One more trip to National Zoological Park Delhi with kiddo

I been to National Zoological Park, Delhi in October 2014 after that unfortunate accident of White Tiger killing a man inside zoo, though since then another trip to the same place remained pending until now.

The last trip even though wasn’t really related to the trend of visiting the place just after it came into light, but due to the fact that I was actually chasing places to see White Tiger. Just in August 2014, we even trekked to Nainital Zoo looking for one, only to get disappointed at the end knowing that there was no white tiger in Nainital zoo since last 2-3 years. So when the news broke in about white tiger in Delhi zoo, then I was surprised to know that we had one in Delhi itself.

The last trip pictures were also taken with Nikon P600 just like this time though kiddo was still younger to make out the names of the animals. I was just waiting for winters to spread their wings so that I can visit the same place again.

Considering the sudden foggy days post 15th January in Delhi\ NCR and other things, it was lazy Sunday and we would have been up by 0800 hrs. Still we didn’t leave for the place till 1130 hrs and when finally we reached, took tickets etc, it would have been around 1430 hrs. We been hearing announcements that during Winters, Zoo remains open till 1600 hrs only, so we didn’t had much time in hands Sad smile

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I literally never get proper photos of the flying birds in Zoo and this time wasn’t different either. For the same, one need to be focused on the task while here I was with kiddo so focus wasn’t the first thing in mind.

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Kiddo was excited to take a look over Giraffe but for her bad luck, she was removed in last year itself. We somehow managed to convince her that tiger ate that Giraffe. Sorry Dear Tiger to put that blame on you, but we didn’t had any choice. Only you been having a reputation there.

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And this was the Royal Bengal Tiger. These Tigers, Lions and Leopards do look royal if you watch them closely the way they carry themselves and so is the attention of onlookers over them.

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Here comes the famous white tiger. Like I commented at the time of accident, he didn’t looked any aggressive or like that and in that incident, it wasn’t fault of his either. She was sleeping when we reached at her place but to our luck, she woke up for a while.

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Next stop was for Leopard. She looked royal as always and was kind enough for posing as well. Only if I was well prepared then I would have caught a precious pose of her while taking the jump to rooftop which I missed awkwardly.

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There was some self posing as well before its ended and then we were off to another battle of getting our car out from the parking. Trust me, it wasn’t any less wild than walking inside some jungle. Never underestimate wild instinct of Delhi/ NCR drivers.

A good Sunday ended…

Some more sketches of family

Gave it a try to get family portrait straight twice.

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End result, not been able to get own face that correctly. Clean and smooth faces are easy to sketch but not the one with shade and beard etc.

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In Search of Snow – Another drive to Manali covering all seasons

Its tough to convince others that you are in your sane mind when choosing the same destination twice within six months despite of it being a costly affair for your finances. Leave others convincing co-travellers might be even more tough. But then I was set to do exactly the same thing.

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Why Manali again after being there twice in short span?

Because there was possibility of long holidays at end of year, because I been to Manali twice but once in June summers and once in July monsoons but never during winters which always been on cards to brave with snow. Because I twice been to hills during snow, both times in Mussoorie (Once January end and once December end) but both the times failed to get it and this time in my attempt I need some kind of guarantee that it won’t fail this time.

Nainital or Mussoorie though being under 300 kms circle from my place, in no way can guarantee you snow even in higher reaches nor those higher reaches even if there is a possibility of snow are in easy reach via roads in comparison to wide roads leading to Manali. Shimla or Khajjiar side might be another alternative if I wanna avoid repeat of same destination but then that trip was already planned for Mid-March of next year as I might be visiting Pathankot. So Manali remained as safe bet with almost certainty of snow. Also it would cover Manali in all three available seasons or may be leave a chance for Extreme Winters that is Feb Smile with tongue outfor a future trip.

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Moving to more tougher genre: Group Sketches

What’s more tough than portraits? Group Portraits as that increases the variable exponentially. Not only proportions need to be kept on thin lines, but also an individual face going wrong may disrupts entire portrait, not only that but group photos tends to be smaller and not close-up the way individual photographs might be, adding up complexity.

In past, I had tried only once about group sketches and not really great way, so I had to give it a try again. I been choosing the way to create and refine the outline first before proceeding with shadings and shadings too with one character at once. No fixed rules though.


First trial was with wife’s sister family.

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Sketching: Some more tougher challenges: Parents sketches

Its somehow easier to make young faces in comparison to faces where lines are little less abstract or picture not clear. The same was the reason, I shied away from making sketches of parents barring one two exceptions, but considering the fact that I made a number of sketches in short successions recently and continue making so thought to break the ice here…

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Some of the recent sketches by me

The Sketch bug inside me raises its head on seasonal  basis. I don’t even know when I would be sketching again or what day it would be. Weekday, weekend, no such criterion.. it starts any day any time…

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Getting a passport in India, my experience in NCR, suggestions

There was a time when for getting just a simple bank account open in even National capital, I tried almost each bank I could see around but failed to get one opened for months despite of being son of an existing bank official itself because I didn’t had a proper Delhi address proof.

Let’s face it, when it comes to get something from Govt offices, things get messy for professional despite of knowing the process and their own rights to get the work done. The old age slow system forcing you to get leaves from your job not once but multiple times. Random charges for which you don’t find any rationales and random excuses for delaying or denying your work. Majority of us might have gone though similar time to time.

No wonder, professional earning well even if don’t wish so, resort to easier route to engage a tout to get through the hassles of even simplest of jobs, be it getting a PAN card, getting a driving license or getting a passport.

It wasn’t the case that I wouldn’t have taken one of the above way, but after seeing my ex-roomie gone through the process in past in honest manner, after completing more than an year of AADHAR CARD in my name (thanks to Govt putting camps inside the various pvt offices even and my office was one of them) and new perceptions post the regime change, one fine day due to persistent demands of wife, I thought to get my ass up for the job while observing the common steps and my small suggestions to improve it.

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