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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tourists buying jewellery in Istanbul, Turkey

This is a small jewellery shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. This is a popular market with tourists. This shop is selling charms used to ward off the evil eye. These are the typically round blue artefacts with the image of an eye in the centre. They can be sold as pendants or earrings or magnets. This shop is also selling other small trinkets like bangles and necklaces.
jewellery at Grand Bazaar Istanbul

Related Images: Colourful Bangles from Hyderabad

Friday, July 29, 2011

Church Silhouettes

These are simple black and white silhouettes or drawings of actual churches. They are based on photographs which I have shot. The silhouettes may not represent the church exactly as I have taken the liberty of removing greenery or billboards or people from the original pictures. I have also added features to make the silhouettes more attractive or at times cropped the original picture.

This is a church in Goa. There is one cross at the top of the building and a bell. The door has been outlined.

church silhouette

This is a small church with many steeples and crosses. Not sure of the location. Could be in a foreign country.
silhouette of small church

This silhouette is of the same church but with the door outlined.

church with door silhouette

This is a church in central Mumbai. I have made some changes while drawing the silhouette. It is a large and very beautiful church.
large church silhouette

Related Silhouettes: Christmas Tree Silhouette or Wedding couple silhouette or check out all the Silhouettes available on this blog, of people, buildings, and objects.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Country Roads in India

These are photographs of country roads or country scenes in Rural India. All the pictures are taken in the state of Maharashtra.

This is a lonely figure of a young boy walking along a winding country road.  The photo has been shot at dusk.
boy on country road in India

This photo is of two bailgadis or bullock carts ambling along a country road amongst green fields. It is a bright sunny day.
bullock carts on country roads in India

This road runs through a sparse jungle.
country road amidst trees

This country road in the Kamshet district of Maharashtra is not as well paved as the other ones. The picture was shot at dusk and the pink sky and a hill forms a background to the road. A woman walks along the narrow road, carrying sticks on her head. In the distance you can see a couple of men walking along.
woman carrying sticks on country road

Another country road through cultivated fields. Some crops (rice and sugarcane) are being grown here on the farmlands on either side of the road. A jeep can be seen at the far end of the road. Usually on rural roads you see cycles, bullock-carts, motor-cycles or jeeps.
rural road through farmlands

A road going up a small hill. A bullock cart makes its way along the steep and winding road.

bullock cart on hill road in rural India

A plethora of white ferns lining a country road in Kamshet district in Maharashtra. The road is quite bad, full of pot holes.
bad road lined with ferns in rural India

For more photographs of Rural India (People, farms, fields, bullock carts, women) click here: Rural India

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Britain's Royal Emblem and Sketch

These are pictures of the emblem of the royal family of Great Britain. The Royal family has several such symbols, and this particular one is seen on the gates of Buckingham Palace, the place of residence of the royal family.

royal emblem at gate

This is a sketch of a royal symbol of the British monarchy.
sketch of royal emblem

Related Image: Buckingham Palace Panoramic View
Or Silhouettes of the London Skyline
Images of London Monuments: Westminster Palace and Big Ben or London Eye
Other Related Images: Manchester aerial view or Free iconic scenes from London or the city of Bangor in Wales

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

English Newspapers in India - Images

These are pictures of different English newspapers in India. Some are screen shots, and others actual photographs of newspapers. The photos were taken some time ago and are not the latest issues. Despite being a couple of years old, if one did not take into account the news about Beijing Olympics, one can say nothing much has changed in India! Scams, Politics, Maoists and Kashmir!

Here is the Delhi-based Hindustan Times which is published from several cities in India. It is a national newspaper.

The Hindustan Times Delhi

Another national newspaper, The Times of India, Mumbai based. It is said to be the largest circulated English daily in India. It tends to present sensational news and people hate it, but still buy it! In my opinion, too many of its columnists write boring and/or stupid columns, and are there because they are veteran journalists or celebs.

Times of India

The tabloid given free with The Times of India.
Mumbai Mirror

Another Mumbai tabloid, Midday.

Midday Mumbai

The Indian Express is a national newspaper. In my opinion it toes the government's line a little too much. Some of its columnists are good however.
The Indian Express

The Hindu from Chennai has its share of criticism too, and has been accused of bias and being pro-China.

The Hindu

This is a regional English newspaper, the Kashmir Times, published from Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir Times

The Assam Tribune (epaper image was not available) is another English regional newspaper, from Assam.
Assam Tribune

Another English regional newspaper from the East, The Telegraph, Kolkata.
The Telegraph Kolkata

The Asian Age is a national newspaper.
Asian Age

The Deccan Herald, Bangalore, is a regional newspaper from Karnataka.

Deccan Herald Bangalore

The Daily News and Analysis (DNA) is from Mumbai.

DNA Daily News and Analysis

Related Images: Regional Newspapers in India - Images  Or
Television channel photos - Aaj Tak, CNN IBN, Times Now, Headlines Today and IBN
Movie channel photos - HBO, AXN, MGM, Sahara Filmy, Sony Pix, UTV Action, WB and Zee Studio
Indian news anchors and news readers from television.

