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Childhood!

Hi there,

When it comes to Childhood, no words are ever gonna be enough to explain what it is. You gotta see it happen in front of your eyes, experience the moments and cherish them forever.

Here’s a click, which almost comes close to summing up one Happy moment of Childhood!

Enjoy!

Cheers & joy, Always!

cooesncuddles//childhood//Childhood be Like this!

 

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Dance Dance – WPC!

Hello!

It is amazing how Bhopal never fails to surprise me. On my recent visit there, I was able to see some really vibrant and colourful Hot air balloons at the International Hot Air Balloon Fest. For me n my lil munchkin this was a brand new experience and we were in complete awe. All I can say is that they are big and pretty and of course were dancing with the hot air inside them and the wind blowing them everywhere. Loved em! These pictures are my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Dance!

Thank you Bhopal for another great experience. So what that they didn’t fly, just looking at them made us Happy and Excited!!

Here’s a glimpse. Enjoy!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Dance Dance-WPC//Dancing!

Dancing!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Dance Dance-WPC//Delightful dancers

Delightful Dancers

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Dance Dance-WPC//Standing Tall

Standing Tall

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Dance Dance-WPC//Trying to Tame!

Trying to Tame!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Dance Dance-WPC//Monochrome!

Monochrome!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Dance Dance-WPC//Spectacular

Spectacular

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Flames in our Forest {WCP}

Hello,

I am currently staying at my parents house in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. They have recently moved to their new house and it is a bit cutoff from the hush bush of a city life. A major attraction in our garden is the Flame of the Forest/Tesu tree in  full bloom.  The area below it is blotted all over with the beautiful bright orange hook shaped flowers. I’ve been a fan of this tree forever and having it stand bright and beautiful right in front of my balcony is a pleasure beyond measure.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Flames in our Forest//Flames all over

Flames all over!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Flames in our Forest//Pretty Hooks

Pretty Hooks

Anyways, thats not all this post is about. It is also about these very special birds that visit us every day . A flock of Brahminy Starlings – pale brown or orange mynah with a black cap, fly all over the tree looking for the sweetest flower, playing in pairs and just enjoying the tree in their own sweet way.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Flames in our Forest//Hmmm yummm

Hmmmm Yummm!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Flames in our Forest//Peaceful!

Peaceful

It pleases me to see how these birds are in perfect harmony with this tree, so much so that they are almost look a part. So, as part of the Weekly Photo challenge -Harmony, I am going to share a few images of the flames in our forest, the Brahminy Starlings enjoying the test tree.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Flames in our Forest//Playtime

Playtime!

Enjoy!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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Happy Women’s Day!

Here’s to all the Special & truly Wonderful Women everywhere. Always be Awesome, just the way you are.

Cheers & Joy, Always!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Happy Women's day

Happy Women’s Day!

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MOSQUE MAGNIFICENCE

Hello everyone!

Lately I’ve been inclined towards writing a lot about my hometown, Bhopal. Why wouldn’t I be? There’s so much to offer and only as much I can write in one post. So here I go again.

There can’t be a better time than Ramzan(Ramadan) for me to share this very special post about the magnificent Mosques that adorn Bhopal, Taj-ul-masjid, Jama Masjid & the Moti Masjid. Although I only saw and clicked from outside,   I was still so much in awe of them. I’ve lived around them for more than a decade, but never have I experienced so much pride in the beauty that I see now as a photographer. They are the perfect subjects to capture when in Bhopal. Here’s presenting to you the 3 beauties.

