In Benares, Jaunpur & Chunar by Rajiv Chopra – Benares, India | Kiss From The World®

In Benares, Jaunpur & Chunar by Rajiv Chopra – Benares, India | Kiss From The World®.

via In Benares, Jaunpur & Chunar by Rajiv Chopra – Benares, India | Kiss From The World®.

Green Glass

Green Swirl

Green Swirl

I have decided to convert this blog from a travel blog to one where I post my pictures from time to time. Some of them may be awful tosh. Be warned!

This one dates back to the time when I first started experimenting with some of the strange tools in Photoshop. I was walking back home from a friend’s home, and noticed shards of broken glass, that once represented a bottle of beer, on the dusty pavement.

The passersby were understandably bemused as I stood there photographing broken bits of glass.

Abandoned Beauty



I have been having fun with a pair of rusted cars about 5 kilometres from my home.

Stupid me carries a tripod in his car and forgot to take it out. Old age and the heat is getting the better of me.

Still, that gives me the opportunity to go back with my tripod.

In this case, I used some simple Levels and Curves adjustments, as well as Adjust & Clarity. I was tempted to add some noise and grain, but decided against it.

Okay, that part is not the engine of the car… I just felt like giving it the “engine” caption

Monochrom Madness – A Selfie, By Lucifer! Yes, it is!


A Selfie, By The Gods And Devils!

A Selfie, By The Gods And Devils!


For a change, I decided to post me!

Yes! Me, me and me!

I took this photo while having breakfast at the Temple Town of Vrindavan. Where they greet each other in names that are holy. They then descend into all manner of abuse. Normally, the descent lasts one minute. So, I asked them why they don’t greet each other by the Devil himself.

Sadly, we don’t have any one who can really be classified as Satan in India. The closest, is a learned, devout chap called “Ravan”, or “Ravana”. Long, complex story, about his fall.

By all the Gods and Demons, it is me this time!

Photo Challenge – Fray

Oddly, this blog seems to have morphed into a photography challenge blog!

The Fray

The Fray

They were in the fray,

With their tempers frayed,

And finally, one ended with

The edges of his undershirt frayed.

And so, this photo has a frame

That is frayed!


Picture taken with my Experia. I was having an innocent cuppa chai, while waiting for my brand new kurta to be shortened and a fight broke out!!

Weekly Challenge – Silhouettes

Sunset On The Yamuna

Sunset On The Yamuna

I took this shot two days ago. I was on the boat in Mathura. The river is the Yamuna, one of the most sacred ones in India, and one of the most polluted.

Despite our best efforts to bugger the environment, Nature does have a way of making things beautiful, yes?

Paganism does rule!

Monochrome Madness – Sleep Little Darling

Sleep Pretty Darling

Sleep Pretty Darling

“Sleep Pretty Darling, do not cry

And I will sing a lullaby”

                             — Adapted from “Golden Slumbers”, the Abbey Road Album. The Beatles

The tears will flow and flow, and no lullaby can stem the flood.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Emerald


I have no clue about what happens next!

Monochrome Madness – Hauz Qazi


This picture was taken in Hauz Qazi, a part of the fabled “Walled City” in Delhi. Despite the gloominess of the day (we were thankful it rained!!), there is – was – a constant buzz of activity.

For this, I kept a slow shutter speed, small aperture and I begged the services of a rickshaw-wallah, to allow me to keep my camera on his rickshaw while I photographed the scene. When you smile and chat with people, they are more than willing to help.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures


Taken at the Indira Gandhi Centre For The Performing Arts, in New Delhi.

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