Monday, February 28, 2011

Vintage arch

The idea is to protect this period piece from poster-stickers and graffiti artists. I am not sure if the grilled guard doesn't muck up the look of this piece of Mysore's architecture. Painting it blue doesn't help, does it.
My post for Blue Monday.

Yellow 'jutka'

The horse-drawn two-wheeler, we call it 'jutka'(meaning, a jolter), was a popular mode of public transport a couple of decades back. It is now considered a tourist attraction.The cart-driver taking a nap on a sidewalk, off JLB Road in Mysore.
My Mellow Yellow entry this Monday.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Work in progress

Work on widening the road under a rail bridge in Mysore has been on for the last several months;and may well go on for several more .
My entry for PhotoSunday:Bridge.

Morning shadow

A passing three-wheeler casting its shadow on Ramavilas Rd. in my Mysore neighbourhood. Took this photo on a morning walk.
My Sunday Shadow this week.

Morning scene

A newspaper distribution agent sets up a pavement shop in front of Devaraja Market, Mysore. Copies of newspapers, printed in Bangalore and delivered here by van, are handed out to line-boys for door-step delivery in the city.
Though taken some time back this shot came Straight Out of the Camera.

Clouded tower

Communications tower masked by a passing cloud atop Chamundi Hills, Mysore.
My shot for Scenic Sunday.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My niece Bubly

Niece Bubly, with her cousin's dog Wolfy , in Mysore.
Posted for Camera Critters.

Black,wasn't he? Mostly,anyway

A vintage shot in my album, of niece Bubly's 'Punch' with their family car at their frontyard in Bangalore.Both, the dog and the car,are no more.
My PhotoHunt shot:Mostly black

At Monterey Bay Aquarium

Reflections on showcase as grandson Sidharth watches a school of fish at the Aquarium in Monterey Bay CA.
Others on Weekend Reflections.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Breakfast time

A community breakfast for birds and beasts, hosted by a bakery with their left over crumbs. Photo: Devaraja Urs Rd, Mysore, before shopping hours.
My take on Walk In The Street.

Heavy duty lifting

It took six of them, with a rope and pulley, to do heavy duty lifting of construction sheets to the top of a massive overhead water tank under construction on Maharaja's College grounds, Mysore. This photo is dated Feb. last year. Work on the water tank has since been completed.
My Skywatch this Friday.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New York Now; Heaven Can Wait

My favourite NYC, Times Sq. shot that I have flogged in my blog on earlier occasions.
My post for Signs, Signs.

T for temple car

The massive cart that takes a lot of manpower for moving belongs to a temple in Myiladuthurai Tamilandu. The deity is taken out in this car in ceremonial procession on special occasions around the temple neighbourhood. It takes scores of devotee to get this thing moving. Hundreds who escort the deity in procession take turns to pull the temple car.
My post for Alphabe-Thursday.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


A day out with grandsons - Sidharth and Nikhil - on a sunny Sunday,at Berkeley CA, during my 2009 US visit. They live in San Ramon CA.
Find more,by others @ Outdoor Wednesday


Pierside Berkeley CA
Check it out - Wordless Wednesday

Temple tank

Every other temple in southern India has an attached pond, where pilgrims wash their feet, and many even bathe, before offering prayers.This tank at Vaidheeswaran Koil,Tamilnadu, is believed to have curative effect. In medieval days, they say, long-ailing believers camped for weeks on the temple premises to have a daily bath at the sacred tank.
My entry for Watery Wednesday.

F for flowers

The flowering plant holds it own in a setting dominated by the frontage of Crawford Hall, the office of Mysore University vice-chancellor.
For other shots on 'F' theme please look up ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mad about cars.

Whenever we take a ride together in his dad's car,grandson Sidharth and I play this 'name-the-brand' game, every time a vehicle speeds by on road. I rarely get a word in edgeways. His play-room is littered with car toys. His parents have no hassle persuading him to have a haircut at this place in Pleasaton CA. I took this shot during a 2008 trip to US, when Sidharth was nearly three.
Post for My World.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cricketing blue

With World Cup 2011 having got under way public interest in the game is now on a fever pitch.The house-front banner at Srirampet, Mysore, and reports of special prayers offered for the India win reflect public frenzy.
My shot for Blue Monday

Photowalk Karanji

These youngsters were part of Photowalk group we have in Mysore. Group leader Kiran Ravikumar sets a date,and names the venue for our walk. Of a score of us who took part in the Karanji Lake Walk some time back, I was the eldest, at 72.
My Mellow Yellow shot for this Monday.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pots peddler

Peddling pots on the streets of Mysore.
My input for Photo Sunday - Plastic

Deserted platform

The city railway station at a rare moment when it is all quiet on the platform.
My input for SOOC this Sunday

The mop up

My previous post was on the watery race track after a sharp shower. It is now the mop up time, when the grounds staff at the Mysore University move in to ready the track for an athletic meet.
My shot for Scenic Sunday.

