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AGRA - Christmas day in 2008. At 6 in the morning, it was still dark and the darkness was compounded by a thick fog, making the visibility in front of our hotel to a mere 6 feet. Still I braved out in the car, harboring aspirations to go to the other side of River Yamuna to catch a glimpse of sunrise on the Taj Mahal. As we neared the old bridge across the river, the soup like dense fog suddenly turned into a wall, visibility less than even 3 feet. When I reached the destination, visibility barely improved, and my harboured hopes of getting the vision of the famed Taj Mahal & the effect the first rays of the sun on it was rapidly fading into the thick blanket of fog.

With optimism in my heart, I approached the river bank to see a faint outline of the Taj on the other bank. Then slowly a little more....I was not the only one with a camera though, there were at least couple of other guys who I could see had stationed themselves on the sand banks armed with large tripods. The fog played truant, revealing the silhouetted domes & minarets of Taj & then in the next moment shrouding the scene again...I hung around for about half an hour taking pictures almost by the minute. As the sky turned lighter with traces of red from the rising sun, the birds left their nests to begin their day. The sleeping Taj seemed to wake up at that time as well, trying to shrug off the blanket of fog, which shrouded it. Thus continued a cat and mouse game between the Taj and the enveloping fog became dense again and this picture was taken in one of the moments when Taj seemed to have won...at least for that very moment.

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