Sunday, April 22, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dum-Dum - New Garia Metro: The First Pile is driven in

Over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed how the trees have been chopped down in the central verge of the E. M. Bypass near my place. Then came the heavy machinery, Bulldozers, Excavators, Cranes and Pile Drivers. With them the workers with their yellow helmets.

Several days ago I had posted (Metro work on Garia-Dum Dum line starts) and below are pics of the progress. The first pile being driven in.



Work on this is going on around the clock. Am looking forward to using this in a year or two.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bird Spotting at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary


Woke up early this morning to visit Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Narendrapur for some Birdwatching. Been a while since I actually indulged in some photography other than those of my scale models. So this was  quite rewarding considering the sweltering heat and mosquito's that I had to brave to capture some of these pictures. 

I wish I had spent longer, but having forgotten the most basic of rations (water) I had to call it a day by 10:30am.

Hope you'll like the pictures and would be great if you'll could help me name the birds. I love clicking them, but don't know much in terms of species!

Blue Throated Barbet

Black Rumped Flameback

Black Rumped Flameback

Black Rumped Flameback

Lineated Barbet

Black Hooded Oriole

Oriental Magpie Robin

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Jungle Babbler



Black Hooded Oriole

Black Hooded Oriole

Blue Throated Barbet

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Blue Throated Barbet

Blue Throated Barbet

Blue Throated Barbet

Blue Throated Barbet

Blue Throated Barbet

Oriental Magpie Robin

Oriental Magpie Robin

Large-tailed Nightjar



Thursday, April 12, 2012

2 Malls, one new, one old, one day!

Started the day with a visit to Metropolis Mall, Hiland Park. Now 'malling' is my business, since I've joined the retail industry. 

Mid day saw me at Avani Riverside Mall, the newest addition to the Howrah Skyline and Retail boom. The Mall has an amazing food court and several Anchor Stores like, Reliance Trends, Reliance Digital, Pantaloons, Bigbazar and E-zone. Among  others Adidas, Nike and Bata have set up shop here. For Photography enthusiasts, the Opening of a Canon Image Square in the the mall is a boon. I did feast on a Maharaja Mac Meal for lunch. A mall without MacDonald is a bit hard to digest at times, so full marks for the Big M being present in this property. 

And couldn't resist taking this photograph. I've never had the opportunity to click the Vidyasagar Setu from  this side of the River.

Metro work on Garia-Dum Dum line starts


Work on the New Garia - Dum Dum metro line has started on the E. M. Bypass right outside my place. The central verge has been cleared and the piling has started. It was sad to see the trees being chopped down to make way for progress.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blowing in the wind




Got caught in the downpour at Park Circus today. The skies have been opening up nearly every evening for the past few days. I left office, just before the storm hit. Gusts of wind blowing debris all over followed by a downpour that left visibility down to a couple of feet. This was not exactly the kind of weather I wanted to be out in stuck on the streets, especially when I saw a hoarding being blown to shreds and the RJ on the radio was advising people to stay indoors as news was pouring in of trees being uprooted on various roads affecting traffic flow.

Just so happened that I was carrying my camera today, so what better than to make use of the time being stuck in traffic.