Weekly Photo Challenge: “Quest”

A few years back when on a visit to the zoo at Mysore, I landed up taking one bad picture after another. My companion those days was an analogue camera which had a lot of limitations especially when it came to taking pictures of distant subjects. Things however took a turn when I reached the rhino enclosure. This dear chap was grazing near the periphery of the enclosure which made it easier to capture him. At the end of the trip, this was the only nice picture I had. I was mighty pleased that my quest for a good picture wasn’t so bad after all.




Lal Bagh Flower Show – August 2015


A stunning replica of a royal elephant adorned with red and yellow capsicums grabbed eyeballs at the Independence Day edition of the Lal Bagh Flower Show 2015. The colourful elephant stood tall at the Bonsai Garden. The inauguration of the flower show at the Glass House by the Maharaja of Mysore Yaduveera Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and the Queen Mother Pramoda Devi lent a regal air to the proceedings.






The special attraction at this edition of the show was a majestic floral replica of the Bangalore Palace. Other attractions in the Glass House besides the floral beauties were statuettes of the past Maharajas of Mysore and a palanquin carrying a royal lady. All around, there were white banners carrying information of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore.



There were more attractions in store outside the Glass House.

Among the flowers, the roses like always were the show-stealers. It was difficult to take your eyes off them.

Swan river daisies

Swan river daisies

There were a lot of smaller flowers on display. I just loved the pretty Swan River Daisies. I don’t remember seeing these delightful flowers here in the earlier editions.

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The dahlias in various hues looked elegant and could be spotted from afar because of their large size.


People from all over the state seemed to have made a beeline to the show. This man was one among them.

The selfie craze was evident. I don’t remember how many times I had to dodge past selfie enthusiasts.

There were a lot of fashions on view. I couldn’t get to click the royals. The two of them were exceptionally dressed. While the young king looked dapper in a white blazer and black jodhpuris, the Queen Mother looked beautiful in a lovely silk saree.

There were a lot of stalls around the venue selling gardening tools, seeds, saplings, bags, books, food and much more.

The lawns were dotted with people and there were a lot of canines taking a nap or on the verge of taking a nap like these two adorable fellas. I had to literally tell them, “Hey let me take a picture and then you go to sleep”.


Like last year, menacing clouds sent me into a tizzy. I gave up on the idea of resting my feet and had to leave the place earlier than I wanted to. I got into a rickshaw just in time because within minutes, the skies opened up and there was a downpour.

Endless clicking on a road trip from Bangalore to Coorg and back

A week back, a road trip from Bangalore to Coorg and back proved to be more colourful than I had imagined. I travelled with my family on an SUV and unlike on earlier travels I had my precious DSLR camera for company. Seated on the backseat and near the window, this time I thought I would do more than just watch the world go by. I kept clicking. To many the idea may sound crazy but I revelled with this new found pastime. The car was travelling quite fast and most of the shots were out of focus or got blurred. Still there was a sizeable number of them that were quite publish-worthy.

I was awestruck with some of the rock formations:


The lush green fields and greenery were a tonic for the eye:

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The roads were lined with a lot of colourful houses. Parrot green seemed to be a favourite colour with many. Houses in neon hues that would have been an eyesore in the urban landscape stood out brilliantly on the countryside.

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While some of the shopping centres were bustling with activity many others were waiting to be occupied.

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Every now and then I could spot a shrine done in bright colours.

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I was impressed with some of the building designs.

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Thanks to a stopover at Mysore, I got the opportunity to soak in the Dasara celebrations although for a short period.


The palace looked ethereal when illuminated. Sadly, my hands were full and I couldn’t capture that moment. However I got to click the illuminated arch at the Dasara exhibition and spent a lot of time at a stall selling Dasara dolls.


Dasara dolls on display at a stall in the exhibition:

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A bird’s eye view of Mysore from the hotel window:


After an early morning breakfast of rava onion dosa, we were off to Coorg.


There were more colourful captures on my way to Coorg and on the return journey. I particularly took a fancy to this novel toilet :


I loved this picture of a grazing pony:


Here a derelict edifice stands amidst wild growth and begs for attention:


There were many of these artistic bus stops on the highway. Some of them were vandalized.


I am looking forward to more road trips and better clicks 🙂



See also:

Dasara Doll Festival – I


Dasara Doll Festival – II


A park like no other

Some months back, I read about her in the newspapers. On Wednesday morning, I got to meet her. Sangeetha Mehrotra, the ‘silent woman of Cubbon Park’ was walking her six Golden Retrievers in the park and was happy to pose for me. In 2005, Sangeetha had taken a vow not to speak and has since then lead a life of silence. Read more about her here:



In the picture below is Pataka one of her dogs whom I got to pet:


And these are two pictures of another of Sangeetha’s oh-so-adorable Golden Retrievers:




Cubbon Park is a great place to be for dogs and dog-lovers. The park was created in the late-19th century and was first called Meade’s Park (named after Sir John Meade who was the commissioner of Mysore at that time). It was later named after Sir Mark Cubbon (the longest serving commissioner of Mysore state). Every morning, hordes of joggers, walkers and pet-owners race through the park’s many paths.


The endless greens double up as playgrounds for children and dogs and as picnic spots. It is not uncommon to spot children play ball with their dogs.


^I spotted this lady last year when on a walk through the park. She was walking her three dogs with their leashes strapped to her waist.

The park is also a dumping ground for unwanted pets. People who for some reason can no longer look after their pets leave them here knowing fully well that the animal will be adopted by one of the umpteen pet lovers who frequent the place.

A few spots in the park are dedicated to feed pigeons. Hundreds of pigeons flock around to feed on grains brought for them by some of the daily visitors.


The many trees and shrubs in the park attract various species of birds besides crows and mynas.





Cubbon Park houses three beautiful red buildings built during the time of the Raaj – the State Central Library, the High Court of Karnataka and the  Government Museum.


^The spectacular red facade of the Government Museum


^The Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall which now houses the State Central Library. Sheshadri Iyer was the longest serving Diwan of Mysore State. For a long time Shesadri Iyer looked after the administration of Mysore state along with the Mysore maharani because the ruling monarch was an infant.


^The pillars of the State Central Library building with Corinthian engravings.


^The High Court of Karnataka.


^The statue of Sir Mark Cubbon sculpted by Baron Marochetti.


^The statue of Queen Victoria at the entrance of the park was installed in 1906. A photo dating back to 1940 shows a picture of the statue amidst a barren background with only 2 or 3 trees around it.


^The bandstand which was earlier located at another part of the park. The bandstand was frequented by British couples during the time of the Raaj. They would drive to and fro in horse carriages.


^A road skirted with bamboos.


Needless to say, the Garden City’s most famous park is a shutterbug’s delight too!



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