Saturday, 29 August 2009

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

More Pictures from Qutub Complex

 
One has to queue to get entry ticket to Qutub Minar Complex. It is 10 rupees for Indian and 250 rupees for foreign tourists


Tomb Of Son of Iltutmish
There are many tombs of unmarked Muslim Rulers inside this Qutub Complex


A giant and beautiful tree inside qutub complex

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Ruins Qutub Complex

 
It may be one of the ruins on Old Jain temple inside the Qutub Complex

On my day of visit to this historical complex. It was raining but still there were lots of tourist inside the Qutub Complex.
More Pictures in Next Blog Post

Monday, 24 August 2009

Qutub Minar

 
A Garden Inside Qutub Minar
The Qutub Minar was built by India's first Muslim ruler Qutub-uid-din Aibak in 1193 AD and the completed by Firuz Shah Tughluk in 1386 AD. It is situated in the Qutb complex, amidst the ruins of ancient Jain temples which were destroyed and their stones used to build the Qutb complex and minar


Qutub Minar
At 72.5 meters, the Qutb Minar is the tallest brick and stone minaret in the world


Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan and wishing to surpass it, Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced construction of the Qutb Minar in 1193, but could only complete its base. His successor, Iltutmish, added three more stories and, in 1386, Firuz Shah Tughluq constructed the fifth and the last story. The development of architectural styles from Aibak to Tughluq are quite evident in the minaret. Like earlier towers erected by the Ghaznavids and Ghurids in Afghanistan, the Qutb Minar comprises several superposed flanged and cylindrical shafts, separated by balconies carried on Muqarnas corbels. The minaret is made of fluted red sandstone covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an. The Qutb Minar is itself built on the ruins of the Lal Kot, the Red Citadel in the city of Dhillika, the capital of the Tomars and the Chauhans, the last Hindu rulers of Delhi. The complex initially housed 27 ancient Jain temples which were destroyed and their debris used to build the Qutb minar.[2] One engraving on the Qutb Minar reads, "Shri Vishwakarma prasade rachita" (Conceived with the grace of Vishwakarma), this is thought to have been engraved by the enslaved Hindu craftsmen who built the minar.
(Source:Wikipedia)

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Ganesh Puja 23rd Aug 09


The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja.


Today is Ganesh Puja and it is widely celebrated all over india. According to the Hindu tradition children start studying on Ganesh Puja day. The Ganesha is also known as the God of knowledge.

More Information on Ganesha Puja:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha

http://hinduism.about.com/od/lordganesha/a/ganesha.htm

Friday, 21 August 2009

Flood South Delhi

 
Artificial Flood in South Delhi


Sinking Fast. Faster than....

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Unfortunates Of Nehru Place

No time to argue with belief. I am not alone. Thousand others...
Where do we go now?.
 
A roadside cartridge shop at Nehru Place

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Nehru Place New Delhi

 
Widely regarded as the center for small-scale IT services, Nehru Place is hub for all forms of It hardware, such as personal computers, servers, networking equipment, software, documentation services, and all allied services. Several manufacturers of computer hardware have their authorized dealerships located here, and as such, it is often considered as a computer enthusiast's shopping area. Several businesses also build custom-specification personal computers and servers to order on-site, and many businesses are dedicated to hardware servicing. There are also firms that deal exclusively in used and secondhand computer hardware, as well as small, one-room shops that sell software titles.One can find some of the best deals for hardware here. One of the unique features of Nehru Place is the pervading informal atmosphere, akin to a flea market or a bazaar, in a place that deals in high-technology products. As such, a visitor may find pavement vendors selling items such as printer toner cartridges, blank optical media, printer paper and even software from a small stall or cart. Bargaining is widely tolerated, even expected, as a large portion of the trading is done without proper documentation, such as cash receipts and bills, and it is possible to purchase items at a lower price than they are marked with. A vibrant informal economy has developed due to the abundance of pirated software available for sale, which has led to legal action against many organizations operating from Nehru Place.
Other businesses that operate in the area are Banks, multinational corporations, several restaurants, and a theatre.
(Source: Wikipedia)
  