The morning after

An overnight shower leaves puddles on uneven race track at the University athletics grounds in Mysore. The athlete on practice session the morning after the showers has to keep off the watery track.
My take on Shadow Shot this Sunday.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Door-step shopping

In my part of the world you don't need to go anywhere shopping for some things. Shops come to your doorsteps. Plastic-ware being peddled in my Devaraja Mohalla neighbourhood, Mysore.
To see what others have on offer look up Let's Go Shopping.

Cows coming home

Took these shots at dusk near Chamarajanagar, Karnataka. Cows are coming home after a day out grazing by the lakeside. We were on way from Coimbatore to Mysore.
My entry for PhotoHunt and Camera Critters

Swimpool on the terrace

Swim-pool on top of an eight-floored residential complex on Chennai's Old Mamallapuram Road (OMR), a 30-km stretch that has come to be known as the IT Corridor. Almost every global Information Technology company has an office located there. Nearly 50 residential projects are coming up on the OMR stretch.
My entry for Weekend Reflections this Saturday.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Daylight Streetlights

This wouldn't happen, if they have a timing device that switches off municipal street lights at the crack of dawn.The photo pertains to my JLB Rd. neighbourhood in Mysore. During our morning walk my wife and I occasionally run into a municipal staffer on a bike doing the rounds of power switch-boxes fitted on every other electric pole. On this morning I was late for the walk; so was the switch-man.
Look up SkyWatch for more.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

'Wanted' notice

Nailed to a tree outside a college campus in Mysore, I couldn't figure out what/who is it that the advertiser wants, part-time or full-time.
For other such images look up Signs,Signs

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Outdoor on a Wednesday

Maharaja's College, Mysore, on a misty morning.
Posted for Outdoor Wednesday.

Aged wall

An aged wall that has outlived its purpose,in my Mysore neighbourhood.
Posted for Wordless Wednesday

E for equipment

Road-laying equipment,at work on Dhanavantri Road,Mysore.
For more on the E-word see ABC Wednesday.

By the lakside, Udaipur

Friend and a close relation Raghotham Rao sent me this picture of his recent Udaipur visit, taken by his daughter Kavitha. Trained in dentistry Kavitha is on the faculty of a hospital attached to a medical college in this Rajasthan city.
My take on Watery Wednesday for this week.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Test-tube baby centre

Noticed this place on my recent visit to Coimbatore .Though I knew this city is known for its speciality hospitals, I wasn't aware of its test-tube baby centre.
It is an irony that Calcutta's Subhas Mukerji,the scientist who delivered India's first test-tube baby in 1978 died unsung. His achievement met with societal disapproval. A newspaper then reported that Mukerji received nothing but brickbats and humiliations from his colleagues and the West Bengal government, which even did not allow him to publish his data in scientific journals and refused permission to travel abroad for presenting his data.
Such is My World this Tuesday.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Blue wall

The touch-up in blue doesn't give the place much of a face-lift, does it. This roadside temple at Myiladuthurai in Tamilnadu is crumbling around the edges.
Look up Blue Monday for more.

Wedding registration

A newly married couple emerging after their wedding registration at Tiruporur,near Chennai.My wife and I were there for registration of our newly-acquired apartment at Mantri Synergy residential complex at Padur (OMR). I took this photo while hanging out at the registration office,waiting for completion of our paper work.I usually carry my camera wherever I go.
My Mellow Yellow shot this Monday.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Photo Sunday:Computer

Grandson Sidharth working(meddling with) my laptop.The desktop image is that of Sidharth's parents with kid brother Nikhil, photographed at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
Look up Photo Sunday for more on computer.

Straight out of my camera : Monkey

There is no way I could have made this blighter pose for my camera. He is one of a group that has taken up residence in our apartment complex in Mysore.They hang out on our terrace.
My take for SOOC

Shadow on the beach

At Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, on a sunny afternoon two summers ago. The shortest of the shadow is that of grandson Sidharth - spelt out on wet sand. He is flanked by grandma (on his left) and father.
My ShadowShot this Sunday

Temple elephant

Most temples in southern India have an elephant in residence. Elephants are the preferred animals that are designated to lead ceremonial processions around temples or carry the presiding deity on such processions. Pilgrims at Thirukadaiyur seek the blessings of the temple elephant.
Posted at Camera Critters

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Samarth, niece Savitha's son, is too young for schooling.
Look up PhotoHunt for more on Education