Saturday, 16 March 2013

A Trip and a Trophy

WARNING!!! LONG POST HEAVILY LADEN WITH PHOTOS
(You might want to get that cup of tea) 

Hi friends!! I hope March has been treating you well so far. I am guilty of going MIA, but that is because I had a lot of WIPs and no FOs. Things are not going so well on the crochet front. But more on that later.

Today I thought of sharing something non-crochet. That's right...its about a trip and a trophy. As a Valentine's Day gift, hubby took me for a short trip to Udaipur. Udaipur is a beautiful city in the neighbouring state of Rajasthan. Very picturesque and laden with history. But before that let me tell you why we went on this trip.

My son had gone to Mumbai to attend a four day All India animation workshop arranged by his Institute. He extended his stay for a further 10 days to catch up with old friends and to generally soak up the Mumbai atmosphere which he dearly missed. While he was having fun, I was bored out of my skull. Yes, because inspite of the arguments, pranks, ribbings and fights, he is the only company I have for a better part of the day.

Sonny boy returned just in time for his twentieth birthday which turned into a double celebration, as he had come home with a trophy!! He had won the Star Talent Award (for UI & UX design for Mobile) which IS an achievement considering that the event was attended by around 300 students.
Definitely a Proud Mom moment!


While he was away, hubby arranged a two day trip to Udaipur. Let me share some pics .....


Exquisite carvings on the outer walls of the Shamlaji Temple on the way. Photography is prohibited inside Indian temples.


A camel welcoming us into the hotel.  :)
As soon as we checked in we made a beeline for the City palace which was a five minute walk from the hotel.


Impressive... isn't it!


The main entrance



The royal emblem and coat of arms (I think)



A view of the Lake palace on Lake Pichola (now a luxury hotel) from the City palace



These windows called "Jharokhas" are typical of Rajasthani architecture and are seen all over the city.


A view of the kingdom sure to please any king...


Hubby helping another couple (unknown) with their photo


A fountain in the middle of the palace, maybe as a relief from the heat


Those are colourful mirrors you see on the walls of this beautiful room


The king's study. Can you see that wonderful fan on the right side? Obviously there was no electricity in those days... so how do you think this fan worked?
Using kerosene... ingenious!


I just love these mosaic peacocks in the courtyard. There are a few more in different poses.

Can you see the intricate, neat and painstaking work done on them?



It must have been a pleasure to live in such an ornate, beautifully decorated palace!


The detailing is mind blowing..


This beautiful chandelier is part of the princess' parlour (below) where she entertained other royal ladies...



To visit all these rooms you have to go through a labyrinth of steep narrow staircases like this one. The royals must have been quite fit... and slim too  ;)

The exit doorway...


I hope you enjoyed these pics. There are heaps more photos which I will share later (don't want to burden you too much on one day).

As I mentioned earlier all is not well on the crochet front as "another one bites the dust". (Not a Freddie Mercury fan...... okay(smile), never mind!) The white and aqua baby frock, which all of you guessed so correctly, was not turning out so well, with the skirt becoming ginormous with each row finally had to be frogged. Can't imagine any baby going around with such a huge skirt. I must say, you crocheters are so clever to guess it right away. Actually if you crochet (or craft) you have to be clever... isn't it?!! A little shameless back patting there ;)

But I was not going to let those cute granny squares go to waste. So what do I do.... nothing, just make some more grannys. And now they are all joined to form a lovely baby blanket. I will be blocking the blanket over the weekend and will be sharing it soon.
Thank you, lovely people for your wonderful comments about my yellow purse. I am glad all of you liked it and took a minute to write to me. The pattern is very nice so do try it out.

A big welcome to all the new friends who have joined us.
Wishing everybody a fantastic fun filled weekend. Phew... that was one long post, I hope you are still with me  :)

See ya soon,


9 comments:

  1. Congrats to your son for his award! I love all the beautiful architecture and the mosaic works. Such a lovely, grand place to visit. :)

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  2. The pictures was such a delight, Sangeetha. I kept on showing them to my husband, distracting him from his work on laptop. hehe.
    I really want to go to Udaipur! That wall embellishment is wonderful! and so intersting to see princess's parlour!
    Congrats to your dear son on his trophy! Well done! Be a proud Mum, why not? It's your merit too to bring up such a smart son.
    Have a nice weekend too!
    Hugs,
    Anna.

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  3. Great accomplishment by your son ~ congratulations on the award and belated happy birthday wishes!

    I have so enjoyed the photos of this wonderful trip. Really gorgeous!

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  4. Lovely tour...and congratulation for the award !
    Have a nice Sunday !
    Anna

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  5. Dear Sangeetha! Such a colorful trip you must have had. The palace looks like a dream, so rich and splendid. Congrats to your son for achieving this feat! Its the dedication and effort from both ends that have made this possible :) Have a great weekend!

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos. The palace is just so beautiful. Congratulations to your son on his award. You must be extremely proud of him. xx

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  7. Wow!congrats to your son! :)
    I too just came 3 hrs back from a short trip to ooty:) I had been to Udaipur some 3 yrs back while a trip to Rajasthan and Agra. It is full of forts and palaces. Did you see the crystal gallery of Fateh Prakash palace adjoining city palace? We had taken the tour with guided audio phones. It is beyond imagination how royally they lived. Isn't it? Those peacocks were my favourite too:)

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  8. Congrats to your son on his achievement. We went to Jaipur when we were in India. I remember driving by a palace on the water. No doubt you had a lovely time. Best wishes, Tammy

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  9. Congratulations to your son and belated Happy Birthday wishes too. And to you for such wonderful pics. Hmmmm.... so you made the most of your time when sunny was away :) Good you had a nice break. Wonderful pics Sangeetha.

    Have a nice week end

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