Saturday, January 20, 2007

A walk through history – Ajanta & Ellora

I turned green with envy as I watched the long trail of little uniform clad kids flitted from one cave to another. From a distance the long line looked like a train of colourful ants busy saving for winter in the caves on the horseshoe-shaped rock mountain of Ajanta. They were on a school picnic, but I was on my so-called honeymoon. 20 years distanced them from me. But the differences ended there.

The school kids and I had something in common – reverence for the magnificent sculptures and frescoes at Ajanta and Ellora caves and the bliss of actually treading through structures that you have only read about in your history text books and dreamed of visiting when you became ‘big’.

The little girl in me jumped up with joy as she joined the line of very excited 10 year olds.

Let me unfold my journey of Ajanta and Ellora caves and Aurangabad through my faithful Canon’s eye

Kissed by the sun
The sun-kissed flower that welcomed us in Aurangabad.

Ellora Caves - Kailasa Temple
Kailasa temple – Ellora caves

Panorama Kailasa Temple 2
Ellora caves – Panorama

Ajanta Caves
A part of the Ajanta caves

Daulatabad fort - CHAND MINAR
Chand Minar of Daulatbad fort
Daulatabad fort, built progressively from 12th century A.D. to 1300 A.D., had some very impressive defence mechanisms. Secret mazes, complex zigzag entryways, the usual deep trench moat, poisoned dark chambers and much more – all of them came alive through the dramatic narration of our erudite guide.


Aurangabad amrut all made up
My fav picture from the trip.

More pictures here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

GWBE's M&As 2006

Mergers
A brand new team at work
Vibrant Mumbai

Acquisitions
A friend-cum-husband
A very very loving family
A venetian blue coloured chariot....er a car
An energetic cook at home and hence a renewed contract for my love of reading
A stronger bond with some of my relatives and friends
A lot of peace of mind!

My valuation in life has definitely gone up by leaps and bounds :)

Friday, January 05, 2007

Before I knew it ......

Before I could look at you....
Before I could smile....
Before I could say "Yes, me too" ....
Before I could think of that one prayer I had kept ready for this occasion....
Before I could even blink....

...... I was married.

Is there any other wedding quicker than the short and sweet traditional Malayali wedding?

Are we in the Guinness Book of World Records? If not, shouldn’t we be?