Monday, February 11, 2019

Indian Navy Day - 2018- Vizag

Every year December 4th is celebrated as 'Navy day' by Indian marines, a branch of Indian Army.The day is celebrated in commemoration of courageous attack by Indian Navy on the Karachi harbour of Pakistan during Indo-Pak war in 1971.  The attack on 4th December 1971, was disastrous to Pakistani armies and finally India won that war.

The Navy keeps waters safe that bounds our nation on three sides, east, south and west.  They also come into action when there are floods and people get struck in remote places during floods.
Chatrapathi Shivaji is considered father of 'Indian Navy'.

All these chairs filled in no time

Naval band playing at the beginning of the display

Operational demonstrations using helicopters.  

Operational demonstrations - picking up person caught in flood waters
Attacking enemy oil wells

Naval band playing at the conclusion of the ceremony

Event managers (Commanders) and commentators

Monday, December 11, 2017

Auto Show, Warangal

Various Auto showrooms in different districts of Telangana in collaboration with Eenadu daily news paper had held 'Auto Show' in Hanamkonda, Warangal (U) on 9th and 10th December.  Yesterday, that is on 10th December I visited the show. 

It was full of people, young and old, men and women and children too.  The enthusiasm of people is amazing.  All were enquiring detailed information about different vehicles, the basic and luxury ones.  

The vehicles, particularly the bikes in different colors were attractive and many women might have ordered them for their beautiful colors.  

The luxury cars had many safety features and some were at reasonable price too.  I hope to see variety of motor vehicles in Warangal in the next few months.  Here are few pictures taken at the show.  

As there were was a lot of rush and sun was harsh it was difficult to capture vehicles in all their elegance and beauty.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beautiful Bhutan

Bhutan is a beautiful kingdom in Himalayas bounded in south by India and north by China.  This is the only nation in the world which measures its development in terms of gross national happiness.  

This nation with sixty percent of land under forest cover is the only nation in the world that is carbon negative.  Without giving up their ancient culture and traditions this Buddhist nation is developing as model nation in the world with 100% organic farming.  Agriculture is the main livelihood with farming and animal husbandry.  Tourism and sale of hydroelectric power to India adds to their economy.
Chukka Power project
Bhutanese, though they have their own currency, accept Indian currency as equivalent.  Indians need entry permit to enter this nation which is given on entry.  Visa is not required for Indians.  Usually for tourists permission is given for one week only, to enter Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.  To visit other places special permission is required.
King and Queen of Bhutan
Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu.  This is huge and located on a hill top and seen from anywhere in Thimphu
Thimphu, capital of Bhutan
In April this year I had opportunity to visit this nation on photo tour organised by WeChitra.  The journey in this kingdom is scenic.  People are friendly.  They can speak Hindi and educated can speak English well.  Though it is a developing country it is clean and green.  Here are few pictures of Bhutan. 
Monastery in Chubachu, Thimphu
Memorial Chortens, Dochula pas

Confluence of Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers, Punakha 

Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong in the night
Suspension bridge, Punakha
Rinpung Dzong, Paro
Rinpung Dzong houses district's Monastery and admn. offices
Prayer flags seen on the way to Taktsang.  Prayer flags are seen at many places apart from monasteries even on the road side across a critical junctions and along the bridges on the rivers

Scenery on the way to Taktsang, Paro
Huge prayer wheel on the way to Taktsang, Tiger's nest Monastery, Paro
Small chortens placed in the crevices of mountains.  Gods are invoked and placed to bless people.  These are seen not only at monastaries but in the crevices of mountains along side the roads at critical junctions.  They are mostly light yellow or white or colorful as seen here.
Tiger's Nest Monastery or Taktsang Phalphug Monastery, Paro.
This monastery at the cliff of the mountain is iconic of Bhutan and its culture and tradition.
Small prayer wheels on the way to Taktsang, at the base.  Journey to Taktsang is 4 km trekking.  Depending on one's capability it may take 2-6 hrs.  The path is slippery while coming down and more so when it rains

Offerings to deities at a monastery in Chubachu, Thimphu
Series of prayer wheels seen at monasteries.  This is taken in Thimphu
Clouds seen on the way covering the trees in the forest
A village seen on the way
A man in traditional dress holding 'kamandal' with water.  That is sacred water, 'theerth'
A beautiful house on hill top
Monks at Punakha Dzong, Punakha
Man and woman dressed in national dress. Men wear 'gho' with a belt at waist -kera. Women's dress is called 'kira' clipped at the shoulder with identical brooches called 'koma' and tied at waist with kera.  Long sleeved blouse wonju worn underneath kira
School boys in traditional dress of men
School/college girls in traditional dress of women
Entry and exit gate for vehicles into Bhutan.  This is from Jaigoan, the last village in Kolkota, India

Entry and exit gate. View from Phuntsholing, Bhutan