The thought behind this picture was simple enough. I wanted to cover the diya along with a glimpse of the whole city being all lit.
The plan was to go to Nahargarh hills with a Diya and cover the picture. I know this sounds simple and sweet.
Day 1: When I reached the base of Nahargarh, it was around 10.30 p.m. and they did not allow me upstairs.
Day 2: The next day again I went to the same place with the same Diya in my hand, this time I made it around 8.30 p.m.
Inspite of being a little early, I was not allowed to climb upstairs. I insisted, for it was just a single shot and then done. But I was told that they don't allow anyone after 6 p.m. I wanted to cover with lights which was not possible before 6 p.m.
But I had to make it. I wanted the shot eagerly.
In no time I thought of going to yet another place where I could possibly be able to cover my shot the way I wanted.
Garh Ganesh, which is an ancient temple atop the hills near Nahargarh.
I started climbing upstairs accompanied by a friend, it was only halfway that we already started panting and sweating badly. But the determination was strong enough and I had to make it.
We started again. Somehow we managed to climb the hill having around 365 huge steps in a few minutes.
I had a feeling that it was almost done. The very next moment I realized that I had misplaced the cotton somewhere while climbing the stairs and I cannot lit the Diya unless there was cotton with me.
I rushed to the temple and asked panditji for some cotton.
Taking the cotton from pandiji, I rushed to the spot I had chosen for my perfect shot, only to realise that the cotton was too small for my Diya.
I rushed back to the temple, got a bigger cotton ball, and again for some oil to light my Diya, the Diya kept going off and I had to rush back to the temple a lot of times.
Finally panditji made the Diya with ghee and told me it won't go off.
Assured with his words I rushed back to the spot, the Diya went off again, but this time my friend helped me with lighting it back.
Finally after a lot of efforts I could light the Diya and capture this shot the way I wanted it to be.
Determination again proved its stre