Thursday, May 25, 2017


I am back in mcleodganj after 2012 January. And the rot I think I noticed then is now infinitely more noticeable. Gone is the quiet charming place and in it's place is this concrete dusty warm dirty noisy place where there is no place to sit or stand or watch the world go by. In stead there are package tours and innumerable taxis. How did we let this happen? How did we not self regulate? Why do we not let secrets remain secret.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Viltrox JY 610 N II

Short review
So I got this small cheap flash off This was mainly because it is TTL and has some nice specs and is pretty compact.
First the good news:
  1. It is pretty compact. It is a  good fit on the Nikon D3200.
  2. It does TTL well in my experience.
  3. It is well finished, quality of plastics etc is pretty decent.
  4. I tried it on my Ricoh Gr, works on Manual mode. Great!!
  5. Has a pretty useful slave mode.
Bad news:
  1. The battery compartment is bad, my rechargeable cells were too snugly fitting, once in they wouldn't come out without some cajoling.
  2. Will have to find a solution to this problem.


After a few experiments,I have come to the conclusion that the external flashes I have are not triggered by the flash on a mobile phone camera unit when in slave mode.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The lenovo yoga

So I got myself a Lenovo yoga 8 tablet with the 2 GB ram right after my Google Nexus went belly up.
I think this tablet is pretty good but the screen is not even a patch on the Nexus.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Anger is destructive

Anger is a trulydestructive emotion. I hope someday I can learn to harness it constructively.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

From Earth to Sky: A photographic Journey on the Kalka-Shimla Railway

The book co-authored by Sanjay Kaushal and with a foreword by Sir Mark Tully is now available. Please email or leave a comment on this blog if you would like to have a copy.
Pages: 144
Size: 10"x10"

Monday, December 01, 2014

Buddhist travels

I am on my way back from a conference. In addition to conference'ing' , I visited the following-



Feeling satisfied

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sector 15

I am waiting in a car. And around me sector 15 has changed from quiet to chaotic.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Samyang 35mm 1.4

After many months of frustration with this lens, I finally decided to try zone focusing or if not successful, hyperfocal focusing. As it turned out, zone did not work as yet. But hyperfocal seems to be giving some joy. The trick for me at least is to find out where infinity is (it is generally not where it should be ). Mark it or remember it's position. Keep an aperture of f8 or so and then for everything beyond 20 feet or is mostly on focus. A slight adjustment gives better results. At larger apertures, o am still struggling.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Sankisa Again

The Lord is calling. I got the chance to visit Sankisa again in August 2014 after a wonderful visit in Dec 2013.
This time around the direction was different. Whereas the first time, I went from Sitapur/Farrukhabad, this time I traveled to Sankisa from Agra. Of the two routes, the one from Agra seems to be easier. I reached Agra very early in the morning and waited for the Agra Ljn intercity train. I had thought I would get of at Shikohabad and get a taxi from there. The reason was that I thought I should avoid UP roads as much as possible. As it turned out, it was false economy as the road from Shikohabad to Agra is very good an hardly something to worry about. The road from Shikohabad to Sankisa is bad in stretches especially around Mainpuri. It is probably much easier and cheaper to get a taxi from Agra as well. 
I reached Shikohabad at about 7.30 AM and the taxi was waiting for me ( please message if you want the number). It took a little more than two hours to get to Sankisa. As it was not tourist season, most of the monasteries were closed. I visited a clinic and a school being run by the Youth Buddhist Society. They are doing a great job. The pillar with the elephant pillar is almost ready for installation. 
This time around I was able to explore the places around as well. I had carried an old book by Alexander Cunningham and was able to identify some places he has written about. I was also able to visit the site of Pakhna Bihar which was once an important monastery. Lots of coins and seals are still dug up every year from the mound. The locals make some money selling them off to tourists who get there. I was offered some but I did not buy. 
I was dropped back at the bus stop at Shikohabad. I got on the bus and was back in Agra by the evening.
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