Tabebuias – Flower full
“tum to bade jugadu nikle, mere bhai”
“Funda of life is to give others a ride to remember”
Or, how would you caption it?
The theme of Day 3 of the photo challenge of #developingyoureye I is ‘Water’. Of course you may ask, where is the element of water in these photographs? For that, one has to visit the Google Map where these are beautifully marked water bodies.
Well, these depict the story of a couple of vanishing lakes of Bengaluru. Many other places in India may have the same story. The real estate sharks may be already on the prowl. Maybe, after some years nobody will remember that there used to be thriving water bodies here.
It is said that there used to be an ocean, right at the place where the mighty Himalayas stand now. Who knows, there might have been beautiful water bodies right at the places where many of our skyscrapers vie for attention.
In countries like India water also may mean the lack of it. In spite of being surrounded by the sea from three sides, being flooded by the thousands of rivers every now and then, the water crisis in many parts of India is a harsh reality.
Well, let us forget Latur and move on. And, of course, not to speak of the water disputes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While some step lightly into the day, hoping it to be a jolly good one ………
On the same street (in the same frame) there is some one getting prepared to shoulder the burden of the future.
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
For more photos and to read my detailed article at Tourmyindia.com click here
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.
It is all about filling the jholis
A clear sky
All the doom and gloom are gone