This year winter in Delhi fizzled out like a damp fire-craker. The much-awaited Dilli-ki-Sardi didn't arrive at all. It was cold(ish) for about four and a half days and now it is almost like spring. And before we know it, it will start getting hot as a furnace here. Climate change is here and we can no longer pretend that it is just an urban legend, fodder for science fiction movies.
Before we go any further, let me share with you some photographs from just a few years back. This is what Delhi used to look like in winter. It was cold, but pretty.
Over the years fog has been replaced by a smog that not only stinks, it also causes several health problems. Coughs that last for weeks, respiratory problems among children, and general unwell are all too common. The sky is now a dull grey instead of blue and stars can easily be counted on fingers.
I miss the winters of my childhood that were fragrant with dew on the grass, and clean, white fog transformed a regular residential area into an enchanted land where everything seemed possible. So much has changed so fast, and we have lost so much along the way - shooting stars, birds chirping in the balcony, fragrances of flowers that bloomed in the night. So much.
Despite all this, Travelling Camera will continue to bring you closer to nature till there is hope. And there is hope till the human eyes continue to seek beauty. So here are some posts, all published in January 2016, to give you some joy in this dull, listless winter:
Here are some beautiful collections (my humble fridge magnet collection along with Aditya Arya's magnificent camera collection) that their owners are very proud of:
Here are some gadgets that continue to capture beauty wherever possible:
Here is a service that is making the world a much more beautiful place to live in:
But there are some disadvantages too of technology:
Despite the glitches, great things keep happening in the world, and many times it is us humans who make them happen:
And some celebrations never go out of fashion:
Nor do some people:
Beauty often lies in intangible things like feelings, and one of the most beautiful and poetic feeling is that of nostalgia. Though it is already one month since we bade farewell to 2015, nostalgia continued. Here are some final recaps of 2015.
Hopefully things will turn around in 2016 and we will have a beautiful monsoon and winter this year. If not, we will continue to search for and find beauty in all that is accessible to us. If you too would like to participate in our search for beauty in all things mundane, write to us at VJ@travellingcamera.com.