munnar (known for its Tea gardens), Tekkady ,back waters of Allepey (House Boats Special ;)) & Cochin!

Presenting, the sunrise captured right from our Hotel window ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunrise @ Munnar

This one’s taken from inside the car! Mission Successful- Capturing the green & the joy ride ๐Ÿ™‚

Witnessing the JOY RIDE ๐Ÿ™‚

Of Green patches and white – ‘pick me up’ sticks ๐Ÿ˜‰ Beautifully complementing one another!!

Complementary Companionship ๐Ÿ™‚

Another one from our Hotel window @ Munnar!! Of hills and the green meadows – a look that relaxes ๐Ÿ™‚

Layers of blues & variety of greens ๐Ÿ™‚

Arrival @ Tekkady & a warm welcoming drink of my choice!! I like my tea more than anyone else. I’m the shorter one just as much in reality..

Don’t be amazed ,its just lemon tea served differently!! ย ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved it more in a tumbler than in a mug ๐Ÿ™‚ and so this pic finds some place here ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

Another one @ Hotel Ambadi @ Tekkady in Kerala. Its just too catchy for me to miss ๐Ÿ™‚

I guess, its here to drive the evil away ๐Ÿ™‚

Royally sitting on the arch to our duplex cottage ๐Ÿ™‚

In Tekkady, we had an evening to spare! We used it for watching the traditional dance form of Kerala – Kathakkali ๐Ÿ™‚ An awesome performance, we had a gr8 evening out. The make up of this artist took about 40 minutes or so & it was being done in front of the live audience.

Which one is the duplicate?? Painting on the left or the real one on the right?

Another one!! The female character in the dance show, (on the extreme right in the pic below) is played by a male artist.

Akshay with the Kathakkali artists

After Tekkady, it was Allepey!! Waiting to reach the backwaters of Allepey (Read -The HouseBoats). This pic below was clicked from our moving car window ..

Lonely in a crowd!!

Finally, the Houseboats are here ๐Ÿ™‚ A royal welcome with some cool coconut water & nice flowers. Thanks to the timed- auto click, our excitement is captured. One can see, roofs of other houseboats in the background.

Upper Deck of the House Boat- A cool welcome drink & flowers ๐Ÿ™‚

The house boat was really nice, except that they would kinda park it at night and the lights and the AC in the room were powered by a noisy generator. And what I hated about the dark evening in the houseboat was there were quite a few lizards for giving us company ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Knowing all of this, I would still not miss a night in this houseboat as it was a different, enjoyable & a mind-blowing experience. The food was yum and served hot to us at the table that’s seen in the pic below. There was a music system (With collection of Tamil & Malayalam songs) & a TV that we din’t quite use cuz it was just too beautiful outside ๐Ÿ™‚

Akshay in our HouseBoat ๐Ÿ™‚

With the help of the guys in our Houseboat, we could get ourselves to do a bit of rowing in another boat that was quite similar to (may be slightly longer than) the one below. The experience of rowing was awesome & we saw a variety of birds n a few kingfishers throughout our journey!! Sadly, there was no one to click our pics :(.

A cute boat ๐Ÿ™‚

All those of you who’re wondering about which place to visit for your next vacation, believe me, you wouldn’t want to miss Kerala. All those of you outside India, Kerala is a ‘must visit’.. Have a gr8 vacation ๐Ÿ™‚

Signing off with a few more of my fave pics,that speak for themselves!! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s up with you Akshay?

View from the boat ๐Ÿ˜‰

So cute ๐Ÿ˜‰

I like tall ๐Ÿ™‚

Krishna Painting @Hotel Ambadi at Tekkady

Unfocused on purpose!

Vibrance @ Cochin ๐Ÿ™‚

I capture you, you shoot me lol:)

Mr. & Mrs.

n that’s echo point

Solely Solo

Reflections ๐Ÿ™‚ Clicked from our Hotel window @ Munnar

Outside one of the shops ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved this one ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Coorg : Tibetan Monastery @ Bylakuppe

I have always dreamed of visiting a tibetan monastery. The ones in Sikkim or Ladakh have been on my wishlist. Dunno why but I have always felt fascinated by the idea of getting a chance to visit one of the monasteries.

I guess, my wish had to come true & I was jumping for joy when I came to know that there was one at Coorg. We planned to visit the monastery the same day we reached Coorg, but one of the staff @ the resort advised us to visit sometime early during the next day. So I was super excited the next morning. The pic below is a witness to my excitement ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s me n my husband ๐Ÿ™‚ & a giant flower for company

Wow!! I don’t remember what I ate that morning, but I guess I ate it fast ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย Our driver was waiting for us and so were we ….waiting for the Monastery ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

We had enough of Green n its time now to see Colors ๐Ÿ™‚

As far as I remember, the Monastery was almost 12 kms from Amanvana Resort. After some time, we could tell that we are now almost there. On one side of the road, we could see wind riding streamers or tiny colorful flags on strings. It was very beautiful, sadly couldn’t capture any cuz our cabbie was quite fast.

