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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Temple wall

The red & white stripes on the wall is the trade mark of most temples in southern India. This one is in Thirukkadyur, Tamilnadu.
My post for Watery, Outdoor and ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Mysore

Pavement is home for these little ones ; they belong to families always on the move from one town to another, pitching their tents on sidewalks. They are mostly gypsies. Some families are, what I would call, economic nomads - craftsmen and artisans who have problem selling their wares. They move from place to place chasing fresh markets for their wares - pottery, decorative pieces, painted dolls and things. I caught up with these kids on a pavement close to the Mysore railway station. Presumably, their parents had just moved in, for a working stint in Mysore.
My post for Ruby Tuesday and My World

Monday, May 16, 2011

Blue train

A strip of yellow on the blue train makes it a two-in-one shot - my post for Mellow Yellow and Blue Monday. Mandya is a wayside town, and a prime rail halt on the Bangalore-Mysore route. Known for paddy, sugarcane and its aggressive farming lobby, Mandya thrives on Cauvery water flowing through a well-knit irrigation canal system.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mysore tonga

Cart-driver and his horse find welcome relief in the shade from the punishing heat during summer. Horse-drawn two-wheeler, called 'tonga', is a vanishing mode of transport on Mysore streets.
My post for Camera Critters, Shadow Shot, SOOC and Scenic Sunday.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

High Street Kelambakkam

The morning after a sharp shower the night before leaves city streets in most places in a mess. This was the scene the other day at Kelambakkam, an outgrown village along Chennai's IT Corridor.
My post for Weekend Reflections and Walk in the Street.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Offending posters

Political parties have scant regard for social norms/nicety when it comes to misuse of public space. That's how it is in a functioning democracy, which, it appears, functions mainly for politicians and their parties. The photo was taken at a prime road junction in the Mysore University complex.
My post for Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Nothing special

I am sure there are scenic settings such as this almost everywhere, but we tend to look for something special, different, and out of the ordinary when we photograph. This shot, taken at karanji Lake, Mysore, celebrates the ordinary.
My post for Wordless, Outdoor, and Watery Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A quiet little town

Dhali is a one-street town on way to Thirumurthi Hills. We passed through this quiet little habitation amid acres of farmland growing mainly coconut.
My post for Ruby Tuesday, My World and ABC Wednesday.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Garland of lemon

Devotees offer lemon garlands to the deity at the Nimishamba temple in Srirangapatna near Mysore. Make-shift shops selling flowers/garlands and other puja offerings line the entrance to the shrine, located on the Cauvery river bank.
My post for Mellow yellow and Blue Monday (the blue here is a stretch, I admit)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Shadow on a mud patch

Took this frame for the shadow on a mud patch in our Mysore neighbourhood that led us up a garden path (in a literal , not literary, sense)
My post for Shadow, Scenic, and SOOC Sunday.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lonely walk home

Parted from its flock a lonely sheep is left out on the road to fend for itself. Took this photo on a pilgrimage to Thirukkadiyur, a temple town in Tamilnadu.
My post for Weekend Reflections and Camera Critters.

Friday, May 6, 2011

School time

Back-pack has become part of a student's uniform. A Mysore street scene at school time, when students are on way from the city main bus station to a neighbourhood school.
My post for Skywatch and Walk in the Street.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

On a tow truck

Grandson Sidharth excited about a tow truck that dropped by his residence at San Ramon CA.
My post for Signs, Signs

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

P for paddy

Farmer Ghani Khan grows 100 plus varieties of paddy (for seed bank) and has on his 20 acre farm over 100 odd mango trees. Each tree produces a mango variety with distinctly different taste. The ageing trees came with the ancestral land in Mandya, Karnataka , that that was a gift from Tipu Sultan to a Ghani Khan's ancestor who had served in Tipu's army.
My post for Outdoor, Watery and ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

At the Baba temple

At the Sai Baba temple my wife discovered in our Chennai neighbourhood, to which we recently shifted our residence from Mysore.
My post for My World and Ruby Tuesday.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mysore memories

It has been over two weeks since we shifted base to Chennai, from Mysore. And my wife and I haven't yet got used to a life without Mysore, where we had spent over six years. Besides, I still retain in my computer a fair collection of Mysore photos. This one is a quiet image of an otherwise busy traffic junction on Devaraja Urs Rd. Took this photo before business hours.
My post for Mellow Yellow and Blue Monday.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Street scene

This could be a scene from any suburb. But there is something special about this street in Sarawathipuram, Mysore, for Friends of Roadside Trees. The row of trees you see on the right were planted a decade back by Mr Gurukar, a tree-lover credited with planting nearly 1,000 trees in the city.
My post for ShadowShot , SOOC, and Scenic Sunday.