Delhi Postcards & The 2012 Blog Report!

Hello there!And there!
Keeping in mind that I have to make up for the lost time,I would like to hit the ground running!Posts,therefore will be coming up thick and fast. To start off here are some photos from my Delhi trip.
Inspite of all the attention it is getting for all the wrong-and sad-reasons,Delhi chose to put on it’s
‘best’ show for me I guess.How else do you explain the near zero temperatures that made me forget what the word ‘bath’ means?! Here then,are the photos from among millions I clicked,ones that made it through after hours of deliberation in my mind!

To start off,is this photo of something that Delhi got me addicted to.By the end of my trip,I lost count of how many plates of aloo-tikki I had.We are talking in the scale of hundreds in here!

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Here are the rest,and I think they do their own talking.They tell us how beautiful the city is even with all it’s problems and why it hurts when something so horrific as what happened,takes place.

The Red Fort and that type of weather are a deadly combo,believe me!

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What’s a visit to Delhi without a journey to Agra?!

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In Delhi,you MUST try out this place at the Hauz Khas Village.To quote Amul,the food here is “utterly butterly delicious”!

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And then,do stop for some juice!

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I don’t think the photo is good enough to tell you just how many people had descended for shopping in Sarojini Nagar on a night where you could hardly take your hands out of your pockets-even with gloves on!

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All in all,an excellent vacation!
Here’s my 2012 report card,with the hope that things will be even better in 2013:)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

The Dhauli Peace Pagoda

Dhauli Hills, a 30 minute journey from Bhubaneswar is supposed to be the area where the Battle of Kalinga was fought.The same battle which led Emperor Ashoka take up the cause of peace and Buddhism after he realized the extent of loss and destruction,and even more important,the death of millions of soldiers.The Daya river which flows by the hills is said to have turned red with the blood of dead soldiers.
Cut to today,the hill now has a beautiful peace pagoda built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha.

Here are some photos I took the other day in Dhauli!

The Peace Pagoda
The Peace Pagoda

View of River Daya from the hill.
View of River Daya from the hill.

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The statues of Buddha in the three avatars:-

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The inscriptions and murales,the meaning or interpretation of which is still not clear as each guide has his own story to tell!
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Dhauli is also famous for the excellent(and might I add cheapest)kaju badam!
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The thing that hits you about Dhauli is the utter serenity around the place.Even with so many tourists,there is a strange sense of tranquility and quietness.A trip worth remembering:)
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The South Park Street Cemetry

Ok,so this type of a post is completely new ground for me!
Here are some photos of The South Park Street Cemetry in Calcutta I took on a visit with friends,around two years ago.Opened in 1767 and closed in 1790,it had slipped into near oblivion,due to lack of care and shoddy maintainence.However,when the screen adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s story “Gorosthaney Sabdhan”(Danger At The Graveyard),a part of the hugely popular detective series Feluda,was shot at the cemetry,where a large part of the story is based,the private owners(another interesting feature) regained their senses,and the cemetry is now a treat for those interested in history and Calcutta’s heritage.It houses around 1600 graves,most notably those of Sir William Jones,founder of The Asiatic Society;Sir Henry Vivian Derozio,renowned poet; and of Job Charnock credited to be the founder of Calcutta as a city.

I have instagrammed the photos today and thought it would make a really nice post!
(The third photo was reproduced from wikipedia)

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Now for the two most interesting tombs.I read about the first one in wikipedia today,and do not have a photo.I will just reproduce the wiki lines:-
“”A virtuous mother (died 1825)”, that is all Grave 363 in the cemetery has to say. It seems as if that she chose to remain anonymous.”

And the second is the tomb of Major General Charles Hindoo Stuart whose tomb is in the form of Hindu temple,because he had changed his religion to Hinduism in practice,performing Hindu rituals and bathing regularly in the Ganges.

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