70x50cm @ 2 cm. sq. per min

Am talking about this mammoth task that we voluntarily took up last weekend – assembling a 70 x 50, 1,000 pieces Ravensburger puzzle. We bought this glow in the dark version of “Evening in Rome” – amazing architecture, lovely sunset hues, fabulous reflections in the water – lots of identifiable features – easy peasy! We thought with combined effort we could get it done in a day.


“Evening in Rome” – Ravensburger Starline Series

Oh, naive us! We started with the relatively easy part of setting up the borders, and then sorting the colours – which ended up taking most of the first day. Sorting through the colours is when we clued on to the fact that there were a number of areas with identical colours and it was kind of difficult to decide which violet was the sky and which was the water and which blue / black was to the left and which to the right – all of which made comprehensive sorting very difficult.


End of Day 1 – Borders set up and sorting of colours

So, we decided to plunge in and start assembling the the most easily identifiable areas like the bridge, the buildings, the sun and the streaks in the sky AND THAT is when it struck us – 1,000 pieces is A LOT of pieces! Even after assembling what seemed to be the focus of the landscape we had only completed about 40% of the puzzle by the end of the 2nd day. (Of course the hours we spent on it was a lot less – it being the weekend and all)


Assembling of the structures and portions of the sky

On Day 3 began the work of setting up the reflections in the water. This was comparatively easy – somebody had paid enough attention to the puzzle break up to ensure no piece in a reflected vertical line of light matched another reflected vertical line – and so the lines were easy to trace out. The hard part was smaller yellow and black areas under the bridge pillar – all looking very similar.


Still can’t differentiate that one piece from the hues of the sky

The last mile and the most difficult began on Day 4 when we had to do the sky. Gradient areas were the most easily done but, barely varying shades of pink had us resort to trial and error to fit it all together.


Multitude of pinks


Almost there and it still took half hour to figure out the right fit!

At the end of 4 days patience and perseverance won out and we had the fully assembled puzzle!!


The final outcome of hard labour – worth every minute!

Kudos to the designer – that despite all the similar colours and textures each piece was differentiated enough for us to be sure of the correct fit, and the night glow is pretty amazing (very difficult to photograph though). Also, must appreciate the photographer – We didn’t find any other puzzle that had this amazing a landscape in the 1,000 piece puzzle series.

Only wish they had added a pamphlet of the landscape inside the box since all the images on the box  had some text banner or the other hiding areas of the landscape.

And now to figure out how to store this!



Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

Some shots from experiments with shooting light sources –

This one was taken when i was gifted a rose-flower shaped candle holder.

Candle holder with tea light

Candle holder with tea light

Our society decked up to welcome, Lord Ganesh.

Lights deck up the trees of our society

Lights on trees add grandeur to our society

And an old one … since its my favourite lights photo of the year!!

Festival lights reflecting off car bonnets

Festival lights reflecting off car bonnets during the Ganesh Festival 


Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

Loved this week’s challenge. Have been searching through a number of old photos to make a tiled gallery.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination


Weddings in India are grand affairs, with large gatherings of family and friends. We had one hosted in the parking area of our apartment building – huge cloth canopies created an auditorium. The lights through the cloth canopy created a wonderful pattern when viewed from our 5th Floor apartment.

Light patterns through a cloth canopy

While on a trip to Goa we went to lovely outdoor restaurant for dinner. The mood lighting they had created with candles and recessed lights was amazing. While experimenting with various setting I got a lovely shot of the lighting effecting.


Mood Lighting

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons


Diwali Diyas!

Diwali Diyas!

The second half of the calendar year in India is mainly devoted to celebration of various festivals. In Maharashtra the festivities start from Ganesh Chaturti in Sept – Oct, followed by Dussehra and Diwali. Diwali – the Festival of Lights heralds the onset of winter in Northern India. Uncannily within a day or two after Diwali the temperatures start dropping and the country braces itself for the fogs of the winter months.