December 30, 2010

Best of 2010

I have compiled and posted 12 photos which I feel is best among the 162 photos I posted in the year 2010. Some of them are my favorites for the memories it brings back and some based on the comments received.
Would love to know what photos you would pick if you had to select top 3 from this list ?????
I also take this opportunity to thank all the followers and visitors to my blog. Hope you all enjoyed the photos and information posted here.
**** Wishing you all a very Happy new Year 2011 ****

Here are the photos in no particular order
1. Philomenas Church, Mysore (HDR Image)
HDR image of st Philomenas Cathedral, Mysore

2. Full Moon
close up of full moon with incredible details

3. Gumbaz, Srirangapatna (HDR Image)
HDR image of Gumbaz in Srirangapatna

4. Light House
Beautiful sunset photo with light house as silhoute

5. Evening In Alleppy
Boat house in backwaters of alleppy

6. Couple

7. Mysore Palace
Mysore palace lit with thousands of light bulbs

8. Offering Prayer
priest standing in front of gomateshwara statue and offering prayer

9. Rain Drop
glittering rain droplet on rose leaf

10. Ray Of Hope
Sunset photo with statue of jesus on cross as a silhoute

11. St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Bangalore (HDR Image)
HDR image of Xaviers cathedral, Bangalore

12. Lonely Bird

December 27, 2010

Santa in My Aquarium

Pair of Kribensis with Santa
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, I had a wonderful time with my family and friends so did my fishes, they seemed to like the company of Santa
Here are some more photos shot on Christmas Day.
Nativity Scene
Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nativity Scene

December 23, 2010

Chilli Bajjis

My last post was very sweet ;o), so thought of posting something spicy. Above is a photo of one of the many bajji stalls in mysore exhibition during Dasara. Chillis decorating the stall will eventually be used to make  yummy bajjis.

Bajji is a famous fried snack in India, it is made by taking one or two ingredients such as Onion, Potato, Chilli, or ocasionally bread and dipping them in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them. 

Closer look at the chillis

December 21, 2010

36th annual nilgiris cake show 2010

Each year during christmas, cake exhibition is organized by Nilgiris. Exhibiton goes on for 10 days and it will have miniature edible monuments as the highlight

This years main attraction was miniature model of Taj Hotel, Mumbai.  The chairman of the cake show said the iconic hotel was chosen this year to remember those who were killed in the Mumbai attacks.  (photos from 35th annual nilgiris cake show here)

It took 15 people, working for 18,000 man hours and almost 2 months to complete this.  The monument model was built with 8 tonnes of sugar, edible gelatine and colors and it measures 22 feet in length and 14 feet in width.

Edit: Some of you asked what happens to these cakes once the show is over?  These cakes will be distributed to orphanage, they also have lucky draws and some of the small cakes will go to the winners of the lucky draw

December 10, 2010

Nandi Hills

Panoramic view of Nandi Hills as seen from the nearest villate
Nandi Hills as seen from a nearest village.  Its a panoramic image made of 3 photos, stiched in PS

December 8, 2010

December 7, 2010

Chandragiri Hill Temple

This huge, beautiful Jain temple is built on Chandragiri hill at Shravanabelagola and dates back to 3rd Century BC.  Chavundaraya basadi (red arrow), Chandragupta Basadi (square complex before the pillar), was built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd Century BC and is dedicated to Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.  The pillar is called Mahasthambha (great pillar).  Chandragiri also has memorials to numerous monks who have meditated here since the 5th century AD.

Did you notice group of people in the bottom right corner of the image, see how tiny they look, this should give you an idea of the scale of this temple.