Sunflower

I have always wanted to take a close up of a Sunflower. We don’t get to see it unless we are driving somewhere where the fields are and can stop to take a shot. And we were lucky on Saturday on our way to Chitradurga. There were too many fields on the way and finally we stopped in one. And all of us had fun taking enough close up shots of the flowers there. It was a little windy and Sun was still behind the clouds. So all these flowers were hanging their heads down looking so sad and when we almost gave up, Sun shone bright (for a few minutes only) and slowly a few flowers lifted their heads a little , just a little towards the Sun. Here is one my favorites from the set.

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“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Hellen Keller

Somethin’s Cookin’

Got this just now from my friend. Its already close to my lunch time and after seeing this, I am super hungry.
I loved how the background score complimented the video. And its a vegetarian dish. Yay! (even though I don’t eat mushrooms) I am not a big fan of cooking but love to watch and help someone do it with passion and interest. Add a good music in the background and I am in heaven. And if they are going to share it with me, all the more better ;)

Thai Peanut Noodles from HungryandExcited on Vimeo.

They came, they smiled & they won…

…my heart :)

There I was sitting and relaxing while my friends went in for a short climb in the Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam. I was too tired and the speed of the wind was too high for me (and not to mention the height of the dam too, even though the dam was small) to manage that climb. I tried for 2 levels and gave up because I was scared that the wind was going to push me down. While I was sitting with my camera (Canon 450D) these kids (belonging to one huge family, brothers, sisters, cousins etc etc) were going on their way to that climb. They were looking at me and my camera and I could see their curiosity in their eyes making them shine bright. They had a cute dog, Jimmy, with them and I tried to take the picture of that dog. They wanted to see his photograph in my camera so I showed them. And that is all it took. For the next 10-15 mins I was sitting there and until their parents caught upto them, I was flooded with requests for each of their photos, a photo of each one with their favorite other person, with their elders, with their dog, just girls, just boys, you name it and I have it. At times the elders had to break a fight on who is going to pose next. And every time I take a photograph I had to show them how it had come. The kid on the right end was so confident that his photograph was going to come in the newspapers. I tried to tell him that I am not a professional or a journalist, but he wouldn’t even listen :) His parents could only shake their heads. They were villagers but at least they knew that I wasn’t a journalist. That was a relief to me.  I tried asking them for their address so that I can print a few and send it across, but their Kannada and mine didn’t sync well enough for that communication. And they didn’t even bother. In fact they tried to tell their kids to let me go but they couldn’t be discouraged in any way. I had a blast with their enthusiasm and my tiredness long gone.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh.

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Saturday Day Trip

Here are the photographs of Chitradurga Fort and Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam. It was quite windy and had slight showers all day. But the greenery in the place in contrast to the brown and muddy ruins of the Fort was a very beautiful sight.

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Write up of the trip is present here

I(‘ll) do

One of my colleagues is getting married and his wedding card was very cute. I couldn’t help but click it. I loved it. Different from the usual ones I see in rectangle or square shapes.

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Well, I have only one advice for him ;) :

The most important four words for a successful marriage: ‘I’ll do the dishes.’-Anonymous