Archive for March, 2012

I am forever in awe with the concrete and abstract art form of The Taj Mahal.  A structure rich in visual elements of size and proportion, flawlessly made of  marble,  visible calligraphy made from gems,  design of flowers in the area as it is glowing across the Jamuna river,  Taj Mahal is the kind of beauty that will never be surpassed.

(In the memory of his dear wife and queen Mumtaz Mahal at Agra, IndiaTaj Mahal was built by  Muslim Emperor Shah Jahan over a period of 22 years and employing 20,000 workers.)

My compulsory souvenir shot at the entrance of the Taj.   🙂

From Jaipur City, Taj Mahal is approximately 7 hours by train. If you are coming from New Delhi, it is 3 hours away by fast train. Currently the airport in Agra where the Taj Mahal is located is still under renovation.  Entrance fee is around 700 Rupees for foreigners, 30 Rupees for the locals. If you are in Agra, do not miss the visiting the Agra fort too just few minutes from the Taj Mahal.

“This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.”

          Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898)

“It is not power that corrupts but fear.”  (Aung San Suu Kyi)

Bahut Accha!

Posted: March 26, 2012 in Flavors of INDIA

You know you’re in India when you get to hear this line from anyone there.  The word Accha is a versatile one but ultimately it means VERY GOOD. Since I have a penchant for learning a new language, I devoured my time in India speaking the basic terms.  Though I lost count of  how many times I erroneously use the word Dhanyawad – the more acknowledged “Thank You” word.  I kind of drove those Hindus away by overusing the familiar words. India was euphoric. I actually love the exhaustion brought about by the pace India was going.

For an in-depth memorable experience, trail-blazing culture and painful yet surreal wake-up calls… BAHUT ACCHA INDIA! You have cultivated my burning desire of immersing in your photogenic country since childhood. I look forward to being reunited with you again someday.

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Universally renowned as Pink City, Jaipur boasts the finest royal  history and avant-garde frameworks of architecture. You can spot men in turbans everywhere  walking side by side with camels.  On a rocky hill behind the Maota Lake lies the beautiful fortress of Amber Fort with a lot of palaces inside. I enjoyed going around the picturesque area as it is nestled by bare trees and  structures with elaborate murals, mosaic and intricate carvings.