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Through the window sill

When I took this picture soon after a sharp shower in Bahrain, I was reminded of this saying about Paris and how the city, it is said, guides you on its own. Wonder how soon, if at all, that will happen again, after last weekend’s terrible events. When visiting Paris one should throw their itinerary…

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Ferns and curries

I never did imagine this large leafy growth we see so often in the hills of North and North Eastern India could actually be turned into a very tasty meal. But that’s exactly what we discovered when we travelled to Sikkim last year. I had seen ferns of various sizes and shapes since childhood but…

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Monkey business

I took this picture of a monkey in Shimla, India, minutes after it had made off with a visitor’s packet of sweets that he was to offer at a temple. The ‘thief’ ensured he was at a safe distance but still visible and appeared to cock a snook at the worshipers with a ‘catch me…

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Lonely life in the desert

This is perhaps one of the world’s loneliest trees. Bahrain’s Tree of Life, reportedly around 500 years old, is also number 6 in a list of the world’s seven most amazing trees. The mesquite tree sits at the highest point in the barren desert, miles from the another natural tree and is thought to have…

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Not kite the way!

I took some pictures of kite-flying enthusiasts playing with what they now call kites. Made of plastic and fibre, with fibre strings as well, these ‘birds’ just fly in the wind, with no skill involved and no sense of adventure. Compare this with the days when we indulged in this sport (yes, it was SPORT…

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Picturing the Church

I love these rather ghostly and surreal images of the Christ Church, Shimla. I remember back in the day, when these pictures were taken on a foggy evening, I did not have a proper camera, no tripod, no proper lighting and no real knowledge of how to take a good night shot. But I went…