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Pune is cool!

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about the same time as yesterday, but the air is cool and people are finding use for their umbrellas! Yup, today is much better. :-)

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August 31, 2005 at 11:18 am

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Pune is hot!

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Work gets me to Pune all the time. Today is hot and humid. Totally yucky. I really wish I was in ‘Nagar. sigh. :-(

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August 30, 2005 at 1:48 pm

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Sunset at Shah Hill

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Sunset at Shah Hill #4
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Ahmednagar, a city over 700 years old, once the center of trade and now a draught prone developing city, has always provided me with more than enough opportunities to photograph beauty.

The weather here is funky, and that is exactly what makes it more nice a place to photograph.

And it is not exaggeration that I have clicked almost a quarter of my photos on just one hill. The Shah Hill… the one structure every person in Ahmednagar has seen, at least from a distance. Many people visit this place.

It is not a temple, it isnt a palace (as it is wrongly known) and it sertainly is not a park. It is a tomb. A memory of a general in the Nizam army under the founder Nizam Ahmed Shah.

I dont know why people go there, I go there to photograph the building itself and the nature around the hill. I have been there almost every other week since last few months. sometimes it is more than a few times a week.

Every time I have been there without a camera, I have cursed myself a lot for not having my toys handy. And every time I have been there with my camera, I have come back with some nice photos :)

I also have a proof! :P Like most of the times, there are more photos, click on this photo to find those too :D

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August 29, 2005 at 9:50 pm

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Bright Future Awaits!

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Bright Future Awaits!
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

The path is uphill, dark and daunting. The future is blurred yet looks bright. Should I go for it? Should I stay in my present which I will eventually get used to and find cozy? Shuold I take that risk?

The future looks slightly uncertain! What if I fail? What if I am in a place worse than now? Will anyone hear me?

Is my present what I had dreamed of? I wanted something different, something better… I look up and the future calls me, it says it has my dreams up there. Should I go? The future is uncertain, but so was my past, when it was my future, so is my present when I look a few days ahead. Then why not this future? It seems so real!

I guess, I will take that plunge, because life doesnt come without challenges. “A ship is meant to sail the wild seas, what use is a great ship if it never leaves the dock?” Yes! I’m excited about this bright future!

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August 28, 2005 at 11:35 pm

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Best Wada Paav!

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Best Wada Paav!
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Probably the most inexpensive snack ever made! The ‘Wada Paav’ is the indian equivalent to a burger, with a spicy preparation of potato put in between a sliced bun. Often accompanied by fried chilly and some tangy/spicy sauce.

This guy in Panchgani was relaxing as there were not many customers for his stuff at that time of the day. Boy I miss wada paav already! Its 11:22 PM, so now is not a time when I could go and buy some… tomorrow I’m surely going to get some and munch on ‘em :D

Oh and the title of the photo comes from what the guy has written on his little shop in Marathi… “Best Wada Paav”

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August 23, 2005 at 12:45 am

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Delicate Cactus Flower

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Delicate Cactus Flower
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Sometimes, it completely baffles me how the things go. How opportunities spring out of nowhere, how stupid mistakes creep in unnoticed, how people change… and of course, how such delicate flowers grow on a rough cactus plant!

Yesterday was the Non-Conventional Energy Day and dad, being on the Govt. committee for the non conventional energy had been summoned to a small village called Pimpri Gawli off the Ahmednagar-Pune Highway (turn from Supa) to sow the seeds of the ‘Jatropha’ plant. It is in connection with BioDiesel.

I find it interesting to run my vehicle on plant power ;) Though it has been possible to do so since liquid fuel was discovered, it probably was never so viable or necessary to use alternative fuels.

I wish a good luck to all such projects.

Oh and if you are wondering why I was present there… 1. Driving 2. Photography … yup, I cant resist going places if I am going to get an opportunity for these two things :)

Look around after clicking on the flower’s photo – I have a photo of the “roads” where I was driving ;)

Peace.

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August 21, 2005 at 5:32 am

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That Photographer Guy

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That Photographer Guy
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Life is going on slowly… work isnt progressing too fast either. Today, me and Amit took our fave toys – camera and accessories and raided the terrace.

It was, obviously, dark up there. We were there to try some new experiments with the synchro-flash thing I got a few days ago. We found one more thing – for it to work properly, the flash should be about 10 feet away from the camera, else it does not sync well.

And during the experiments, I just held the flash in my hands and signalled Amit to click – here’s what we got ;) Nothing too beautiful, its just a fun photo. And I am still wondering why I have that that odd expression on my face.

My best guess is that I wasnt expecting the flash to go off at that very second (Amit is a really quick person) and because of the light falling on my face from an odd direction.

Anyway, there’s no limit to fun. Enjoy!

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August 19, 2005 at 11:58 pm

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