Summer of ’17 – #1

Been almost a month since I graduated with a Masters Degree from NJIT. For the past two weeks, I had been touring the different cities of US of A with my parents who had flown in from India. Having been holed up in New Jersey, and Newark of all cities, my folks visiting and us travelling together was sweeter than God’s Nectar.

First two days were spent exploring the various streets and avenues of the majestic city of New York. Starting from the downtown, we went around Lady Liberty standing tall, paid our homage at the WTC memorial sites and were held in awe by the new One World building.

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Moving up, walked through the wall street and the financial district, and even saw a bagpiper band performing!

And the fact that I’ve been here for two years and know which subway train number goes where helped save loads of time and of course money since one would’ve had to get tickets for bus rides around the city. The best part of it all was that my parents were really taken by the city. They were breathing in the New York air, something I’d say every person dreams of once in his life. We walked around all day, visiting the Brooklyn Bridge, walking down Lexington and Park Avenues; where one can see New Yorkers going in and out of the office buildings all day long, carrying their bags and files.

The next day we started late and ended up strolling around in Central Park. Visited the famous Bathesda terrace and fountain, had sandwiches by the lake, walked around more. It was in the evening when we finally took a train to go see the Empire State building and go up to see the skyline. From the 86th floor of this building, one can truly behold and admire the beauty, the vastness and grandeur of the City of New York. Stayed up there for an hour and a half. Watched as the sun drifted down into its slumber, lifting the veil for the stars to come out and the city to glimmer with its thousand lights all around.

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Days in New York

I have been in this great city for a year and a half now. Yet, it never ceases to bedazzle me whenever I step out in it’s never ending streets. One sees people from all the cultures there are in this world mingling with each other like endless veins. This city is also a bon vivant’s paradise. it has a thousand different restaurants, pubs, clubs and even the food trucks where people from any corner of the world can feast and yet yearn for more.

These are a few pictures from my travels.

A man enjoys serenity in the Central park.

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Residents of SoHo take a stroll one fine morning.

 

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People enjoy a cool cloudy afternoon in September.

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Art-work on display in the downtown

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Next to NYU, the 4th Street offers a wide variety of restaurants, bakeries and dessert outlets.

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Somewhere on Thorne street.

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Manhattan downtown always feels good to visit.

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Loved the shades of this building. What heartens me the most is the fact that New York is just what they always show on TV.

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New Yorkers never stop

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Couldn’t have been happier than to see the advert of my favourite TV show in my favourite city

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Hustle and bustle on a busy weekday. Also couldn’t leave out the yellow taxis.

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That’s what the 34th street looks like y’all!

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Can’t leave out the iconic Times Square of course.

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Little Italy all lit up days before Christmas

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Somewhere near 33rd street under the rain

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On the Black Friday sale evening, it was like the whole country had come to Manhattan to shop throughout the day

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The Majestic building of High Court and few other judiciary offices

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In the night, World trade centre from across the Hudson river in Brooklyn. Also visible is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. This is the most captivating scene I’ve witnessed in this beautiful city.

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And that’s a quirky friend of mine hopping around the streets of Brooklyn in jolly!

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These are but a few pictures I took of this grand city. Forgive me for the quality for they were taken on my cell phone. Thank you for visiting and looking at them. I’ll post more soon.

Chronicles of Winter

After a whole summer and autumn spent in the Southern India, returning home in the north during the winters is as alluring as it can get for me. During the last four years of my college education, the journey home during the winters has comprised of long train journeys spanning a good 2,700 kilometers which take a good amount of two whole days. People get tired of travelling the same route in the trains every year and they often ask me how I tolerate sitting for two days with absolutely nothing to do in the train. Well, for starters nobody has instructed you to strictly be seated in your berth for the entire duration of the journey! As for me, I spend most of my time standing by the coach’s door. Taking in the surreal beauty of the endless mountain ranges, the blue skies laced with white clouds and a continuous expanse of the green pastures and the forests as the train chugs through.

It’s fascinating to observe how different cultures associated with different regions pass by so quickly, reminding me of the cultural diversity of India and how they all coexist together in harmony. I make it a point to get off at major stations along the way and smell the new air it offers and especially to try the food items famous in that place. Although the train I travel on has a total of 52 stops along the way, I get down on at least 10 of them (violating the promises in the process that I made to my family that I won’t get off anywhere along).

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After half the journey as the train reaches the state of Gujrat, that is when the cold starts creeping in and you see the smoke rising through your mouth every time you open it (which is my personal favorite moment during the winter seasons). The cold teases you. As if welcoming you to its kingdom and warning that it is just the beginning, which in all candor is.

The following day comes my hometown of Jodhpur, standing in all its glory in the Thar desert. Getting off the train and seeing my parents waving at me, smiling. This coupled with a sunny winter morning and the hustle bustle of the station completes the journey and gives a warm welcome home. I don’t experience the winters like people residing in the sub-arctic regions or near the Himalayas, with all those snow falls and snow flakes decorating the town. But it does get cold enough to redden your nose due to cold air with temperature ranging from 2 – 4°C.

The best part of the winter vacation is to hold a cup of hot chocolate and enjoying my favorite Lee Child novels, with mother continuously yelling at me for not helping her in the kitchen or with the chores (which usually is the case with people going home for the winter break). The lunch and dinner meals consist of exotic rajasthani dishes, not the usual roti and sabzi. My baby sister riles at the fact that mama mostly makes good food when I’m home and she also thinks that mama doesn’t care for her anymore since I, being a college student have assumed more importance in the house (which strictly are the thoughts of my wary baby sister).

All in all, winter is the time of happiness for me. From eating plum cakes on Christmas to drinking hot chocolates on the new year and getting to wear new collection of jackets and sweaters of different companies.