Sunday, December 4, 2011

At a shrine, an unholy sight

This clutter at the entrance reflects a throng of pilgrims visiting the Kukke Subramanya hill temple in Karnataka. You get to see this sight, disorderly and rather unholy, at the entrance of Hindu shrines, where devotees leave their footwear at the door before they enter the temple.
My post for Shadow Shot Sunday.

Mysore Memories

Going through 'My Pictures' stored in our computer I happened by this one.I don't recall when, and why I took this picture of the oval athletics ground near Crawford Hall, Mysore. Now that I no longer live in Mysore the photo gains nostalgic value. This, then, is my this week's entry for Scenic Sunday and SOOC.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Clubhouse swimpool

Took this photo of the clubhouse swim-pool at our residential complex in Chennai, a couple of months back. Reflections are sharp, presumably, because the pool had not been cleaned to show up the blue flooring.
My post for Weekend Reflections

Plastic toys

Plastic toys, bloated with nothing but thin air, on sale by a roadside hawker looking for customers in passing vehicles. This shot was taken on a drive from Mysore to Bangalore at a road-crossing when the traffic light was red.
My post for Drive-by-Photography

Friday, December 2, 2011

Morning scene

More often than not, we wake up nowadays to a Chennai skyline that is grey, dripping and depressing.It is monsoon seasson in Tamilnadu.
On a clear day you get this scene from the 9th floor corridor in our residential complex - Mantri Synergy on OMR, Chennai.
My post for SkyWatch

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Temple cart

The bullock cart,parked on the temple campus is used to carry puja materials (used in temple rituals) at the Thirukadaiyur temple in Tamilnadu. The cart was commissioned in 1996.
My post for Signs,Signs

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

At Blackhawk Plaza

Grandsons - Sidharth and Nikhil - in a dance mode at the prospects of visiting the cars museum at Blackhawk shopping plaza, Danville C A.
My post for SkyWatch.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sky in flame

Clouds camouflaging a rising sun over Muthukkadu Lake, near Chennai, makes the sky appear as if it is on fire.
My post for Weekend Reflections

Monday, June 27, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Morning moon

The morning after a full-moon night we used to see the moon on the western sky in our Mysore neighbourhood as my wife and I set out on our morning.
My post for SkyWatch and Walk in the Street

Thursday, June 23, 2011


A signpost on a Mysore road that leads to all places of interest in the city.
My post for Signs, Signs

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Public transport

A newspaper serves a dual purpose for a commuter in a Chennai city bus on a summer afternoon.
My post for Ruby Tuesday and My World

Monday, June 20, 2011

At Mysore market

Farmers bring their produce for sale at a make-shift market that is open only during morning hours or until the vendors run out of their stocks.
My post for Mellow Yellow.

Shop front

Meat shop opens earlier than most other retails on this street at Kelambakkam, Chennai. Cleanliness is not a priority with shoppers here.
My post for Blue Monday.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Crossing the lines

It's not safe, but it is the easy way, a short cut, to move from one platform to another. Such is the scene at a wayside station on the rail line between Bangalore and Mysore.
My post for Sundays in My City, SOOC, Shadow Shot and Scenic Sunday.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Country life

Goats parking themselves on road, rain water on the mud patch, a vintage house and a leisurely pace reflect life in a Tamil Nadu village.
My post for Camera Critters and Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Eye-hitting red

Central bus station in Mysore was painted red during a recent renovation.
My World and a post for Ruby Tuesday

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A temple priest

A scene outside Vontikoppal Venkateswara Temple in Mysore. A priest steps out after mid-day ritual. The temple provides a landmark to one of the city's major road-crossings.
The temple at night.
My post for ShadowShot, Scenic Sunday, SOOC , and Sundays in My City.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Roadside windmills

Big farmers and textile mill-owners have taken to wind farming in Tirupur district in southern India. Power generated by windmills is sold to the state electricity board.
My post for Sky Watch and Walk in the Street.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mobilizing the faithful

The billboard at a road junction in Mysore speaks of ISKCON's event management resources, including expensive advertisement announcing a religious occasion . Not many temple trustees or their patrons think of, or can afford such high-power marketing.
My post for Signs, Signs

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

U for Udupi

Flogging wall posters of Lord Krishna outside the Udupi Krishna temple in Karnataka.
Post for ABC Wednesday

A Danish cannon

The rusted cannon head, dating back to 1600s, was part of the protective placement around a Danish Fort at Tharangambadi in southern India. The fort, now housing a museum,and its surroundings that was once a Danish settlement,is being restored by Danish Tranquebar Association.
My post for Outdoor and Watery Wednesday

