Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Stories from Oblivion: Chapter Two: BKN/UDZ

When you visit four cities in as many days, your idea of a room with a view becomes something like this:


Karni Mata Temple

The Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok (Distt. Bikaner) is famous the world over because of the presence of over 3000 mice within the temple premises.

8th Wonder of the World or as Dr.Gonzo once said: RAT COUNTRY!

The mice are well fed and are free to roam about. When you enter the temple premises, you are advised to drag your feet so that you don't step on the mice by mistake!
Another unique thing is that not a single mouse leaves the temple premises even though the gates are always open.


Apart from posters that read "Dharmendra: MISSING!" you can also see:

Junagarh Fort

Handcrafted ivory weapons

(Is there a support group for people who get turned on by this?)


If you want to capture the essence of this majestic city, you really must carry a half-decent camera, maybe even an SLR.

The road to Sajjangarh fort.

Sajjangarh Fort

View from the north-side of the fort.

A passing cloud offers some much needed shade.


Beedi jalaye le?

(Picture Courtesy: My Nokia 6600)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Stories from Oblivion: Chapter One: JBP

The Spot

Dhuandar Falls near Bhedaghat, our very own version of Niagra thankyouverymuch.

The Sight

Paisa Vapas if it doesn't make your heart stop.

The Performer

Our man was lazing around in the warm winter sun when I approached him. The moment he realised he was going to be caught on camera he put his turban on his head, grabbed the snake-like stick and posed. Once I had taken the shot he looked at me straight in the eye and said "Ten Rupees for photo!"

I smiled and handed him a hundred. He didn't smile back.

The New-Age-Urban-Indian-Woman's idea of 'Cho Chweeet'

When was the last time you met a little boy called 'Bholu?'
Oh, and FYI... He makes the best cup of Masala Chai ever.

My King of the Road

Sumat: Himesh Reshammiya fan and driver par excellence.