Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Lone Sailor and the Lighthouse

The Lone Sailor- Silent Sentinel of Sea in Eternal Vigil
Ross Island, one of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is just fifteen minutes boat ride from Port Blair and a sure shot half-day trip destination for tourists visiting Andaman. This is the very island which took the massive blow of tsunami on Dec 2004 and saved the city of Port Blair from all damage! In its golden days, when it used to be the erstwhile capital of the Andaman Islands it was designed with all modern amenities, beautiful architectural elements and even electricity supply, which made it appear like a colossal ship at night from its neighboring islands. In those days Ross was ornamented enough to be called the "Paris of East". Presently you'll find nothing but ruins of those historical structures apart from its unremarkable flora and fauna. But, if you take the trouble of walking up to the extreme other end of the island (opposite to the jetty), crossing the ruins of church, you'll witness its serene and exquisite most landscape comprising the pristine Ferrar Beach, a lighthouse (perhaps long abandoned), The Lone Sailor- Silent Sentinel of Sea in Eternal Vigil (a statue) and the long red bridge connecting them.
The Lone Sailor- Silent Sentinel of Sea in Eternal Vigil
The Lone Sailor- Silent Sentinel of Sea in Eternal Vigil was established on 11th Aug 2010, in tribute to those who perished to provide peace and security for our nation, in honor of those who served to forge the heritage of the service, in gratitude to those now serving and lastly, in salute to those who will follow the honorable tradition of joining the noble profession of arms in defense of our country. I thought to feature this statue of The Lone Sailor in the 100th post of ClickingPhotos and dedicate this photo post to the abiding memory of valiant sons of our motherland who laid down their lives in defense of the country and have no other graves than the sea. On the way back a board caught my sight and melted my heart, that read, "When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today". Jai Hind, I guess I could be obedient this time. Anyway, it has been a rough year for me and I hope 2015 turns out slightly better. As I'll be traveling for coming few days chances are less that there'll be another post after this in 2014. Wish you and your family a happy and prosperous new year! Folks, see you next year...
The Lone Sailor- Silent Sentinel of Sea in Eternal Vigil

Monday, December 22, 2014

Old but not Outdated - Today's Photo Theme

Old but not Outdated
The vintage car and the analog fuel pump, somewhere in Nepal.
While clicking photos on the go, we come across a lot of subjects which are still alive with their bygone essence, in the same good old form. They are definitely old, but certainly not outdated. Even though we sometimes find analog petrol pumps at rural areas, spotting a classic Contessa car at the same fuel station is no routine finding... what do you say? I always had a crush for Contessa and till date I find it damn elegant! The second photograph with the motorized vessel is quite a common scene in Bengal, especially in regions nurtured by River Ganga. Somehow, I resisted my intense urge of including a couple of tram photos in today's photo theme "Old but not Outdated" ... after all, I'll be continuously needing more photos to keep ClickingPhotos alive. One thing I can't stop admitting- photo blogging on a random photo theme is turning out to be quite addictive!
Old but not Outdated
The wooden motorized vessel over River Ganga.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Into the Wild - Today's Photo Theme

Into the Wild
A group of travelers exploring the Tropical Rain Forests of Andaman.
Sometimes it is fun picking out photographs from your collection matching with a particular theme. Randomly I selected "Into the Wild" as today's theme and I must confess that it's never easy for a hobbyist clicker to choose a couple of photos from his hard-drive which would fit a random theme. Reason is quite simple- we amateurs and point & shooters do not usually plan photographic sessions and added to that we hardly bother to categorize our hunts.
Into the Wild
An Indian one-horned Rhinoceros of Jaldapara National Park.
Anyway, today I crossed the bridge somehow. Someday when I run out of life I would walk into the wild in search of my lost soul and eloped heart... Oops is it getting melodramatic? Don't worry, I'll come up with a philosophical theme for my next photo post (I wish there was a provision to wink!).
Into the Wild
A departing Elephant of Bardia National Park.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Old Goa Monuments - Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Old Goa Monuments - Church of St. Francis of Assisi
In this final photo post of the Old Goa Monuments series I'm presenting before you the Church of St. Francis of Assisi which lies to the west of Se Cathedral and shares more or less similar external architectural pattern. This church was built in 1661. At present date, the convent of this church has been modified to an Archaeological Museum. The three tier facade of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi has octagonal tower on each side and in the central niche there is a statue of St. Michael. The main entrance of this church is beautifully decorated with circular pilasters and rosette bands. The internal buttress walls separating the chapels and supporting the gallery on top have frescoes exhibiting floral designs. Above the tabernacle in the main altar you'll come across a large statue of St. Francis of Assisi and also another statue of Jesus on the cross. On both sides you can find old painted wooden panels depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Can't really say whether it was due to the lack of much tourists inside or its high artistic quotient, few minutes of stillness inside this church could really rejuvenate my sun-sucked traveling soul! Go to Goa... other than beaches and innocent naughtiness keep some time for these splendid monuments too.
Old Goa Monuments - Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral

Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral
Interior view of Se Cathedral, towards the main altar.
It has been a while since I posted photos of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, as a part of the Old Goa Monuments series and my sincere apologies for delaying that photo series. Today's monument is Se Cathedral, a grand church of old Goa that was built in the first quarter of the seventeenth century. It is located opposite to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, adjacent to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Chapel of St. Catherine and the Archaeological Museum. Although this is the fourth photo post of this series, it was the second destination in my old Goa monuments itinerary. Se Cathedral is not only one of the most revered monuments of Goa but also one of the largest churches in Asia!
Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral
Bougainvillea shrub could be a perfect foreground for Se Cathedral if the sun wasn't overhead!
The main altar of Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine and interesting, besides the main altar this church has eight more chapels and six altars. The richly gilded panel shows the martyrdom of the saint. On either side of the nave there are wooden statues of St. Paul and St. Peter. Several gilded and painted episodes over the walls are sure to earn your liking.
Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral
Main altar of Se Cathedral with its richly gilded panel, showing martyrdom of St. Catherine.
The interior of Se Cathedral has Corinthian style of architecture whereas its exterior has Tuscan pattern. A bell-tower on southern side of its facade used to possess a golden bell which was heard all over the Goa! I don't think I have to specially recommend you to visit Se Cathedral because every tourist/traveler whoever visits Old Goa doesn't give it a miss. Here I end my blah-blah so that I can start choosing photos for the next post of this series.
Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral
On your right lies the Se Cathedral. To me this whole frame resembles an European university.

Sleeping Peacefully

Puppy Sleeping Peacefully
We're glad that more enthusiastic point and shooters are collaborating with us and this time our guest photographer is Ajeet Sharma. This is a picture of a stray pup sleeping under a massive door of one of the entrances of Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi. The thing that made Ajeet click it was how peacefully this little thing slept under that massive door, on a hot summer afternoon, under a relatively dark and cooler insides of the gate, amidst all the chaos created by visitors! As of now, Ajeet is a mobile phone shooter, enjoying and exploiting his Huawei U9200. He blogs at Metro Greens to document his journey as a plant lover. In next photo post, Old Goa Monuments series would start rolling in again... please do visit back.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Old Goa Monuments - Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

Old Goa Monuments - Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
Take the the road passing south of the Basilica of Bom Jesus and it will take you to a bifurcation. The prominent one at your left would lead you to the ruins of St. Augustine complex and the relatively narrower, mildly ascending path at right shall take you atop Monte Santo where you'll discover the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, one of the oldest churches of Goa built more than 450 years ago. This white, Gothic, archaic church with a brass bell at its top, surrounded by grassy lawns from all side, overlooks River Mandovi and undoubtedly your best bet if you're searching for peace and tranquility. Its strategic location on the top of the Holy Hill and lack of a second intruder may give you the pleasant illusion that you're vacationing in your own medieval castle!
Old Goa Monuments - Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
The inside of this church looks more like a military barrack!
Wide rounded towers and multiple windows near the roof make this two storied church look like a fort. The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary has two chapels and three altars, among which the main altar is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary ("Our Lady of the Rosary" is a title of the blessed Virgin Mary). My photo series on Old Goa Monuments will continue, so do watch out for the next church, day after tomorrow. If you haven't checked out my earlier posts of this series, click here for a glimpse of the ruins of St. Augustine complex, or, the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Old Goa Monuments - Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
The brass metal bell at the top adds an element of fantasy to the beauty of this archaic church.