Category Archives: Pic-o-the-day

With light as my brush…

I have always been fascinated with this photographic technique called Light Painting, but because of the constraints of the camera I could not get there. Finally, armed with my new DSLR and the cell phone torchlight, I am on my way to paint with light!

Here follows a set of images, not all of which may be of a ‘refined’ nature… 🙂

A heartful of light

A heartful of light

Starry starry lights

Starry starry light

I will love you forever

I will love you forever

Prisoner of light

Prisoner of light

Self portrait

Self portrait

Abstract light

Abstract 1

Abstract light 2

Abstract 2



His – Hers… A valentine gift

This Valentine’s day I had a surprise waiting from the love of my life…

I had no clue what she was secretly putting together in the days preceding V-day. But it sure was beautiful…

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The front

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The back

‘His-Hers’ now stands proudly on my desk…

It’s called ‘Building’

Inamulla Building… a landmark structure in Dehradun or better known as ‘Building‘”, this is what I was told by a friend.

 

I was awestruck by the ancient facade, which looks like a set straight out of Arabian Nights, complete with the crescent moon looming above the minarets.

But it was not just the sight but the smell which kept me grounded. All around the place there were carts making some of the juiciest kebabs I have tasted!

Dehradun does not cease to fascinate me!

School visitor

Kasiga School boasts of an environ closest to nature, it is no surprise then to see our friendly neighbours (viz. insects, animals and reptiles) saunter into the corridors on a daily basis.

Today the celebrity during the juice break was a tiny grass snake. Unfortunately it chose the noisy junior school block to make an appearance and had to beat a quick retreat. But not before I was called to snap a few pics!

Can you spot it in this picture?

A rainbow for the teachers

Teacher’s day at the Kasiga School was a memorable one for me… not only because the students didn’t allow me to teach in any class I went to, or that they surprised me with a shower of confetti when I switched on the fan in one of the classrooms or the tiny handmade cards that I got from so many. All this was proof that being a teacher is indeed such a noble profession. And while I walked back home the heavens had something else is store for me. I quickly got out my camera and snapped a panorama of a beautiful rainbow in the sky!

Cheers to teaching and teachers everywhere!

A slice of Chile in India

Today Chile celebrates its Independence Day.

How does that find its way on this  blog? Well, one of the languages offered in the here at the Kasiga School is Spanish, taught by Carolina Hahn from Chile. At the morning assembly, it was she who enlightened us about this country and its rich history.

Here is an excerpt from the her speech…

Independence Day is a very special day for any country. It makes people remember their history, roots, and you cannot help but examine who you are. Today, September 18th, is the anniversary of the independence of my country, Chile.

From the moment America was discovered in 1492, the Spanish ruled over almost the whole continent. As they explored, they found native tribes all around, but the Spanish did not find much opposition, since the natives thought them to be gods, with their horses and shiny armor. Thus they started their campaign, and established cities, converted the natives to Christianity, and so on.

The only tribe that gave problems to the Spanish was the Mapuches, people who lived in the south of Chile, and for around 300 years there was conflict.

Finally, on September 18th 1810, a group of men got together in a special meeting, and declared the independence of Chile in a document. Is this day when we celebrate one more birthday of our country, which is now 202 years old.

My only thought on this day is that I am proud to be from where I am, as anybody should be proud of their roots and identity. Respect your country, and whichever country you’re living in if you are away. Never take your freedom for granted; just think, you can have control over your life, where you live, work, and travel… you can have your own opinion for everything that happens around you, nobody dictates your actions or thoughts. This is something that is precious and too valuable to even think of a price. Independence Day also makes me value peace, tolerance and respect for one another; in this way there will be more understanding, and less war and conflict among nations.

Facts about Chile

Independence Day: September 18th
Capital: Santiago (founded in 1540)
Official language: Spanish
Demonym: chilean
National flower: Copihue (usually red, or white, with the shape of a bell)
National animals: Condor, Huemul
Currency: Peso
Neighbor countries: Perú (to the north), Bolivia (to the northeast), Argentina (to the east)
Area: 756,096.3 km2
Population: 17,402,630
Type of Government: Unitary Republic.
Current President: Sebastián Piñera

Invigilation – That dreaded word

What is this life, if full of care

We have no time to stand and stare…

– W. H. Davies

It’s that time of the year in the school where the students are the busiest and the teachers appear to be most relaxed! Yes. Examinations! But honestly, I prefer the teaching days to these where I have to wander in a classroom trying to decipher the gestures students make to each other while they answer their papers. The morse code is reinvented each time in a student’s life!

Given the situation where you have to keep your eyes peeled to spot any malpractice in the exam hall, there is pretty much nothing else that can keep you occupied and I was close to the point of boredom! That is when I spotted this painting on the soft board in the classroom made by one of the students!

I have been to that classroom so often, but I guess life gets too busy to ponder over these moments of wonder!