Thursday, March 31, 2011

Orange plus

I can't figure out the connection between this signboard and the used cars lot it advertises. But then the colours and the design are so appealing that anyone who casts his/her eyes on this board is likely to get curious about what this is all about. And then, on finding out, wonder what used cars have to do with orange. Incidentally, this used cars lot ruins the look of our apartments block, viewed from Ramavilas Road, Mysore.
My post for Signs, Signs.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

News stand

A make-shift news stand at our bus station in Mysore. The news-vendor is generous enough to let the bus crew have a look-in at the morning papers between trips.
Posted for My World and Ruby Tuesday.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bazar traffic

Experts have it that on city roads in India you can find 18 different modes of transport competing for space. I can count five, not including the car in which I was traveling when I took this shot in Chennai.
My post for Mellow Yellow and Blue Monday.

Rising Sun

As seen from a pavement on JLB Rd., Mysore.
My post for PhotoSunday themed 'Sun'

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shadow shot

We can count on shade any time of the day in my tree-lined neighbourhood on Ramavilas Rd., Mysore. The morning shadow with a receding mist is particularly inviting.
My post for SOOC, Scenic Sunday, and Shadow shot.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


You wouldn't feel comfortable if such animal is held anywhere other than in a cage. The tiger here, they said, had seen action in Hollywood movies. This place we went to is a ranch near Salinas CA (Steinbeck country). The ranch has bed/breakfast accommodation for animal lover tourists , and a spacious enclosures for animals and birds trained to face the camera and hired for filming to movie/TV producers.
My post for Camera critters and Photo Hunt.

Village pond

Safe drinking water is an issue in many villages. For the community pond is used for bathing , washing clothes and livestock. Gone are the days when the village pond was considered safe enough for drinking. Took this shot at Thirukadiyur in Tamilnadu.
My post for Weekend Reflections

Friday, March 25, 2011

Amateur and an athlete

I am an amateur, my camera is basic, and I attempted an action shot. I couldn't click fast enough as she was running towards us; and I was taken unaware as she sprinted past me on her home run. This, then, was the best of the shots I could get. Photo taken on Radhakrishnan Ave., Mysore.
My post for Sky Watch and Walk in the Street.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Temple tank

Every other temple in southern India has a tank to go with it. The idea was to facilitate worshipers to wash their feet or bathe before entering the place of worship. In many places, however, the temple tanks are poorly maintained. This one belongs to Mayurnathar Temple at Myladuthurai, Tamilnadu.
My post for Watery and Outdoor Wednesday.

J for joy

A picture of joy at Monterey Bay Aquarium. The boy is grandson Sidharth. I know this is bit of a brag. I could have as well let this post wordless. For who needs words when the picture can speak, so joyfully.
My post for ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

'Puja' time

It is puja time at Ramavilas Road Ramar temple,to which my wife is a visitor every morning. This photograph is credited to her. Taken in by pujari Gururaj's dedication, she sought permission to photograph him while offering prayers to Hanuman. Gururaj, a student of Mysore Sanskrit College, volunteers at the temple during off-class hours, morning and evening.
My World and Ruby Tuesday post this week.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Swing in the living room

Living room of my blogger friend in Ooty. Kalyani whose blog posts, as distinct in substance and style as her living room, chose not to blog nearly 4 months back - 'I don't want to 'continue to ruminate so much and publicly on me and mine'.
Wish she has a change of mind.
My post for Mellow Yellow and Blue Monday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Kids on the stairs

Diya, Samarth, Sidharth and Nikhil. The latter two - my grandsons in San Ramon CA on a trip to Mysore - with cousins, at their grandparents' place in Vidyaranyapuram.
My post for Photo Sunday themed Children

Girls and goats

Unrushed pace of life at a small town in Tamilnadu, Thirukkadaiyur. The girls on way to school wouldn't want to disturb the goats.
My post for Scenic Sunday.

Supermoon in Mysore

No great shots, but the best I could get,with my camera and photo-skills (both basic). But then this was the night (March 19), when they say the moon was 15 percent larger in size, and 30 percent brighter.Has to do with distance between the earth and the moon last night. Pundits say she hasn't been this close to us since 1992; wouldn't be so close any other night, for the next 18 years. From my world in Mysore, I reached out the Supermoon as close I could manage - the terrace of our three-storey apartment block in Mysore.
My post for SOOC and ShadowShot Sunday.

