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!
Cheers & joy, Always!
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!
Trying to Tame!
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.
Flames all over!
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.
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.
Cheers & Joy, Always!
Here’s to all the Special & truly Wonderful Women everywhere. Always be Awesome, just the way you are.
Cheers & Joy, Always!
Happy Women’s Day!
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.
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.
Way to heaven
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.
The first Glimpse
A Pretty Window
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.
View from across the road
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!!
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.
Cheers & Joy, Always!
Road to “Chowk Bazaar”
Windows all around
The pretty DOOR
Leading us to more beauty
Of Doors & Windows
The Dilapidated Door
Sadar Manzil StretchII
Beautiful & Ruined
The Sadar Manzil Stretch I
Windows Windows Windows
The grand entry ‘Blocked’