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Now that things are more or less back to normal, we’re all excited to travel again. A trip we are all looking forward to is our India trip sometime next year before BB enlists for his National Service and GG starts university. So in honour of that upcoming trip, here are some photos while in flight.

Somewhere before Bengaluru
Early Morning Sunrise above the Bay of Bengal
Mumbai from the Air
A lit-up Mumbai – See the spakling Queen’s Necklace
Singapore looming as we prepare to land

World Photography Day

Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

They say a photograph is worth a thousand words and a well-crafted photo is stunning and immediately brings the eye to what is being conveyed. The purpose of photography is to communicate and document moments in time. Photographs capture memories and lead one to be present as one explores the world. Photography lets us see something we may never have noticed otherwise and is a way to express our ideas for others to see. Photos showcase stories and document history as it unfolds. Today there is a camera in almost everyone’s hands and we can document the minutiae of our lives as it happens.

Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, India

Today is World Photography Day or World Photo Day, an international celebration focused on photography and its history. On August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent of the daguerreotype process, the first photography process, and released it to the world for free. In honour of this, World Photography Day is celebrated on August 19.

An Indian Temple, Langkawi, Malaysia

The daguerreotype photographic process, the first photographic process was developed in 1837 by the French inventors and photographers Louis Daguerre and Nicéphore Niépce. Announced on January 9, 1839, by the French Academy of Sciences, the patent of the daguerreotype was purchased by the French government who granted the invention free to the world on August 19 of the same year. The idea of World Photography Day was first suggested by Indian photographer O. P. Sharma in 1988 who set up propagating the idea of celebrating the day within the photography community in India and abroad. The first observance of the day was in 1991, by the Indian International Photographic Council, founded by Sharma himself. Subsequently, Sharma was able to persuade the Photographic Society of America and the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain to join in and the day has been celebrated globally since 1991.

One of the temples in Siam Reap, Cambodia

World Photography Day is celebrated as a day to commemorate the importance of cameras and photography in our lives. This day is celebrated by people who love photography, from amateur to professional photographers. World Photography Day aims to inspire photographers around the world to share their photos with the simple goal of sharing their world with the world. World Photo Day hosted its first global online gallery on August 19, 2010.

Singapore as the flight prepares to land

To commemorate the day, go ahead and showcase some of your best photos. In honour of this day, I too am sharing some of my favourite photos in this post.

Instagaram Interludes

My favourite time of the day is during sunrise and sunset when nature puts out a show for us. During sunrises, the gradual lightening of the sky and the colour pop colours that eventually fade when the sun makes an appearance is something I can watch again and again. And then when the reverse happens in the evening, it’s amazing.

A few months back, when I was in Mumbai, helping my parents wrap up things, I used to walk in the terrace everyday, both mornings and evenings, during sunrise and sunset. Here are some of my favourite photos, almost all of them of the same location, because of well east and west. All the photos have almost no filter and were shot on my phone.

Singapore to Mumbai: A Photographic Journey

Most of our trips to Mumbai have been evening flights and so there was nothing to see outside. We’ve done day flights regionally, but I can only remember two other daytime flights to Mumbai in the last 20 odd years. Both times, we flew Singapore Airlines and both flights were in wide-bodied planes, perhaps an Airbus. Earlier this year, when I flew to India, I flew Vistara, the airline that was created due to a partnership between Singapore Airlines and the Indian conglomerate, the Tata Group. Vistara uses a smaller aircraft which is single aisle and so probably flies much lower in the air compared to Singapore Airlines flights. So this time around, I enjoyed the flight because I could see the ground while flying. Up until we entered the Bay of Bengal, I enjoyed the scenery below and took many photographs of the journey. This photographic essay is the result of that trip. My apologies if I shared some photos previously.

This scene greeted me almost as soon as the plane took off from Singapore’s Changi airport. You can see the buildings of Changi in the left and the National Service Resort & Country Club in the front and centre.

A minute later, this is one of Singapore’s offshore islands, maybe Pulau Ubin or Pulau Tekong.

About 30 minutes into the flight, we were flying over the Malaysian peninsula, probably flying over the North South expressway, on the way to the country’s capital of Kuala Lumpur.

About 45 into the flight, you can clearly see the island of Penang and the famous Penag bridge.

The next island is the island of Langkawi, which lies almost on the border between Malaysia and Thailand. We visited the island more than a decade back and have very fond memories of the place and hope to visit it again soon.

About an hour and 40 minutes into the flight, we flew over the Thai island of Krabi.

After Thailand, we veered course to fly over the Bay of Bengal and try as I much wanted to, I could not see much out of the window and the next time I saw something interesting, we were flying over Ahmednagar in my home state of Maharashtra, about 20-25 minutes before we landed in Mumbai.

This photo was taken as we approach Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus for landing into Mumbai. This is the Vashi Bridge which seperates Mumbai from Navi Mumbai or New Bombay, the planned city and part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Seeing the bridge brought back so many Mumbai memories of school trips and seeing the bridge I know we are on the verge of landing into Mumbai.

We were on our descent for landing and this is taken just a couple of minutes before touchdown. This is most likely the Eastern Express Highway in Vikhroli East, a few seconds before landing in Mumbai.

And finally touchdown after flying about 5.5 hours. I was back in the city of my birth after more than two years. But now I doubt I will fly into Bombay anytime soon, but never say never!

I hope you enjoyed this photographic journey as much as I liked searching through the photos I took during the flight and remembered my journey.