Friday, March 27, 2015

From the Archives Santana Row Part One



Nothing like observing people playing chess. I am talking about adults as well as children. 



It was nice to see these kids making the right moves, and not engaged in some electronic games indoor.    


While I was watching them play, she really knocked off his pawn with her horse (you can see it in the video)

These are some of the pictures and video footage that I had in my archives – some that I shot two years ago at Santana Row, San Jose, California.
I liked the general ambiance of the place with elderly couples having a relaxed evening 




The entrance to the Vintage Wine Bar caught my attention and I thought that I should click it. The next time I go there I must make it a point to go inside as I heard that their two for one flight/glass during Happy Hours is great. 


Liked the way the leaves decorated the  El Jardin Tequila Bar  


Almost all the tables were occupied and there was a group playing some calypso music   


I could not get what the crooners were singing but the beat was really catchy   
The crowd started trickling in and the attendants were all ready to start the heaters   


Not far from the Bar, our friends were engaged in their mental war of wits.  



 
As the lights came on, the crowd started swelling and people were jostling for standing space, but they were in a happy mood swaying to the rhythm of the music.  


The game went on under special lights 



The same night there was a special cycle rally that passed through Santana Row – more on that in the next episode.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Photo shoot



Three photo shoots covered in the last two weeks, and all three happened to be birthday parties (first birthday)
It was an experience, especially with kids all over the place. If you are on the lookout you can get some good expressions especially of the kids. This one was ready to trade a kiss for the chocolate bar 

 
This one had some nice coochie coohie things to tell the guests. 


But the best I liked was the expression (and action) of this little guy when he was asked to pick the winner of the game “bombing the city” Looked like he was saying “Oh my God, I have the privilege of picking the winner?”  


The same guy was very loud and clear in his protest when his mother picked up another child to pose for a photo.  


This child was not comfortable in the arms of Mickey Mouse, but then mamma wants a picture clicked for posterity.  


The first programme was almost a washout with the unexpected rains in Pune. 


But I managed to capture some of the highlights of the evening and strung them together to make a small video.

Some have it in real grand style with magic shows 


 and there are cameras of different shapes and sizes to capture the event 


If you keep one eye on the cake you are sure to see this sight – kids making a quick lick even before the cake is cut. 


I have to work more on my yoga classes as squatting and getting up is not an easy task for me. To catch this girl's impromptu dance I had to go down on the ground level.

 pic from two feet height

 pic from six feet height

Obviously the former picture is more appealing.

Apart from handing over the soft copies, the parents are happy when I isolate some of the pictures with a white background. 






At the end of the day the birthday baby is real tired with all the attention.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bangalore to Bengaluru




 I just can’t believe that I am looking at a piece of wood which is actually twenty million years old. But that is what the sign board says. Technically known as Tree Fossil, it is right now placed at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden in Bangalore.


Had been in and out of Bangalore many times but this is the first time I actually paid a visit to the famous Lalbagh.
Had been there in the morning, but not early enough to see the morning birds.
The only one I could click was this one who seem to be looking back at me with his beady eyes. 


The early morning joggers were relaxed and they looked like the regulars over here.


The statue of Sri Chamrajendra Odeyar is slowly taking its toll, after all its been standing for more than a century.   



Had to click this as the contrast of the old and new can be seen here. The bandstand in the fore front could be from the British era as every public place had a bandstand in those days.  In contrast the steeple in the background is supposed to be the building owned by Vijaya Mallya. 


Enjoyed some authentic Korean food at a prominent outlet in Kalyan Nagar. I was fascinated by the small figurines kept at the hotel. 



There is a lot of change happening in the city including the fact that the name has been changed from Bangalore to Bengaluru. With the addition of the metro rail, the charm of walking down M G road is not the same. One has to pay the price for development I suppose. 
                                                                             pic source

On the way back home, I had some time to kill at the airport and tried the tea from this outlet known as Chai Point.  



You can pick up a chai as per your choice, and they have a variety to choose from.


I was impressed by their efficiency and cleanliness


It’s a pity that they don’t have an outlet in Pune.

I picked up a Dum Chai and sipped it watching our tricolour lazily swaying in the dusk.  


Come to think of it, there is a flag in front of every airport but we barely notice it in the scramble to catch that flight.


At the airport, I met an acquaintance with whom I had worked with in Pune. He is now busy shuttling between Germany and Bangalore.  While chatting with him I couldn’t help recollect the fact that some decades ago, I had worked with his father too in the same organization.