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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pastries Croissants and cheesecake

These are images of pastries of different types. Chocolate and cream and also buns and croissant type pastries. This photo was shot at a breakfast buffet at a five star hotel.

cream pastries

More pastries, cup cakes, and chocolate topped sweet pastries. Also plain buns and cream filled pastries. Again, a picture from a breakfast buffet at a five star hotel.

cream filled pastries and cupcakes

This is a photograph of rich pastries of different types, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla and pinapple cream. Some of these thick cake slices have walnuts and some are cream-filled.

creamy pastries of different types

Cheesecakes of  blueberry, strawberry, caramel and also oreo cheesecakes.

cheese cakes of blueberry, strawberry and caramel

Here are flaky croissant type pastries with a ham filling.

croissants filled with ham

More photographs of breakfast foods: Plate of golden brown Waffles or Rice gruel or Congee from South-East Asia or Masala Dosa and Sambar from India

Photographs of other junk foods or unhealthy foods : Chocolate Donuts photograph and illustration or Cronut craze or Indian Sweets or Mithai or Instant Noodles Stock Photo
Or try the label "Processed Foods"
Photos of fattening foods: High Calorie Food - Sausages and Fries or Photos of frying in hot oil

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bangkok Skyline Pictures

These are photographs of the Bangkok skyline, the capital of Thailand. Here you can get a panoramic and breathtaking view of the skyscrapers of  Bangkok far into the distance.

panoramic view of the Bangkok skyline

Here is a snapshot of Bangkok skyscrapers against a blue sky with palm trees in the foreground. Makes a pretty picture!
Bangkok skyscrapers against blue sky

A photograph of the Bangkok skyline with the CPN (Central Pattana) building in the centre of the image. They are a real estate company own the Central World and some other malls and hotels in the city. On either side of the building you can see the tall buildings of Bangkok against a blue sky.
Bangkok skyline

Another skyline of Bangkok with the CPM building to the left of the picture.
Bangkok skyscraper skyline

This is a vertical skyline of Bangkok. At the bottom of the image you can see the road and the traffic and at the top you can see the skyscrapers in the distance. Bangkok from the road to the sky.

Bangkok from the road to the sky

(Higher resolution images are available with me).

Related Images: Hong Kong Skyscrapers or Shanghai Skyline in the daylight or Beijing Photographs and Skyline or Kuala Lumpur Skyline or try the label "Skylines" to check out more skylines from other cities of the world, including sketches and silhouettes of skylines.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Stray Cattle in India

Stray cattle which seems to belong to nobody is a common sight in India, although not as common as stray dogs.
This photo is taken in Rajasthan, a cow is sunning itself on the road. 
stray cow on road

This photo was taken in Mumbai. Cows and stray dogs near garbage dumps is a common sight in Mumbai.
stray cow eating garbage

This cow appears to belong to someone, but is still sniffing around the garbage can.
stray cow sniffing garbage

Related Images: Stray Dogs Pictures or  Cowherds in Rural India or Cattle on city streets or Bullock Carts in the country and in the city or Garbage on the roads in India

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sketches of traditional Indian houses

Here are a few sketches of the old type of houses of ancient India. The first one shows the paved courtyard  in the centre of the house which was very common in ancient Indian architecture. Photographs of Goddesses are seen on the ceiling at the entrance to the courtyard. In those days Indians invariably lived in large joint families and a courtyard was ideal for the community living, particularly for the women of the house. It also provided sufficient light to all the rooms of the house, important when there was no electricity. 

traditional Indian house with courtyard

This shows the spacious porch outside of the house. The way the house is designed, it will keep cool in summer. This style of architecture was common in the olden times in India. This is a Chettinad type house, from Kerala in South India.
outside of a traditional south indian house

This is a sketch of an old ramshackle house on the outskirts of Nashik. It does not belong to the rich as can be seen from the looks of it. The construction in those days was usually stone and wood. This one has a tin roof, but this is probably new. The building is probably a hundred years old.
old house in village

Related Pictures: Sketches and drawings of thatched huts or Photographs of houses and huts from Dakshinachitra in South India  or photos of thatched huts from the Chennai area
For ancient Chinese architecture: Chinese style architecture sketches of the Forbidden City or Chinese Architecture Sketches  

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pyramid Silhouettes and Sketches

A simple pencil or line drawing of the three main pyramids of Giza. The pyramid on the extreme right is the Great Pyramid, the tallest of the three, the middle one is the Pyramid of Khafre or Chephren and the smallest Pyramid of Menkaure (or Mykerinos) is visible only partly, behind the Great Sphinx.
drawing of the three pyramids of Giza

A sketch of the two main pyramids of Giza, the Great Pyramid and the Pyramid of of Khafre or Chephren. The outline of the Sphinx is also visible.
sketch of the two main pyramids of Giza

A silhouette of the three pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The Great Pyramid, Pyramid of of Khafre or Chephren and the Pyramid of Menkaure behing the Great Sphinx.
silhouette of the three Giza pyramids

Another black on white silhouette of the two main pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
silhouette of Giza pyramids

These drawings and silhouettes are based on this post: Three Pyramids of ancient Egypt
More photos of ancient monuments from Egypt: Temple and statues of Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt or Karnak Temple and Pillar Designs or The Great Sphinx of Egypt
For more related photos try the label "Egypt"

Friday, February 17, 2012

Road Construction in India

These are pictures of road construction in India. This first one shows concretisation happening on a crowded crossing. 

concretisation in progress

Heavy equipment or machines to mix cement and break up stones can be seen in the photo here where road construction work is going on.

road making machines at work

A tribal woman construction work is working on building a road. She is pouring water to cure the cement for the concrete road.

