Showing posts with label Weekend. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weekend. Show all posts

06/08/2015

When I Went to San Francisco LGBTQ Pride Parade @45, 2015

SF Pride @ 45 : Equality Without Exception
June 27-28, 2015

Welcome to the most adventurously weird and different kind of parade where i marched in with my eyes wide open out of awe watching diversity all ages, color, pedigree bloom or rather hang in full monty ! 

I was marching towards BART (term used for bay area rapid transit = local train) i could see hordes of people all drenched in hues of pink or rainbow colors. I didn't know, i was going to the most funky talked about event of the century, ignorance is bliss and there my mind started having conversations on its own with eyes roaming like dozen frustrated men who never had     . 

Highest form of diversity is now mainstream ! Any thing can happen in California. Hail !
"Oh my god ! did i see her in sheer lacy lingerie and pink feathers or let me guess that is wearing only duct tapes putting victoria secret out of business."

"No, no, it can't be true - you can't wear a leash around your neck and your toy- where the dog?"

"Excuse me, are you both wearing the same under pants, at the same time and no one is even bothered to stare except this stupid small town girl."

I was like, has the parade already begun or this is just a trailor - picture abhi baaki hai mere dost ! It took me sometime to acclimatize to the colorful paraphernalia and self attestation of a desi in a mad-mad world as i recollected all the cheap whatsapp LGBT jokes and bollywood numbers - Munda saada bigad gaya. Though, i never understood why my fakebook friends changed their profile pictures. So typical of us Indians, going with the crowd without even knowing the subject in the first place. We like generalization - jack of all - master of none ! But seriously, changing profile pics on fakebook while the real LGBT beacon was here. 

23/01/2015

Trip to Lal Bagh Flower Show 2015, Bangalore

Every year on Republic Day and Independence Day, a flower show is organized at Lal Bagh for 10 days. I have seen a couple of them. During childhood, it was a ritual to go and see 'flowers show' at MRN Nagar Chaupal around mid February. In township every quarter used to have small garden for nature lovers to toil around the soil. And i guess it compels me to visit flower show every year. Over the years i have learnt to never go on weekends to Lal Bagh flower show and never go with kids or elderly people. Both gets tired and simply bored while you navigate the crowd.

So, this time it was just me and my Canon EOS 1200D.

Ticket is Rs 40 and its a paradise for people who like photography. With kids its advisable to go post 3-4 pm since it will be sunny and hot. Kids might get tired and fussy. For those who wants to click, go as early as possible. The show opens at 11 am. And since there will be no rush, security guards are not going to push you towards exit. You can take as many shots with as many angels ;)

Sharing some pictures.


This year's theme is Red Fort, keeping in mind the patriotic spirit. After all Obama is coming !

I guess Red Fort from Delhi wala, not Agra wala. 

Do you get curious or little nostalgic sort when you think about any heritage or ancient site? I do. Like visiting
forts of Rajasthan or Taj Mahal. I start thinking, what must have happened here. How did they build it?