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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cyclist holding a tempo

A common sight in India is to see cyclists holding on to motor vehicles so that they can speed along with it. The traffic police either cannot see them or turn a blind eye. In any case even if they are caught, they are simply reprimanded. It is not considered dangerous enough. Or I suppose it is dangerous only for the cyclist, no one else. These photographs were taken through the windshield of a car.

Here the cyclist is trying to catch up with the speeding van ahead of him.

Cyclist close behind a tempo

Here he managed to do it! When we overtook we realised it was a middle aged man, oblivious to the risks associated with this mode of travel. The tempo is carrying commercial goods for sale in the marketplace. Vegetables like onions and potatoes.

Cyclist holding on to tempo

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Food on a banana leaf

Food is served on a banana leaf in parts of South India. It is a traditional way of eating and considered healthy and hygienic. You do not have to worry about any soap residue on the plate or it being improperly washed. In India dish washers are rare and therefore the utensils can sometimes harbour impurities. The leaf should be rinsed before eating on it.

This is breakfast being served in a hotel in South India on a banana leaf. Wada and Idli with chutney.

food on a banana leaf

After eating you close the leaf in half.


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Women cycling in India

In a poor country like India cycling to work is common, but it is the men who usually do it. Sure, upper class women cycle for exercise or leisure  but women's emancipation is more for the upper classes. Well-to-do Indian women do drive to work in motor vehicles but women from the poorer classes avoid taking a cycle to work, unlike their men.
Women cycling to work have been spotted in Puducherry or Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu, and Pune in Maharashtra. These photographs have all been taken in Puducherry.

This is a photograph of a girl in a pink salwar kameez cycling in a village near Puducherry.

Indian girl cycling


A woman in Puducherry on a cycle.

Woman cycling to work


A foreigner cycling in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu. Plenty of people cycle for leisure in Puducherry, and so do the tourists.

white woman on cycle in Puducherry

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Sitting on one's haunches

It is quite common for people in countries like India and China to sit on their haunches. Mostly it is the poor who do so when there are no chairs for them to sit. Mostly on the road side waiting for something or the other. Sitting on one's haunches is actually very good for flexibility and is considered an exercise. A pity that few of us do it nowadays.

Here are two men in China, on the streets, sitting on their haunches on the roadside.

chinese men sitting on their haunches


A man in South India resting on his haunches on the pavement.

man on haunches


A man sitting on his haunches which he appears to find more comfortable than actually sitting on the ledge on Marine Drive in Mumbai

man sitting on his haunches

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Indian youth rural and urban

Youngsters like to hang out. In villages they often hang out in old buildings or under trees.
Young men from a village

In urban areas street corners and cafes are the more likely hang out joints.

Young men at a street corner


Or they could hang out after their classes. Chatting and a bit of fun and laughter.

Young students chatting

You might also like to see other photographs of Indian Men, ordinary people.
or A village in Maharashtra or Old men reading newspapers in India or check out the hundreds of images filed under the label People where you will find people of both genders and from all walks of life.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Butterfly Wallpaper

Here are colorful and pretty photographs of brown spotted butterflies drinking nectar from a plant. Green leafy background with a pink flower. The pictures are similar, but different. The second image is a closer up, and focuses on the butterfly on the right.

These images look good as desktop backgrounds too and make pretty pictures for calenders.

Spotted Brown Butterfly drinking nectar from a plant


Brown Butterflies

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Monday, June 30, 2014

How to recognize a fake Tata Tetley tea bag

We were served fake Tata Tetley tea in a resort in Gujarat. We knew the difference immediately as we use Tata Tetley at home all the time.

You can see the off white crumpled tea bag on the left of the image which shows the poor quality of the paper. The logo used is the same but the colour of the blue paper label is also a little different. We brought the fake tea bags home and then placed it side by side with the original tea bags. Without an original to compare to, it was not easy to tell the difference by looking at it. It was the taste that made us immediately realise that it was fake.

Tata Tetley Tea Bags


It was not easy to spot the difference in the way the actual tea looks. The one on the left is the fake one. After dunking in the tea bag the color of the tea turned dark almost immediately but the genuine tea took a fairly long time to get the golden colour. It is obvious that a colouring substance was used. The fake tea had no taste at all and that is how we knew it was spurious tea. We ordered another batch of tea, and then took the fake tea bags home as samples. Then compared it to the original Tata Tetley tea bags. The difference was obvious.

hot golden tea

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