A family on the road to self discovery
 

Aero India 2017 : A Photo Story

It is 7:00, and we’re in a cab, headed to the Airport! Or, Railway Station? Nope, we are going to the Aero India Show, the second largest air show in the world. At the Air Display Viewing Arena, the crowd is all lined up and excited. I roam around the field to find a good photographing spot. As soon as a fighter aircraft takes off, the loud noise silences everyone and makes its presence felt. The afterburners would make the sky rumble and vibrations reverberated through the area.

The show starts with the Indian Made Air Borne Early Warning and Control System (AEWACS) built by the DRDO on the base of an Embraer jet.

The DRDO built AEWACS


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Eurasian Jay- Mimicry Artist of the Avian world

Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. ” -Douglas Adams (a writer, dramatist and a musician)

Out of two hundred and eighty seven species of Indian hill-birds described by Salim Ali, about two hundred and thirty are found in Kumaon. So while trekking towards musk-breeding centre, as mentioned in the previous post, I was keenly looking forward to spot some new birds, though it was afternoon and the time was not suitable for birding.

Anyway there is always a hope against hopes and luckily we spotted the garrulous Eurasian Jay sitting quietly on a tree, seemingly in no mood to chirp that day, unlike of her usual self; as otherwise the bird is famous for its noisy chattering. Its scientific name is Corvus Glandirus, where Corvus in Latin means garrulous and Glandirus refers to her favorite food – Acorn.

The Eurasian Jay

The Eurasian Jay


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Angkor Wat and Beyond

“This flight was a breeze, I couldn’t even finish listening to two songs.”, seemingly Bangalore to Kochi isn’t that far away. This was a first in a string of flights which would bring us to Siem Reap in Cambodia, the home of the ancient temples of Angkor.

We’ve passed the immigration and security checks, now it’s time to sleep as much as we can, because the next four hours are going to be tiring as we move against time towards Bangkok. We board the plane at 1:30 am; cozying myself into the window seat, I sleep.

“Agh!” The sun is shining bright in my eyes, and Bangkok is glimmering beneath me. There are rows of houses, long empty roads in the morning, mind you. It is a sight to behold, the Chao-Praya flows through the city with a several hundred bridges across it. We descend on to Don Meang International Airport in Bangkok. I’m excited; too many different faces and a different airport in Bangkok with a busy runway and tourists from around the globe. After de-boarding, once again immigration and all, but I don’t care. We have two hours and we are already at the boarding gate. Buying a huge glass of pineapple juice for myself, I’m content. It is different with a sour taste in it.

The Chao Praya River winds its way through Bangkok


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The Ancient temple of Someshwar Mahadev in Ulsoor

The parichay heritage walks organized by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) in Bengaluru sells like hot cake. Most of the times even before I get an opportunity to read the mails sent by them, I see another mail in my inbox informing of registration being closed.

Also, Jaishree was complaining for long that her shift to the IT city has curbed her freedom, thanks to a growing need versus pathetic infrastructure of the city. So when I got her registered for Ulsoor Heritage walk and I got a confirmation, I considered it an opportunity.

Someshwar Mahadev Temple, Ulsoor

Someshwar Mahadev Temple, Ulsoor


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Kwai and Khasi

Whenever I think of Meghalaya, I think of waterfalls and hills and rains and yes, red stained lips and teeth of almost all the Khasi people. Barring a few, almost all of them chew betel leaves all the time.

Waterfalls and Hills

Waterfalls and Hills


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Chaukori – The health prone nature zone

Life is hectic. Time is preciously scarce with two young kids, a demanding job, high amour-propre, and with immense interest in never ending supplies of good books and movies.

We still dare to plan vacations on our own with pitfalls of certain ideas dying prematurely, or missing timely train reservation or booking of the preferred accommodation. It happens even though the decision about our next travel destination is always well in advance and we are quick in doing the initial survey. However, after survey we slack as if the job is done and we simply need to pack our bags and leave for the destination on the scheduled date. The reasons for the slack are always trivial like we could not spare few minutes to discuss and decide. After every such debacle, these incidents are labeled as lessons learnt. The cycle goes on and most of the time we are at the same spot when we decide to travel the next time. But such are the ways of life; you forget the lesson as soon as the exams are over.

Beautiful flowers at Chaukori

Beautiful flowers at Chaukori

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