Our royal entry into VIBRANCE Unlimited ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

We were so excited to visit this place, that we forgot to click a pic @ the entry. The pic above is actually taken during our exit, that is after, over 2 hours from the time we made our entry. Now comes the exciting part!! Hope you enjoy watching just as much as I did ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally we arrived @ the Monastery ๐Ÿ™‚

The crown on top of this structure, is so beautifully created! I zoomed to see what was there on that crown n could see so many beautiful figures. The passion with which the Monastery has been created can be witnessed in each n every corner of this place.

Combination of beauty n perfection ๐Ÿ™‚

The zoom makes it unclear, I know. But the beauty remainsย encaptured. The bright colors used through out the campus, and the vibrance one feels, being in this place is enserio impressionante = SERIOUSLY AWESOME ๐Ÿ™‚

7 Buddhas (2 are hidden behind the colorful columns) – Prayer Hall

One can see the rows in which monks must be sitting while chanting their prayers. The holy books of chants also are so colorful. Everything here seemed to lift me up ๐Ÿ™‚

7 Buddhas

Something that just couldn’t go unnoticed here are the intricate designs on each and every space possible. The beams and the columns are bright red, with intricate designs all over, while there are beautiful paintings on all the walls.

Believe me, each and every wall is painted with so much love and passion!! Can be felt when one looks at them.

The window frames in these structures are again bright red, with bright blue and bright green short curtains. It gives such a powerful vibe to the entire structure. I was amazed ๐Ÿ™‚ n now its your turn.

Just check this out!!

The red columns, covered with colorful cloth with intricate prints. They have a different charm altogether ๐Ÿ™‚

Can you sense the passion with which the painting has been created?

This picture captures not just the beautifully painted wall from the inside, but also the red window frames & the colorful short curtains. You will find this in each and every structure here.

Another one ๐Ÿ™‚ This one is the external side of the wall.

Just click on the pic, and you can also catch a glimpse of one of the beam corners. Its just too much of intricate work , no wonder this structure is magical.

Yet another beautiful structure ๐Ÿ™‚ (Or temple if I may call it so)

Just click on the pic and zoom to see the crown of this structure. One can see deer (or something that looks like deer) & ย something written in the tibetan script. Whatever it is, it looks very powerful. The red door also looks so welcoming na ๐Ÿ™‚

Everything here is so beautiful!! They have not spared even the door ๐Ÿ™‚

So many Buddhas ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry folks, for the poor clarity of this picture. The buddhas are not clearly seen but one can witness the beautiful beams, columns & the painted walls here again.

The structure in the backdrop has inside it, what one waits to see ๐Ÿ™‚

My eyes are closed here, but didn’t care, cuz this is the only picture we had, which has the bell and in the backdrop is the temple/ structure which has the 3 shining Buddhas.

Doorway to the 3 Magical Buddhas ๐Ÿ™‚

We entered through that doorway, and the minute I saw this (pic below), I fell on my knees. As if a higher force just took over. The sun was shining on these 3 statues which are plated of Gold. The radiance was mindblowing.

Felt so peaceful. Inspite of the loud / bright colors used everywhere, there is a kind of harmony that is achieved which leads to a tranquil atmosphere. Take a look at the bright columns here. They seem to be specially designed to be this way. Also the streamers around the chandeliers. There is something beautiful about them.

Wowww!! My ‘Crazy’ Moment ๐Ÿ™‚

I hadn’t really noticed any signs around the Monastery that stopped the visitors to click any pictures or shoot videos.ย Only one signboard that was requesting the visitors to maintain silence, which apparently no one observed (neither the ย signboard nor the expected behavior)

I noticed one old lady, humbly praying, with a beaded string in her hands. I wanted to confirm with her, that I wasn’t breaking any rules by shooting videos or clicking pictures. She said, that the Tibetan Monastery does not restrict any of the visitors. Everyone is welcome n can feel free to take videos.

I felt really grateful ๐Ÿ™‚

Me and the old lady ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, I guess I’ve posted all the pictures that I wanted to. Few more like few close ups & few interesting things I observed around.

An awesome Close up ๐Ÿ™‚

Look at the backdrop of paintings!!

Dragon Column

Zoom n see ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t zoom!! This one’s super zoomed!!

The abode of the 3 magical buddhas ๐Ÿ™‚

Endless faith- Glowing in the form of enumerous lamps

Accommodation for the monks!

