The last day of our trip, Mathew and I got up early and made a trip in Pathankot. An avid photographer told me once “Take photos before 12:00 noon. That is the best light available.” To a small extent, its true but it is also true that there is never a wrong moment to click a good photo.
And yet, many of the photos during a photo taking opportunity turn out to be less than ordinary.
The last day of the Dalhousie trip turned eventful like the rest of the trip till then.
The streets of Pathankot at 7:00 AM in the morning. 2 Hours later, they turned into a traffic nightmare.
A very old rusted door of a closed shop. I took the photo to see if I could get the true color of the door. Not much success!
The Gandhi Chowk has a small market near it. Lined with very narrow lanes, it houses many shops selling every thing from Electrical to Vegetables. As we roamed around to get the feel of the city, I saw these vegetable vendors lining up the vegetables. I always have a slight apprehension when shooting unknown faces. When I took this photograph, the man in the sweater suddenly jumped on the man in extreme right whose face is seen. He tried to take away his cap so that I could photograph his bald head.
We had not forgotten the parathas we had en route to Amritsar that we searched for Parathas in Pathankot too. After a little help from local shopkeeper, we finally we had hot parathas in a small dhaba in Gandhi Chowk. He suggested that we try the lassi in the market. Based on his directions, we went to this shop. A big glass of lassi with lots of malai. Drinking that glass, we thought we could have easily skipped the Parathas. If you are in Pathankot, please try the lassi. The address is on the board of the shop.
Another vegetable vendor in Gandhi Chowk market. Clicked for the rich color of the vegetable around. The vegetable vendor peeped at the last moment.
A look at the busy Gandhi Chowk Municipal Market
Oranges! Lots of Oranges.
When we decide to explore the city of Pathankot, we were waiting near our hotel. The city was just trying to get into the busy mode. A group of men stood at a distance chatting among themselves. Poonam observed that one of the men had a strong resemblance to a certain Big B. Vaishali asked me to take his photo. I told her that if she came with me to ask him, I will take his photo. If I go alone, I was sure to be rejected. So we both started and walked up to the man. She tapped him on the shoulders and asked him “Musje aapke saath photo khichni hai” (I want to take photo with you” The man did not have time to reach. He smiled and agreed. Then Vaishali did the unthinkable. She told him to pose like Amitabh Bachchan. The man was confused and extended his hand which she refused “Mujhe Haath nahi milana. Aaise khade rahiye” (I Don’t want to shake your hand. Just stand like this) Showing him how to pose like Amitabh. He did not get it and I decided not to test our luck further. I clicked the photo of the man with Vaishali.
The Chennai bound train arriving at Chakki Bank Station.
When we first saw her on Borivli station, we wondered how she would carry that big bag. But Poonam said she would manage. She is around 5 feet in height and the bag is almost half her size. It is so big that except her legs, nothing else can be seen. This photo was high on the card and was a must take. We had decided to click her in front of Chakki Bank board but some last minute delay forced us to take the photo just minutes before the train could arrive at the station. In the background the Chakki Bank station.