Abu Dhabi

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There is a reason for every trip I take to Abu Dhabi. But the aim always remains the same. I have lived the most important 7 years of life there. It was there where I joined my husband after I finished my graduation. It is where I gave birth to my two wonderful kids. It is also the place where memories come rushing in from all directions and leaves me meloncholy.

I did take my DSLR with me this time. But since I now own an iPhone 5, I used it to click all the pictures. The main idea of this evening in Abu Dhabi was to spend Diwali with the husband, who was working out off Abu Dhabi last week. We only managed to drive to the Marina, have dinner and head back to the hotel. So the photographs are limited to these areas.

Abu Dhabi will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed clicking them. 🙂

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is more quiet and less crowded than Dubai. Lifestyle in Abu Dhabi too is changing fast with Malls and shopping centres cropping up everywhere.

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A Diwali in Abu Dhabi

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With exams still going on, the children were made to study for a while in the hotel room yesterday. The hubby is in Abu Dhabi this whole week. He wanted to spend Diwali with us. So I drove down there yesterday afternoon.

Before settling down for the night, the kids were reading their books. I am not using the word “studying” purposely. I know my kids too well. The ambience was absolutely wrong for studies! I overhead this conversation between the kids.

Daughter (D) : Why are you not reading?
Son (S) : You keep quiet!
D : Amma, he is not concentrating!
Me : Hmmm.. Ok.. ( busy uploading pics from Mobile)
D to S : Why are you looking at the paintings??
S : I am admiring the pictures framed here. Buzz off!
D : Why are you wasting time looking at these paintings? Amma’s photographs are so much better! Study Now!

My neck suddenly raised from it is constant position of looking at the mobile to staring at my Daughter in admiration. She not only learnt how to nag like me, she , she actually appreciated my photography!

I did a little joy dance in my mind and went back to the pictures on my mobile……

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Pink Periwinkle

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Pink Periwinkle

Pink Periwinkle

Photos speak a thousand words. More so to the photographer herself/himself. The memories that these bring back need not always be good ones. I agree no one tries to hold on to bad memories. But what about that path in-between. Memories that cannot be classified as good or bad. They are just bitter sweet memories. These Pink Periwinkle flowers are very common here in Dubai. You will see them on road sides and parks in plenty. They smile with a radiance that can make an aching heart smile too. This was clicked somewhere in February/March this year near The Palm using my Canon 550D. On one of my many business outings. Yes, I used to carry my camera with me whereever I went. I was the boss after all. 🙂

Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar Periwinkle) is a species of Catharanthus native and endemic to Madagascar. Synonyms include Vinca rosea (the basionym), Ammocallis rosea, and Lochnera rosea; other English names occasionally used include Cape Periwinkle, Rose Periwinkle, Rosy Periwinkle, and “Old-maid”. Other names include Sadaphuli (Marathi: सदाफुली),Nityhakalyani in Tamil (Tamil: நித்யகல்யாணி பூ).

In the wild, it is an endangered plant; the main cause of decline is habitat destruction by slash and burn agriculture. It is also however widely cultivated and is naturalised in subtropical and tropical areas of the world.

It is an evergreen subshrub or herbaceous plant growing to 1 m tall. The leaves are oval to oblong, 2.5–9 cm long and 1–3.5 cm broad, glossy green, hairless, with a pale midrib and a short petiole 1–1.8 cm long; they are arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red centre, with a basal tube 2.5–3 cm long and a corolla 2–5 cm diameter with five petal-like lobes. The fruit is a pair of follicles 2–4 cm long and 3 mm broad.

Pink Periwinkle Information Courtesy : Wikipedia

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Sky Watch Friday 1

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I have participated in SkyWatch Friday before too. But this is the first time from this blog. So it is Sky Watch Friday 1 for me again.

I love clicking images of the sky and they never fail to amaze me. This was clicked yesterday morning from inside of a car.  I guess you can call it a part of the Sunrise. This was clicked at 7:00 am here in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I wish I could get the sun to pose in the center of the frame , but sadly I have no such influence on him. 🙂

I never expected to see the sun in this form at 7 am in the morning, and hence did not have a DSLR in hand. This is taken using my handy iPhone 4. I hope I get to see more such beautiful mornings here and will be able to share them with you.

The feeling was amazing and hence it is captured and shared. A frozen moment in time! Happy Skywatching.

Skywatch Sunrise

Skywatch Sunrise

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Lights and Music Show, Burj Khalifa

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Last year, this time , was not a very good phase in my life. We, as a family, were going through a crisis that only we can understand the seriousness of. It is a about how four lives were filled with a lot of uncertainties. The worst part of this phase got over right around the time of Christmas last year. Even though, we were going through a bad phase, we decided to have some fun too. Just to cheer up the kids.

Being residents of Dubai for so many years, you would think that we would have visited this place long before last year. And that we can visit it whenever we want to. But I guess it is like living in Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower so very often. You can view the Burj Khalifa from everywhere in Dubai, ever single day. But being able to go close to it and experience the beauty and the awesomeness of the place, it takes time and planning.

The idea was to photograph Burj Khalifa. Sadly we weren’t able to make it there before sunset and hence we settled for the Lights and Music Show, Burj Khalifa and dinner at BICE mare Restaurant, Souq Al Bahaar.

The musical fountain runs every 20 mins from 7 pm to 11 pm daily. We were able to watch four such shows (Recorded only parts of three) every time the music and the dancing fountain were different.

Here are a few pictures of the Lights and Music Show, Burj Khalifa. I have added two videos too. They aren’t perfect, but they do manage to get the feel of the wonderful experience we had that evening. I can only wish we could have more dinners like that. With Burj Khalifa standing majestically next to us and the waters adorned with such beautiful lights and sounds.

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A Sunset in DSO

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Sunset at DSO

Sunset at DSO

I love capturing the sunsets. I always make it a point to click them. But the problem is that I am not always armed with my DSLR. This was taken from my iPhone. Hence it is not too great.

I had put this up with on twitter with the caption “Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye”, a song from a famous Indian Movie “Anand”. Those are the emotions that sunsets bring about in me.

Kahin Door jab Din Dhal Jaaye,

Saanj Ki Dulhan Badan Churaaye Chupke Se Aaye..

Mere Khayalon Ke Aangan Mein,

Koi Sapnon Ke Deep Jalaaye… Deep Jalaaye…

Translates to :

Somewhere far away when the day retires
The dusk sneaks up, shyly like a bride
In the courtyard of my thoughts,
Someone lights up lamps of dreams….

Courtesy : Bollymeaning

This was taken on a lazy Saturday Evening on our way back from Dubai Silicon Oasis. It is a developing residential and commercial complex in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

A Sunset in DSO – Image Courtesy :  ©whatmycameracaptures