Wednesday, July 30, 2014

34 Degrees South, Knysna Quays

34 Degrees South is one of the best seafood restaurant, located in Knysna Quays. The restaurant is famous for fresh oysters, prawns and good wines.

Cuisines: Sushi, African, Mediterranean, Seafood

Yachts waiting to sail

Nikon D5100 with 18-105mm lens

Knysna Waterfront is a base for luxury yachts and a gateway for cruises sailing into famous Knysna Lagoon. For bookings, contact the reservation center at Knysna Quays entrance. 

Holiday Homes in Knysna Quays

EXIF Details: f/11 | ISO 125 | 1/320s | 18mm

Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: 18 - 105mm

Knysna is a small town located in Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is also a part of the famous Garden Route. Knysna Waterfront is a base for luxury yachts and a gateway for cruises sailing into famous Knysna Lagoon. The best time to visit Knysna is during the summer season (November - April).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lilac Breasted Roller

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Sigma 150 - 400 mm Zoom Lens

Road through scenic Garden Route, South Africa

EXIF Details: f/11 | ISO 125 | 1/125s | 85mm

This picture was shot during the Easter Holidays in the year 2014.

Location: En-route from Port Elizabeth (PE) to Knysna, South Africa. (N2 Highway)

One of the best scenic drives in South Africa, known as Garden Route.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cellphone SuperPowers with ASUS Zenfone 5!

The launch of ASUS Zenfone 5 has created a triumph in the arena of cellphones. ASUS Zenfone 5 says it’s “Intel Inside – Intel Atom z2580” that reminds us of the beginning of Intel era of computers.

Intel in collaboration with PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 GPU gives the immersive 3D gaming experience with uncompromising user experience which keeps the player alive all the time.

One of the most important features of the smart phone is its battery life. The 2110mAh battery with the low-power processor is an addition to its Super Power.

The dual SIM card slots with dual band capability ensure the maximum connectivity and management of personal and professional accounts.

We click pictures for our memory. There are a lot of cameras in the world which are “The Best”, but the best camera for me is my cellphone camera. I love gadgets and I love to capture all the moments. I have a Nokia Lumia 920 which has one of the best cameras in the world of cell phone. But with the innovation of PixelMaster "an ASUS-developed" technology in the field of mobile camera is one more argument in defining the ASUS Zenfone 5 as Super Power. PixelMaster’s Low-Light Camera feature is now in-comparison with Nokia Lumia Pure View Technology, which gives the customers to take brilliant pictures in the night. Selfie magnetism has led ASUS PixelMaster to define a new camera mode “Selfie” with face-recognition technique. The camera possesses a wide aperture f/2.0 which allows enough light to enter through to the lens while capturing the photos. With the integration of Image Stabilization, equivalent to VR in Nikkor lenses, with PixelMaster allows to take shake-free photos. The variation in Depth of Field feature gives the numbness of clicking amazing pictures like a DSLR.

Gorilla Glass 3 - scratch resistance functionality with Glove Touch sensitivity allows accessing the device while wearing gloves which is lacking in most of the smart phones.

Cellphones are the necessity of life. With the growing interest on smartphones and the competitive market, it’s very necessary to price the phones correctly. ASUS Zenfone 5 with the starting price of Rs. 10,000 on Flipkart gives the ability for most of customer segment to buy and use the Super Powers of ASUS Zenfone 5 at a cheaper price.

For detailed specifications, check this super power –

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Instant Indian Vegetarian Snacks - Aalu Chat, Dahi Papri & Pani Puri with Tamarind Chutney

Belligerent Rhinos @ Kruger National Park, South Africa

This picture was taken at Kruger National park. I have always loved the wildlife. It was just the beginning of winter and was getting bored from my daily routine. I made a plan with my friends to Kruger National Park. We booked our lodging at Satara Rest Camp and decided to go for an early morning safari. We started from the camp at 5 AM in the morning. It was dark and one of us volunteered to hold the focus lamp. The sun was about to rise and I was enthusiastically assembling my gears to capture the wildlife with the rising sun. It was my bad luck that I couldn't find a single animal to frame and click and I was disappointed. The driver also got irritated with our behaviour and then decided to re-track and off-road, we trailed through the river bed. After one and half hour I saw some activity on the river. We requested the driver to take a break and paused for a while. I was praying to God that this time it’s THE LION, but was unfortunate. I was waiting anxiously and suddenly the two rhinos becoming belligerent. I framed the Rhinos through my Nikon D5100 with Sigma 150-400mm mounted on the top of it and used the “Dynamic Focusing” option with “Continuous Shooting” mode to capture the moment. I wanted a noisy image so I decided to move on to higher ISO. I was stunned by this activity and captured this living moment. In 3 hours morning safari, I took a lot of pictures but this was one of the best shot which made my safari.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I Love Cooking!!!

Mushroom Curry 
(Thick brown coloured curry, cooked in cashew nut paste, yogurt and lime)

EXIF Details: f/5.6 | ISO 800 | 1/80sec | 105mm

Receipe - 

Ingredients - 
ü  250 gms button mushroom
ü  2-3 Cups Refined Oil, to shallow fry mushrooms
ü  1/2 Tbsp butter
ü  1-2 Sticks Cinnamon
ü  1 Tsp Cumin Seed (Jeera)
ü  1 Tsp Black Pepper
ü  1 Piece Brown Cardamom
ü  2-3 Cloves
ü  1 Tbsp Musk-melon seeds
ü  1 Curry Leaf
ü  1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
ü  2 Tbsp Crushed Onion
ü  3 Green Chillies
ü  1 Tsp turmeric powder 
ü  1 Tsp coriander powder
ü  1 Tsp red chili powder
ü  Salt for taste
ü  Water, to de-glaze pan
ü  250 gm tomato puree
ü  1 Tsp Sugar little bit
ü  2 Tbsp cashew nut paste
ü  1 Tbsp lime
ü  2 Boiled Eggs
ü  1/2 cup Yogurt

Method - 
1.     Cut the button mushroom into 2 halves, shallow fry the mushroom in Oil, Butter and Salt.
2.     In a pan, dry all the ingredients (Cumin Seeds, Black Pepper, Brown Cardamom, Cloves, Cinnamon, Musk-melon seeds) and grind the dried spices in the mixer to make “Garam Masala”.
3.     Heat the oil in the pan and sauté the curry leaf, sliced green chilli, crushed onion, ginger garlic paste and salt (as per taste) till the crushed onion colour changes to light brown.
4.     Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and cook them with little water for 5-10 minutes.
5.     Add tomato puree, cashew nut paste, Garam Masala (from,  Step 2) and the lime; cook for 5-10 minutes.
6.     Now add the sugar and yogurt and stir the gravy for 10-15minutes, ensure that 80% of the pan is covered with lid.
7.     Add the fried mushroom and cook for 5-10 minutes.
8.     Add 3/4 cup of water and cook the mushroom in high flame for 3-5 minutes until the gravy becomes thick.
And the mushroom curry is ready to be served; Garnish the dish with sliced boiled eggs and coriander leaves.