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Champa – Kali a.k.a. Frangipani

Plumeria or Frangipani (common name) or Champa as its referred to in India,  is native to the tropical Americas but now can be found in India, south-east Asia,  and even Africa. Plumeria releases its fragrance at night the most; this is done to lure in the Sphinx moths – the pollinators. The flowers have no […]

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Royal Grandeur – Mysore Palace

2nd April 2010 – Mysore We visited Mysore on our way back to Bangalore via Coorg.  The wide city roads, lined with huge trees, carefully laid out green belts and lack of stray animals on the streets; made this city a pleasure to visit. Mysore is at a distance of 130 odd Kms from Bangalore […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Manchinbele

25th April 2010 – Sunday morning brought around our usual photo-date. Today’s agenda was Manchinbele – about 40 km from Bangalore. Its a dam built over a reservoir to provide electricity and water to the nearby Magadi townshitp. After sifting through many blogs and maps, we decided to take the Mysore road route via the […]

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Ranganathittu : Cattle Egret

On my recent visit to Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, I happened to spot this beautiful bird with such gorgeous colours in its plumes. This bird is the Cattle Egret or Bubulcus ibis which according to Wikipedia is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It has similarities in plumage […]

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[gigya width=”460″ height=”460″ src=”http://natgeo.ikriti.com/photoContest/apps/flipbook/momentAwards.jsp” quality=”high” flashvars=”userId=21071&mode=blog” wmode=”tranparent” ] shalzmojo Passionate about everything design, I am in love with photography, travel and baking. My writing journey was initiated with my letter writing hobby as a child and has metamorphosised into serious blogging. I indulge with reading fantasy fiction, day dreaming and sipping good wine. 243 total views, […]

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Accessory2design – Rania & the WaterGarden Spa

Project: I was offered to do up a luxury holiday resort in the year 2006 – Rania and the WaterGarden Spa on Faafu Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. This is one of my best projects to date. The concept: At The Rania Experience, you book the whole island for yourself. You can choose to come […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Elita Promenade

Namma Bangalore is indeed a city of gardens; dwindling now, but nevertheless greenery rules here. The tall verdant trees with foliage spread out wide and out over the roads; almost like a green roof- you could probably grow another level on top of it. While house hunting here we realised the importance landscaping is given in […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Hebbal Lake

One Sunday morning (early morning), I happened to visit Hebbal Lake in north Bangalore, for a photo shoot with a group of ten fellow enthusiasts. Hebbal lake is one of the three lakes created by Kempe Gowda in 1537. The lake has a large garden spread out at the front side, near the entrance with […]

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The Indian Standard!!!

  A big Hurrah for the dilliwallahs – Delhi has emerged as the most “liveable” city according to the ‘Livability Index 2010’ i.e. a report based on a study conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Institute for Competitiveness, India. Delhi garnered top honours in education, economic, safety and security. But is it […]

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Movie List 2010

My Movie List 2010 I began this year as usual with a movie marathon; further fuelled by the Oscar fever. I thought of compiling a list of all the movies I have watched so far and would do so further too. I look forward to suggestions and reviews from others to further this diary. __________________________________________________________________________________ […]

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Bangalore Diaries : Maid-en woes!!!

Something is wrong with me, they don’t like me? I wept on my husband’s shoulders when the 3rd maid left or was removed by me. And this is 3 maids in one and a half months (of which 20 days we were out of town) Ever since we moved into the new house in Bangalore, I […]

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Bangalore Diaries: On the Butterfly trail

Hindi – titli      Arabic – farasha     Afrikaans – skoenlapper    Balinese – kupu kupu Bangla-projapoti      Bulgarian – peperooda      Burmese – lapia      Chinese – hu die     Croatian – leptir     Cantonese- woo deep    Czech – moty’l     Danish- sommerfugl Dutch – vlinder    English – butterfly    Farsi – parvaneh’     Finnish – perhonen French – papillon     German – schmetterling   Greek- psyche   Hebrew – parpar    Gujrati – patangeo Location: Bannergatta National Park – Butterfly Park Timing: 9 a.m. to […]

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Bangalore Dairies : On the bird trail

I have been in B’lore a month and was itching to go for a shoot; missing my PS group so much. I started a diligent search on flickr and connected with the Bangalore Weekend Shoot group and they were headed to Ranganathittu Bird sanctuary in the mandaya district.  This sanctuary plays host to a variety of birds, especially some […]

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Travelling travails !!!

In India, the peak tourist season is said to be winters. Rajasthan, Goa, Kerela, etc are considered to the most popular tourist destinations in India. Places like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jaiselmer and Agra are a big attraction, especially with the foreign tourists.  The royal splendours of these places can be best enjoyed in winters only. Unfortunately, these are all […]

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Birdie num num!!

I chanced upon a stroll in the Japanese park in Rohini, New Delhi and was thrilled to capture these gorgeous birds; some of which I couldnt even identify as I had never seen them before. I had to patiently stalk these birds and then hope for a good angle; rest was all upto my trusted Canon 400 D. […]

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Glimpses of a white Kashmir

After seeing my pics of some of friends of Gulmarg and Pahalgam in December, I was so tempted that I planned a trip to Kashmir to see the snow. The weather was not as cold as I was expecting it to be; no snowfall in Srinagar and only sunny days everyday. I was surprised to see such barreness in Kashmir, after […]

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A perfectly sunny day as we set out for Gulmarg with thoughts of snow, sledding, snowman….. Our first view was disappointing as we glimpsed snow in patches; untouched where the sun couldnt reach – other than that it was dry and so barren of snow. But as we climbed higher, our hopes revived when we […]

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Wintery snapshots of Kashmir

One hour delayed Spicejet flight to Srinagar as it didnt make it on time from Delhi (congestion at IGA is nothing new); atleast it didnt get cancelled which is what happened to the yesterday one. But thanks to that, had an unexpected encounter with an old batchmate- met after 20 years and thanks to him, the one hour whiled away in […]

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I chased a bee across a sunny winter garden!

The sun broke out from a gloomy sky, flooding the garden with some winter cheer and sunshine. Out came the birds and the bees; one caught my fancy and was chased all across from the golden marigolds to the budding roses. The whir of its tiny wings, bought out the glossy lilac tones which glinted […]

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