Cherry Blossoms

On the sunniest of days yet this season, we visited the National Mall area in Washington, DC to walk among cherry blossoms in full bloom. Make sure that you take some time out of your schedule visit the area, its a spectacle.

Luray Caverns

This weekend last we had great weather – great sun, blue skies with a smattering of clouds. All in all, a day made for a long drive – which we made to Luray Caverns. Located in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, amidst rolling hills and winding roads its a must visit place. The caverns are a natural …

Smartphones vs DSLR vs Film

Smartphones vs DSLR vs Film This is as good a test comparing three vastly different photographic tools objectively and arriving at a sensible conclusion. Have a read. The amount of grain on film surprised me; I prefer the smooth output from digital media. My Lumia 920, given the right situation, produces better results than my P&S …

Photography & Exposure – A Primer

With camera prices plummeting, a lot of hobbyist photographers are keeping aside their point and shoot(P&S) cameras and investing in an entry-level or a mid-range DSLR. But most tend to keep the camera on Automatic mode or on one of the many default modes built-in. Sure one ends up with prettier and cleaner photographs than …

Science in India during the Middle Ages

I recently finished a great book on the Mughal empire - Emperors Of The Peacock Throne: The Saga of the Great Moghuls by Abraham Eraly. The author takes us through the lives of all the significant Mughal emperors from Babur to Aurangzeb. A highly recommended read for history buffs. Now coming to the reason for this …

A firecracker free Diwali next year?

This year there was a marked dip in bursting of firecrackers and hence the noise levels in the city. Usually, you can hear bombs and rockets exploding till late into the night, but it wasn’t so this time. Clearly, campaigns like this and this have helped. Still one can starkly see that the volume of smoke that …

Intial thoughts on the iPhone 5C

Why does everyone think that the iPhone 5C will sell more? Several tech writers out there are enthusiastically predicting the iPhone 5C to be a huge success, without really giving a good reason for it: iPhone 5C will sell more 5S models than the iPhone 5 ever would have Thoughts and Observations on Today’s iPhone …

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