Arches from an ‘arch’itect

After a long time, I am back to the addictive A Word a Week Challenge

Despite tight deadlines at work, I find it hard to ignore this week’s theme because it is irresistible to an ‘arch’itect. Have put in a whole bunch of photos taken on travels in India and abroad, resulting from a quick 10 min glance through my iphoto album! Enjoy the arches of various periods, cultures and from a variety of buildings.

Barcelona, 2011

Barcelona, 2011

Barcelona, 2011

Barcelona, 2011

Barcelona, 2011

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, 2011

IIM Amdavad, 2011

IIM Amdavad, 2011

IIM Ahmedabad, 2011

IIM Amdavad, 2011

Barcelona, 2011

Casa Batllo, Antonio Goudi, Barcelona, 2011

Casa Batllo, Anotnio Goudi, Barcelona, 2011

Casa Batllo, Antonio Goudi, Barcelona, 2011

Fatehpur Sikri city gate, clicked on drive from Bharatpur to Delhi, 2011

Fatehpur Sikri city gate, clicked on drive from Bharatpur to Delhi, 2011

Aya Sofya, Istanbul, 2012

Aya Sofya, Istanbul, 2012

Aya Sofya, Istanbul, 2011

Aya Sofya, Istanbul, 2011

Aya Sofya, Istanbul, 2012

Aya Sofya, Istanbul, 2012

Aya Sofya, Turkey, 2012

Aya Sofya, Turkey, 2012

Istanbul, 2012

Istanbul, 2012

City walls, Istanbul, Turkey

City walls, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Istanbul, 2012

Istanbul, 2012

 

Istanbul, 2012

Istanbul, 2012

 

Anandpur Saheb, 2012

Anandpur Saheb, Punjab, 2012

Bharatgarh, Punjab, 2012

Bharatgarh Fort, Punjab, 2012

 

Bharatgarh Fort, Punjab, 2012

Bharatgarh Fort, Punjab, 2012

 

Fort Bharatgarh, Punjab, 2012

Fort Bharatgarh, Punjab, 2012

 

Viraasat-e-Khalsa Museum, Anandpur Saheb, Punjab, by Architect Moshe Safdie, 2011

Viraasat-e-Khalsa Museum, Anandpur Saheb, Punjab, by Architect Moshe Safdie, 2011

 

A Word A Week Challenge- Boat

After a hiatus, it’s back in my life, A Word a Week Challenge on A Word in Your Ear!

Boat. One of the first words a child latches on to in utter fascination. That marvellous object that bobs upon the water, that potentially carries us far away, into the realm of adventure. As grown ups, of course, we associate a boat with serenity, a welcome lack of anchor for a while, before the rhythm of life reclaims us. Here is a collection of boat pics from various travels…

Barcelona, Summer of 2011, tranquility and patience

Barcelona, Summer of 2011, tranquility and patience

Nainital, Uttarakhand, Winter 2013, Waiting to make a living

Nainital, Uttarakhand, Winter 2013, Waiting for passengers

Nainital, Uttarakhand, Winter 2013, Attractive and bizarre

Nainital, Uttarakhand, Winter 2013, Attractive and bizarre

Nainital, Uttarakhans, Winter 2013. We are not forgivern for going in an ordinary boat. Aadyaa loves the bizarre dragon, grandmum loves Aadyaa and is holding her from jumping into the dragon!

Nainital, Uttarakhand, Winter 2013. We are not forgiven for going in an ordinary boat. Aadyaa loves the bizarre dragon…

Mumbai, Summer 2013. Pulling away from city magnifique on the ferry to Elephanta Island

Mumbai, Summer 2013. Pulling away from city magnifique on the ferry to Elephanta Island

Mumbai, Summer 2013 A pseudo-traditional ferry luring tourists out to sea; the historic Gateway and Taj Hotel in the background

Mumbai, Summer 2013 A pseudo-traditional ferry luring tourists out to sea; the historic Gateway and Taj Hotel in the background

 

Mountain: A challenge, an aspiration, an achievement!

This week’s word challenge from A Word in Your Ear is inspiring.

Mountain. Just the word evokes so much. A geography lesson. A soaring feeling. A sense of nature, solitude, peace. Memories of family trips. Living in North India close to the Himalayas offers us the unique opportunity to experience this youngest, tallest and most diverse mountain range on our planet. Here are a few clicks from treks and walks in around Ramgarh, District Nainital, State Uttarakhand in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas.ImageImage

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Old, lovely, graceful- My two lovely grandmothers and more…

In response to ‘A Word a Week Challenge‘, a┬á collection of portraits inspired by my grandmothers, who have been key to my growing years. My paternal grandmother, Ajjee, is nearing 100 years and there is no one more endearing, intriguing and exasperating than her in this universe! My maternal grandmother, Amamma, is aging rapidly now and can be a handful to manage! But every time I look at her, lovely images of the past fill me head- her cooking, her making me flower braids for my hair, her taking me to the temple…. No wonder then that my photographer’s eye is drawn to aging, graceful old ladies. They remind me of my two formidable grandmothers who have given me unconditional love all my life.

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Ajjee, overseeing the preparations at a family get together, 2011

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Ajjee, classic expression, 2011

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Ammamma, having fun with my daughter Aadyaa, 2012

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Lady at a public event, watching her family finish their street-side meal

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Beautifully wrinkled! Near Ramgarh in the Himalayas, Jan 2013

 

A Word a Week: Island- Quite challenging!

This was hard, to find pictures of or about or related to islands. Then I remembered our trip to Thailand and Singapore in 2009. This was before I started using a mac and iphoto became an integral part of my lift. I had to really dig these out from some archives in my hard drive, but here they are!

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A view of Singapore from aboard Superstar Virgo

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Captivated by the sunset. Also viewed from Superstar Virgo

Flight coming in to land at Koh Samui...

Flight coming in to land at Koh Samui…