Friday, July 21, 2006

The best is yet to come

Here's a sneak peak at my next post. Its about the Butchart Gardens we visited when in Victoria and since the place was so beautiful that atleast 2 posts be devoted to it, I thought it best to start off with a trailer.

Here are some pictures to get you interested.

The Butchart Gardens

The experimental garden - where they experiment before they plant the real garden

I have not seen more perfect tulips

Or more perfect english daisies...

But as the heading says the best is yet to be.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mumbai Blasts and the gory images on Zee News

I generally just stick to travel accounts, but I had to write about this. I guess I got motivated when Mridula wrote about it on her blog.

The Indian Media seriously needs to reconsiders what they show - the other night when I switched to Zee News to see how things were in Mumbai (Sitting in US, that is my one source of information on India besides reading news online), I was stunned. They were actually showing dead bodies lying on the track and injured people being dragged to rescue. Even sitting this far from my country, I could not help but feel for everyone back home who were probably seeing these images continuously and how disturbing they must be for everyone. I mean I understand the gravity of the situation and how shocking it is for everyone, how painful it is for everyone, but to rub it in like this - it is just not warranted.

I urge, please stop this sort of callous reporting of the incident. And what is up with the media adding a punch line to everything - "7-11 Mumbai" they called it !!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Rain, rain go away ! Come again another day !

Our trip to the Olympic Peninsula did not quite turn out the way we expected it to go. It was raining - we were lucky our first 4 days in Seattle but the 5th day we were not so lucky. As we made our way up the hurricane ridge, we were driving among clouds. From where we were to see as far as Canada, this is what we saw.

But as luck would have it, it seemed even the deer were lost in the clouds. We spotted them at each and every turn, probably about 30-40 in all - the deer were all around. We had to drive carefully because they just seemed to be everywhere. It was a slow ascent and descent for that reason but it gave us a lot of opportunity to photograph them at close quarters. We didn't even have to leave the comfort of our car.

It was, however, pleasanter once we drove down the hurricane ridge. As if the rain was just waiting for us to descend. It was bright and sunny once we came down.

We happened to stop at some small towns on our way back to catch the ferry back to Seattle. There was this lovely lake (I forget the name) we stopped at with these beautiful yellow trees. Vijay, Pragya, Sunit and I spent some considerable time just walking around this place near the lake.

And one of our last stops on the Olympic Peninsula was this Indian Art market with some boutiques selling Indian Art. The entrance was marked by these classic totem poles. By the way, by Indian Art I mean the native Indian art of America.

As I said, the drive to hurricane ridge was not at all what we wanted it to be, but it was good nonetheless with all the wildlife around. What we really enjoyed were the small stops on our way back at different lakeside and seaside places.