Nehru Place, New Delhi


Named after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, its main commercial district was built in the early 1980s, and consists of several 4-floor buildings, that flank a large pedestrian courtyard, built over an underground parking. Although poorly maintained, most of the original structures are still in use.
(Source: Wikipedia) 

Monday, 17 August 2009

I.T.O New Delhi

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Nirman Bhawan I.T.O
There are many government offices in this gigantic building. It is one of the land mark of I.T.O New Delhi.

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One of the busiest road near I.T.O

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Some Govt. Office 

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Thursday, 13 August 2009

Getting an Unreserved Seat in Public Transport India

In India population far exceeds the transport facilities available in the country. In most of times, people have to stand because they could not get a seat for themselves in buses and trains.

But many people are clever enough to place a handkerchief or a bag to reserve their seat. What a efficient technique to claim your seat in bus/train!.

Anyway if you are fain hearted, i would not suggest you traveling in unreserved public transport India. Because they are simply not designed for faint hearted people. It is more common to travel more than 70 people in a 30 seater bus. They just fill every inch of bus space with people. There may be time when you stand in 120 degree angle with one leg due to lack of space inside bus.

Unreserved trains are more pathetic than bus, here more than 90 people travel in a 30 seater coach. Some people also finish their journey standing on just foot rest. In night, people just sleep every where, they sleep under the seats, inside toilet, inside corridor etc. This is more frequent in the long route train journey in India. People simply walk over other people to get into toilet in an unreserved train coach in India.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Jajapur Town

 
Cinema Road, Jajpur Town
 
City Of Jajapur was built by 13th century Keasari dynasty King Sri Jajati Kesari. The city was named as Jajati Nagar after his name.
The above road is called Cinema Road, there are three cinema halls across this road. Conditions of these cinema halls are really pathetic. No one actually visits these cinema halls anymore, because pirated DVDs are easily available anywhere within the city. That would not cost you more than 10 rupees.

The picture was taken early in the morning. But you can see the streets are so narrow and congested. And in evening traffic just moves inch by inch. There are no traffic post across this ancient city. People drive as the way they like. Most of the drivers are not licensed and they little or no knowledge of traffic rules.

 
People of this ancient city of Jajapur take pride in their culture and also very conservative. Kali Puja is widely celebrated across this city each year. 

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Biraja Temple

 


Biraja Temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples located in the Jajpur district of Orissa, India. The main idol is Devi Durga who is worshiped by the name Biraja. It is one of 51 Shakti Peethas and it is where Sati's navel fell. The main temple is that of Birajadevi (Biraja mandir). Mounted on a lion she carries a spear with one arm and holds the tail of Mahishasur with the other. Festivals are held during Durga Puja and Kali Puja. The temple covers a large area, and it has several Shiva linga and other deities. Jajpur is also known as Biraja Kshetra
(Source: wikipedia)




I traveled from Kolkata to Jajpur Keonjhar Road which took me around 6 hours by train. Then i hired a car to Jajpur Town from Jajpur Keonjhar Road train station, which took me around one and half hour. Not bad actually!.



As you can see from the above picture, lion stands above elephant. It simply depicts greatness of Kesari dynasty (Symbol of Lion) than Gajapati dynasty (Symbol of elephant) in Orissa. This temple was built in 13th century by Jajati Kesari a king from Kesari dynasty. Jajati Kesari built this temple in Jajati Nagar (Now Jajpur) which was also capital of his kingdom.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Allahabad Train Station India

 
You can get train to kolkata and New Delhi from this station, basically the station serves as junction between train going to Kolkata and New Delhi

