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Monday, October 27, 2014

Ice cream vendor carts


These are photographs of ice-cream carts in India. The first one is a well known brand, Kwality Walls.
Kwality Walls ice-cream cart


However, most of the ice-cream carts that are seen roaming around the city sell relatively unknown brands, and some of them may not be safe to eat! This photo is taken in Puducherry.

Ice-cream cart on the beach


An unknown brand of ice-cream, called Bharkadevi Mix Ice-cream! Best to stay away!

Unsafe ice-cream


Ice-cream of a well known brand, Mother Dairy Chocolate Chip ice-cream being eaten from a cup.

Ice-cream in cup

These photographs might interest you: Muesli Nutrition Comparison and misleading labelling or Monkey eating Ice golas! or Young girls enjoying an ice-cream bar or High Calorie Food - Sausages and Fries or Snacks from India
Or check out any of the labels below this post.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pani Puri or Gol Gappa or phuchka vendors

It is known as Pani Puri in Western India, Phuchka in Eastern India and Gol Gappa in the North. And it's one of the most popular snacks. Small round deep fried puris stuffed with a mixture of mashed vegetables and chick peas, it is dipped in flavoured watery syrup which tastes sweet and sour and then popped whole into the mouth!

It is available in every corner of India, although it not so much in Southern India. Here is a man at a popular tourist spot with his ready-made puris, waiting for customers.

Pani Puri or Gol Gappa Vendor


Here is a customer, a little girl who has just finished a plate of pani puris! Her mother is scrambling for some change in her purse. The yellow container has the flavoured water.

eating gol gappas

A Gol Gappa vendor on the beach. Hygeine is usually an issue because water is used and that is why more and more Indians prefer to make it at home. Fancy places use bottled water.

Gol Gappa vendor

Your might also like:  Colorful synthetic drinks sold on the streets of India or Coconut water vendor in India or Fruit Vendors vs supermarkets in India or Road-side food stalls or street food in India or Young woman selling raw mango slices in South India or Sugarcane juice vendors



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Political campaigning in India

Campaigning in elections in India is pretty hectic and these are two photographs of groups of BJP party workers campaigning in Delhi in March 2014.

A group of party workers crammed into an open jeep with a BJP flag.

pollitical party workers campaigning


People busy on their cell phones. Including the driver of the vehicle. I guess that is allowed for political workers!

BJP party workers

You might also like : Happy Birthday Political Posters or Illegal number plates or Security for politicians in India or Crowded and overflowing public transport or Traffic violations in Mumbai and Pune and Thane or Police checks on vehicles for unaccounted for cash during the elections.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A minute in the life of a street kid

These pictures capture about sixty seconds in the life of a street child, a little girl who was engrossed in a small plastic paper packet. Sixty seconds is the time the light took to turn red.

This cute little girl with a very poignant face gave us a quick glance as the car halted, but otherwise she was least interested.


Street kid


She was more interested in rummaging through a paper packet and we were curious as to what she was doing.

Street kid on Indian street


She seems to be threading something. Maybe a necklace?

poor little girl


She has threaded a pendant into a thick black thread and seems quite thrilled with her achievement,

Girl on street


Here she is, examining the pendant closely. She appears to love it! Small pleasures!

Street child


She is back to rummaging in the packet. And the little shiny pendant can now be seen clearly.

Street child playing


You might also like: Children playing in the river water in rural India
Or Street kids playing cricket or Children playing Holi in semi-rural India

More Images of children playing, working and studying: Children playing without toys or Child Labour or Working children or Photographs of children studying outdoors or Child Beggars

Or try the label "Children" for all pictures of kids on this website.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Truck Passengers!


Here are a group of people riding atop a truck, quite a common sight in India.

People riding atop a truck


Another man riding on top of a truck, perhaps to hold the planks of wood.

Man on truck

Cyclist holding a tempo or Chagda in Gujarat
You might also like to see photos of Crowded and overflowing public transport  or  Families on two-wheelers  or School Rickshaws with small children or Pune Municipal Corporation Buses or Taxis and auto rickshaws crammed with people or Unsafe trucks or Accidents scenes - overturned and smashed vehicles photos  or check all the pictures filed under the label Transport.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ashoka Pipal Tamarind and Banyan Bonsai Plants


The intricate exposed roots of this bonsai of the Banyan tree are a treat to the eye. Curving, convoluted, it takes a lot of effort to make them take this shape!

Bonsai roots


With effort the leaves of bonsai plants also become smaller as seen in this photograph. One has to cut the leaves in half if they are too large.

Bonsai small leaves


Askoka Trees can go grow very tall, unless they are bonsai plants! This Ashoka Bonsai is small and cute!

Ashoka Bonsai




An elegant leaning piece of art of the Tamarind Tree. An exquisite bonsai creation.

Tamarind Bonsai


Bonsai of the Pipal Tree.

Pipal bonsai

Note: All these plants are from the bonsai garden of Maj Gen. SCN Jatar and are his creations.

You might also like Bonsai of the Banyan Tree or the Bonsai plant of Chapha the tropical flower, Plumeria in English or Bougainvillea Bonsai or Plaited Bonsai Plant or Bonsai of Gular, Chilly and a Christmas Tree or Pipal or Fig Bonsai.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stupid and funny advertisements

Some advertising is not just stupid and senseless, it is so stupid that it makes one laugh.
This one for example! Can anyone be so blatantly stupid? Saw this silly hoarding somewhere near Mahabaleshwar or Panchgani a few years back. This Sherbaug theme park still exists but I am sure not because of their stupid advertising.

Bad Billboard



This billboard or hoarding spoils the natural surroundings with its ugliness but that's not all. What do melons have to do with Pan Masala? The flavours they claim are of kesar and elaichi so I don't see the connection with water melons. Pan Masala is neither watery, nor fresh. Misleading advertising! In any case, this poisonous substance is banned now.

Pan Masala hoarding


Global Obesity Warning this poster (which advertises the services of an obesity consellor one presumes) in Chennai says. Makes no sense at all. At best, it's funny.

Obesity advertisement


This hoarding may not be stupid, but it is certainly strange. Babies drink coffee? And why is the baby with the moustache? It was actually very funny because it made no sense! Or maybe it was because I did not understand the copy, which was in Tamil.

coffee hoarding

You might also like Funny Road Signs in India or Hoardings encouraging speed
Or check out all the posts on Humour or any of the labels below this post.