If Divya from Tipsy from the Trip hadn’t have tagged me, I would never have thought of doing a retrospection. Now that the year has ended and most of my exploring and blogging has happened in 2012, I am excited to write about it.
Towards the end of 2011, I moved to Vadodara and life changed. Vadodara, also known as the Cultural Capital of Gujarat, has a rich history and lots of architecture, festivals and the like happening throughout the year. To top it all, I made a wonderful friend, M, who was equally enthusiastic and accompanied me for all silly/risky/vague explorations, most of which turned out to be fruitful. With her, I have seen the best architecture in and near Baroda, had some excellent food, met some great people and did lots of shopping.
I travelled a lot – in India, outside India and within my city. I bought a SLR, experimented more with photography and zeroed down on my niche – old architecture and food.
I have recently moved to the US post marriage and there is no old architecture here to photograph! This is a clean concrete city and I will not get rustic elements here. Let’s see how my blog transforms, going forward.
As of now, here is my 2012 round up.
1. Most beautiful post: Champaner – Date with heritage.
I have not taken better pictures with a Point & Shoot. Champaner deserves more credit and attention that it currently gets.
2. Most popular post: Dhundhiraj Ganpati Temple
This beautiful, historic temple is special. It was my last expedition in Baroda during my last days there. This was a mystery temple which when finally found gave us immense happiness. The temple is hidden from localites and it made me happy to be telling about it to the world. This post also got the maximum comments.
3. Most helpful post: Hazira Maqbara
Many localites don’t know about this grand Mughal structure in Baroda and this post made them aware of it. I hope, more people will now visit and appreciate this beauty!
4. Most controversial post: None yet!
5. A post whose success surprised me: Magic of doors and windows
I wrote this long ago. The photos aren’t great and I didn’t know giving effects back then. People liked the pics a lot!
6. A post that did not get the attention it deserved: Back to you
I thought the photos were pretty cute!
These are great historic monuments that hardly anyone knows of. I think I did my favourite city proud by visiting, taking good pictures and writing about them so that people get impressed and visit!
2013 is an all new beginning. New country. New climate. New surroundings. Total new style!
And I am so looking forward to bringing my best out in this new year!