Looking back at August and September 2016 || A seasonal reminder to maintain a "Swachh Bharat" #MyCleanIndia
Isn't it a given that we must maintain cleanliness? I wonder why then we still have to be reminded every year? The problem is that whenever we are asked to do something for our own good - maintain cleanliness, wear helmets, wear seatbelts, follow building norms, follow traffic signals - we do it grudgingly, if at all, as if we are doing the authorities a favour. I didn't mean this post to start off like that, but this is the amount of exasperation I feel when someone casually rolls down a car's window and throws out an empty packet of chips or a water-bottle. I am sure many of you too feel the same way.
I have written about this so many times that I can understand why the Government's advertisement about cleanliness are so uninspiring. There is nothing new to say about the topic. Everything has been said already, and, moreover, it is common sense. We are all expected to know this. Maintaining cleanliness is not only a simple and inexpensive way to stay healthy, it is also a way to win friends and, on a much larger scale, encourage travel and tourism to your area. Often when we visit beautiful beaches or serene hills, we end up feeling disappointed. Polybags, coke cans, and empty beer bottles are almost a part of the landscape now, especially near the waterfalls.
However, this is just a rant if we do not do anything about the situation. At Photo Journey, we have been regularly writing about places that could have been beautiful had it not been for the callous attitude of people who visit them or even call them their home. Mumbai's Juhu beach is one such places, where filth is the first thing you notice instead of the neverending sea behind it. The team photo journey believes in travel that contributes to a place, not take away from it, and that is why we support and vociferously advocate clean travel.
Unless we make cleanliness a habit, it is very difficult to make initiatives like Swachha Bharat (Clean India) successful. We need to do our bit. And the ask is really not too hard. Throw your trash in the dustbin, as far as possible avoid plastic waste, do not spit - are these really that hard to follow? We need to ask ourselves these questions and soon enough cleanliness will become our second nature.
Anyways, coming back to what we were supposed to talk about in this post - what all we have been up to over the past couple of months. In short, a lot. In details, here you are:
Guest post -
We had two absolutely stunning guest posts from our talented guest writers. Check these out. They will take your breath away.
Hampta Pass - A Crossover trek from Kullu Valley to Spiti (By Nishant Modgil) <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/hampta-pass-crossover-trek-from-kullu.html>
Tracing Mumbai using an Artist's perspective <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/tracing-mumbai-using-artists-perspective.html>
Time-Turner series -
We started a new series called the Time-Turner series (title inspired from the incredible Time-Turners in Harry Potter). These posts are about the lingering memories of our past travels. We mostly write about our travels immediately after we are back from them. At this point, the place is still fresh in our memories, and we often claim that this was our most memorable trip. However, whether or not the trip was memorable, or which part of it was the most memorable can only be decided after a few years have passed and we carry an impression of the trip rather than remember all the details clearly. And that is the aspect the Time-Turner series focuses on. Here are the posts we have published under this series so far. Go on give them a read. Enjoy!
The Time-Turner Series || Revisiting the Pebbly Beach of Llandudno, North Wales, UK <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-time-turner-series-revisiting.html>
The Time-Turner Series || When clouds paid us a visit in Chail, Himachal Pradesh <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-time-turner-series-when-clouds-paid.html>
The Time-Turner Series – Losing Myself to the Haunting Memories of Scottish Highlands <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-time-turner-series-losing-myself-to_2.html>
The Time-Turner Series || Reliving togetherness in emerald-green, rain-soaked Goa <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-time-turner-series-reliving.html>
The Time-Turner Series || Revisiting San Francisco <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-time-turner-series-revisiting-san.html>
Himachal Diaries -
Here are some accounts of our various trips to Himachal Pradesh. Under this heading, you will also find our first ever Hindi post. Take a look and let us know whether you feel we have any talent as Hindi writers at all.