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Once a temple car, now a scrapheap

A condemned temple car cast away on the campus of the Nanjangud temple in karnataka. Chose to share this with Ruby Tuesday followers as well.
Such is My World this Tuesday.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer break

With schools closed for summer these children hitch a ride on their father's pushcart, to help him with vegetable sales. Photo taken on Chamaraja Double Road in Mysore.
My post for Mellow Yellow and Blue Monday.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Work in progress

Extension of the city metro line to connect Chennai airport with Velacherry.The framed photo in the foreground is that of Lord Balaji, placed on the dashboard of the vehicle from which I took this photo.
My post for Sundays in My City

Breakfast time

They hang out for breakfast in front of a bakery in Mysore. This early morning scene is played out daily as Raghavendra Bakery on Devaraja Urs Road opens for business. The crows wait for crumbs tossed out at them as the bakery staff clean the shelves for holding freshly made bread and cake, and other eats.
My post for Camera Critters, SOOC, Shadow Shot and Scenic Sunday.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Reflected sun

The morning sun reflected on window pane of the medical college alumni building in Mysore.
My post for Weekend Reflections

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pushcart vendor

A pushcart helps you take your wares to the customers' doorstep. Flower-seller in the photo, taken in Mysore, is on way from the flower mart to customers in his locality.
My post for SkyWatch and Walk in the Street

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Public restroom

My post this week - writings on the wall of a rest room in Mysore - was inspired by Frankly My Dear - bilingual signposts from Cairo and Bangladesh. Even if we can't read the text we get the picture, don't we.
My post for Signs, Signs

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kids stuff

The pavement market in front of Mysore zoo has mainly shops selling toys and dolls.
My post for Ruby Tuesday and My World

Monday, May 30, 2011

Pavement sales

I couldn't quite figure out what it was on the pavement, other than that it was made out of bamboo. Pavement vendors set up shop around Devaraja Market before shopping hours at Devaraja Urs Road in Mysore.
My post for Mellow yellow and Blue Monday.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Green water

The green cover over this water patch at Mysore zoo reflects utter neglect by those responsible for its upkeep.
My post for Shadow Shot, SOOC, and Scenic Sunday

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cloud cover

A clouded view of the rising sun, from our 9th floor flat in Chennai.
My post for Weekend Reflections

Friday, May 27, 2011

Woodwork from coffee plants

Works of art made out of deadwood gathered from coffee plantations are sold on roadside at Sakleshpur in Karnataka. Took this shot on road to Mysore.
My post for SkyWatch and Walk in the Street

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Health insurance

It's location on a city high street is such that you can't miss this ad., though for the dim-witted like me, it took a few moments to get the sense of it. Found this on the side wall of a tall building in San Francisco, during our visit there a few years back.
My post for Signs, Signs

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

S for Srirangapatna

Along the historic Karnataka town, Srirangapatna, runs a stone-studded Cauvery. You see on this stretch of the river more boulders than water.The photo was taken from a Bangalore-Mysore railway train while crossing the river bridge close to Srirangapatna.
My post for Watery, Outdoor and ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Artwork at doorfront

Traditionally such artwork, called Kolam/Rangoli, was done using rice flour. The idea, presumably, was to feast ants and flour-eating insects on festive occasions when people decorate their door-fronts with their artwork. The photo was taken from the third-floor sit-out in our Mysore apartment block.
My post for Ruby Tuesday and My World

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wayside station

Maddur, a midway railway station on the Bangalore-Mysore line. Maddur is known for its tasty vada, a snack sold by traveling vendors on Mysore-Bangalore trains. Those looking for a spot of yellow in this shot will find it on the cement slab under the signboard.
My post for Mellow Yellow and Blue Monday

Sunday, May 22, 2011


The sturdy beast pulling a cartload of materials is poised to cross the road at T Narsipura. We happened by this marketplace on way to Somanathpura in Karnataka.
My post for Camera Critters, SOOC, ShadowShot and Scenic Sunday.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weekend Reflections

What can one say for such roadside reflection, on stagnant rain water, other than that it reflects poorly on the upkeep of roads by the municipal authorities. The photo was taken on Ramavilas Rd., Mysore.

Friday, May 20, 2011

River bridge

A single lane bridge over the river at T Narsipura, Karnataka. the road leads to Somnathapura, a place of tourists interest.
My post for SkyWatch, Walk in the Street

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our Apartment complex

A massive signboard has come up on top end of our 12-floor apartment complex in Chennai. We are among the first few residents who have moved in at Mantri Synergy, a nine-block residential complex. Work is still in progress and it would two to three months for all 700 odd families to move in.
My post for Signs, Signs