Sunday, November 25, 2007

Toys !!!

I love surroundings of I’ngr, not only because this place is beautiful and finds its way to the core of quietness but also the way things turn out. Needless to mention some of the nicest roads of the city are here. It just happened to me today morning while I am returning back from the unusually long morning walk. I spotted something interesting on a foot path shop …
"The child's toys and the old man's reasons are the fruits of the two seasons".

another one ... heheh.... words will not match with the age :)

I did surprise those lil kids, they were too curious too see their pics.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The weekend way !

This weekend being idle, we came up with a new idea which was not our usual plan of traveling but to acknowledge ourself that we are good fan of Indian Railways. There goes the plan, started early morning walk and then move towards the city railway station following that took one of the route for a short train trip for the photo session. I guess for us, it’s completely a different way of exploring this short journey. The whole idea was to capture anything and everything that that will come our way in the early morning … the railway tracks, the trains, the platforms and last but not the least the people. Then I relised "watching the clock is not the same as watching a sunrise".

"Rays from the sunrise drew forth the buds and stretched them into long stalks, lifted up sap in noiseless streams, opened petals, and sucked out scents in invisible jets and breathings".

You don't need somebody to interpret for you what a beautiful sunrise it is.

I spotted this WDM 14028 Diesel loco, with HWH - YPR Express.

The parallel railway tracks can also be a source of inspiration – “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today”.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Konark Trip

My journey continued and I reached at the world famous heritage site at Konark. The famed Sun temple, this was my first ever visit to such a wonder land. The drive from Puri to Konark along side of Bay-of-Bengal was just amazing and another highlight of the trip. It was giving me an impression as if I was sailing through the sea, to add to that an awesome weather did the rest of the magic.

This place is a "Bhool Bhulaiyaan' for many. Beware you can easily lost with the beauty of the temple. Not to surprise, the place was as usual crowded but I did hardly bother about that !!!. Being a shutterbug, I wonder if I could spend a week and still able to satisfy myself. The short stay was not enough to capture all the moments as we have to drive back.

The temple looked more beautiful when the lights were on. And the other thing that most of the people around there/tourist doesn’t want to miss is the sunset. It looks so marvelous as if the sun tries to hide itself behind the temple ….

The front view, this 13th century temple structure is based upon a chariot, which is consisting of 24 wheels.

The wheel, otherwise is called as Ashok Chakra ...

Another view, my counting for 24 completed here ...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Beach !!!

One more entry to my most memorable trip list, it had been quite few time that I have visited the famous beach of Puri. Well ! I discovered it in a completely different manner this time with an unforgettable eraly morning walk along the sea.

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.

With each sunrise, we start anew.

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The East Coast Trip - Day I

It’s been a very long time since I visited these places but I could hardly forget those happy old days. This time it was all set and I started my journey towards the east cost precisely to the coastal part of Orissa. I did surprise myself by booking my train ticket on a weekday; the unstoppable crowd on the occasion of Deepavali holidays had left no other option. Anyways the journey on E.Co Railways never had been much better then this.
Those moments were breath taking and filled me with loads of excitement, after all this trip came after a period of 19 months. There were lots of plans and nerveless new plans were also added up in the queue (more on it in my next posts). I tried the best to capture as many of the moments I can. But sometime it was a challenging task, taking pictures from a fast moving train was never so easy. Thanks to all those unknown friends who equally enjoyed helping me while taking the pictures throughout the journey.
Now here goes my first set of photos on the Day I of the trip that almost covered the costal part of Andra Pradesh and the part of Orissa. I had a great time inside as well as exploring outside of the train and glad the witness the train journey which reached at my destination before the schedule time. You have to believe it, Indian Railways is becoming conscious about the timings and also they have started working towards passenger’s satisfaction.
The train was approaching a tunnel ...
From the other side of the train ... see the the dark tunnel.
The perfect definition of a train, I could see the engine head seating on the other extreme end of it, at a sharp reverse L turn.
The train was approaching the bridge over Krishna River, near Vijaywada Railways Station.

An electric train engine.

A diesel train engine.

Godavari River bed.

My fav shoot, it raining ... n ... raining ...

Inside the coach, a good nite's sleep made the morning more active ...

The Bond, not that James Bond ...

Bye ... bye ...

NH 5, along side ...

Just before Vizag Railway Station, it was never before so beautiful surroundings...

The scenic view on the evening, a border district of Orissa.

*All Photographs Copyright Hello World - Alok, 2007

Friday, November 09, 2007

Happy Deepavali !!!

Deep hamesha jalte jagmagate rahein. Hum aapko aur aap humein yaad aate rahein. Jab tak jindagi hai, dua hai hamri … aap deep ke diye jaise jagmagate rahein …. Haapy deepavali.