Gangtok, an escape from ‘virtuality’!

Capital of Sikkim, unique architecture, mesmerizing scenic beauty, refreshing flora and fauna, incredible cuisine and an amazing culture .. Gangtok should be in top of the bucket list of every traveller.


Feast the view from Hanuman tok!

Siliguri and the capital of Sikkim are just 114 km away, but the differences in cleanliness, culture and nature, two are worlds apart. This journey had been an escape from the ‘virtualities’ of now-a-days life to the ‘eyegasmic’ reality of the Himalayas.

A view from Dongkheyala (not a POI, just the name of our hotel!)

First day, after the costly lunch (yes, alu-gobi costs 150 bucks), we started with the sidescenes tour. Well, if you are already interested and planning Gangtok as your next trip , let me tell you there are 3 golden rules.

  1. A good driver.
  2. A good back condition.
  3. A 16GB memory card or preferably more.

Recording videos is an absolute necessity. The super-tight turns and the sharp banking of the roads take your adrenaline to the next level.


Tukla in Silk Route (almost 13900+ ft

#Gangtokdiaries was not about destinations, it was more about the journey. And the next day proved it. The spine-chilling (literally) roads, turns and Continue reading

A photographer in the making!

Camera, photos, snaps, the sound of clicks… dunno the exact time when these words became my friends. And gradually, not just friends, they kinda turned into my passion, my smile. Though here, I don’t wanna start with my obsession for photography, because then this post may take the whole front-page of my blog, which is not yearned for! So here goes some clicks,

“A simple click which can’t be described into words”
“My last auto-mode click”
“Shutter speed 1/350, aperture 5.6. 26 x optical + 10x digital. Unedited!”
“Rooftop click”

Description of my cam – I own a Nikon coolpix P100, which is not a DSLR but this specific SLR can be termed as photographers-delight! Some features as follows:

1. A 26× optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad focal range of wide-angle 26mm through super-telephoto 678mm (35mm format equivalent)

2. Technologies that enable excellent image quality: CMOS image sensor with backside illumination structure, Backlit Scene HDR (high dynamic range) mode, which makes the most of continuous shooting technologies, and an advanced Night Landscape scene mode

3. High-speed continuous shooting functions that enable continuous shooting of images at the maximum size (10 MP) at 10 fps and sport continuous mode, which allows for continuous shooting at up to approximately 120 fps

4. Full HD movie recording and playback functions

5. A 3-in., approximately 460k-dot vari-angle Clear Color Display simplifies shooting from a variety of angles

6. 5 features that effectively prevent or reduce blur caused by camera shake and subject movement

7. Smart portrait system for consistently beautiful portraits

8. HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging to create images with a range of tonal detail that could not be captured in a single photo.

[PS- I started off with a Sony cybershot dsc-910 belongs to Anirban Saha, my brother, and my inspiration for photography!]

The queen unveiled..!!

Freezing cold… enigmatic view… inexplicable feel….evergreen Kanchanjangha peeping through the clouds in the azure sky… tranquil snow silently making surrounding more romantic…a bottle of beer & awesome enjoyment… that has always been ‘the queen of hills’ Darjeeling for me… She has always welcomed me with surprises.. This time she was waiting ‘unveiled’ for me & adding to the surprise’s list, we got a royale guest house totally free of cost for one night…. (top-secret :P)…

Here goes some clicks …

The Glenary’s , the Fiesta, the Darjeeling tea corner , they still give me the same feel. Personally speaking … I have always felt somewhere connected to Darjeeling . Whenever i’m away from the ‘heaven on earth’, unknowingly, I miss her……… But, I go on, with a feel that next time ‘the queen’ will be waiting with some new surprises for me…!!

[To be continued..]

Proud to be an idiot!!!

By Rajkumar Hirani

3 idiots…. a movie of friendship… a movie of college-life… a movie of giving semesters without preparations… a movie of loving the daughter of the director of your college…a movie of having rum with friends & pissing on the door of the director’s house …a movie which offers you a new type of ‘delivery’ on a table-tennis board… a movie of real engineering…real desires.. real feelings..!!

Breaking the old-shakels of the study-system i.e. Ctrl+C to memory & Ctrl+V on the paper, the movie teaches us to love A.Chakravorty, Das & pal, Moris Mano etc…. in-stead-of using ‘beep’ words for them before sems’..

Here goes the idiots (Q-Why are they idiots? A- Go n watch the movie..!!),

1st idiot,

Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan).. a guy who is compelled to be an engineer… while his heart travels in the jungles with a cam for wildlife photography….

2nd idiot,

Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi)… a guy who is so much concerned about his future that he’s not left with any concentration to concentrate on the present…!

3rd idiot,

“Bahti hawa sa tha wo…
chuke humare dilko….”
(He was like a breeze, touching our hearts)

The 3rd idiot is Rancho (Aamir Khan)… a guy who preferred practical study, rather than being a bookworm…. a real trend-setter, who follows his own heart while choosing any decisions…. the real ‘Jahapana’

On the whole, the movie is a package of laughter, sadness, love, masti … every possible feelings you can expect from a movie.. & undoubtedly, ‘3 idiots’ is the ‘best’ delivered by 2009… The plot is taken from ‘5 point someone’ by Chetan Bhagat, but an edited version of it. To quote ‘3 idiots’ in one line, it will be, “Perfection at its best” (cosidering it as a bollywood film). It has already embarked one of the greatest starts ever… & I will refer everyone not to miss this milestone of Aamir Khan, which worths every penny you spend on it….

[PS- I watched the movie today morning only & have already booked the tickets for tomorrow morning..]