B/W Is Beautiful

Irony And Ecstasy:
I clicked this picture on our visit to Mussoorie. We’d halted for a coffee in a tiny restaurant. Through the backdoor, I could see a bright little temple plonked precariously on a cliff. I couldn’t stop myself from requesting the manager to allow me get to the rear to click some pics. He gladly obliged. There was this person, enjoying the chilling mountain breeze while puffing beedi. His eyes were beautifully old and skin countlessly wrinkled. Don’t miss the ad on the wall behind him.
Mussoorie uncle
I‘ll Be There For You:
Getting a perfect shot ain’t easy. There’s lot of stunts involved…well…sometimes… This was one such, clicked from my 16th floor balcony. I enjoy standing there with my chilled coffee, watching the grandparents bring the kids for a stroll every evening. What I love about this picture is the old, warm and protective hand of this aging grandad on the baby’s head. So much of love, so many emotions, so many promises!



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Warm welcome to BitesandPlaces!
My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.

Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
I’m not a professional cook, but I’m mighty passionate about cooking. Although Indian, BitesandPlaces does not restrict itself to just the dishes of my country, which are toothsome beyond doubt. I’ve also tried to put together a bunch of mouth-watering and eye-pleasing recipes scattered from all parts the world. A lot of them are a tribute to my mum’s kitchen, the ones I grew up with. Few of them are a result of my experimentation and few others, borrowed from my generous friends 🙂

I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.

Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.

After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
Thus BitesandPlaces was born!

Life’s a journey and people, places and food are all a part of it. So, come along with me and eat your way through this journey called Life…

I like staying connected. And it’ll be a frosting on my cake if you drop a line or two at natasha@bitesandplaces.com.

Celebrate Life!!!
Natasha Gracious

5 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Thank you so much again 🙂 …Feel as if my attachment with the birds has paid off. I consider this an honour to be getting such praises from a pro like you. I’m just an amateur but definitely a passionate photographer. My cell and DSLR are my all-time buddies.

    And you are amazing to cover three threads in one…hehe…
    I’m sure the climate was awesome in Mussoorie. Tullahmore takes this experience up a notch. I miss Bhagwat’s food, especially coffee and parathas. I think I should call him for the coffee recipe. I get mine ‘just right’. His is ‘perfect’. Thanks for conveying about me to him. I can imagine that smile (ear to ear) on his cute face. Ditto with Rakesh 🙂

    You are absolutely right about life. Its all about living every moment to the fullest. Me too a staunch follower of it. Smile is infectious… spread it as much as you can… 🙂


  2. Awesome Click NG~
    (humbly Sharing below)

    When this world finally melted
    into into its unreal element and started shedding its colors…
    I stole and hid the grays for just you and me…
    I knew whenever it would rain the painful crimsons…
    these are what we would need to shine us back …
    inside our own elements

    – Rainshowers 2009

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    • Thank you so much, Jeasbe! Love every word of your poem. I have this huge fondness for old people, whether they are my own or the others. They are an era of their own. We have a long long way to go…


      • Thanks Natasha …
        Life…I known not how much it has in store for me… But then who cares for ‘How Much’ in quantity or the length as long as I am enjoying every moment of it.

        @Photography has been my passion as well; Instilled into me during my Two years Stay at Norway, Studying Photojournalism in those days of dark rooms and Kodak papers.

        It gives me immense pleasure to see someone ‘capturing a wonder moment’ in just one ‘click’
        ( Oh Yes ! that Arnold’s fly-by past his Brother IS an amazing capture….. ( Claps !! Tho from another Thread )

        My teenager just started on His Canon D600 (He’s in the 9th Grade) and I am for sure going to show Arnold’s Pic to him because he too Loves birds as much.

        BTW: I was at Tullahmore …. And Spoke to Bhagwat ji about you. And he beamed back a Smile as much as Rakesh Ji Did …. ( haha )
        I have called up Bhagwat Sharma ji more than Thrice since I came back…
        Just Today I spoke to him again from Ajmer; where I am on a vacation at My Inlaws’ Place …

        Gosh !! Three Threads covered in One … Lollz….
        Keep Clicking !!


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