Or Newspaper and Magazine Vendors in India

Monday, July 25, 2011

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw statue

Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw,(3 April 1914 – 27 June 2008) was a Field Marshal of the Indian Army. Under his command, India won the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, that led to the liberation of Bangladesh. "Sam Manekshaw was the first of only two Indian military officers to hold the highest rank of Field Marshal in the Indian Army (the other being Field Marshal K M Cariappa). His distinguished military career spanned four decades and five wars. "

These are pictures of his statue in Pune Cantonment in Maharashtra, India.

manekshaw statue at circle

closeup of Field Marshal Manekshaw statue in Pune

Manekshaw statue in Pune

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Manual Weighing Scales

These are manual weighing scales commonly used all over India by small shops to weigh fruits and vegetables. These are used for weighing other things too, like raddi or old newspapers and magazines or any old thing! Street vendors usually use these manual weighing scales. This is a picture of carrots being weighed on a manual scale in a local market.

manual weighing scales

Related Images Balance weighing scales


Friday, July 22, 2011

Buckingham Palace Panoramic View

These are wide angle views of Buckingham Palace in London, England. Buckingham Palace is the seat of British Royalty, where the British monarch lives. In these pictures you can see tourists milling around the palace.
The first photograph is taken from the point of view of a single male tourist to the left of the picture and gives a view of the whole facade of the building. Three images were stitched into one to get this picture. As many as four gates of the structure are visible in the photo.
Buckingham Palace

Another view of Buckingham Palace, slightly closer up. Three gates are visible in the picture.
buckingham palace panoramic view

Images of London Monuments and landmarks: Westminster Palace and Big Ben or London Eye or  Buckingham Palace Panoramic View or Victoria Memorial Fountain outside Buckingham Palace in London
More pictures of Britain: Britain's Royal Emblem and Sketch or  Manchester aerial view or Free iconic scenes from London or the city of Bangor in Wales

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mumbai city schools

These are photographs of school in Mumbai and Pune. These are pictures are of prominent and well-known  English medium private schools frequented by the elite in Mumbai.

This is the American school, basically for children of diplomats. However anyone who wants an international education can study here.

American school at Bandra Mumbai

This is the Dhirubhai Ambani International School at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. These schools, though very expensive, are still less expensive than foreign schools. They teach the IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum.
Dhirubhai Ambani International School

This is the Podar International School in Santa Cruz, Mumbai. Also teaching the IB programme. They have other schools which teach the Indian Certificate programs just across the road.

Podar International School Mumbai

The next three pictures are of the Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu, Mumbai, to which many of the elite send their children. A lot of film stars send their children to study here.
Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu

Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu area in Mumbai

This is a view of the school through the iron fence. Considering that most schools are like reverse jails to keep parents and intruders out, this picture is apt. Most schools in India are very unfriendly to visitors, including parents. The guards are usually very rude and the teachers quite elusive! The more elite the school, the greater the problem.
Jamnabai Narsee school in Mumbai

You might also like: Pune city schools
For photos of school kids in cities:  Urban school children in India
Other related images: Rural Schools and playgrounds in India or School children from rural India or Photographs of children studying outdoors
or Children playing Holi in semi-rural India or try the label "Rural India" if you looking for more country images.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Indian news anchors and news readers

These are images captured from a television screen of news channels. The people in the images are well known news anchors from different TV channels. Bloggers writing posts about news anchors or news  channels could find these useful.

This is Rajdeep Sardesai from CNN IBN conducting an interview on his channel.
rajdeep sardesai cnnibn

This is another (female) news reader from CNN-IBN.
female news anchor cnnibn

This is Rahul Shivshankar from Times Now
Times Now Rahul Shivshankar

Here is another more famous news anchor from the Times Now news channel. Arnab Goswami. His style is often hysterical. He uses his hands a lot, and points and waves in addition to the accusing tone that he uses frequently.
arnab goswami timesnow

This is Rahul Kanwal from Headlines Today. A news anchor who manages sensationalism with panache. Without yelling, screaming and pointing.

rahul kanwal Headlines Today

An unknown woman news reader from the Doordarshan news channel. DD is the national broadcaster, government owned.
doordarshan news anchor

This male news anchor is from the Hindi business channel, CNBC Awaaz.

CNBC Awaaz news reader

A well known news anchor from NDTV Live, a Hindi news channel.
NDTV Live news anchor

Another TV grab from CNN IBN.  Sagarika Ghose (second from left) is interviewing panelists. The man second from the right is the head honcho (now retired) at Infosys, Narayan Murthy.
panelists with sagarika ghose

Related Images: More screenshots of television news anchors and news channels: Anna Hazare's arrest drama in pictures
Or if you are looking for logos and brands of news channels then check this out:  Television channel photos - Aaj Tak, CNN IBN, Times Now, Headlines Today and IBN Or Movie channel photos - HBO, AXN, MGM, Sahara Filmy, Sony Pix, UTV Action, WB and Zee Studio

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Big black fly with red eyes - Photos and Sketches

This large black fly stands out against the background of a white flower, a spider lily. We usually imagine flies on garbage, but this one has better taste! This common rather large housefly, which generally has red eyes and four stripes behind the eyes, is resting on a pure white flower. What I liked about this photograph was not just the natural petal which is white in color, but also the yellow centre of the flower just behind the fly, and the glimpse of green leaf behind the flower.

These photographs look almost unreal although all I did was sharpen and auto correct them on photoshop. Ofcourse they are cropped as the original photograph is of the whole flower.

housefly on white flower

This is the same big black fly with red eyes and four stripes from another angle. It is the same fly, although shot from another side. The transparent wings on the fly and the tiny hairs on its spindly legs are visible as is its tiny black mouth. I don't like flies but I love these photos. Shot by an amateur like me on an amateur camera! I guess Canon can take good pictures even if it not a high-end camera!
black fly with red eyes on white flower

The sketches of the house fly look almost like black and white illustrations. Done on photoshop, like my other sketches.
sketch of fly on flower

housefly sketch

Related Images: Bee Silhouettes and Sketch or  Photographs of brown and black bees  or Cobwebs or Spiderwebs or Fried and roasted insects or try the labels below this post