One june evening sky, in the summer of 2013

Sanjeevni – A Ray of Life

Shri Hanumangarh, Nainital

Akash Ganga Sky Divers

Akash Ganga is the 14 member Sky diving team of the Indian Air Force. It was created in August 1987.
Akash Ganga can be roughly translated in Hindi as “The Ganga of the sky”, it’s an ancient Hindi name for the galaxy as viewed from the Earth

83rd Indian Air Force Day: Sarang Helicopter

The name Sarang (Peacock in Sanskrit) is symbolic as it is the national bird of India.
The team flies four modified HAL Dhruv helicopters, also known as ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter).

Two Sarangs on each side, crossing each other.

Broken, yet Beautiful

The Bridge & A Boat

Gaula River, Haldwani

The Gaula River is a river in India. It is approximately 500 km (310 mi) long. It originates in the Sattal lakes of Uttarakhand state, and flows south past Kathgodam, Haldwani, and Shahi, finally joining the Ramganga River about 15 km (9.3 mi) northwest of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, Ramganga in turn is a tributary of the river Ganges.
Over the years, due erosion and deforestation the Gaula catchment has become prone to landslides and the springs in it and overall rainfall have declined leading to reduction in its flow.
The Gaula riverbed after it hits the plain near Haldwani has also been facing erosion to excessive quarrying. When despite Supreme Court’s directive which effectively banned quarrying while only allowing silt deposit removal, has led to public protests in the regions and a bandh (mass strike) in Haldwani in December 2009 by activists, alleging nexus between stone crushing and mining industry and the administration.

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Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Glittering Mess

Canon EOS 700D, f/4.5, 1/2 sec, ISO-250

Cultural Night Show, Sam Sand Dunes

Canon EOS 600D, f/10, 1.6 sec, ISO-3200

Zaheer Khan playing Khartal
Canon EOS 600D, f/10, 1.6 sec, ISO-3200

Folk Dancer Simran
Canon EOS 600D, f/10, 1.6 sec, ISO-3200

Folk Dancer Sharda
Canon EOS 600D, f/10, 1.6 sec, ISO-3200

Dhol player Barkat Khan
Canon EOS 600D, f/10, 1.6 sec, ISO-3200

Canon EOS 600D, f/22, 3.2 sec, ISO-1600

Swing with me, please?

Canon EOS 700D, f/5.6, 1/2 sec, ISO-6400

Statue of Rao Gopal Dev, Rewari

Rao Gopal Dev was a nineteenth-century revolutionary leader in Rewari, India, who had allied himself with his cousin, Rao Tula Ram, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Now there is Rao Gopal Dev chowk is situated at Rewari, where Narnaul and Mahendergarh road are departed from the chowk and a statue of him have been built in his memory and inaugurated by the Haryana Chief Minister on 16 December 2008

SAMSUNG GT-I9100 f/2.7, 1/4000 sec, ISO-40

Aunt’s Desert

Aunt preparing desert, in village at Haryana, India. In Haryana, people pay respect to all elder ladies who are senior to your mother, by addressing them as ‘Tai’ (ताई). So the first name for this picture intuitively came as Tai Ki Kheer (ताई की खीर). But to get the meaning for universe, I had to pick title of universal language. Hence Aunt’s Desert it is.

Given the background now, Tai is cooking desert which is called Kheer (खीर) in a traditional brass vessel, flamed up on a bonfire, you can say its Tai’s bonfire recipes. Kheer is a South Asian rice pudding made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca, or vermicelli with milk and sugar; it is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert.

Samsung GT-I9100, f/2.7, 1/230 sec, ISO-40

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Ice Block Maker

Nahargarh Fort Stepwell

Nahargarh Fort is one of three forts at Jaipur, Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, being the other two. Nahargarh means an “abode of tigers”. Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur. The fort and stepwell at Nahargarh were built as a defense fort, which was never used. This stepwell design is unique one in that there’s no symmetry in kind of steps cut out of the hillside to collect water in.

Baoli Ghaus Ali Shah, Farrukhnagar

An old baoli or step-well was built by Ghaus Ali Shah, a local chief during the reign of Mughal emperor Farrukh Siyar. Built out of stone, lime plaster and bricks, this baoli wears some resemblance with the Turkish hammam. The water tank in the center is surrounded by a verandah with well-framed arches on all sides. There are also chambers for relaxation and recreation on the upper storeys.

Mashqi

Mashq is a traditional water-carrying bag, usually made of waterproofed goat-skin. A person who is carrying a mashq is called a Māshqi.

This picture was captured when I visited Dargah Sharif, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India.

Black Winged Stilt