I'm Prashant. I am a Software Engineer by profession. I graduated as an Engineer way back in 2006. After that I have worked and lived in Mumbai and Hyderabad in India and a brief stint of about 2.5 years in the United States.
Here are some of my pics. Some have been clicked while at home in Meerut ( a town in North India ), some on weekend trips and holidays and others have been clicked during long and boring layovers at airports. Some of my photography has been done with the very basic camera of a Sony Walkman mobile phone, others have been clicked with a Canon Powershot 8MP and many of the recent photographs have been clicked with a basic DSLR Camera - the Sony Alpha 330, mostly with a 300mm lens.
1. Famous Landmarks:
The Taj Hotel, the Gateway of India, the Air India building. Walking through South Mumbai and the Marine drive is a pretty soothing experience, once you experience the chaos and congestion of the other parts of the town.
The Hiranandani Gardens have some interesting buildings, restaurants and places for shopping.
Mumbai CST (VT), the Air India building, the Gateway of India:
2. An extensive tour of the Victoria Terminus (VT), which is now called the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). And, the BMC building next to it.
Whether you're an architecture enthusiast or a history buff or a rail enthusiast or an Indian Railway fan, you will find something fascinating about this place, which is one of the very important points in the lives of many a Mumbaikar.
There's a different kind of world inside. Chaotic, noisy, crowded: unlike what the Gothic exteriors of VT/CST might suggest.
Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Building - near CST Railway Station
Please do take a look at Mukesh Ambani's palace near the Mumbai Central station, and try to figure out why someone would spend over a billion dollars on building such a monstrosity.
4. Take a drive on the Bandra Worli Sea Link and appreciate the view from there. During the day, and once during the night time as well.
I was quite impressed by it.
5. Visit the one and only "Green Lung" area in Mumbai. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, IIT Powai, Lake Powai and the Hiranandani Gardens next to it.
Appreciate the greenery, the water and the small hills, while they exist. Thank the Hiranandi builders for giving us something significantly better than the eyesores which other builders create.
Kodaikanal is a beautiful and quiet hill station in the Nilgiris, in Tamil Nadu. One of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is approximately a 3 hour drive from either Coimbatore or Madurai.
1. Needless to say, the famous Kodaikanal Lake. It is a beautiful lake, with sparkling water. You can also cycle around the lake on a rented cycles.
2. Boating in the Kodaikanal. Rent a paddle boat and enjoy the lake. Kodaikanal Boat house is one of the places from where you could rent a boat. In case you are at the Carlton, they might provide you with a mini house-boat.
3. Visit the Pillar Rocks. They are a truly spooky sight. These are huge masses of stones 500 feet high. Between them, and below them, there are several caves. These rocks were formed due to high pressure and high temperature (between 700 Degrees C and 1100 Degrees C). These stones are of Charnockite and Granite types of rocks.
4. There is a lot of delicious home made stuff which you can buy near the lake. Cookies, chocolates, fudge and what not. Much cheaper than the overpriced branded equivalents available in the malls. Please try these out. The prices are very reasonable, and the feeling will be much nicer than the one you get after getting ripped off for purchasing a few milligrams of some branded eatables.
6. Kodaikanal International School is a famous residential school which has been around for a long, long time. The buildings are grand and the students have sprawling grounds to play.
7. Go to the Carlton Hotel, have a meal there and enjoy the spectacular view of the Kodaikanal Lake, specially around the time of sunset.
8. If there's more than one of you, this "double cycle" might be an interesting thing to ride around the lake.
9. A view of the valley from Coakers Walk. There are some nice eating places around it.
10. Buy some of the handi-work and craft which you find along the Coakers Walk. Help support the local Kodaikanal economy!
11. Coakers Villa. An interesting restaurant and dining place, with a Continental Menu, and a lovely garden. This is right at the beginning of the Coaker Walk.
12. Berijam Lake
This is around 20km from Kodaikanal. The quality of the water is excellent. This lake was created by a dam with outlets and it provides water to Periyakulam, a small town.
13. Churches in Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal has some beautiful churches. The most famous one being the Lutheran Church in Gothic style with stained glass (top 2 pictures).
14. Drive from Coimbatore to Kodaikanal through the Nilgiris.
Whether you're a traveler or a resident, here are some of the things you might want to do in Hyderabad.
1. Standard things. Go to the old city and admire the Char Minar. Preferably, sometime during the night. Pictures of Char Minar, Hyderabad - Clicked the night before Eid 2011
2. The Chowmahalla Palace. Admire the arches, the architecture, the crockery and that ancient feeling.
3. Hussein Sagar and Lumbini Park. There are interesting places to eat near the waterfront as well. Go and get a few pictures clicked under the statue of Buddha.
4. Osman Sagar and the Balaji Temple. One of the main lakes from where Hyderabad gets its water supply. A cycle ride from Madhapur/HiTech area to Osman Sagar can be quite enjoyable.
5. Ameenpur Lake is a quiet and somewhat unknown lake, not too far from the BHEL Area. Another good destination for cycling enthusiasts.
6. In case you are an Airliner or an Aviation buff, you might like to go and stand near the Airport and click a few pictures of planes landing and taking off. Apart from that, you can also do
Go-Karting near the Hyderabad Airport.
7. In case you're an Indian Railways Fan, or in general, a railway enthusiast, the Hafeezpet Bridge as well as the Secunderabad Railway station (which has a variety of railway engines always lined up) are good places for Train-Spotting.
8. Visit the newer parts of Hyderabad, where the IT companies are based. The ISB and Microsoft campuses are quite nice; Hypercity/Inorbit malls are quite close by and are good places for shopping.
9. If you get a chance, drop by the Novotel Convention Center, sit in one of their bars or restaurants, or simply chill off next to the pool.
The main attraction of Kodaikanal- the lake. It is a man-made lake and its construction was supervised by Vere Henry Levinge in 1863.
You can take a paddle boat and go into the lake. If you're staying at the Carlton Hotel, you might want to take the shikhara (semi-house boats of the kind in the fist picture).
A few pictures of the Peace Park, in front of Victoria Memorial, Calcutta. A nice, green and quiet spot.
Nov 27th, 2012- I had a few hours to spend in Calcutta, so I took a tour of the Victoria Memorial. Unfortunately, you can't really click photographs inside.
The laws, ponds, gothic-style architecture made a sunny November afternoon, most enjoyable. A few pictures of the Victoria Memorial building, the Lion in front of it. St. Paul's Cathedral, Howrah Bridge and the Tata Steel building in the background.