Today I got sometime off and went on a stroll around town with my family. It was kinda late when we got out and soon the night crawled upon and humbled us all. As the night was approaching, we were having some Darjeeling Tea and food at the famous Darjeeling restaurant (open air) “Keventers”, and the slow crawl bestowed a certain brightness of magnificence pertaining to the view it was offering. Lucky I had taken my compact, P&S, I managed to take one shot of the Capitol Clock Tower or generally known as Darjeeling Clock Tower. Hope you like the photo. The photo is a little shaky as I had no tripods and clicked it free hand. No digital slr, just plain and simple point and shoot cam.
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Photo update: My kid had been very keen on visiting Essel World and Water Kingdom in Mumbai. We were unaware of a Pagoda (Global Vipassana Pagoda) being situated within the Essel World premises. Great we had a trip to it. Though this can be reached overland, but we had taken a ferry ride. The place where we boarded the ferry was pretty bad smelling mainly due to tremendous amount of trash in the water – wish the government had a clean up drive there.
It was pretty late returning back to the hotel, the ferry service was still available. I took this photo from the ferry itself while returning – It portrayed a marvelous view! Hope you like it.
The return ferry trip was filled with quite an extravaganza – the ferry had a music system installed and surprisingly were playing some techno music with a high volume – guys started dancing – it was entertaining, but the only thing scary was that the ferry was fully loaded with people and a pinch of danger arose within, but went fine!
Goa in India is known for its golden beaches and in my recent visit I managed to take some shots. The images below are taken from far at Curlies Restaurant and Bar located at Anjuna beach. Hope you like them.
I was with my family and I found Goa to be ideal for all, whether you are with your family, friends or a loner like the guys above!
What a lovely New Year Gift I received – my mom’s on vacation with dad, now somewhere dwelling in the plains of India, but she had left me a gift wrapped up and had told me to open only on Jan 1, 2012, which is today. Oh she had left a note as well in the Nepalese language saying “This is a teapot I bought in 1978 and from all the teapots I had, I used them all, but this wasn’t. Maybe this teapot was meant for this day – Happy New Year, God Bless!”. Thank you mom!
I guess after receiving this gift, the year ahead is surely gonna be a good one for me. I wish the same to all my tea loving friends – Happy Tea Sipping! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012 TO ALL! HAVE A GREAT YEAR AHEAD!
When it’s spring in the Himalayas…
When the sun-spun rain falls gently on the mountains…
When magical mists like divine dragons rise from forests…
That is when the mystique of Darjeeling Tea is created.
The chillier it grows, Darjeeling people need more of the woolies! With the passing of “Nag Panchami“, a Hindu festival, where nag or a snake is worshipped, Darjeeling grows chillier by the day – The details of Nag Panchami can be got by clicking the wikipedia link above. It is a common belief here in Darjeeling and with the rest of the Nepalese community that with the passing of Nag Panchami festival which occurs during peak moonsoon time, also starts the chilly days, and till date, I have found that to be true – Darjeeling gets chillier by the day!
Darjeeling Tea growing and processing normally gets dormant with the passing of Autumn Flush which is near! Tea bushes in Darjeeling can withstand certain harsh temperatures, but not the winter months of Darjeeling when it is normally near the zero degree mark. The cold temperature inhibits growth of tea bushes because tea needs sun for proper growth – and during these winter days, sun is probably unseen due to intense foggy weather. There will be zero production, but the need for tea would be tremendous. Its always a good idea to stock up those Darjeeling Tea tins and get yourselves warm when in need.
For a few days now, Darjeeling has been receiving a lot of continuous rain which is at the same time causing the temperature to drop – creating a chilly Darjeeling atmosphere. I have probably ransacked my cupboards for all my woolies and will probably wash it and keep it ready, just in case. But Darjeeling is known to have sun during the months of October-November: months when the Autumnal Darjeeling Teas will be processed – Hope we have good weather for the tea bushes to sprout newer forms of autumnal life.
Just a side note: notice the vehicle going up on that climbing road depicted on the picture above – an example of the steepness of the roads in Darjeeling
In the meantime, drinking a pot of lovely Second Flush Darjeeling Tea!
Life is too short to be lived in hatred and too harsh not to respect life. Let the blind open up their eyes and see how beautiful the world is – taking lives can only mean living in blindness and getting cut off from the joys of life – the greatest gift of all! Come mingle with us and share the love, you are no different, you are us and we are you – don’t kill yourself!
Not only America, lots of other nations face such terrorist attacks and India seems to be one of the primary targets – Let an understanding and value of LIFE prevail in the hearts of those fallen and let hatred filter away – let LOVE reign.
My sincere and heartfelt prayers for the victims and their families who fell prey to the 9/11 attack. Let love and peace prevail!
Yahoo has come out with a beautiful idea – they will put a complete stop to all of their sites for 1 minute at 8:46 ET when the first plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. A page or message will appear to any of the users using their services at that time which will inform them to join the “Digital Moment of Silence”.
A tribute can be made online to the victims and their families at 911day.org
And not to forget the people involved: I raise my cup of Darjeeling Tea and dedicate to all the heroes and workers who helped during the disaster!
Above Photo taken from Yahoo
Welcome to my personal space on the web. Hi! This is Benoy, a guy who resides among the Himalayan hills of Darjeeling. This is a personal blog where I update everything personal - from my wake up time to the time I fall dead on the bed. I love Darjeeling Tea and photography - Though an amateur photographer with zero knowledge of the technicalities involved, I like the idea of capturing the angle which best portrays to my eyes. Enjoy your stay here! +Benoy Thapa
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