12.12.12 : AGAIN WE BEGIN!


Yet again, it has been a long time since I last posted something. I apologize for that. But, I do have my own good reasons too. I had gone to New Delhi for about a month or so. Good news is, I have a lot of pictures from the trip :D Now, I am not the one who will join the ‘post-a-day‘ brigade and start posting a picture everyday {Hehe, then I will have to declare myself photo-krupt = photo+bankrupt in just a few days! :P } But what I can definitely tell you is, I will try to post more often.

For those of you who may know (and those who don’t ;) ) from September-end till mid-January, India goes into something what I call the “celebratory mode“. That being said, there are lots of festivals during this period in the calendar. From Ganesh Chaturthi in the South to Durga Puja in the East; from Diwali to Muharram and from Guru Nanak Jayanti to Christmas to Makar Sankranthi, there are so many things happening that my friends often complain they become fat during this part of the year (eating sweets, of course :D ). So in-case you’re planning your Great India tour, I just gave you a few reasons! (Oh wait, I actually skipped so many)

Talking about Diwali, it is regarded as the festival of Lights. Beautifully decorated clay lamps are lit, firecrackers burnt and sweets are exchanged between family and friends. This picture of the Buddha Statue in the centre of Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad, India was actually taken last year. It has a funny story behind it.

I was strolling around the lake when a drunkard sat across a bench opposite mine. Seeing a camera in my hand, he started laughing hard and saying something in a language I wonder even the martians won’t understand. Maybe he was asking me to record him and make a kindergarten movie! :D Although not sure, but I hear that wine is an integral part of the South Indian culture. I left that fella in his own funkadelic world. Here’s another picture of some colourful lights from outside a temple.

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15 thoughts on “12.12.12 : AGAIN WE BEGIN!

  1. Awesome shots Ankur! : ) and interesting story too.
    I never actually thought how many celebrations take place during this time in India, but you’re right.

    • I am afraid, I don’t. I planned to celebrate Diwali a bit differently this time. Instead of carrying the camera with me I left it at home, bought a pack of chips and some candies and walked a long way. And, during all this time I enjoyed the fireworks and the varied expressions of the people I saw and met. It was so different, a myriad of expressions ~ kids and children getting scared by the firecrackers and hugging their moms tight, while on the other hand young adults showing off their prowess and impressing others (girls mostly! :P ) by lighting the loudest and the biggest firecrackers, hehe. It was wonderful! :)

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