We are – Delhi Blog of the Week :)

Wow!! HT City (Hindustan Times – Delhi) have featured our blog in their  Delhi Blog of the Week feature today 🙂 Excited!! Thanks so much readers and the HT family 🙂

Here’s a snapshot of the article and below that is the text view for better readability.

HT City Delhi Blog - Aditya Pathak

Photo Credits for Aditya’s Profile Pic : Amelie Laurin (http://www.amelielaurin.com/)

(Text view – borrowed from the HT e-paper)

DELHI BLOG OF THE WEEK

Video Explorations

Friday, June 21, 2013

by Usama Sulaiman

Here’s a blog that takes chronicling the experience of discovering a place, out of paper, and onto reel. The blog is a collection of videos about blogger Aditya Pathak’s exploration of the city, and his love for music. It has some elaborate and informative films documenting his walks around heritage sites and other places of interest in Delhi.

The videos on the blog carry with them historical stories and anecdotes, which are easy and fun to connect with. “During my first visit to the Mehrauli Archeological Park, I realised that audio-visuals and storytelling make the process of learning quite easy. Had I been in school, I wouldn’t have to mug up history books and hate the subject so much. That’s when I decided to create these videos,” says Pathak, an IT professional who believes that while it is fun making these films, he has also ended up creating a sort of learning aid for students.

What emerges as its USP is the fact that the videos bring the places to you, in a fairly unadulterated form and without any artificial props — in a way a commoner would see them.

One such video is of the Mehrauli heritage walk, which features Rajon Ki Baoli, Ghiyasuddin Balban’s tomb, Metcalfe’s Estate and Folly. These videos tell the tale of the coming in existence of these monuments and the people related to them. Other noteworthy videos found on the blog are on the Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Bakhtiar Kaki’s Dargah. Although most of the videos here are centred on archeological visits, Pathak says that he has realised the true cosmopolitan essence of the city through these explorations.

Exploring the Tughluqabad Fort

Here’s our latest Heritage Walk film 🙂 It’s the mammoth TUGHLUQABAD FORT this time that we visited in Dec 2012. The film showcases in detail most of structures, ruins, etc that lie behind the gigantic walls of this fort and also the walk-leader discusses, in detail, the stories and history associated with the same.

Tughluqabad is a 14th century capital of Delhi (India). The remains of this massive complex stretch as far as the eye can see. It includes a royal tomb which once stood in a lake, palace buildings, dungeons and a secret escape route !

BON VOYAGE !! 🙂

MEHRAULI VILLAGE – Photographs

Sharing a few snaps that we captured during a Heritage-Walk to Mehrauli Village, Delhi, India. There are several interesting places to explore out there and each one has unique stories associated. Some of the places we visited are – Adam Khan’s tomb, Shahidi sthan (Banda Bahadur), Qutub Sahab/Hazrat Bakhtiyar Kaki Dargah, Gandhak ki Baoli, Yogmaya Mandir, Hijron ki khankah, Zafar Mahal, Hauz-i-Shamsi, Jahaaz Mahal and Jharna. We’ve filmed the whole experience as well and will try and share the video version soon. Till then please find the complete bunch of photographs here (click on the image below) :

Mehrauli

How to make a MUSIC VIDEO?

Here’s our attempt at making a simple music video. There’s an intro to the whole concept in the beginning, followed by the actual music-video that got created in the process. This is followed by a sequence of shots captured during the making of this video, and finally a few glimpses of the editing project. We used a very simple setup to create the same and just wanted to share with everyone the process of how we went about it. Hope it helps some creative buddies across this globe 🙂 Thanks and best wishes!

Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Sharing a short video about our trip to the Okhla Bird Sanctuary near the area where Delhi and Noida meet. It was a fun trip and was kind of a nature-walk ..and our photographer friends managed to get some nice clicks. We experienced some unique sights and sounds during the trip and this video is an attempt to present to you some of these moments. The path that we followed for reaching the Okhla Bird Sanctuary is given below the video.

(click on the image below for an enlarged view)

Okhla Bird Sanctuary directions

1857 Uprising: Kashmiri Gate and Neighbourhood

Join us as we explore the Kashmere Gate Area (New Delhi, India) in this video ..and the lives of various people and events associated to the REVOLT OF 1857. This place is a rich hub adorned with many hidden heritage sites associated to the revolt. In this quick film we’ll explore some of these like.. Nicholson’s Cemetery – Kashmere Gate – St. James Church – Telegraph Office Memorial – India Magazine – William Fraser’s bungalow – Bengali Club – Old St. Stephen’s College building – Fakhr ul Masjid mosque – Dara Shukhoh’s Library and much more. Cheers!

Tughlaqabad Fort

Ever wondered what lies behind those mammoth walls of the TUGHLAQABAD FORT on the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road (Delhi) !! We bring you the view from the other side of the walls.

tughlaqabad fort 1tughlaqabad fort 2tughlaqabad fort 3

Please explore the album attached below for the complete bunch of snaps.

Photos by me and my friend Aditya Sharma.

Thanks!

 

Tughlaqabad Fort Delhi