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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Pahalgam - Views from my hotel window

Pahalgam one of my favourite destinations is a world famous hill station and quite popular among tourists visiting Jammu &Kashmir , located on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7200 ft. from sea level.Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari (2,895 m), 16 km from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the Yatra that takes place every year in the month of July / August. Surrounded by snow clad mountains , gushing blue water of Lidder River makes it uniqueness of its own.Here are some descriptive views from my hotel window. The pictures  may appear a little hazy as they were taken from inside the window but I managed to capture some beautiful moments .

#kashmir #pahalgam #photography

                                   While I was enjoying  a view of Lidder River From My Window

                                                And My Friends Were Waiting For Me

                                I Took A Notice Of The Monkeys Who Had Thronged The Place

                       And This One Outside My Window Was Eyeing The Butter Toast On My Table

                           Oh Boy , How Could I not Feed Him After The Eye Contact He Had With Me?

On Being Asked To Come Around The Other Window He Came And Waited Patiently For A Bite

                                                         What Surprised Me The Most

He scraped The Hard Dark Brown Edges Of The Toast Before Gulping Them Down - Intelligent Breed , Huh
                                                     Had My Fill - Time To Join His Gang

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Friday, 27 June 2014

I feel beautiful - photography

" I feel beautiful " is inspired by one of my own photograph that is shared in this blog post and more than the photographer(A layman in photography) I compliment my self to have brought about the beautiful expression and given such good shot. A picture , the record of visual perception - Some of us love being pictured while few of us turn our faces away from the camera and I fall in the second category . Photography is a passion for me and once in a while I do try my hands on it but I rarely allow myself to be photographed for the very reason that I picture badly but of late I realised its just the state of mind that reflects in our pictures.and there is only #1 tip to give a good shot that has worked for me which is one must feel beautiful while posing for a photograph and there you are  ! This is one of the best shots I have ever given though I have a sharper nose than it appears in the photograph but it can not stop me from saying " I feel beautiful" and now your opinion matters .

#photography #1

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A Kick Over Frozen Yellow mary - A variety of bloody mary ( cocktail drink recipe )

The frozen Yellow Mary -A variety of Bloody Mary is a combination of fragrant herbs, ripe yellow tomatoes ,celery stalk, cucumber and a bit of kick from the vodka, lemon juice , a touch of horseradish juice , ice,, and hot sauce . A morning after drink Frozen Yellow Mary is a variety of Bloody Mary , a frozen vodka drink is made with yellow tomatoes as it is much easy on stomach as yellow tomatoes are less acidic than the red ones and allow the sweetness and and garden-freshness to come through unhindered. While you sip the frozen Yellow Mary let me look up my recipe book for some more interesting cocktail recipes to share which I collected over the years and are on my bar menu on every occasion...Cheers !

#frozenyellowmary #bloodymary #cocktail #drink #recipe #howto


• 5 medium ripe yellow tomatoes

• 1 celery stalk, chopped

• 1 cup diced cucumber

• 2 oz fresh lemon juice

• 1/3 cup chopped fresh horseradish

• 1 teaspoon of salt

• 6–7 oz of vodka

• Hot sauce of choice to taste


Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, add 3–4 cups of ice and blend again until it reaches the desired consistency.

Pour the drink into a highball glass with salt on the rim, adding the hot-sauce-covered lemon slice.

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Mood Swings - My Journey To Kashmir " The Paradise On Earth "

"Mood Swings " - a rapid change in mood and that's exactly what I am going through ever since I came back after a week long holiday in  Kashmir Valley " The Paradise On Earth ". One of the most beautiful and memorable journeys I have ever had , packed with fun and romance with nature was indeed a lifetime experience. It took me no long to get back to normal life style  once I landed back in Delhi. and as an addicted blogger would have , the first thimg I did after  reaching home logged into my blogging sites ,replied to all the comments left by my readers , read a few blogs, wrote a few comments and finally when I tried to write a blog post I was at total loss of words , though  my mind is loaded with stories of my experience in " The Paradise On Earth " Kashmir ,where I spent a substantial portion of my childhood and grew up without having an iota  of feeling or sense that how much this mystic beauty of the valley is going to haunt me as I grow older. "The Kashmir Valley " the  place where I would love  to spend remaining years of my life

So we go back to "Mood Swings " I believe  I was and still am in a state of nostalgia and therefore  I decided to share the pictures of my own on Face Book ac and in that process I found some pictures depicting my own moods..  I certainly need to get over with my Mood Swings and start sharing some beautiful pictures of The Kashmir Valley known to be " The Paradise On Earth " in the ,meanwhile bear with me when I ask  you to enjoy watching my mood swings and share your opinion with me . I found this  beautiful series of pictures taken while I was busy attending the phone calls .
#Kashmir #moodswings #photojournalism #India

                                 This is how happy I was when I checked in the House Boat until I received some business calls from my office that ultimately forced me to switch off my phone once again that had remained shut throughout while I travelled.


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