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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Indian priests from Kerala

These are photographs of a Hindu priests in Kerala, inside of the temple premises.
In the first image there is an old man sitting quietly outside the temple with a younger man. A cell phone hangs around his neck, along with the rudraksha bead necklace (the holy beads used in prayer). Interesting how technology and religion have come together!

old Indian priest with cell phone

Another photograph of the duo, sitting quietly outside the temple sanctum. The younger man is busy with his cell phone.

Kerala priest

A temple priest is fixing the bronze diya which is usually lighted up as part of the Hindu rituals.

Temple priest

Related Images: Priest performing a Pooja
For religious symbols from Hinduism: Hindu Religious symbols or Swastika graphics from India or Paduka or Guru's feet or or Shiva Pindi or Lingam  or  Significance of Animals and other life in Hinduism or Significance of Nandi in Hinduism or Diya graphics and illustrations and Sketch
Or check out all the photographs filed under Hinduism, or Religion or Temples

Friday, September 12, 2014

Giraffes in the wild

It's amazing how wild animals merge into the background. Here is a lone giraffe standing in the middle of the African jungle. The colors in the background match his colours! Almost like a comouflage.

Giraffes have very long necks and legs. They do not have many predators, though lions can attack them. Giraffes can live up to 25 years in the wild.

Giraffe in the jungle

Here are two giraffes foraging amongst the leaves in the African jungle.

Two majestic giraffes

You don't usually see giraffes sitting in the jungle. But here is one, relaxing.

Sitting giraffe

They may look very elegant and graceful from afar, but close up giraffes are not exactly cute! This is a close up of the face of a giraffe. A portrait of a giraffe.

Giraffe portrait

You might also like Yaks in Ladakh or Cat Portraits or Black Hippos in the wild

Monday, September 8, 2014

People from Kerala

These are photographs of ordinary and poor people from the state of Kerala. 

Two women, one young and one old, trudging through the jungle. 

Two old women walking

Two workers fixing a shamiana or canopy for a function in a hotel.

Workers putting up a canopy

An old man in a short lungi walking on a road in the jungle

Old man walking in the jungle

Two Ayappa devotees taking photographs from a cell phone. 

Ayyappa devotees taking photographs on cell phone

Related Images: Old Rural Indian Men portraits and expressions or Elderly Indian men in ethnic clothes or A village in Maharashtra or Old and elderly women in India or Old men in India
or Ayyappa devotees in Madurai or Tea Gardens in Kerala or Rubber Plantations in Kerala
Or check out any of the labels below this post for hundreds of more photos on the topic you like.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Spitting in public places

Spitting is very common in India and is mainly due to people chewing tobacco. Mostly people spit on roads, in lifts, in ditches and in any place they find as long as it is not in their own home.

Spitting out of train and bus windows is very common. But here is a cab driver risking dirtying his own cab by spitting out of the window.

cab driver spitting

Here is an example of how public places are dirtied by spit.

Spit on a road divider

Monday, September 1, 2014

Inside the Bombay High Court

These are images from inside the High Court of Bombay. Courtrooms are spacious, air-conditioned and seats are comfortable. The rooms have high ceilings as this is a heritage building built in the British era.
The name of the city of Bombay may have changed to Mumbai, but the High Court is still called the Bombay High Court.

In this first image you can see some lawyers sitting on the chairs. The judge is studying some papers on his desk. Courtroom clerks can be seen in the picture.

Bombay High Court

Courtrooms in the High Court of Bombay now have large screens which detail which case is being heart by which judge and in which court room. A godsend to the lawyers who have several cases being heard in different court rooms.

Court room Bombay High Court

A corridor outside the court rooms.

High Court Bombay

A lawyer walking the corridors of the Bombay High Court.

lawyer in high court

For more images from Bombay check the label Mumbai. Or if you are looking for people in different trades: Occupations.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Illegal number plates

In India the law is more often on paper. A simple legal requirement of correct number plates for motor vehicles is not followed. And ironically it is the law makers themselves who break the laws most often. It is as if they have a separate legal code for themselves. Clearly India is a democracy only in name. In reality we have a feudal system. Perhaps not as bad as some middle eastern and african countries, but feudal just the same. These number plates are not just to satisfy the egos of politicians but also to ensure that any other violated traffic laws are NOT easily traced back to their vehicle. These types of vehicles are more likely to break other traffic laws.

Written in fancy lettering, this number plate in Devanagari script is illegal. It should be MH04 GM201. As the little red flag reveals, this vehicle belongs to someone in a political party.

number plate wrong

This car has brazen added the words MLA to the number plate, clearly to intimidate policemen and the public.

This one is an older photograph, but it is also a politician's car.

These numbers which are supposed to be 4141 look like the word "dada" in devanagari script. Height of stupidity. Dada means don.

You might also like to see images of other politicians making a fool of themselves: Happy Birthday Political Posters

For more humorous signs check out Funny Signs from Thailand or Interesting signs with funny instructions! or Funny English Signs or Thieves beware signs from the UK or Funny Road Signs in India

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cycle Repair Shops in India

Small cycle repair shops dot the Indian landscape, from small towns and cities, to villages. You will find a shop repairing cycles just about anywhere. It is the most common mode of transport in India.

A small shed which functions as a cycle repair shop in South India.

cycles being repaired in shop

Cycle repair shop in Agra, India.

Cycle repair shop

You might also like: Women cycling in India or Boy on cycle with his mother in rural India or Cycle carts with three wheels or Cycle Rickshaws in India or Cyclist Silhouette and Sketch or Man ferrying cycle in canoe