1. TAJ-UL-MASJID:

As the name Taj-ul-masjid goes, this Crown of Mosques with its majestic architecture is a spectacle on its own. This mosque features a pink facade and has three onion-shaped white domes and two 18-storeyed octagonal minarets, each with huge bulbous domes. It was built by Bhopal’s third female ruler, Shah Jahan Begum, who wanted to make it the world’s largest mosque. However, her demise was the end of that dream. It was finally completed in 1971 by Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari of Bhopal. The mosque is also used as a Madrasah.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Taj-ul-masjid//Magnificent

Magnificent!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Taj-ul-masjid//Way to heaven

Way to heaven

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Taj-ul-masjid//Grand Entry

Grand Entry

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Taj-ul-masjid//Wall Wonderful

Wall Wonderful

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Taj-ul-masjid//Up Close

Up Close

2. MOTI MASJID:Moti Masjid, also known as the Pearl Mosque, was constructed in 1860 by Sikander Jehan Begum of Bhopal, the daughter of Qudisiya Begum. Its architecture is similar to the Jama Masjid in Delhi. Situated in the heart of the city, this mosque, much smaller than the Taj-ul-masjid, is simple yet elegant. It is surrounded by small little shops of the very famous Chowk Bazaar of Bhopal.

The mosque stands majestically as a symbol of Bhopal’s history and features a white marble facade with two small cupolas on the top. There are two dark red towers on either sides of the main building, adorned with bright golden spikes.

As I visited on a peak summer morning, the shops all around had put up sun shades in all sizes and colours. They hid a lot of the mosque for me to click, but I still tried.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Moti Masjid//First Glimpse

The first Glimpse

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Moti Masjid//Enveloped

Enveloped

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Moti Masjid//A pretty window

A Pretty Window

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Moti Masjid//Decorated with gold

Decorated with gold!

3. JAMA MASJID:

The Jama Masjid is the contribution of Qudsia Begum (1837). This imposing mosque, is a beautiful work of art and is crowned by gold spikes atop minarets. The mosque is very well preserved and can boast of maintaining the original red of the stone on its structure. Its two very tall minarets are easily seen from a great distance.

The mosque is located opposite the Shaukat Mahal & Sadar Manzil featured here. They all together make this crossroad an architectural wonder.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//Very Welcoming

Very Welcoming!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//So Red

So red!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//View from across the road

View from across the road

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//Details

Details

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//pretty minaret

pretty minaret

That’s all about Mosques, Domes & Minarets. I’ve brought to you almost all that Bhopal had to offer on this front. Hope you had fun.
RAMADAN KAREEM & EID MUBARAK!!
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DOOR TO ‘BHUPALI’ TREASURES {WCP}

The Weekly Photo Challenge- Door, gives me an opportunity to share more about my beloved city Bhupal(Bhopal).

I present to you Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil, the royal treasures situated in the heart of city that are the doorway to Chowk Bazaar ‘Bhupal’. These buildings are a combination of Asian and Western styles of architecture, making them stand out in a crowd of traditional Islamic architectural wonders. The Shaukat  Mahal said to be designed by a Frenchman- a descendant of the bourbon Dynasty, is a perfect  blend of oriental & occidental styles of architecture. It is flanked by the Sadar Manzil which served as a Hall of Public Audience during the princely period. Both the Shaukat Mahal & Sadar Manzil are adorned by many different doors & windows all around. And hence they fit perfectly in my Weekly Photo Challenge- Door post.

These buildings now house government offices, mostly those of Bhupal Municipal Corporation. Although they’ve been run down by time, weather and human disregard, they still emanate royalty. So on your next trip to my city, do spend a few minutes and spare a glance at them. They are worth that much in the least.

Enjoy!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Shaukat Mahal

Shaukat Mahal

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Road to "Chowk Bazaar"

Road to “Chowk Bazaar”

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Windows all around

Windows all around

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //The pretty door

The pretty DOOR

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Leading us to more beauty

Leading us to more beauty

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Of Doors & Windows

Of Doors & Windows

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Dilapidated Door

The Dilapidated Door

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //More doors

More doors

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Sadar Manzil Stretch2

Sadar Manzil StretchII

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Beautiful & ruined

Beautiful & Ruined

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Sadar Manzil Stretch1

The Sadar Manzil Stretch I

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Windows Windows Windows

Windows Windows Windows

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //The grand entry Blocked

The grand entry ‘Blocked’

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//DOOR TO 'BHUPALI' TREASURES //Taken

Taken!