Giant Pink Hibiscus ๐Ÿ™‚ backdrop – Monks’ accommodation building

A reference to know how much of a giant, the hibiscus were ๐Ÿ™‚

Final one – Me and Akshay @ Bylakuppe Monastery, Coorg

Thats it from me friends!! I had a gala time visiting this monastery here @ Bylakuppe, Coorg.ย Hope all of you felt as happy as I did.

Sharing 2 amazing (one of them is looong) youtube videos that reminded me of the awesome feeling I had when I first saw the magical Buddhas.

One of them is a video of the Bylakuppe (Coorg) – Tibetan Monastery – Prayerย & another one is a video of Bylakuppe Tibetian Settlement @ Kushalnagar.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

Shraddha

Colorful Coorg – Once again :)

Breaking Dawn

In spite of having the carpet of fire as the backdrop, this one is an eye catcher. Looks like a ‘Float on Fire’ย , doesn’t it?

Passing by the lonely aisle- A beautiful bride

Growing Gleam, Glittering Green ๐Ÿ™‚

1 for Joy + 2 (trees) for Sorrow = 3 is Company

Tall, fair & Handsome- Not one but many ๐Ÿ™‚

And that’s me, playing with fire ๐Ÿ˜‰

And that’s my husband – Akshay, playing it cool ๐Ÿ˜‰ @ Abbey Falls

Junglee giants amidst tame waters – BEAUTIFUL ๐Ÿ™‚

Tall, Taller n the tallest, with the looooooooong road for Company ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Resort – Amanvana! Which kinda means ‘Peace @ a Forest’

Keep tracking, as there’s much more of Coorg (This time -outside the resort :)) coming your way.

I Cant wait to post about my visit @ the Bylakuppe Tibetan Monastery (was almost 12 kms from our resort) so keep following.

Cheers,

Shraddha

Colors of Coorg :)

Finally we arrive!! ๐Ÿ™‚

After weeks of planning & awaiting this beautiful stay, the day of 30th June 2012 finally arrived, n we landed at this beautiful cottage- No. 106 ย @ Amanvana Spa 8 island Resort @ Coorg, Karnataka. I fell in love with the resort instantly ๐Ÿ™‚

Sneaky Kitten who’s also very camera friendly ๐Ÿ™‚

This was the warm welcome, we received as soon as we entered into our cottage. There were 2 kittens playing & only this one was camera friendly ๐Ÿ™‚

Carpet of fire, as I called them ๐Ÿ™‚

A peach n green umbrella – Not meant for the rains, rather, the rains meant them ๐Ÿ™‚

Few shots of the flowers that I oops WE, saw around our cottage. Din’t feel like entering the cottage, thanks to our cameras ๐Ÿ™‚

Color, Color- Which one do you want?

These flowers remind me of – ” I wanna eat cherries :)”

Presenting to you, the cherry flowers!! Guys, don’t google it!! Ive coined the term ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL. Cuz I actually felt hungry thinking of cherries, when I caught them on camera.

There’s a lot more ofย Colorfulย Coorg to come but for now, its me saying “Have a beautiful week ahead”

Cheers,

Shraddha

My list of Crazy Moments- a tiny part of an unpredictable series!!

I’ve always loved being in nature’s arms. I had never thought of blogging about all those moments that drove me crazy, but looks like I will…in a series of posts.. But for starters, this is what one gets!!

Beautiful moments with nature, where nature takes over one’s presence & makes one feel small… kinda insignificant. When you gaze at the beauty, you totally forget yourself…

All that exists is beauty, manifesting itself in a variety of forms. I don’t know if I can express this any better, but take a look at this pic & may be its easier for me to convey.

Thanks Dad for clicking this pic!!

I felt really insignificant or rather nonexistent!!

This beautiful pic above, was clicked by my mom or dad, I’m not too sure who, but I was unaware that they did. This pic captures for me, ‘THEEEEE MOMENT’, when I forgot that I existed..the moment when I was awestruck at the beauty that can exist, not just the clouds but those huge, really huge mountains that made me feel like a tinyย spec. I remember, I spent hours, sitting right where I am seen standing, simply gazing at the beauty. The clouds, the mountains, the blueness of the sky, the soothing sound of the river ganges..It was awesome..Mindblowing!!

On the other side of the railing ๐Ÿ™‚ this time with dad!!

I remember this vacation. It was in May end / June 2006 & I was not very happy listening to the name of our holiday destination. ย “AULI?? What’s that? Mom, has anyone even heard of this spot?”

I was crazy then, not CRAZY crazy but ANGRY crazy, cuz this was what sounded like a pilgrimage, in which my mom, dad wanted to visit the temples of Kedarnath & Badrinath in North India (in Uttaranchal to be precise), n I was tagging along to visit these holy places.

