Thursday, June 24, 2010

Some of my Publications

Sharing some of my works which have been published in different magazines

Photo feature on Mandarmani , published in Sept 2008 issue of FLOP

Photo feature on Chau masks of Purulia , published in Oct - 2009 issue of FLOP

This photo of an old lady of Uttarancahl was published in Jan 2010 issue of FLOP

Two photographs , published in the March 2010 issue of FLOP

Article on Gandhi Sarovar, Published in the March - April 2010 Issue of GnY

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rinchenpong again (Part III )

1st June 2010

The day started with a very beautiful rainbow in the North -West sky. The dawn was cloudy enough to hide the snow peaks of the Himalaya, but , we had some glimpses of Mt. Kbabu , Mt Janu at around 8 in the morning . We didn't have any fixed programme for the first half of the day. So, roamed about here and there chasing some butterflies and trying to shoot some macros of very tiny wild flowers.

After lunch, we trekked to Rinchenpong monastery to meet our old friends and came to know that the lamas will practice some dances for their ensuing festival in October . So I became very busy to shoot that. Sharing some of those shots.

Morning Rainbow

Trying to shoot some butterflies (" Putali " in local dialect): Photo courtesy Ankita

Outcome of the effort

Close up of some wild flower with PnS camera

Mt Kabru from Rinchenpong, Gayzing town in the foreground

After lunch, we trekked to Rinchenpong monastery to meet our old friends and came to know that the lamas will practice some dances for their ensuing festival in October . So I became very busy to shoot that. Sharing some of those shots.

In Rinchenpong monastery with my lovely friends, Photo courtesy: Ankita

Rinchenpong again ( Part I)

Rinchenpong again ( Part II)

Rinchenpong : The unexplored Sikkim

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rinchenpong again (PartII)

29th May 2010

The morning was cloudy, so we couldn’t get any view of Mt K and the other snow peaks of Himalayas. We met the other family, boarded in room No 251, originally who booked Room 252, and whom D.K. shifted to Room 251 to provide us room 252. After tea, we together walked to Kaluk , three KM from Rinchenpong from there, after another round of black tea we got a service jeep to Dentam to reach Bermiok, another picturesque small hamlet of West Sikkim. We explored that small area by walking and then returned to Rinchenpong again. After lunch myselg, along with Ankita trekked to Yungsom, a small village, two KM from Rinchenpong to meet our another friend Mr. Dawa Lepcha. Mr. Lepcha was busy in his farm which includes sericulture an vine yard. I delivered him the photographs , taken during our previous trip, returned to Rinchenpong again And spend the afternoon photographing Barn Swallow

Cloudy morning at Rinchenpong

On the way to Kaluk

Bermiok Market

Bermiok Post office

Dawa Lepcha in his sericulture farm

Vine yard in Lepcha's farm

Carpet weaving at Rinchenpong handicraft centre

Work at Rinchenpong handicraft centre

Barn swallow (male)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is a common in Northern and Eastern parts of India. This bird is found in wetlands and cultivated lands.

Order: PASSERIFORMES Family: Hirundinidae Size: 18 cm.

Barn Swallow is a graceful small bird and is named so for its affinity for the old wooden barns once found on many farms. Swallows are sociable and often gather in large flocks of different species. They spend a great deal of their time in the air; nearly all of their food is captured on the wing. They are a familiar sight in rural areas, following the farmers as they plough and catching the insects stirred up by their progress.

Both males and females share in the construction of the nest which sometimes takes the two birds eight full 14-hour days to complete. The nests are usually constructed of mud mixed with straw, grasses, or horsehair, and cemented to the vertical surfaces of old beams or rafters. Where a flat surface or crevice is available, the cement is omitted.

Identification: Male - Upper parts iridescent blue-black; forehead, throat and upper breast, rufous chestnut; rest of under-parts buff; tail deeply forked, with white spots near tip of all but central feathers. Female - Similar but under-parts paler and tail less forked.

I Saw this birds many places in India , but could never took it's photograph. They didn't allow me to press the shutter, as they rarely sit in a particular place, always flew away before I could focus at them. During my last trip to Rinchenpong, West Sikkim, I found that they are building nests in some shops.But even then I couldn't take a single shot. But my latest trip to the same place in June, I got plenty of chances to shot this beautiful bird.

Love in wire at Rinchenpong

Rinchenpong again ( Part III)

Rinchenpong : The unexplored Sikkim

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rinchenpong again ( Part I)

It was in the month of February, this year, when I planned to revisit Goumukh with my family, including my aged parents, and arranged to and fro tickets, and other things. My earlier trek to Goumukh was about eight years back and was very tightly time bound with a hectic expedition schedule. So, I was very excited about this trip, as I might spend sufficient time in every nook and corner of Gangotry and the entire trek route, photographing The Himalayas and life within it. But just 15 days before our departure, some professional responsibility and family problem took entry into the stage to spoil the whole game. Though I some how managed to resolve my professional problem and could get my leave sanctioned, nothing allowed my parents to leave the station. So, I had to cancel all the tickets with a broken heart.
The extreme hot, humid weather of South Bengal and a pre approved leave were constantly pinching me to go anywhere in the Himalayas. But alas! No ticket was available towards Haridwar. Smelling a chance to get some tickets to N.J.P, exploiting “Tatkal” quota, every morning, from 8, I glued myself in front of my P.C. But, as every net user in India now knows that IRCTC site surprisingly becomes “unavailable” between 8 and 8.45 everyday, one could only book his using this site ticket when all the tickets are exhausted and tickets are issued with a ‘waiting list’ mark. I booked those waiting tickets twice and cancelled just before the preparation of final chart, realizing the fact that there was no chance to get confirmed berths. Third time I got WL 3 and felt a bit relieved because that had a fair chance to b3 confirmed. In the mean time, the brutal murder of Sri Madan Tamang and subsequent political turbulence at Darjeeling made me a bit hesitant about going to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Lava, Rishyap etc. So I decided to visit again the West District of Sikkim, my all time favorite. Though I returned from Rinchenpong a month ago, though I knew that it was raining heavily there, yet again I was on my way to Rinchenpong on 27th May with a mindset “ ok, I’ll just relax and enjoy Manson in Himalayas in Rinchenpong”.

Occupying confirmed lower berth of Darjeeling mail, I took out my mobile to inform my old friend D.K of Hotel mount view about our sudden trip and requested to book their lovely Room 252 for us from 28th May onwards. Though he had already allotted that room to some other guest on 28th, D.K. assured me that he will arrange some alternative accommodation for them and I’ll get my favorite Room No. 252 on my arrival at Rinchenpong

We, after crossing so many hurdles in our journey from N.J.P station, reached Rinchenpong on 28th afternoon and boarded in Hotel Mt. View for the next five days.

Rinchenpong again ( Part II)

Rinchenpong again ( Part III)

Rinchenpong : The unexplored Sikkim