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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


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

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

Jaipur and Ranthambore

25 Dec

Project Tiger launched in 1973 after the first ever all India Tiger census showed the existence of only 1800 of them, since then for each tiger reserves in the country plans were drawn up based on

  • minimizing all forms of human exploitation and disturbance from the core areas
  • repair the damages done to the eco-system by human and other interferences so as to facilitate recovery of the eco-system.

The project since then has gained speed with various government and non government agencies coming forward to preserve the little of what is left of the “Big Cats”. But then as these projects have grown more successful and names such as Bandhavgarh (M.P),  Ranthambore (Rajasthan), Corbett (Uttaranchal) become more popular. Below are my memories from a recent trip to Ranthambore and Jaipur

Palace of the Breeze, Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women’s chambers, the chambers of the harem.




Nahagarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking city of Jaipur







Nahagarh served as a refuge for Europeans fleeing from the havoc created by mutineers in neighboring states.





View from Ranthambore Fort looking at the national park



It is surrounded within the famous Ranthambore National Park which was formerly the hunting grounds for the Maharajahs of Jaipur before Indian independence.


Sunrise at the Park







Sunrise again





Sunrise on Day 2, from Ranthambore Fort







The Indian Government started Project Tiger in 1973 with an allotted area of 60 mi2. It was later expanded to become what is now called, the Ranthambore National Park.


Saw him from a distance of 10 Feet, not the usual starved one’s we see in the zoo but a 8 feet male in prime condition.






Sambars are a common sight found around the water lakes.