Archive | August 2013

Local Heros

pulse5One day while cruising the Mandovi river in Goa, we passed under a bridge. As we came closer, we realized that a group of young boys had climbed up the bridge. They acknowledged us too and waved. They were probably enjoying the sunset from the height on a lazy Sunday evening.

Egyptian Vulture: An Endangered species

The estimated population for these birds is 10,000 to 1,00,000 and is said to be on decline. Therefore I was fortunate to get this series of pictures on my last visit to a nature reserve in Himachal.

The Parsi new year!

We are all familiar with ID which was yesterday on 15th Aug, but few know that the Parsi New year is being celebrated this week, on sunday. Parsis are a Zoroastrian community mainly settled in Bombay, said to have arrived via Gujrat to Bombay around 8th C.  They have their own set of customs and traditions which they follow very earnestly. I’ll also like to share with you the Parsi symbol called Faravahar, believed to be depiction of Fravashi (Gaurdian Spirit) according to the net. I found it on the outer facade of a building in Old Bombay.

parsi motif

How our national flag is looking in the old Bombay on Independance Day!

The best part about South Mumbai is the rich cultural buildings which are a part of the landscape. While the rest of India is celebrating ID with unfurling of the flag atop the Redfort, I’m lucky to be able to see many flags dotting the skyline in Mumbai. Some areas have copper pod trees which contribute a lovely yellow offering to the picture. The pink-roofed building picture in the photo is the same that I tried to visually document in my last post about Mumbai.

Starting a day!

Diamond looks like sugar. Especially when it is sprinkled down from its little packet onto paper. Only a trained eye can differentiate a diamond. Not only from sugar! But the many other substitutes. The diamonds above are in a shape called “Baguette”. It is possible that the origin could be from a bread of that shape. (In local parlance in India however, the french word is twisted and called by various names such as baggit, bugget and bracket! (sic).)

Left: Unassorted Diamonds and Gemstones Right: Assorting in process