Greetings to all my dear readers on Ghumakkar! I am back with another brand new edition of Ghumakkar Monthly Digest for the month of May 2013. Last month, with all the fabulous events, Nandan wove a beautiful story and presented it to you all. I loved it a lot. How about you? Write to us and tell us how you felt.
Monsoons have set in and have sprinkled the magical showers in a few places already. They are still grooming to take their best form. For the mischievous, entertaining and lovable climate, don’t you think a fest ,a party, a carnival or maybe some great escapes to the season’s best locations is a good idea? How are you all enjoying in this fantabulous weather? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to see your mails!
In spite of the waning summer vacations and busy schedules back home, fellow Ghumakkars never stop sharing their travel stories with us. The month of May saw a great many number of posts full of entertainment and information. On a higher level, the variety was such that, it almost took us all on an All India tour! While Anoop, Ritesh, Naresh and others guided us through the north, Nirdesh, Praveen and Abhee took us to the South. Not just that, we did go on International tours along with Pavithra, Abhee and others! Now, this is what is called diversity and variety!
Sharmi, our only new comer this month, also joined hands with the others to add to the entertainment. From the fond memories of her trip to North Bengal with her husband, Sharmi has composed a wonderful first post at Ghumakkar. We welcome you to Ghumakkar pariwar, Sharmi!
So many flawless posts and no confusion to decide the “Best One” for the month? Cannot happen, right? I am not lying when I say it was indeed a tough job for us to pick one of the many posts as the Featured Story of the month. After many iterations and discussions, Mala’s story on Sariska Tiger Reserve has emerged as the winner for this month.
The roads are quite narrow and at some stretches only one vehicle can pass thus it is advisable to be quite vigilant and drive safely. The villagers alongside are quite eager to help all through. Just at the end of one of the forks one can see a narrow road leading to Bhim ki dungari and the other towards Jain nashea. taking the left road ends on the red sandstone gate leading to the majestic Jain temple. The view of the main temple is quite soothing standing tall against the backdrop of the setting sun straining through the dark clouds. Just to the left of the road leading to the Jain temple is the Mughal era structure which is believed to be emperor Akhbar’s place of rest during his long hunting expeditions…
Congratulations Mala! Guys, give her a big round of applause!
While we are high with energy after congratulating Mala, let me make another announcement and add to the joy.This month’s Featured Author title is grabbed by none other than Vipin Gaur. Vipin has been with us since 2012 and has 14 stories to his credit already. He is a “junglee” he says , only because of the love he has for the jungles. Nandan and Vipin shared an interesting conversation during the interview where Vipin has revealed a lot more about himself ! A snippet of the interview is here for you to take a read:
Vipin: I have been sharing few details about myself through my logs and I would be more than happy to answer any questions.
Ghum: Thanks. Let me begin with a different question this time. Usually I ask that how did they reach Ghumakkar. Lets park that question for a while. How old are you? and where are your roots?. If at all, there are any roots for a traveler like you. hehe
Vipin: I am 28 years old. I am the eldest brother in my family. I have two siblings, my sister and my brother and we are a small family. My mother is an all-rounder she works in MTNL and also works at home taking care of all our needs…
Congratulations Vipin! We would love to read more of your posts, soon!
To read the full interview, click here .
The stage is already set and I will take pride to make the next announcement. Featured Author of the month of June 2013. Any guesses who this is?
She is a lady who writes with ease. Her choice of words is as elegant as her own self. Her narration has made me nostalgic many a times. She is 9 months old at Ghumakkar and 25 stories young. She is the one who has a fetish for places which start from the letter ‘C’. First Chennai, now Canada. Still dint get who this is? Alright.. Let me announce. It is none other than Abhee. Congratulations Abhee! We love to read more from you! Watch out for an exciting interview with Abhee which will go live during the mid of June.
Every month, we try to get a post which qualifies for the Ghumakkar Insights category. For 2nd time in a row, we have Sushant Singhal’s post – “Photography Insights” qualifying for this. This post in particular talks in depth about how lights can be used to our advantage for clicking some really great pictures. Tips on what works well and what doesn’t has been mentioned very well in this post. Here is an extract from that:
एक फोटोग्राफर का प्रकाश के जिन पहलुओं से जन्म – जन्म का रिश्ता होता है, वे हैं – प्रकाश का कोण (angle of light) प्रकाश की दिशा (direction of light), प्रकाश की मात्रा (luminosity या brightness), तीव्रता (intensity), और कंट्रास्ट (contrast)! सबसे पहले प्रकाश के कोण की बात करें तो हम कह सकते हैं कि हम सब प्रकाश को ऊपर से नीचे की ओर आते हुए देखने के अभ्यस्त हैं। सूर्योदय से लेकर सूर्यास्त तक हमें सूर्य धरती के ऊपर से ही धरती पर प्रकाश बिखेरता हुआ नज़र आता है। हमारे काम आये या न आये, चन्द्रमा का प्रकाश भी ऊपर से नीचे की ओर आता प्रतीत होता है। हमारे ठीक सामने से प्रकाश आये ऐसा शायद वाहनों की हैड लाइट के मामले में ही देखने में आता है। कैमरे में लगी हुई फ्लैशलाइट भी प्रकाश सामने से हमारे चेहरे पर फेंकती है।
We have now reached the end of this edition of the Monthly Digest – all announcements and recognitions listed, new author introduced. In short, a quick recap done. We are happy to see the good trend in the quality of the posts and are happy to see the wide variety of categories covered. Thank you all for keeping our standard high.
Well, that is all from this edition.
Until next time, keep traveling and sharing!