Monday, June 21, 2010

Sex and the ‘Delhi’ City….

A recent movie experience was a nice experience both onscreen as well as off-screen. There were some scenes in the recent Movie “Sex and the City – 2” that were interesting, but what was more interesting was the reaction by the audience.

In one of the scenes, where two (girl) friends are discussing the travails of mother-hood and its attendant problems, and one keeps insisting that  the other keep sipping what looks like a ‘cosmopolitan’ the entire audience were holding their collective breaths, between each revelation. And when one of them said, that when there was a suspicion of the husband straying with the nanny, she was more worried about losing the nanny, several people in the audience applauded.

Such candid feelings, would be unheard of a few years back. Today, people revel in the fact that they are connected to the happenings of the world, and empathise with the agony & ecstasy of women on the other side of the globe……

Saturday, June 19, 2010

sunsoak, sundance, buzz and sing….


It was a hot summer morning, and a few friends decided to go on a photoshoot at Jantar Mantar….

It was surprising to see that a small patch of flowers as covered in bees, despite the heat of Delhi. One must commend the hard work these little insects put in, come rain or shine….

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Step wells or Baoli’s - 1


Rajon Ki Baoli, one of the famous step wells, is near Adham Khan’s Tomb, in Mehrauli. This magnificent three-storeyed step well is believed to have been built by Daulat Khan during the reign of Sikandar Lodi in 1516. The baoli was used by masons for some time. Hence, it got its name as Rajon Ki Baoli.


The baoli is one of the highlights of Mehrauli Archaeological Park & a favourite with every visitor. Perhaps it is to do with manner in which it is revealed to the eye: the entire structure is subterranean, so as one approaches the entrance, one can only see the the top-most storey. And each level of the baoli slowly reveals itself to the visitor as one walks towards its steps. The baoli-complex has a 12-pillared tomb & a mosque with some pretty plaster decoration on it.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Generation Gap


It was during a recent trip to Mt Abu in Rajasthan that I saw this family walking on the road. It was women of 3 generations of a single family and the contrasts were startling.


The oldest lady was in traditional banjaran attire,  with  traditional jewellery. The second lady (daughter / daughter in law) was in simple Rajasthani attire, that is worn by most rural rajasthani women, while the little girl was wearing modern clothes with a faux denim skirt and a top.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Plumeria Alba


Plumeria (common name Frangipani) is a small genus of 7-8 species native to tropical and subtropical Americas. The genus consists of mainly deciduous shrubs and trees.


Plumeria is related to the Oleander, Nerium oleander, and both possess poisonous, milky sap, rather similar to that of Euphorbia. These are now common naturalised plants in southern and southeastern Asia.


In local folk beliefs they provide shelter to ghosts and demons. They are associated with temples (hence the common name – temple tree) in both Hindu and Buddhist cultures, though Hindus (except on Bali) do not use the flowers in their temple offerings.

(Information source: Wikipedia)