Desktop Wallpaper – February 2012

5 Feb

Rafale Aero India 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final Winner, @ Aero India 2011

Desktop Wallpaper – January 2012

8 Jan

Leh Palace overlooks the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh, modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century, but was later abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid-19th century. The royal family moved to Stok Palace. Leh Palace is nine storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, the stables and store rooms were in the lower floors. The palace, a ruin, is currently being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. The palace is open to the public and the roof provides panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas.

 

A Pic from my visit in last August  – 1900 X 1200

Leh Palace

Dilli !!!!

15 Aug

The name which remained the most popular is Dilli with variation in its pronunciation as Dilli, Dehli, or Delhi . Here’s a view of hers as i saw it,

Qutub Minar – 

Qutub Minar

Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan and wishing to surpass it, Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced construction of the Qutub Minar in 1193; but conical]] shafts, separated by balconies carried on Muqarnas corbels. The minaret is made of fluted red sandstone covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur’an. Numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters in different places of the Minar reveal the history of Qutb. According to the inscriptions on its surface it was repaired by Firoz Shah Tughlaq (AD 1351-88) and Sikandar Lodi (AD 1489-1517).

Arches Qutub Minar

Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan and wishing to surpass it, Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced construction of the Qutub Minar in 1193; but conical]] shafts, separated by balconies carried on Muqarnas corbels. The minaret is made of fluted red sandstone covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur’an. Numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters in different places of the Minar reveal the history of Qutb. According to the inscriptions on its surface it was repaired by Firoz Shah Tughlaq (AD 1351-88) and Sikandar Lodi (AD 1489-1517).

View from the Qutub Complex

The purpose for building this monument has been variously speculated upon. Some say the minaret was used to calling people for prayer in the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosqueoffer prayer but it is so tall that you can’t hear the person standing on the top. The earliest extant mosque built by the Delhi Sultans. Many historians believe that the Qutub Minar was named after the first Turkish sultan (whose descendant- Wajid Ali Shah-repaired it), Qutub-ud-din Aibak, but others contend that it was named in honour of Qutubuddin Bakhtiar Kaki,[3] a saint fromTransoxiana who came to live in India and was greatly venerated by Iltutmish.

Qutub Complex

The minar did receive some damage because of earthquakes and lightnings on more than a couple of occasions but was reinstated and renovated by the respective rulers. During the rule of Firoz Shah, the minar’s two top floors were damaged due to lightning but were repaired by Firoz Shah. In the year 1505, an earthquake struck and it was repaired by Sikandar Lodi. Later on in the year 1794, the minar faced another earthquake and it was Major Smith, an engineer who repaired the affected parts of the minar.

Red Fort – Mughal Emperor Shah jahan, started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and work was completed in 1648 (10 years). The Red Fort was originally referred to as “Qila-i-Mubarak” (the blessed fort), because it was the residence of the royal family.

Sunshine @ Red Fort

The layout of the Red Fort was organised to retain and integrate this site with the Salimgarh Fort. The fortress palace was an important focal point of the medieval city of Shahjahanabad. The planning and aesthetics of the Red Fort represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which prevailed during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.

India Gate –  

India Gate @ Night

The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Originally known as All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Indian Empire, or more correctly the British Raj in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

India Gate Dusk

Originally, a Statue of King George V had stood under the now-vacant canopy in front of the India Gate, and was removed toCoronation Park with other statues. Following India’s independence, India Gate became the site of the Indian Army’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as the [Amar Jawan Jyoti]] (The flame of the immortal soldier).

Glowing !!!

Glowing at night !!!

India Gate and Canopy

Standing right behind the gate is an empty canopy made out of sandstone, also designed by Lutyens, and inspired by a 18th century Mahabalipuram pavilion, that until Independence of India in 1947 had the statue of King George V, which now stands in the Coronation Park, Delhi.

Karims – Cars, Bikes, Auto’s and Trucks winding down through the narrow alleyways filled with merchants hawking spices, jewelery, fabric, religious articles, stationery, sandals, and pretty much everything in between, Chandi Chowk is a city within a city itself. For the adventurous it offers a exhilarating, and vivifying rush. My recent visits to this part of Delhi though does not lie with admiring the chaos or wandering down the alleyways, I visit the place to explore my gastronomical journey’s. I haven’t explored or tired out much of the food available here though as most of the visits lead me straight to Gali Kababian, a small lane tucked in the shadow of a majestic Jama Masjid. If you consider Delhi to be the very holy grail of Mughlai cuisine then Karims a resolutely humble restaurant wouldserve to be its baptism.

Karims !!!!

Rashtrapati Bhavan all lit up before the Beating Retreat !!!

Rashtrapati Bhavan – Before the Beating Retreat

The source of a 100,000 Lumens !!!!

12 Jun

Sunrise, Sunset and Sunshine captured over places – A little more of Sunsets than Rises and a bit more of the ones in GOA

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Arombol Beach Goa, didn’t hear of the place till last years trip from office. A must visit if you seek to stay clear of the crowds of Baga and Calangute. The shacks these days offer Hookah’s too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arombol Beach Again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Setting to a setting Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crepuscular rays during sunrise at Fort Aguada GOA, a freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water. Crews of passing ships would often visit to replenish their fresh water stores

 

 

 

 

Sun-rays at Bandhavgarh National Park,  the park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which is said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka (Ceylon). Hence the name Bandhavgarh (Sanskrit: Brother’s Fort).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset over Sealdah Calcutta, Kite season was on during the time f the picture

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Om Beach Gokarna Karnataka, the once almost inhabited beaches have now turned into major tourist destinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Pondicherry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun-rays at Whitefield Bangalore, outside office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise at Ranthambore Fort, built-in 10th-century it towers over the entire park area. It stands at a height of 700 feet above the surrounding plain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise at End Point Manipal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No sun here but it the Sunshine on the Temple which made me put this photo too, during a clear day the temple literally GLOWS

Kharagpur !!!

