Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Going gaga!

Seriously...I am literally going gaga over photographing Leh. Never before have I stepped out of my home with a camera in my hand wherever I go. I just want to explore and explore. Finally I am pretty active on National Geographic now and am loving the response towards my photographs.
This place is magical. The scenes change dramatically and voila! In front of your eyes the nature paints a stunning picture. If you don't believe me then see this shot of mine.

Sunset in Leh

A visit to this place is a must. If  you haven't heard of it...Google it. You can get all the info you need. There are places here that you can't imagine ever existed. Seeing is believing. Here is another shot...

Golden peak

Below is a link to my Nat Geo page. In case you wish to see more photographs...feel free to visit.  http://on.natgeo.com/1UA8XeO

Will be posting soon.
Take care!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Two years of solitude…Leh

Hi! I'm back with more information... 
Recently it was my hubby’s birthday. Since we could not step out of our home for a week as we had to acclimatize, so finally when we got the chance, we decided to visit the market and go out for a meal. Well, the market is spread out in different places and it reminded me of meandering streams.  We walked through the narrow lanes with small shops on both sides and a couple of wooden stalls selling warm clothing. But at some places the market is more spacious, reminding us of the market we visited in McLeod Ganj (Dharamsala). Anyway, whatever be the case…it was fun strolling around at our own sweet pace. The weather was like icing on the cake.

Oh! By the way, everything here is very expensive. So. it's best to either bargain or buy stuff from some other place. Also, the market closes early and by that I mean that the shutters start to close by 8:30 pm. Since we weren’t aware of it and had a bit of time on our hands, we decided to go for early dinner to this famous restaurant cum hotel called the GRAND DRAGON. It’s hidden in a dark alley and is walking distance from the market but I really liked the entrance of this place, wood carving with diffused lighting accentuating the dragon carved out of wood. Inside its huge and I am guessing it’s popular with tourists as we saw many wandering around. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor sitting. Well, my husband and I enjoyed a good Chinese meal under the calm and relaxing atmosphere with some dim and warm lighting while looking at the mountains glittering under the starry sky. Perfect way to celebrate birthday between two!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Two years of solitude…Leh!

Leh…OMG! It’s a dream that’s come true and I will get to experience for the next two years. Flying into Leh, the cold desert land, over the magnificent Himalayas is a beautiful and scary experience. 20th July 2015- the day I landed in this place. As soon as I got off the plane I was mesmerized by its beauty. Surrounded by snow covered mountains and hills, the cold breeze that softly touched my face and breathing the fresh pollution free air was just one of the moments I will never forget. I had always wanted to come here and capture this beautiful and mysterious place in my camera. Now that I am here I can’t wait to explore this place.
Speaking of experiences I am kind of getting the adventurous feel as I’m living in a temporary home made of wood and tin sheets. The view I get to see from my home is simply beautiful. I am surrounded by mountains and right in front of my home are the snow covered peaks. I just can’t get enough of them and as a routine I daily soak in the beautiful scene with my evening cup of coffee. There are strong winds blowing in the evening and sometimes it feels as if my home will get blown away. There are weird sounds that come through the walls and roof when the wind blows really strongly and the black thunderous clouds hover above…practically every day. I just find it very exciting and I love it!

I don’t know why but I have always been very fascinated with thunder and lightning …just want to chase it. Recently I spent some time photographing the lightning over the mountains and am very happy with the results. Oh! By the way, I got to know a very scary fact about the dogs here. In winters they get very ferocious and attack in packs. Someone told me about certain incidences where they attacked people and only their bones were left. They eat up their own pups too. In fact I have been warned to be careful at night because after 11 pm the dogs come out in packs. Recently I encountered a huge and a scary dog myself, luckily it ran past me instead of stopping by. Whew! Seriously the dogs are big and scary. 

Well, that's it for now but will be posting lots more...c ya!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Living life!

Life has been so busy lately that I didn't even realize that it's been almost five months since I blogged. So much has been happening that everything is jumbled up in my head right now. Mostly I have been busy performing my duties as an Army wife. To my surprise I won an award for it a month back and I have to say it was an honor. Not that I jumped with joy receiving it because I wasn't aiming for it.
I am not a competitive person. I just do my job in the best way I can and if I can bring a smile on somebody's face at the end of the day...I thing I have achieved something good!
Since I am writing about myself today...which I rarely do, I have realized a lot of changes in myself lately. It's like I am getting closer to my aim. "Being a better human being and living life". I will give some credit to experience with age as well. With surety I can say that I am content and happy at this very stage of my life!
I am calmer, grateful for all the comforts in my life and a wonderful life I have with my loving husband. There is just so much in life to experience than just working 9-5. Someone has very rightly said...Live each day! 
Why not?? ? Just got one life...

Sunday, 25 May 2014

My daily visitors...

The day I moved into my present home I noticed these pigeons always being around. Sometimes sitting on my kitchen window or my terrace. Being a nature and an animal lover I decided to get friendly with them. Every morning I feed them Pearl millet. These two are a couple...always together. A few more are there including a bully who doesn't let anybody eat. There antics just make me laugh!
Now, they have got so friendly that they 'coo' and call me outside to feed them. It feels lovely to watch them come flying on the terrace as soon as they see me. To be honest sometimes they get their breakfast before my husband. 
Can't help it!