Dr. Kirti Gupta (Chandigarh) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
Mesmerizing ladakh: Somewhere in middle of August, when a group of sixteen strangers signed up for Exploring Ladakh with Xploring Light and Canon mentor, Jassi Oberai, little did they now that they would end up being friends for life and part of Xploring Light family or Jassi’s family.A trip so meticulously planned and executed by Jassi, a thorough gentleman, a photographer and guide par excellence and yet a teenager at heart when it comes to cracking jokes. Not only did they chase light, they chased fun, frolic with laughter riots, camping nights, milky ways, amidst interiors of Nubra valley, Aryan Valley, Turtuk, Dha, Hunder and Panong lake. Jassi Sir, the one who organized this trip looked after each one of us just as he would for his family, making us feel comfortable from beginning until the end of the trip. Only few realized that each day after long tiring road drives and journeys, how this man would stay put at the reception counter until each one of us had retired to our rooms to freshen up and yet he would be again at the dining table to give an hour long session on post processing techniques, his reviews and his constructive criticism. Hats off to you, Jassi. Supriya Suriyanarayanan, the chirpy girl bubbling with fun and laughter, who charmed us all with her generosity. Keep it alive girl.Gaganpreet Singh, who received a money order right in the middle of the night much to Aruna ji’s dismay!! And the one who would never stop to regale us with his hilarious one liners. Gagan: Entertainment tax is waived off for you on all your future trips with LC. Rishi Agrawal the ex-IITian, full of information on just about anything..It was great meeting you, dost.Nishant Singh, with new-found stardom, the new kid/photographer on the block. Sheik Faqruddin, the complacent one with charming personality and a sense of calm about him. Papiha, in her quest to fit everything in her frame, co-incidentally getting in everyone’s frame (on light note). Gargi Mukherjee, the girl on the front wheel drive impressing everyone with her clicks and with her interesting sighs (again on a lighter note). Immanuel Abraham the elusive one, a master photographer with milky ways and star trails. Susheel Durani and Ma’am, Neelam Durani: Admire your spirit and enthusiasm which made us run for cover, when we were out to shoot the galaxy in the middle of the night. Dhun: trying to find himself amidst a bunch of crazy photographers. Doc Saab, Shikhar, the ever observant one, who looked after all the sick ones with so much care. Aruna ji, my lips are sealed here (on lighter note again) Rajneesh Panwar: A mentor in grooming, his fish eye covered almost everyone in its circumference , though got skewed at times.
In ‘Long and short’ of it (Jassi 😉 …it was Jassi who brought us all together on this platform. Thanks for including me and us in your family of Xploring Light. This trip turned out to be truly mesmerizing for each one of us and we can’t agree more, we all arrived at our destinations with cards full of warm memories. Looking forward to many such trips…If its Ladakh..it got to be Xploring Light..