Horse and the cart driver

Horse and the cart driver appear to be dozing in the morning breeze.The boy, woken up by my movement to take this photo, said he helped his dad before school hours. He was waiting for a fare when I ran into him on JLB Road, Mysore
My post for Camera Critters.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Licence plate

I didn't have in mind its licence plate when I took this photo of a public transport bus that should have been retired. Spotted this on road at Sakleshpur, Karnataka.
My post for Photo Hunt.

Patch of water

It had rained in the night, leaving this street in my Mysore neighbourhood wet. You get this image - street light reflected on water patch - taking the shot from a certain camera angle.
My post for Weekend Reflections

Friday, March 18, 2011

Street scene

It is early morning on Krishnavilas Rd., Mysore, and a vendor on the bicycle,carrying for sale in his area, vegetables he buys wholesale at the farmers market.
My post for Sky Watch and Walk in the Street.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lakeside photowalk

We were in a group of photo enthusiasts, out on a group walk at Karanji Lake, Mysore. We had the place, all to ourselves, thanks to the efforts of the Photowalk lead Kiran Ravikumar. He arranged with the lake authorities to have our visit scheduled for 7 a m, a couple of hours before the gated Karanji opened for others.
My post for Outdoor and Watery Wednesday.

I for India

Need we say anything more ?
My post for ABC Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gods on sale

Well,it is mostly one god - Ganesha - because this photo relates to Ganesh Chaturthi, the birthday of the elephant-faced god. When there was a surge in demand for Ganesh idols. These ones were displayed on pavement in a Mysore market street, Kalidasa Rs., I guess. The only other God on show is Shiva, Ganesha's father. Ganesh Chaturthi 2011 comes on Sept.1
My World and Ruby Tuesday post this week.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A touch of blue on yellow

A roundabout on JLB Rd.,Mysore,named after a local sports hero who made it big in cricket.
My post for Mellow Yellow and Blue Monday.

Young readers

Mukesh and Aneesh take to books, having got bored with too much of the same cartoons on TV. They are our friends who came to spend a few days with us in Mysore during their school break.
My post for Photo Sunday themed Book

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunrise over Mysore

My Sunday morning mood made me a bit too lazy to work on four different photo posts. So thought of this sunrise shot that can do for Straight out of the Camera, Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot and Camera Critters (you would sight a bird high up in the sky, if you look for it closely).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Washing machine

Technician at work on our temperamental washing machine that struck work when clothes were in the washer.
My post for Photo Hunt

Shatabdi Express

At Platform 2A, Chennai Central, ready to leave for Mysore. Time:6 a m.
My Weekend Reflection this Saturday.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Overhead wires

You can't get those lines in the sky with such clarity - overhead cables - at any other time of the day. It was early morning as a rising sun lurked behind the real-estate clutter in K R Circle, Mysore.
My SkyWatch this Friday, the post for Walk In The Street.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Property for sale

A piece of real estate amid hillside greens at Ooty, a southern Indian hill resort that was the favourite of the Brits in pre-Independance India.
My post for Signs, Signs.

V for Vendors

Vegetable vendors have an early start. At the weekly farmers market in Mysore sellers bring their farm produce from villages well before dawn.
My post for Alphabe-Thursday.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stone-studded water

Took this shot of Cauvery river from my window seat on a train to Mysore, as it was passing through the railway bridge at Srirangapatna.
My post for Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.

Work in progess

My 'H' for this Wednesday is Height. And these shots were taken from Floor-9 of a residential complex under construction on OMR, Chennai. We plan to move in there when it is ready.
My Post for ABC Wednesday.

At the zoo

A tourist vehicle, Mysore zoo.
Posted for Wordless Wednesday.

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's school time

A typical scene I see on morning walks in our Mysore neighbourhood. That it is school time is apparent from the girls in uniform. Took this photo on Narayana Shastri Road.
My take for SkyWatch and Challenge Walk in the Street.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Unusual, isn't this ?

Found this post-box, nailed to a tree at Somanathapura, Karnataka. And thought it could fit in with this Thursday's Alphabe - U (U for unusual).
My post this week for Alphabe-Thursday and Signs,Signs

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Artwork on wheels

Spotted this tourist bus parked outside Jaganmohan Palace,Mysore.
For photos by others look up Wordless Wednesday.

For picinic, anyone ?

At Karanji Lake, Mysore. Karnataka forest dept. raised the entry fee recently, making picnicking there a little more pricey.
My post for Outdoor Wednesday.

A rain shot

Got this photo from our third-floor apartment in Mysore during monsoon last year.
Posted for Watery Wednesday.

G for green

There is no dearth of greenery in Coonoor, but cactus isn't the kind of green that is associated with a hill resort. I found this growth on the Chettinad House near Velan Ritz Hotel.
More photos on 'G' theme in ABC Wednesday.