I visited the the Auto Expo 2012 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. I used my old Canon 300D to take some pictures of the vehicles from Bajaj, Chevrolet, Ford, Hero, Hyundai, Mrecedes, Nissan and Polaris and Renault. It would take an entire day to visit all the stalls and I didn’t have that much time. Many products were launched. Hybrid cars and scooters that run on electricty and petrol. The latest small car from Bajaj, RE 60, was on display.
The silver Chevrolet Stingray and the six-door black Merc were impressive.
P.S.: I’m glad I visited the exhibition before the crowds thronged the venue as per this report at the Economic Times
I drove to the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Sultanpur National Park, recently armed with the old Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel DSLR I had bought from a colleague sometime back. The camera, rarely used and in excellent condition, had come with two lenses. An 18-55 mm lens and a 100-300 mm lens. I took only the big 100-300 mm zoom lens with me. I tried my hand at bird photography for the first time. I’d only sat at the window and clicked pictures of pigeons before this.
Here are a few pictures I took. I deleted many more. I learnt it is not easy to photograph birds. The big birds perch considerably far, are wary of humans and at 60 feet fly away if they think you are very close. This renders the focal length of 300m inadequate at many times. The small birds merge very well their surroundings, are never still and keep hopping from branch to branch. This makes it very difficult to focus on them.
I set the aperture at 5.6 and used the shutter speeds of 1/500s and above.
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Say OK TATA to Losses in 3 easy steps. These have been tried and tested by many companies in the recessions across America, Europe, the rest of the world and now the trend seems to be catching on in India.
1. Think big, start big operations, hire thousands of people, acquire companies and take huge loans. If you or your comapny sinks, everyone else goes down too
2. Keep the lid on the losses till your cover is blown. Let the losses mount undetected for as long as you can
3. Blame the losses on high taxes, business stipulations, economic policies or any other policies you can think of
The result: Beggars can’t be choosers but big beggars are presented with an embarrassment of riches.
Last month I visited Pune and then we drove to Mumbai for a quick day visit. Pune had cool weather and a sedate pace. We entered Mumbai and merged into its frenetic pace and humid weather. Here are a few photos of the Pune Zoo, a lake en route from Pune to Mumbai, the Bandra-Worli sea link, the Gateway of India, the Taj Mahal Hotel and the boats in the harbour.
A match between the Pune Warriors and the Mumbai Indians would have been a treat.
The earthquake today in Delhi reminded of the happenings in Japan a few months ago. And as I write I am reminded of others in Latur, Bhuj, Haiti and many decades back in Quetta (of which I have only heard).
Time of the earthquake today: a few minutes ago at 11: 24 pm