As UK gears up to deal with the aftermath of Brexit, British Universities too are going through a change of unprecedented scale. They are faced with the prospect of having to explain the number of seats they offer to foreign students. Times are tough and I have been receiving regular updates from my Alma Mater, Newcastle University, about how they are planning to keep going with the same guiding principles for as long as they can.
We are a close-knit family. Me and my sister, our parents, our parents-in-law, and our uncle. And at least once a year we try to head out together. The task of finalising the destination, researching and booking a stay option, and even planning the itinerary, invariably falls on my shoulders. While initially it was simple enough - there were many unexplored places nearby and most of us were physically fit - it has become a little challenging over the years. In such a scenario there are some trips that one remembers simply because it was so convenient for everyone. Our trip to Dhanaulti was one such trip.
A visit in an year to Khajjiar has made me click less photographs and rather experience different weather there. I was in Khajjiar during monsoons and this is probably the best season to experience lush green landscapes all around. Khajjiar, at times, is not accessible during winters because roads get closed due to snowfall.
Few months back when I came across William Dalrymple's profile on Instagram, I was impressed to see brilliant photographs by someone who was known as an accomplished writer. I had never imagined that he would be so great with the camera as well. His instagram feed, when compared to other celebrities, is class apart and unique.
This Photo Journey shares some of the photographs clicked by William Dalrymple and also dwells on what makes his Instagram profile so interesting.
Festival season has started in India. Navratris, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and all of these in the month of October. These days everyone is enjoying Durga Puja by visiting various pandals in the vicinity.
The other day we were discussing about Durga Puja on lunch table. And scale of this festival amazes most of us. It's prominently celebrated in West Bengal but now it's celebrated in almost every city and not limited to Bengali families. There is a huge area called Kumartuli in Kolkata where Durga Puja idols are made and exported to various countries in the world. Lot artists from Kumartuli and other areas move to various cities of India to help creating some beautiful Durga idols. Soil used to make these idols has to come from Kumartuli. So soil from Kumartuli is mixed in all idols made across the world. Isn't that amazing.