Drive from Chamba to Chamera Dam to experience boating. Was it worth? <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/Boating-around-dalhousie-chemara-dam.html>
12 Photographs to tempt you plan a trip to Dalhousie & Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/12-photographs-to-tempt-you-plan-trip.html>
आओ लेके चलें आज हिमाचल प्रदेश की बरोट घाटी - Travellingcamera's First Hindi Blog <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/travellingcameras-first-hindi-blog.html>
When nature made us feel welcome to the Himalayas || Road-Trip through NainaDevi and Bhakhra Dam <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/when-nature-made-us-feel-welcome-to.html>
Trek to Diankund & Pohlani Temple through clouds - Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/trek-to-diankund-pohlani-temple-through.html>
Kareri Lake - A beautiful trek around Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges, India <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/kareri-lake-beautiful-trek-around.html>
Odisha Diaries -
From Odisha, the beautiful Eastern State, we share about some of the most exquisite places. It is strange how we almost always carry an impression of a place even before we have visited it. We had an image of Odisha too, but was it accurate. Find out in these posts:
Rock edicts of Asoka, Odisha (India) <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/rock-edicts-of-asoka-odisha-india.html>
Museum of Tribal Art and Artefact, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha (India) <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/museum-of-tribal-art-and-artefact.html>
Mumbai Diaries -
From the financial capital of India, while on one hand we bring you tales of grandeur and discipline, we also share our disappointments. This is where the Clean India campaign needs to be the most effective. But will it make any difference? That is for time to tell.
How not to treat your beaches - A sad state of Juhu Beach, Mumbai <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-not-to-treat-your-beaches-sad-state.html>
Some disappointing stories of Bandstand in awesome weather at Mumbai <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/some-disappointing-stories-of-bandstand.html>
Bandra–Worli Sea Link : One of the most photogenic places in Mumbai <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/bandraworli-sea-link-one-of-most.html>
Gateway of India - The most visited place in Mumbai, India <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/gateway-of-india-most-visited-place-in.html>
In the Spotlight -
Meet Aman Chotani, a professional photographer, who has practiced and perfected his own unique style. Read this account to find out more.
In the spotlight - Aman Chotani, a Professional Travel Photographer with a unique style <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/in-spotlight-aman-chotani-professional.html>
The Great Indian Chai Experience -
And here are the two Chai Experiences. Some more will follow soon. Stay tuned.
The Great Indian Chai Experience || Cafe Shiva, Panchpula (Himachal Pradesh) <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-great-indian-chai-experience-cafe.html>
The Great Indian Chai Experience || Chai near Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-great-indian-chai-experience-chai.html>
Hotels & Resorts -
Over the past two months, we have had the opportunity to explore three 5-star properties. Here are our reviews of them, with some sparkling photographs.
Opulence galore at JW Marriott Sahar, Mumbai - #MobileGIRI <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/opulence-galore-at-jw-marriott-sahar.html>
Singleton Street Fair at Le Meridien, New Delhi <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/singleton-street-fair-at-le-meridien.html>
Tour de Trident Bhuwaneshwar through Nishant's Travellingcamera <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/tour-de-trident-bhuwaneshwar-through.html>
Phone Camera reviews and tips -
As photographers, it is our primary responsibility to share our experiences with the photography devices we use with our fellow photographers. And we are happy to share that we have carried out this responsibility rather well over the past two months. Here are our experiences with Huawei P9 and Oppo F1s.
Exploring Mumbai street and some popular tourist places with Huawei P9 <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/exploring-mumbai-street-and-some.html>
Simple & Creative ways to shoot Time-Lapse videos with Huawei P9 <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/simple-creative-ways-to-shoot-time.html>
MobileGIRI in lap of nature with Huawei P9 - Panchpula (Dlahousie, Himachal) <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/mobilegiri-in-lap-of-nature-with-huawei.html>
Learn to shoot some creative photographs with Phone Camera of Huawei P9 <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/learn-to-shoot-some-creative.html>
HUAWEI P9 - A Smartphone with dual cameras for Photography enthusiasts <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/huawei-p9-smartphone-with-dual-cameras.html>
MobileGIRI in Mumbai with new Oppo F1s <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/mobilegiri-in-mumbai-with-new-oppo-f1s.html>
Photography Gyan for Bloggers and Website Owners -
Here are our opinions on some topics that some of you have probably thought of or will be struggling with. Feel free to suggest more topics that we can debate about. For now, here you go.
How to decide First Photograph of your Blog-post or website page? <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-to-decide-first-photograph-of-your.html>
PRISMA proves it again that ' A FOOL with a TOOL always remains a FOOL' <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/08/prisma-proves-it-again-that-fool-with.html>
I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite