Cyanotype workshop by Siddharth Kaneria at The Project Cafe, Ahmedabad

Cyanotype is an old monochrome photographic printing process which gives a cyan-blue print. Originated in the 1840’s, it was not utilized in mainstream photography and was adopted as a copying technique, becoming known by the term “blueprint”. To begin the process, two solutions are prepared for the two-part sensitizing process — Potassium Ferricyanide and Ferric Ammonium Citrate (green). Too much potassium ferricyanide in the solution will lower printing speed, too little may cause the blue color to bleed into the lighter areas. Basically equal volumes of the two solutions are used. Solutions can be stored for several months in amber glass bottles.

Siddharth Kaneria, graduate in Interior design, with a professional experience of over 5 years in communication design. But he is passionate about photography more than anything, quietly creating a treasure of images for the last 8+ years. With the digital age ushering in a greater need for visual content, Siddharth have heart for vintage cameras and the technique they use. He have collected around 300 cameras so far mix of old which belongs to golden era and some new ages. He had many other successful exhibitions till time but I come across an exhibition of photography titled “The Tower Man”, at The Project cafe, Ahmedabad last Sunday on June 16th. The pendulum clock is one of the most recognizable types of clocks. Many consider it to be a classic or antique timekeeping device. The Tower Man is a story of a curious white clothes, big mustache under the hat man who fascinates pendulum clock. Continue reading “Cyanotype workshop by Siddharth Kaneria at The Project Cafe, Ahmedabad”

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Quaint coastal bylanes of Puducherry

There are an infinite reason why we call India as an Incredible India. Beside numerous festivals, God and Goddesses, languages, architecture and faith, India still have the remains of foreign lands such as British, Portuguese and French which has been preserved since many years. I am convinced by now that yellow (my fave color!!) is not represent a dirty fellow, but it is a color represents ‘extreme stage of happiness’. I found these colors in Goa, Kolkata and now in Puducherry too! Puducherry, previously known as Pondicherry (locals call it Pondi) and if you are from 90’s you still be calling Mumbai as Bombay and Kolkata as Calcutta because cities name change, emotions doesn’t 🙂

Puducherry is appx 160 kms from Chennai and I took morning 08:00 AM train from Chennai to Villupuram, a 2 hours journey. Villupuram is appx 38 kms to Puducherry, an hour taxi drive (charges vary, appx INR 1000). Though Puducherry have railway station but the train timings are in odd hours. The best way to see Puducherry and its surrounding areas is by renting out a bicycle or two wheeler. Within city, walking is great option as many sights are within 2-3 kilometers of each other. Believe it or not, one can complete Puducherry in a 3 days. Yes! you read that right 🙂 3 days!! As well here, the architecture is French, the road signs are in French (along with English and Tamil), a lot of people speak fluent French and most restaurants serve steak and wine! Continue reading “Quaint coastal bylanes of Puducherry”

An evening stroll along the Juhu Beach

Whatta crazy week I had! Seems the day has been cut short though it’s Summer already (I am talking about 42 degrees of Summer here in Ahmedabad 😀 which I love the most! Don’t judge!). We complain a lot about many things in life. Struggling to manage and fix everything everyday and forgot to be grateful. But, I have learn so many things this past week. One of it is – trust the route of meditation and mindfulness that help me to find inner peace. Anyways, story for another time 🙂 let’s catch up with another travel story of Mumbai.

Juhu Beach is the longest beach in Mumbai. The surrounding area of Juhu is one of the poshest localities in Mumbai and is home of many famous Bollywood and TV celebrities – the most famous being Amitabh Bachchan’s Bungalow – Jalsa. It’s been an important landmark since past many years. Amitabh Bachchan’s regular Sunday routine when he waves to the awaiting fans at the gate of his residence, popularly called his Sunday Darshan. But what really caught my attention all these years here, at Juhu Beach? The beach? YES. But what else? ISKCON Temple and Prithvi Theatre Continue reading “An evening stroll along the Juhu Beach”

Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai

I absolutely love staying at Marine Drive and never want to stay at any other place in Mumbai but sometimes you should break out from your comfort zones and explore other places too. Once I decided to stay in Bandra and explore the places around instead of hopping local train to Bandra every day. I booked Airbnb stay for 2 nights instead of hotel to connect more with local. Practically it was chaos the night we (I and my mother) arrived but the next morning feel so good instantly. It was the best decision to stay here. The British built most of their great monuments in South Mumbai and the Portuguese decided to stay at Suburbs of the city. Bandra have such a quaint and quiet winding bylanes, cute cozy cafes, crumbling but amazing bungalows, lots of tree shades, and some Indo-Portuguese-Colonial style houses still standing strong. In the 1950’s the rich and famous as well as wannabes moved to Bandra to be closer to the Bollywood film studios of the suburbs. It quickly became a vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhood like no other. Soon Bandra has become famous and became Mumbai’s has unique lifestyle, full of contrast yet harmony neighborhood. Modern high rise architecture with marvelously colorful graffiti and old Church at Chapel Road is my most favorite one after Bandstand. Lesser than anyone know, Bandra will certainly reminds you of Goa ❤ as well Bandra (West) is listed in 2018 Time Out’s 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world on number 15!! 🙂 Continue reading “Bandra – Sweet Little Haven of Mumbai”