Monday, January 31, 2011

Blue Monday shot

Silence zone,for vehicles passing by the Institute of Oriental Studies, Mysore. The institute, frequented by research scholars has collection of over 35,000 palm leaf manuscript.
Look up Smiling Sally for more on Blue Monday.

Mysore city bus

Clutter of yellow inside a bus to Chamundi Hills, parked at the Mysore city bus station.
My contribution to Mellow Yellow group.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Urbanizing villages

View from Floor 9 of a residential complex at Padur village, near Chennai. Information Technology companies that mushroomed in suburban Chennai over the past decade and more, have given rise to extensive construction activity in rural areas around metropolitan Chennai.
Perungudi, Sholinganallur, Siruseri, Padur, Kelambakkam are the new Chennai suburbs with high-rise residential buildings and shopping malls. Till a decade ago they were villages on road to Mahabalipuram .Over 50 residential projects are coming up along OMR, a 30-km six-lane stretch that is called the IT Corridor.
My Take on the theme - 'Urban' for PhotoSunday

Gurukar at work

Tree-lover Gurukar goes about the town every morning, looking for vacant space on roadside where he can plant a sapling. He carries the planting kit,and a sapling , on his bike. He works on his own, and has planted, in the last 10 years, over a thousand saplings in Mysore.
My Shadow Shot this Sunday.

Sleepy dogs

Balmy morning sun on a windless day is conducive to a snooze, on the steps of the Crawford Hall, housing the office of Vice-chancellor of Mysore University.
My shot for Camera Critters

Saturday, January 29, 2011

PhotoHunt: Standing

Wheel of a temple car parked at the Chamundi Hills. Presiding deity at this hill temple in Mysore is taken in ceremonial procession around the temple in a massive wooden car on festive occasions.
My take on this week's PhotoHunt.

Chamundi village

A quiet hamlet,housing the priests and other staff of Chamundi Hill temple, Mysore.
May not be much of a scenic shot, in the traditional sense.For better ones by other bloggers click Scenic Sunday.

Crocs by the pool

These two are having a poolside chat, at the Mysore zoo. Wonder what they are on about. Maybe, wondering what they had done to find themselves at the zoo.
My shot for Weekend Reflections

Friday, January 28, 2011

Skywatch : Temple top

Skyline,as viewed from the inner courtyard of Ambegal Krishna temple,near Chennapatna on Bangalore-Mysore Road. The belief among the Hindus is that childless couple who come to offer prayers at the idol of Lord Krishna,in his childhood,have their prayers answered.
My SkyWatch

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Holy cow

Yellow isn't their natural colour. They were smeared with turmeric paste and given a wash on Sankaranthi day, a Hindu festive occasion when cows are worshiped . I found these animals roaming my neighbourhood in Mysore.
For Camera Critters

Roadside shop

Scores of make-shift eats shop come up on roadside in Mysore every morning. This one is getting ready for business.
My take on Food for Thoughts

One-stop fix for all brands

A hole-in-the-wall shop that claims to fix all brands of two-wheelers. Owner's family lives behind the wall of the one-room repair shop on D Subbaiah Rd., Mysore.
More such writings, in Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

'B' for banyan

The big banyan,on T Narsipur Rd. near Mysore,is worshiped by folks,who flock from nearby villages on auspicious days to offer prayers.
Posted for ABC Wednesday.

Watery Wednesday - stray dogs

Stray dogs drinking in from a leaking underground water pipe, near our apartment on D Subbaiah Rd., Mysore.
For Watery Wednesday - trust this isn't much of a thematic stretch.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

PhotoHunt: Hands

The Patil family is passionate about planting trees . Ravi Shankar Patil, an Air Force officer posted on field, mobilizes children in his JP Nagar neighbourhood for tree-planting whenever he comes to Mysore on home leave. His parents join Ravi and the children in planting on vacant space in their locality.

Weekend Reflections: Karanj

The tree-lined mud path leads to Karanji Lake, a favourite spot in Mysore for weekenders with flair for boating, butterfly (they have a butterfly park) or picnic lunch.
Posted for Weekend Reflections

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mysore skyline

The building is that of Maharani's girl school, set up in 1868 when Mysore was a princely state. The school dates back to the days when schooling wasn't a priority for girls, and few of them were sent to school. Viewed in this light the Maharani's school was a pioneering step in women's education. It is said the founding principal of the school gave the lead by sending his wife to this school.
My SkyWatch photo.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sign of neglect

It is obvious that the corporate sponsor had long given up on the upkeep of this roadside green patch in front of the Yuvaraja high school on JLB Road, Mysore. The message here is in the blackened signboard, reflecting the anti-English sentiments of the Kannada activists.This is their way of expressing their feeling that the state isn't doing enough to promote Kannada.
My contribution to Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Watery Wednesday

At Karanji Lake, Mysore. Took this picture at a Photowalk oraganized by a group of young camera enthusiasts led by Kiran Ravikumar.
My contribution to Watery Wednesday