You visit the Red Fort at Delhi. . What would you photograph?
If you are an average indian tourist.. (pardon the missing “I was there” snap)
If you are a DSLR toting foreign tourist or an “amateur photographer”..
If you are both of those, and additionally a “genius” 😉 ..
Watching colorful Indians, their antics and of course, their feet is far more interesting than looking around an over-crowded Mughal building on a scorching May day, ain’t it?
You know you have been practically living with logic gates, truth tables, boolean expressions and digital circuits for the past few days….
When you are severely sleep-deprived, have super-long ToDo lists haunting you all day (and night), do not expect to survive the next 10 days.. And still..
Spend an hour @ 1AM doing this..
!! 😐 !!
How else do you expect me to travel 12km every morning in Delhi traffic??!!
Do I hear a “logical” question? That y I am not thinking of taking public transport or autorickshaw or even buy a vehicle for myself??
STOP thinking on those lines. It clearly shows that you do not know me! For your benefit, let me declare that I am slightly(?? friends will surely object 😉 ) eccentric and would never consider reasonable options!
That settled, folks who actually know me are bound to bark “Why the hell do you need to travel 12km a day?? After all, you are one of those souls comfortably settled in campus, needing to ‘travel’ atmost 1/2km to your lab???”
Well. . remember I am “slightly” eccentric?? 😀
Coming to the point. . the 12km travel is what is needed to make early morning visits to the Qutb Minar from IITD!
Now, being a research scholar with a serious commitment to my QCA research and completing my PhD in a decent span of time, I cant afford to take out 3hrs each day just to visit the Qutb!! Get the point?
Dare to ask why exactly I need to visit the Qutb every damn day???
U really do? I warn that the answer is most unreasonable & is based on a crazy experience!
If you persist to read in spite of that warning, here goes..
Reason : Going all the way(arnd 6km) to the Qutb just after sunrise, all alone and seeing the beauty of the structures along with the enchanting morning sun and parrots and squirrels is P.U.R.E P.L.E.A.S.U.R.E!
How did I reach that conclusion??
By doing precisely that. . this morning! 😀
What started as a trip to the hostel mess from my lab in a quest for downing something called breakfast, took a lot of unexpected, sudden turns..
Like deciding to take a walk to the Ashram just outside the gate to enjoy the morning weather..
Then deciding, impromptu, to while away time (of course, by walking aimlessly!) till a nearby restaurant opens so that “Mission Breakfast” is accomplished..
Setting an innocent limit to the walk. . Till the junction where the routes to Saket and the Qutb Complex separate..
Feeling like walking a bit more. . Just for the heck of it. . and reaching the next junction..
Walking a bit further. . for no apparent reason..
And spontaneously deciding to in fact walk to the mighty minar, and doing it! 😀
Now, the atmosphere of the Qutb complex – with all the mysteries that known and unknown pieces of history bring along, the intricate art, the dominating structures – seemed all the more inspiring in the winter morning, when just a handful of tourists (paying a customary visit with no real curiosity 😛 ) are loitering around among a whole china-scale population of parrots, india-scale population of pigeons and say, US-scale population of squirrels. . not to forget a Pak-scale population of really frightening dogs! [that was a long sentence. Read. .and re-read carefully 😉 ]
Add Ilayaraja’s awesome music constantly keeping elevating my already sky-high mood through my beloved Sennheiser PX100 headphones. The result => Me smiling @ everything around me, standing here and there and devouring the sight from all possible angles(mind you.. I did not have my camera with me!), singing (of course on mute!) the songs all the while. Consequence => The tourist crowd found another not-so-ancient attraction at the Qutb Complex – an obvious(??) lunatic who had possibly escaped from a mental asylum somewhere close by, or perhaps a crazy IITian as her sweatshirt suggests.
Walking all the way back to the aforementioned restaurant wondering how the emperors would have conceived the idea of building structures, what kind of politics would have lead to their “untimely” deaths, what other heritage sites did they plunder to be able to erect this one, what kind of architectures and carving styles have been used etc etc was a pleasure in itself. The Sambar Vadai & Filter coffee served at the restaurant did not excite one enough to overshadow the awe about mughal history.
To do justice to the mughals and the Qutb and my claim of being a history freak, I do not have any choice except to visit the place any number of times till all the facts about the place and its beauty sink in.. Do I? 😀
So. . Back to the title. . To make this fancy feasible and reasonably less time consuming (put in “healthy” to that 😉 ). . I need a cycle! Got it??
I too got it. . The cycle. . Immediately after the filter coffee 😀
Now, this proud owner of a smooooth bicycle is all enthu to explore the other heritage sites of Delhi over weekends. . AND subject them to my photographic “skills”. . AND blog about the trip!
Yoooooo Hooooooooo! 😀
I am back to full-energy full-enthusiasm mode after months! Looks like my research is going to pick up speed too @ this rate 😀
1. I miss Tamil Nadu toooo much!! This stupid place doesnt have a single small shop selling steaming idlis & puris (okay.. @least rotis) @ 7.30am!! x-(