Monday, June 14, 2010
Few months back I spotted an old vintage Beetle on the streets of Hyderabad. It was a Volkswagen masterpiece. The name is a synonym to a species of insects that is one-fifth of all the 1.5 million living species on earth. VW got inspired by this creation and designed a car out of it.
Today while I was at home, I came across a Beetle, this time a live metallic green beetle (Cotinus texana). Guess what?? I clicked. I had a chance of practicing macro with both cameras (Canon EOS 1000D and Fujifilm Finepix S7000). It was a good exercise and the results are below.
All these are clicked on my Canon EOS 1000D and FujiFilm Finepix S7000.
(Specifications on request)
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Above. Activity around Dal lake
Above. Dusk - shot from Parimahal..
All these are clicked on my Canon EOS 1000D. (Specifications on request)
Location (Pari Mahal, Srinagar)
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
EARLY yesterday morning, Israeli commandos attacked the flotilla trying to run the blockade of Gaza and bring 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the 1.5 million inhabitants. At least a dozen people were killed.
In military terms this was not a big operation, but its repercussions are enormous and could be disastrous. The forces of a nation have attacked unarmed vessels on the high seas, in flagrant violation of international law. What happened yesterday was a crime.
I tried to dig more to justify this stance termed as a breach of law. Lets have a look at the legality of convoy raid.
The UN Charter on the Law of the Sea says only if a vessel is suspected to be transporting weapons, or weapons of mass destruction, can it be boarded in international waters. Otherwise the permission of the ship's flag carrying nation must be sought.
The charter allows for naval blockades, but the effect of the blockade on civilians must be proportionate to the effect on the military element for the blockade to be legally enforceable.
A ship trying to breach a blockade can be boarded and force may be used to stop it as long as it is "necessary and proportionate".
The Israeli Defense Forces say soldiers acted in self-defence.
An investigation, either by the UN or by the ship's flag-carrier Turkey, is required to find if the use of force was proportionate to a claim of self defence.
What does this attack mean for the peace process? And what has the Israeli public's response been to the international criticism? Let us see what is in store in the coming days..