Sunday, January 20, 2013

Inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan

When I returned from my college trip a few days back, my uncle and aunt had a surprise waiting for me- A visit to the interiors of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. I have seen pictures of a couple of friends of mine in the media who have visited the place and seeing their photos has always been a mark of envy. I had never imagined that a ‘tourist’ visit like this to the Rashtrapati Bhawan is allowed or even possible. I desperately looked forward to the D-day.

Rashtrapati Bhawan Visit: Forecourt Area (1)
When I met a few friends of mine a day before the big day and gave them this news, the reaction I got was expected: Aaj se tu mera dost nahi! Haha… I convinced them that we can make a plan, get the permission and visit the place anytime over the coming weeks, but they had the obvious feeling of envy.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

To the Golden Land of Thar

Note: Did a shorter version of this as a travelogue for my college magazine's upcoming edition.

Two days back I returned from my 'educational' college trip to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Considering how long we all had waited for this trip, the destination and the time spent together were both of utmost importance for all of us.

Location: Mahadev Resorts, Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

The 'Call for Entry' Ad for First Frame 2013. For details please visit:
Till a day before leaving for the trip, my sole concentration was on getting all work completed for the international students' film festival 'First Frame 2013' that my college is organising in April. We had to put up the blog, get the content ready, release the initial 'Call for Entry' poster, look up the entire festival history, prepare the initial showreel and start promotional activity on facebook and twitter so as to meet all the set deadlines. Almost everyday since my exams ended, I used to spend hours in college, getting things approved and discussing the whole thing. No doubt, when one of my faculty asked me how excited I was for the trip, I replied, "Maam, for a change, the trip has taken a backseat on my mind and it's just First Frame that I can concentrate on right now". And so it was, till a few hours before the trip began from Old Delhi Railway Station on 3rd January.

You are wearing at least 5 layers of thick sweatshirts, pullovers and jackets while you board the train, and by the end of the 10-hour overnight journey you just have a t-shirt on. That’s when you know that it’s time to take a break from the shivering Delhi and be welcomed by the warm and pleasing air of the Royal Rajasthan.

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