Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

From its architectural point, if you thought it's symmetry was the most peculiar thing, you are wrong. If you thought it not, you are further wrong. Every piece in the Taj , including those trees, once lined its garden were done keeping in mind symmetry. There is even this massive structure built in the complex , called Jawab (literally means 'answer' to match the mosque in the garden next to Taj.

The tomb of Mumtaz Mahal is at the very center of this symmetry. It has to be. Mumtaz is the very reason for Taj.

So many years later, when Shah Jahan's tomb had to be built, and that too next to the tomb of Mumtaz , there was no choice but to break the symmetry for the first time in its design!

See also the Poor man's Taj!

Taj From Agra Fort

Probably the same view Shah Jahan had during his final days from the prison in the fort.

Taj Mahal seen From Agra Fort

Taj Mahal seen From Agra Fort

Non Touristy side of Taj

This was shot on a Friday. Friday is special , because Taj is closed on Fridays.

Taj from Yamuna side

Taj seen from the Yamuna Riverbed. Photograph taken from National Highway 44 (NH 44) near Agra Fort

The Other side of Taj

This is the rear side of Taj.

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Farming

Farming

The first one shot in Kumarokam, Kerala and the second one near Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu.

Rice Paddy field tilling

Rice Paddy field tilling

Rice Field near Thirunelveli

Rice Field near Tirunelveli

Kumarakom Rice Field

Plowing of paddy farm at Kumarakom

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit

One of the messiest  fruits to deal with, of late this has made it to the supermarkets too. Last week I've seen the it for sale at a Bangalore hypermarket. Oh yes. the following pic was shot at roadside, in front of a busy temple in Tenkasi in Tamilnadu.

And this from our backyard at Home!

Jackfruit for Sale

Jackfruit for Sale

Jackfruit tree

Jackfruit tree

Jackfruit for Sale

Shot in front of the Tenkasi Temple, Tamilnadu.

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Nifty Fifty

Nifty Fifty

EF 50mm f/1.8 II, the Nifty Fifty of Cannon lenses. Arguably this is the 'cheapest' SLR lens ever available in the market with performance. And hence the nickname, again arguably the only lens to have one!

BTW, Nifty Fifty refers to those 50 legendary stocks in the New York stock exchange that were considered solid to buy and keep.

Back to the lens , this is a fixed focus 50mm lens, means no way to zoom other the you moving forward or backward with the camera to zoom. A great lens for the portrait range shots.

Its one of the fastest lenses (f/1.8) with razor thin depth of focus in the image. Its hard to get rid of this, once it find its way into your lens inventory!

f2.8 shot

Shot with Nifty Fifty ( f/2.8, 1/100 sec)

Moth Orchid

Phal ( Phalaenopsis ) popularly called as moth orchid ( thanks to the petal shape) . Shot at home garden.

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