11 Jun

 

A long-awaited Family Trip to Kharagpur with my Mom, sister and Brother In Law

 

Morning Drive out of Calcutta to Kharagpur, leaving via Vidyasagar Setu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approach to the Vidyasagar Setu,  the first cable-stayed bridge in India, the largest in Asia and the third largest in the world. It took 20 years to complete the foundation being laid by Indira Gandhi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bridge was also subject to prototype wind tunnel tests at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beating the 40 Degree Heat @ Toll Gate 1 on the way to the highway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highway !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serving the much-needed power to the SAPPING CITY the Kolaghat Power Stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooing Hungry Travelers, outside Sher E Punjab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If going to Kharagpur or any place that side a stop at Sher E Punjab is recommended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally the reason for the trip !!! My Niece Kaushiki

 

 


							

A SWEET Plate !!!!

6 Mar

Being a Bengali it takes something not to have a liking to anything SWEET, here’s to a SWEET pictorial journey.

 

 

 

Every second shop selling food in the city makes Jalebis. The city is after all the land of milk and ghee and how better to confirm the same by beginning the day with a meal of crisp Jalebi’s along with Lassi. The crunch of freshly made Jalebi’s straight from the wok along with the thick creamy Lassi is something one should experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Rasgullas at the Bengali Association Durga Puja, these ones are from KC Das. We get around 4000 each day, needless to say quite a few lands up in my tummy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bangalore Favorite- Chocolate Cake, Ice Cream, Cream and Loads of Thick Chocolate Sauce its well named Death By Chocolate. Corner House always has a reserved small corner in a Foodies stomach

 

 

 

 

A welcome break from having stale ice creams and cakes as dessert which is generally the usual fare in most restaurants these days the Caramel Custard form Britannia revisits the charm of Old School Desserts. Rich, Creamy and served right out of the freezer this is must have if you are at Britannia

 

 

For a place know more for its meat Barbecue Nation serves a mean dessert platter.

 

 

 

 

 

Thick Rich and Creamy, this is from Bhopal. If the heat does you in then head for the numerous shops which dot the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Mousse Cake from Sweet Chariot Bangalore

Highway to my PLATE !!!!

5 Mar

There is much more to “Indian Cuisine” than what we know about it. It’s enough to leave us confused but then that is the fun with India with each place offering a unique cuisine of its own due to the influence of the cultures present there in most cases foreign. As “Madhur Jaffrey” puts it “No foreign food was discarded. It was just made Indian”.This post is my own version of “Food on my PLATE” !!!

Chicken Breasts with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies at a shack in Gokarna, the place used to be deserted from my early visits during college. Inflow of foreigners as a cheaper substitute for GOA has certainly helped the Food Options available. I remember having just “Amlettes” the last time around.

 

 

 

Oh Calcutta – Bangalore / Pune
A must visit for all who wish to have a glimpse of what Bengali food is all about. And if anyone thought that Bengali Food cannot be experimented with try the Chingri Malai Curry with red wine or a Cheesy Daab Chingri.

 

 

 

 

 

The name comes from the city of the dishes origin ie Buffalo New York. The locals there refer it to as “Buffalo Wings” than call it “Chicken Wings”. Ideally the wings are deep-fried or grilled and then coated with “Cayenne Pepper Sauce”. Ambrosia serves it grilled along with a “Blue Cheese Dip”. The sweet peppery chicken along with a sour cheese sauce is a heavenly combination.

 

 

 

Tiramisu – Ambrosia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haldirams Calcutta – Forget the Chalu Chinese and the European Con, and settle for Chatpata Chaat instead. Chaats, Batata Puri, Dahi Vada and Dahi Phuchka Haldirams scores HIGH in all !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phucka – Served outside Presidency College Calcutta. If you do indulge ensure to have the MOUTH for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll Baadshah

A result of “Typical Quick Thinking” on a busy day when customers purchasing kebab and parathas outstripped the rate at which plates could be washed the so-called “Mama” behind the “Tawa” decided to roll the meat in the paratha and serve them as “Rolls”. The very “Calcuttan” way of having a cheap but filling street available fast food had arrived. Over the years the “Mama” realized that having “Lalu” roll the “Roll” in paper was also less time-consuming than washing the plates even if they were just “Rinsed” in water. Years of practice and “Mama” and “Lalu” were found to be in one of Calcutta’s famous restaurants, for a city noted for its Muglhai food “Nizams” was a Religion and the “Rolls” served its “Baptism”.

 

 

Cauliflower Samosas by Mom, going home does have its advantages.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaapi  OK, Starbucks Yaake, come to the Southern part of India and Coffee is not just a drink but Cultural Icon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you consider Delhi to be the very holy grail of Mughlai cuisine then Karims a resolutely humble restaurant would serve to be its baptism. If you love your meat, head to the lanes around the Jama Masjid and be sure to drop the defences. You’re in the politer side of Delhi, where hospitality is extended on the flimsiest of connections.

 

 

 

Baked Prawns at Pondicherry

 

 

 

 

 

Kebabs in all shapes sizes and colours at Bombay. This ones at Mahim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore – Fish and Chips and Grilled Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally a Old Malt with my Dad