Street is where the action is

The street is a place of never ending ‘reality shows’ and ‘soap operas’, of fascination, beauty and ugliness. For this photo challenge, not only did I take some new photos, but also dug up a  few interesting ones from my archives. Here are a selected few, along with some thoughts they evoked.

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Don’t  we have such streets in every part of India, where the road is perpetually under repair? A street where tangled wires carrying charges and messages hang menacingly. A street of heat and dust and partially open gutters. And, the ubiquitous holy animal.

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Of course, let not the previous picture  be taken as a representative image of India. I am not vying for any Oscar. Hence, I have no inclination to show only the ‘nasty’ part of India.

Street is where the action is. Sometimes some inaction. Many streets could be so beautiful and cosy, you would not mind having a sound sleep on its pavements on broad day light, as can be seen in the  picture below.

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Oblivious of the surrounding sounds, his chappals serving as his pillow, this old man takes a sound  afternoon siesta on the hard pavement  of a busy Bengaluru street.

Obviously, when it comes to quality of sleep, the quality of bed is immaterial.

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While  some step lightly into the day, hoping it to be a jolly good one ………

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On the same street (in the same frame) there is some one getting prepared to shoulder the burden of the future.

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“If only I could exchange my two small bags for a big bite of those two ‘happiness’ pieces.”

 

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Things do change. The street of picture I, after two years.

Karntaka Heritage Sites – Photo Essay

For the Christmas vacation of 2015, the initial plan was to go somewhere far away, outside Karnataka. But plan A did not work out somehow. So here was the plan B – why not visit some nearby tourist places of Karnataka that we have been postponing visiting for years. A day before the visit, we decided, our 2/3 days journey would start with Shravanabelegola, then on to Shringeri through Belur and Halebeedu.

Here are some photos of the trip. To read my detailed article at Tourmyindia.com  click here

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At the foot of the Lord Bahubali

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The magnificent Bahubali

 

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The guardian angels are no less majestic

 

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View from the top of the hill of the shrines at the Chandragiri Hills and the sorrroundings

 

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A panoramic view of the Chennakesava temple at Belur

 

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Halebid interior
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Entrance to Halebid Temple
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Intricate carvings
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Intricate interiors
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The magnificent Bull – a witness of thousand years
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The defined layers of intricate carvings

 

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The journey should be as beautiful as the destination

For more photos and to read my detailed article at Tourmyindia.com  click here

Colours of a subzi bazaar – a photo essay

It is a Sunday morning. In spite of the plethora of companies offering online purchase and home delivery and the mushrooming of air conditioned super stores, one of the oldest vegetable markets of Bengaluru is abuzz with activities.

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Tol mol ke bol
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waiting for that first deal of the day
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May be the last lot of the season
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Windmills for tiny tots
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Keys and guns – for special customers only.
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Listen carefully – the strategy for the day
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Just a light partition –  for the mirchi alone

It is all about filling the jholissm9

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Nothing to buy – just out for a stroll to inhale the bazaar air
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No need for the mobile sister, we can talk just like that
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No no…. We do not have home delivery system as yet, please come down to the market sir.
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Do not go by looks. I only look green.
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Shall we close the deal now?