Books on the shelf – March 2014

At last Pavithra gets her copy of “Birds of the Indian Subcontinent” by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp.

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And I bought John Berger’s “Understanding a Photograph”. Having read John Berger’s kannada translation of “ways of seeing” by H.A Anilkumar, I got interested by the title of this book. An another step to understand the art of painting with light “PHOTOGRAPHY”.

Life at 16ft or 9100+ ft

After getting drenched in Ganga during our Auli trip @ Haridwar some how I started loving water sports more than ever.

To give a little background on my water adventures, We were at Dandeli last year for a short vacation, photography & birding at Ganesh Guri, as well as some adventure in Kali white water rafting. Oh yes, the bamboo rafting as well as boating near Jungle Lodges where we were staying. It had been an awesome experience!


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Kali is one of the longest white water rafting destination in South India around 9km’s. Our captains were from Nepal and they were trained at Haridwar in Ganga. We literally had fun with a gang of some old men who were enjoying their retirement days. Trust me they were really a good sport. One of them were almost in his 70’s and had a leg operated almost 7+ times. He had settled in the middle and we had been in the middle of the roaring water for surfing against the water.

Himalayan Range @ Auli

In February, we visited Auli for exploring north again (It has become a fun to be in Himalayas every year) and this time the target was to be on road trip. There was almost no trekking like our previous expeditions to Himalayas. Yay! that was not really fun 😛 I was just dumb founded to find the the roads build on the banks of Ganga, Alaknanda, Bramhaputra and many other revers, and mountains with scary land sliding areas. I shall share my experience walking on glacier may be some other time.

On our way to Auli, we had to settle near Haridwar for a day near Shivapuri. Here we spent our afternoon and next day morning doing 16km Rafting in Ganga. Pavithra and myself both enjoyed the longest rides to our hearts content. Rapid rounds are intensive, getting into the water with life jackets was little scary and chilling experience which I will never forget. When I was in water at Kali, it was my first time and holding a rope/boat and staying along was must! It was totally a different experience at Haridwar. I did feel myself moving around in water I felt almost numb in icy cold Ganges.

Find some of our pictures from Auli, Haridwar and Agra @ Flickr.

Today on my 14th day of swimming classes I could jump into 16 feet water without any fear and swim atleast for few strokes to reach for support wall. Living life is not so easy but also not so difficult. We learn as we move along. We can fly and we can swim. More than that we can feel it with a touch. Life!

Makara Sankranti Wishes 2012

Sankranti Wishes 2012

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Image for this greeting in is contributed my wife @pavithra.chihan ;) thanks dear…

After all that hardwork, now we see the grain in storage and it gives us enough food to lead life for next year – hence we rejoice

Its a day to take rest for those who sweat in fields taking care of each and every seed they sow – hence we rejoice

The sun laughs at us and takes a turn to bring a new start after bringing extreme changes in climates such as heat and rain – hence we rejoice

Lots of sweets called huggi and its a festival / Suggi , we decorate animals who worked hard in fields, we spend the day playing day and night – hence we rejoice…

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Photography: Stepping ring trouble solved

Add-on are always fun to use. While I try using one of my wide-angle/macro on top of Canon 18-55mm and Nikon 18-105mm ’s I end up using a on my camera. holds best on Nikon thread.

One fine day I found that the stepping ring was in love with my Canon 18-55mm lens and it wasn’t listening to get back into the box. Found it really really hard to take it away from its place. There were two tricks which I tried to get the ring out of the lens.

1. Cold method: Tried to keep the lens in freezer packed in a good plastic cover to keep the lens away from condensation.

2. Heat method: Very good if the lens body and the Ring both are made up of metal. Took some hot boiling water and rolled the portion of the lens holding the ring slightly in the water to make it feel little hot.

Yes, the second tricked worked fine. Metal seem to have expanded for the heat and I could get the lens out from the ring. Hurray!

Caution:- BE CAREFUL while you play with lens. Don’t hurt it with scratches and finger prints. You might end up breaking the lens if your time is too bad. I suggest you to take it to lens shop in case you find yourself too young to take care of your own.

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