Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Out with my Camera: Pondicherry

In the last couple of months, I have been hopping from place to place, snapping pictures and experiencing different cultures. In December, I visited Goa and Gokarna and even posted about my trip on my blog with a help of more than a dozen pictures and the response I got was unbelievable. I think coastal towns have grown on me as I was quite happy to go to Pondicherry.

One of the first things I noticed was that the weather was so much better than other coastal towns. It wasn't balmy at all! It was like Bangalore with a harsher sun. I absolutely hate the balmy weather so this was like a dream destination to me.

We were on the road all day and finally reached Pondicherry around late evening. I, for one, was ready to head out to get a feel of the city. After freshening up a bit, we took off for the Promenade. The roads of the town were quite small and maneuvering a large car through them was extremely stressful for our drivers as they were more afraid of scratches than of accidentally running someone over.

The Promenade is a long walkaway along the sea.  It was lit up really bright that night, with fairy lights everywhere as Republic Day was two days away.

The plus side of all the bright lights is the amazing light flares in my pictures. I couldn't get that effect even if I edited them on photoshop. Here are some of my favourites.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Out With My Camera: Gokarna!

I've been away from this blog for too long, or what seems like too long. I feel like I need to catch you up on everything that's happened since the last time I blogged, which was sometime around Christmas.

So, Christmas was pretty boring for me. I had my art class all day and nothing remotely Christmas-ey happened. It was hot and sunny in Bangalore, much to my distaste. Then again, it is like that most of the year and it's about time I come to terms with it.

Every year around Christmas, I get down because it never goes the way I want it to. I always dream of celebrating Christmas the way they do in the movies but since my family doesn't celebrate Christmas, I always end up disappointed.

A few days after Christmas, I had to go to Gokarna with my family (uncles and aunts and cousins and their kids included). I wouldn't like to travel with the whole family under normal circumstances (I refer to them as the Great Indian Circus but don't let my mother hear of it) as they are quite restrictive and I feel like letting loose completely when I'm on holiday. We never see eye-to-eye and that bothers me more than it should. This was a one-off as they wanted to do something special for my late grandfather's death anniversary at the temple at Gokarna. So we went. All of us. In a tiny bus. With my tiny, squealing nephew and niece running up and down the aisle. My tolerance had expired long before so I escaped from the Circus at Gokarna and went on my own little photography trip while everyone was at the temple.

I went off topic a bit but I did want to put in a bit of back story in there. I was only in Gokarna for two days (I joined the family three days into the trip. I tried ditching out completely but couldn't get away with it.) and this is all I got up to in the time. Mind you, no real fun came of it. Yes, I saw other tourists partying on the beach post sunset, buying and smoking cigarettes at a subsidy (and also other illegal substances that I dare not mention here), enjoying cheap alcohol, and hiking on the hills near the beach but I, to my great displeasure, could not partake in any of these activities. I vow that the next time I go there it will be with like minded people and I will holiday the way I dream of holidaying.

For those who don't know, Gokarna is a small coastal town on the western coast of Karnataka. It's frequented by tourists all year round. Around the time I went, there were mostly Russian tourists. International tourists love it there as they get away with doing things that are illegal in their country as the law is much less tighter in Gokarna.

Here's a look at what I got up to in Gokarna.

This is one of the first shots I took on the beach and also my favourite picture from the trip. I'm always taking pictures of the strays and I found this one so adorable. On a hot, balmy day, this guy quietly found a small patch of shade to nap in for a while. We had a pretty interesting conversation too. If you're ever in Gokarna, look him up!