A break from the mountains and a sea-side for a change: Puri and Konark

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#16 Jan 4th, 2013, 22:59
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Sagar'da you saved me once again having a threatening PM from modu to my inbox which contains at least 90% of those messages
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Sagar, happy new year to you and your family!! What a pleasant surprise this is, thanks for such a wonderful new year gift for us. I knew about this trip but somehow it gone out of my mind.

Please don't be so humble Sagar, these set of pics are surely one of the very best snaps I have ever seen on subject like Sunset on Sea. Sometimes when I see your snaps, I really think why I am wasting so much of hard earned money on my SLR. This time you have not only justified your name and but your signature too, "Point and SHOOT" member, really you can spell bound anyone with your point and shoot, would wait eagerly for more
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Kaushikda: Happy new year to you and your family too. Thanks for the wonderful words. Regarding the point of quality of photos - as I have said before, they come out well only when you love the subject, the camera is just a gadget to freeze that moment of love!
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A few more photos....
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Continued....
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#21 Jan 7th, 2013, 14:03
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Puri .... a must see destination for Bengalis. One may get bored of going Puri, but when viewing Puri through Sagarneel's lens ...... no chance of getting bored.

It's really an unknown Puri I'm watching. Too good.

Happy New Year Sagarneel.
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Thanks for the words, didi!

Happy New Year to you and your family too!
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Thanks for the unbelievably wonderful photos sagarneel. Absolutely amazing!!!
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This trip to Puri was a short leisure trip, relaxing being its primary objective. Life had been very stressful of late, and taking a break was a necessity. As all dark clouds have a silver lining, my continuous efforts in office meant that I had a rich pool of earned leaves, which I used in the most judicious way possible. I had worked on Dushera, Diwali, never left office early even during Durga Puja, and my boss was in no position to say 'NO' when I innocently told him that I was taking a long leave from office.

After spending a memorable time at home enjoying Jagadhatri puja to the fullest, we set off for Puri, a destination which always seems as scenic and brand new as ever. This was my fifth trip to the place, and I can go back many more times.

We boarded a night train from Howrah and reached Puri by 7 a.m next day. Since we hadn't pre-booked any hotel, finding a place to stay was the first priority. Hotels in Puri are ubiquitous, form basic to star rated, the hotels may outnumber the human population. However, tourists are there in plenty too, and our priority was to find a hotel that would over look the sea. We headed straight for a hotel where I had stayed in my previous visit - Hotel Swapnapuri, a very well maintained, spotlessly clean acco. that stood right in front of the huge sea.

The weather was comfortably warm, and visibility was spotless. There wasn't a bit of haze, which meant we were treated with glorious views of sunrise and sunsets. Days were spent in utter leisure, eating, strolling on the shore, eating, bathing in the sea, eating, taking an afternoon nap, eating, sitting on the shore (needless to say, my wife preferred shopping over counting the endless waves, and I had to join her at times, albeit against my will, as the purse was with me!), eating and finally calling it day after a heavy dinner. Understandably, after so much rigorous activities throughout the day, one is bound to feel hungry by night!

One thing about the sea that always fascinates me is its first glimpse. The building of that anticipation is something I enjoy a lot. The road to Swargdwar (the heart of Puri, where we stayed) from the station is cluttered as usual with lots of vehicles, buildings, stray dogs and humans. However, when the road takes a turn and the vast sea opens up in front of the eyes, the feeling is inexplicable. Nothing matters then- the horns of the vehicles seem faint, the pot holed roads don't impart the same uneasiness as they did till now.....the heart remains glued to the huge reservoir of water in front, and the only thing the eyes see are the countless waves.

I would ceratinly not try and describe a sea, or how huge and majestic it is normally, as I am sure most of you would have seen a sea. I would, however, share an experience that I had this time. It was something I had never experienced before, and I am sure, not many have experienced it till now.

It was full moon when I visited Puri, and I had a long dream to see the sea on a full moon night. This was my best chance to make the reality come true. We were there on the beach till 10 at night, by which time the moon had shone fully, however, the buzz of the crowd and vehicles were interrupting the experience I longed for - the sea on a moonlit night with 'bliss all around'. We retired back to hotel by 11, and the roads were almost empty by then. Tired of the previous day's journey and a long day out in the sun, I had slept involuntarily. As I have mentioned earlier, although it was end of November, the weather was not cold, so we had left the windows open to let the breeze in (natural air like the sea breeze works much better than a machine like a fan, no matter what the technology is). I was awakened by a strange sound in the middle of the night, and my first instinct was that we were surrounded by extra-terrestrial monsters, that were screaming their hearts out (admittedly, I am fan of science fiction movies). I came out to the balcony and my dream was a reality - there was no one around, the waves of the sea were significantly inflated by the influence of the high tide that the full moon had rendered and the soft moonlight made the shore look like dreamland. The silver waves relentlessly thrusted on the shore, their surfs looking as white as snow, the froth scattered on the beach like glittering pearls getting dropped by a casual hand, and the sea which wore a mysterious veil danced in the vibrant darkness, with moonlight poured all over it. The sound of the waves seemed like monster on a carnage mission - terrifying! I breathed the view for almost as my eyes blotted every bit of the magic moments. I wanted to stay up longer, however, the sun was about to rise shortly, and I didn't want to risk missing that view. So, I retired finaly for the day, and slept off shortly, dreaming of me waking up to the sound of a fierce ocean only to find myself marooned solitarily in a rocky island. I saw myself sitting on the top of a rock, the waves relentlessly thrusting on it. It was a full moon night too, and the water level slowly started rising...the surf was hitting my legs now and I desprately wanted a higher rock to flee. Suddenly, a rogue wave marched ahead steadily, and my dream was interrupted the moment it was about to hit my rock. Looking out of the window, I saw the horizon had already started to get painted in a crimson tint........
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Originally Posted by davidx2 View Post Thanks for the unbelievably wonderful photos sagarneel. Absolutely amazing!!!
Thanks a lot David. I hope you get treated to such majestic views as well!
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Few more photos...
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More pics... (I hope they are not getting monotonous!)
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Beautiful photos Sagarneel, love the golden glow on the waves....
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post More pics... (I hope they are not getting monotonous!)
No, there are varieties...
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Thanks a lot, Vaibhav and Prakaant!
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