Through My Lens…

Last month, had to catch Ranikhet Express from Old Delhi Railway Station. Was travelling to Himalayan Village, Sonapani, Near Nanital. Since, I reached a good one hour before the scheduled departure, I decided to explore the Old Delhi Railway Station through my lens.
Here’s what I saw…
Revenues for the Railways… advertising on the trains!
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Without them, it would be a harrowing task to climb all those stairs of the overhead bridges!
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The parcels lay scattered on the platform.
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The hand pulled carts for cargo…
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The STD booth! It exists still?? Yes, but it had closed for the day!
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This took me down the memory lane… As kids, as soon as we found one, we would ask for the coins from Mom-Dad and rush to check not the weight but the forecast for the day which was mentioned on one side of the ticket.
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My fav place on the entire station…
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Fruits anyone?? Bananas, Apples, Oranges, Grapes…
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There is the Railways Special Aloo Puri too!! Thank God, the food was covered!!
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And the time was…
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Mera ‘number’ aaya kya??
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The man catches a few winks while the wife guards the luggage!
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And this one’s classic…
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Thursday Challenge – Beautiful

It’s a Beautiful week. And bright, attractive and colourful, in short Beautiful are our Goldie and Ginnie.

Goldie and Ginnie, our pet gold fishes, have been with us since 2006.

No, the gold fishes don’t live that long and given the feng shui belief that whenever a fish dies, it takes a part of your bad luck or misfortune. And you know, how life is!! So, many of our gold fishes have died since 2006, but they have been always replaced with new ones. So, though many fishes have given us company for the last 5 years, their name remains just the same, that is Goldie and Ginnie!! And since they don’t respond to their names like a pet dog or a cat would, anyone of them can be called by either of the names, as neither do they mind, nor do we!!

Goldie and Ginnie are wonderful pets. It’s so refreshing and relaxing to see them dance around in their bowl. Watching them is always a pleasure. And the bestest thing about them is that they are so low on maintenance. Just a feed in the morning and a weekly water change of their bowl, that’s it!!
No waking up at ungodly hours or even in rains or harsh winters to take them out for sussu-potty, and they never chew your favourite slipper or bark unreasonably.
You don’t have to take them to the vet for vaccinations or buy accessories and special food that costs a bomb.
Your home is free from tufts of hair and they are certainly not messy while eating food!!
They never attack or scare anyone and none of the neighbors complain about them.

I can go on and on talking about our Goldie and Ginnie, but to sum it up, they are the most beautiful friends we have at home… silently adding joy happiness and peace in our lives.

Oops, I noticed just now, that the next week’s Thursday Challenge is on Pets!!

Thursday Challenge – Spring

It’s Spring in Jammu and Kashmir now. The spring season starts in March and lasts till early May.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure to be at Patnitop which is a hill station near Jammu.

This view from a small hill gives you the blissful feeling of peace and tranquility. Surrounded by lush green forest and tall pine trees are the JKTDC Huts. Well furnished rooms with working kitchen  beckon you if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday. One can indulge in reading a good book under a tree or long walks, trekking or pony rides at any time as the weather is very pleasant, with a slight nip in the air.

Ah, miss this serene place now that I am back in the hot and sultry weather of Jaipur!

Thursday Challenge – Happy

Birthdays and Cakes go hand in hand, we all know that! And our birthday parties are no different. But what is different in our birthday parties is this….

  … the smearing of the cake on anybody and everybody!! Somebody has to start it and then it’s a chain reaction! Everybody would like to dirty soften their hands in the creamy cake and spread the cheer. It was my birthday, in the pic above and see the happy guys in KG and RB.

 Here, in this picture above, KG’s office guys, not only applied the beautiful and yummy Black Forest Cake on this face properly like a face pack but also decorated him with flowers from the bouquets he received and sure there were lots of happy smiles.

And here, KG was not even given an opportunity to remove his spectacles!! Some happiness it gave to everybody around!

So what if the hair has to shampooed immediately and the clothes have to be changed, so what if the kids pester for wanting to eat some more cake and the wife has to take special care in washing the smeared clothes,…  All Izzz Well, as long as we get that Happy feeling!

PS: Inspired by Sangeeta’s Thursday Challenge pic and comment! Thank you Sangeeta! 🙂