I think its a police control room 
  
Not to my surprise, child labour is widespread in almost all Indian train stations. These are kids who collect rubbish across the train station in Allahabad and sell that to local mafia. Unfortunately in northen india exploitation of little children for labour is an accepted practice and perceived by the local population as a necessity to alleviate poverty. Children like these worked on very low wages for long hours in unhygienic conditions. Also these children support their families through their work. Parents sacrifice their children’s education to the growing needs of their younger siblings in family and view them as wage earners for the entire clan.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Advertising Inside Indian Train

 
This one is the advertisement made by some Indian guru, who generally advises people about God and spiritual life and that kind of stuffs. I think he has found his way to spread his message illegally in Indian train. It says some thing about satsang, i think the holy Guru is based in Gujrat. One of his follower just simple choose to advertise his message near the toilet of Indian train.

This one is better than previous one.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Chain Pulling Indian Train

Indian train sometimes stops just only for one person. Well, there is system inside each coach on indian train. It's called a chain. The law is, if you discover an emergency like fire or something like that  then you can pull the chain to alert the train driver and guard. This would eventually activate air brake of the train and train would be stopped.

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It also says you would pay fine of 100 rupees or so if you stop the train without any valid reason. But unfortunately some people take advantage of the system. Some locals they board in long route train, which usually stop at the important stations, and as train approach near their home they pull the chain to stop the train and get down from the train before the station. They usually do that in unknown location to avoid detention by Indian railway officials. Not to mention, they usually travel without a ticket.

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My train was stopped by a local just before this small station in Uttar Pradesh without any reason.

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Now the train has stopped just before the small station Bindki Road, You can see people getting down from the train from the above picture. If you think that this is crazy, well if you have traveled in India, it is very normal for the train to stop because of chain puling or signal failure. No wonder why my train got late for six hours. I said it's normal because i talked to couple of people in my coach who said that, well its a long route train, it's normal for train to get late for atleast 2 hours or so.

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Now the trouble maker, i mean the man who pulled the chain is going unnoticed by the Indian Railway. I am saying this because this is only man who did not return to this coach when the train started to leave.
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So the trouble maker is gone now. But the train has to wait here for 20 minutes just because of chain pulling by the man. Since it was a very hot day and fans were not working inside the coach, so people took risk to get down from the train and cool themselves near the railway track

Monday, 3 August 2009

Wall Advertisements Uttar Pradesh

The following wall advertisements were taken during my train journey in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
 
It's a popular advertisement you can find during your train journey across the state of Uttar Pradesh. I believe this advertisements are made by the local doctors who are not certified by the government, they claim to cure impotency of indian males. Name advertised in the ad is usually Hakim M M Khan. 


Warning: The above advertisements are illegal and please don't get carried away by the above Ad.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Bargaining, Shopping, India

I went to buy a pair of shoe from Palika Bazar Market, Connaught Place New Delhi last week. Although they did not have the particular shoe i asked for, they told me they could get that made for me for 5000 rupees. I said no, i can't wait for the custom made shoes. Then the  shopkeeper asked me, "WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?".

Now this is the typical question you would be asked almost any shops not just in Delhi but also in any shopping market in India. You can't get away from this question. Actually the question served many purpose. For example
  • Suppose you say your budget (Maximum money you want to pay for the product) is 3000 rupees for a asking price 5000 rupees, Unless you are acquainted with these types of questions, then you are most likely to fall into trap of shopkeeper. If you are new,  you might think you don't want to look stupid by wishing to pay not more than 1000 rupees or so.
  • Now shop keeper will bargain with you for another 500 or 1000 rupees for the product, which you are most likely to pay to make both of you (Shopkeeper and you) happy.
  • If you think you are a good bargainer you might end of paying 3500 rupees for the product.
  • But in real, the actual selling price of the product could be around 700 - 800 rupees, you can always check the price from a branded/genuine shop.
  • Now you are happy until you find out the actual price of the product and the shop keeper is happy to make a profit  of around 3000 rupees above the market price for the product