But wow!! What an amazing place this was!! A ropeway/ Cableway takes you to this awesome altitude @ Auli & the amazing journey in a cablecar starts at a place called Joshimath.

Capturing the journey of the cable car from our Hotel!!

What an amazing feeling? I remember getting out of this cable car at the tower that can be seen in the pic above. My hands and feet were trembling, not out of cold, but cuz we were at this amazing height & I could see everything down below. I waited for a while, cuz I was freezing with fright &ย couldn’tย move. I remember the door of the cable car closed & it started to progress ahead in its journey.

There was a guy from our hotel who had come to receive us, and was asking me to hurry n get down the stairs of this tower. I didn’t listen to him & waited gazing at the beautiful sight. Everything was fine till the cable car was in place. Once it started, it quickly got past this tower on its own journey… And then suddenly, I was at this edge, where the cable car was no longer there, n the feeling was like being on the tip of the divingย board, from where all you can see is the depth of the blue swimming pool… This was a different case, I could see all the beauty, the greenery, the clouds, deep down and an edge that held me from diving into all of this.

If you zoom into the pic above,I guess you can see that edge. Then, I was so scared, that I almost felt like crying & I felt my whole body was shivering with fright. Somehow I managed to move my feet, turning away from the breathtaking yet frightening view n once I reached the stairs, I was feeling fine seeing the framed structure on all four of my sides…

‘The Edgy moment’ – ย is another moment, that drives me crazy. I was soย mesmerizedย by the beauty, that I almost got lost, till Iย realized, the altitude & the limitlessness at that edge.

Wow!! I remember each n every minute of this trip, all the time I spent with my parents (Read all the attention I had for myself cuz ย my sister was already married then ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) , the time spent waiting in our car- for the landslide to get cleared, the stories of the buses and trucks that fell off into the river (during landslides) n could never be traced, the awesome drive on the long and winding roads…when it wasn’t the landslides, it was my dad’s altitude sickness, that made us take halts n observe the beauty around.

The beautiful temples -Kedarnath & Badrinath, taking a holy dip in the natural hot water springs (What they call as a ‘KUND’ ) , horse riding rather climbing ,to visit the Kedarnath temple, all the time spent in Auli, the efforts taken by one of the hotel house keeper to keep a small mouse out of our room ( I screamed n screamed till he could get that mouse out of my room), the camp fires organised by our Hotel – ‘The Cliff top’ ,the journey in a chair-ropeway with my mom (Dad was feeling sick n was in the hotel room).. Wow!! It was Awesome !!

This one’s with Mom!!

Some thing else, that drove me crazy was what I felt, whenever I would dive my head outside my car window, peep down the winding roads to see a narrow- silent, tame river… The same river of whose stories our driver would tell!! The river has eaten so many buses, trucks, and huge vehicles silently, not on purpose though..

A peep pic, clicked after sunset, out of my moving car- window!!

The river, that gracefully flows, making beautiful sounds, also has the strength & capacity to cause so much damage. There is so much to this river, than it shows!! It looks so narrow, so tame but its depth is unimaginable!!

Kind ofย symbolizedย the feminine aspect of existence!! Graceful, beautiful, existing to serve the civilizations around, flowing endlessly, not audacious to show its depth but humble and selfless.

Few more ย moments, that made me go crazy were at the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. My very first trip in a chair ropeway (I dont know what its called & I do not have any pic too, to show what I mean). It was an awesome experience, similar to the one in a cable car, but this was tons of times better as this time it was just me n mom, kinda glued to 2 chairs and rolling down the greens ๐Ÿ™‚ Mind blowing ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly ,there was no one to click a pic..

The pic below is taken as soon as we got off our chair ropeway trip, at theย Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, where they conduct training workshops for those who wanna learn how to ski. We visited Auli,at the wrong time i.e. after the snowing ended, thanks to my mom dad’s wish to visit the temples. The temples are shut down during winter and are open to tourists only after May or so.

So the temples – yes we did visit them, but the ski-ing ๐Ÿ˜ฆ No, we didnt!!

This pic below captures one of those moments when I went mad looking at all the flowers around ๐Ÿ™‚ I forced mom to walk for quite some distance to capture all those flowers together ๐Ÿ™‚ n Im glad I did ๐Ÿ™‚ Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

At the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, where they give Ski Training ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow!! I must thank wordpress that it gave me such a beautiful platform to blog, to think of all the moments that made me freak out, also made me jump out of joy. Am enjoying every minute of writing all of this as its transported me back to 2006 ๐Ÿ™‚

Signing off with a beautiful picture of my awesome trip to Auli.

Cheers!!

Thanks Mom for being an early riser!! Ive wasted all the Sunrise moments in slumber ๐Ÿ˜ฆ