Re-visiting Carbery Acres

The high point of our visit was the meeting with the last survivors of truly illustrious Anglo Indian families of the zamindari era. We met with Dr. Jimmy Skinner, at 91, the last male survivor of Col James (Sikander Sahib) Skinner’s family and Jennifer Mann, now 76, who along with her sister Maureen are the survivors of the Carbery family, inheritors of the Powell estates.

Greg tells us of the days when Jennifer shot a leopard with a .22 hunting rifle the one she is displaying to us in the photo. The only addition to the rifle is an infrared sight. Jimmy  was excited as a school boy as he recollected shooting a deer in the days when hunting was an open sport .


Jimmy Skinner taking us through albums of treasured memories. The ones he liked best where those with catches of huge fish measuring several feet long.


Jennifer and son Gregory Mann. Gregory has followed in the footsteps of his mother and is an educationist and social worker. He is likely to be the representative of the Anglo Indian community in the Uttarakhand Assembly.


Jennifer lives in the farm house at Carbery Acres, a hunting lodge built by the Carberys over a century ago.The old hunting lodge has been left largely untouched and still has heritage furniture.The walls are splattered with the Carbery and Mann family photos.


An old smithy located on the Carbery Acres resort is still run by  Shyamlal, a third generation employee with the Carberys.

Carbery Acres continues to be a beautiful location for a week end getaway. It’s early April and the mango season is around the corner. The trees are in full bloom and a bumper crop of mangoes  expected this year.

Bright pink bougainvillea flowers over look the splash pool where we spent over an hour before leisurely drinking glasses of hot tea and eating delicious pakodas.

A view of the tree house and the cottages at the resort.

With my wife Deepa


With Pat Kerr, JVR, Saraswati, Col. Raj Sehgal and Deepa.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay once again due largely to our gracious host Pat Kerr.

Scale and a car lovers paradise

A visit to the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart several years ago proved to be a  paradise on earth for car lovers. Here is a mind boggling array of cars from Mercedes Benz through the ages. But first a little play with scale.


My kneeling besides the scale down model of a car gives you an idea of it’s size.

Now take a look at this amazing display of cars.



Playing with leading lines and curves

The deserts of Rajasthan offered great settings for playing with leading lines and curves as I explored the nuances of photography courtesy the Developing your eyes exercises by WordPress.


The railway track at Munabao station pulls us away into the distance.


I thought this snap was interesting as the sand swept road curves away drawing attention from the cycle in the foreground.


The strong winds create beautiful sand structures like this one .


As you cycle through the desert you see the road ahead stretching for miles on end. I took this photo on the road to Jaisalmer in a bid to capture the grit of the riders as they plod along.


I was captivated by the strong lines of this archway and tried to create an interesting view by tilting the picture.


The swirl of dancers and the blur of motion

We were treated to an enchanting display by flamenco dancers during an awards nite at a sales conference at Barcelona.

The swirling dancers and the lighting at the event resulted in some unusual photos.


This one looks like a veil over the dancers face.


Here’s a sequential set of photos of a dancer.

Here’s a blur of movement and splashes of colour.


My Golden Hour moments

A memorable family get together at the Andaman Islands for my mother in law’s 80th birthday proved to be a wonderful setting for golden hour photography.


This was taken early morning as some of us took a walk along the coast.


Here’s a photo at the same time  but from a different direction.

These were taken late evening as the urge to move into the water proved irresistible.

And here are a few more of photos of Havelock Island.

And this is a view as we approach Havelock Island in the Andamans


Playing with light

Some years ago we went on a family outing to the Jungle Brook Resort at the Corbett National Park.

Of the many photos I took I liked these because of the play of  the lighting .


Here is a silhouette of my wife. An interesting study.

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This one is of my niece in a pensive mood. The splice of light is from the sunlight peeping  into the tent.


I like this glimmer of sunlight on the the bamboo plant.


This unusual photo is of the ceiling of the dinning hall.

Bleak yet stunning piles of snow

A sales conference at Ruka, Finland gave me my first brush with piles and piles of snow.

At times it was bleak and desolate. On a snow mobile ride I hated the thought of veering off course and getting lost.

A sleigh ride drawn by barking huskies was an experience I loved.

Out of the world was the huge piles of snow we encountered as we drove to the Ruka Peak Restaurant for dinner.


Amazing sights under night lights.