cement being cured with water

Related Images: Buildings under construction or Buildings under construction or Road being surfaced with tar or Earth Movers or Flyover construction

Pictures of construction workers on site: Working without protective gear or  Workers taking a break or
Women construction workers in India

More related photos: Stock images of empty or unused pipes or Laying underground pipes


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Vegetable Vendors

Photos and close-ups of vegetable vendors. Here is a vendor fast asleep! He selling pumpkins and also the large brown skinned root vegetables commonly consumed in India. Not sure what they are called. Perhaps this shop doubles up as a home, because a level higher one can glimpse a woman sleeping. A picture of a god is also seen in the background.

vegetable vendor selling pumpkins

A vegetable vendor selling pumpkins, raw bananas (eaten as a vegetable) and also root vegetables common in India and China.
 vegetable vendor selling raw banannas

A bored vegetable vendor with bright purple brinjals for sale. Beans and capsicum can be seen on the side.
 veggie vendor with brinjals

Another bored vendor, waiting for customers. She is selling radish,
woman vegetable vendor

Related Images: Vegetable Markets in India or click any of the labels below this post.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Biscuit packs photos

Photos of biscuits packs. These biscuits are of various kinds and from different companies. The first photograph is of some health biscuits like Britannia NutriChoice 5 grain biscuits, Sunfeats Marie Light, Britannia Hi Fibre Digestive and Horlicks biscuits. The packaging and colours used for the packs seems very similar. While white refined flour biscuits like Marie have a glycemic index- (showing how high foods get converted into energy) which could range from 75-90. This is unhealthy. Digestive biscuits have a better glycemic index, around mid-range. The longer the foods stay in the stomach the better it is because it prevents you from becoming hungry again soon!

This is a mix of different types of biscuit packs like Britannia Nutrichoice cream crackers and Pure Magic chocolate cream biscuits, Monaco salted biscuits, Parle G, Goodday and Hide & Seek biscuits. These multi-colored biscuits makes it difficult to distinguish between each! Monaco seems to have some unique packaging and the brand name stands out. Most biscuits have calories which can range from 35 (small, salted  biscuits) to about 80 or so. (sweet, large biscuits)

Another view of the packaging of the different brand of biscuits. All in all very colourful packaging, designed to attract children.

Related Pictures: Processed Juices in India or Instant Noodles Stock Photo or Processed foods in India
Or for more try the label "Processed Food" or "Snacks" for cooked snacks.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Westminster Silhouette and Sketch

This is a black and white silhouette of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. This building houses the British Houses of Parliament.

westminster palace or british parliament silhouette

A sketch or pencil drawing of Westminster Palace and Big Ben which is the British House of Parliament.
westminster palace or british parliament sketch

Related Images: Actual photos of  Westminster Palace and Big Ben which is the British House of Parliament.
Or Silhouettes of the London Skyline
More Pictures of London and the royals: Buckingham Palace Panoramic View or Victoria Memorial Fountain outside Buckingham Palace in London or Britain's Royal Emblem and Sketch
Pictures of London landmarks: London Eye or Free iconic scenes from London
London scenes from daily life: Musician in the London Metro or London streets with traffic, buses, crowds and people

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wax statue of Hitler at Tussauds in London

This is the half figure of Adolf Hitler, the head of the Nazis who was the Chancellor of Germany during the second world war. He was a dictator of Nazi Germany and was responsible for the Holocaust. This wax statue can be seen at Madame Tussauds in London, United Kingdom.

wax sculpture of Hitler at Tussauds

Related Images: Michael Jackson Wax Sculpture at Madame Tussauds or Wax figures of Johnny Depp and Leornado DiCaprio at Madame Tussauds

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cabbies or taxi drivers

Taxi drivers or cabbies in Mumbai appear to be a disgruntled lot if one goes by these photos taken at different times in different parts of Mumbai!

Here are two cabbies chatting while waiting for a fare. 

cab drivers waiting for a fare

A worried taxi driver waiting at the red light.

cabbie at the wheel

Another cabbie at a junction.

taxi driver waiting at red light

An elderly cab driver in South Mumbai. He is wearing a white uniform. Some wear khaki, some wear white.

taxi driver standing near taxi

Taxi drivers waiting for a fare near a bus-stop in Bandra.

group of taxi drivers waiting in line

Related Photos: or Truck Drivers in India or Rickshaws in Pune, India or Auto Rickshaws and Cycle Rickshaws in China or Taxis and auto rickshaws crammed with people or School Rickshaws with small children
Or Fire Station and Fire engine
Or more images filed under the label of Transport 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kuala Lumpur Skyline at Night photo and colored illustration

The Kuala Lumpur Skyline looks spectacular mainly because of the Petronas Towers. At night specially these towers shine brightly and cast a glow over the city. They are very brightly lit. The images below capture this phenomena. The first looks like a photograph and indeed it is a photo, although tweaked slightly.
Kuala Lumpur at night skyline

Another impression of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. This one is gives an effect of a painting or illustration.
Kuala Lumpur skyline coloured illustration

Another impression of the Kuala Lumpur Skyline at night. The image has a dotted texture which brings out the outlines of the skyscrapers at night.
skyline of Kuala Lumpur by night

Related Images: Kuala Lumpur Skyline or Kuala Lumpur Skyline Sketch and Silhouette
Or if looking for pictures of skylines of different cities of the world click: Skylines

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lotus Beds in a water canal

The Lotus plant grows in water, and the white and pink lotuses are the national flowers of India and Vietnam, respectively. Wonder if that is because its seeds can germinate even after a thousand years! These pictures can also be used as backgrounds.
This photograph is of a water canal with growing lotus plants floating on the surface of the water.
lotus flower bed on water canal

This is a closer look at the plant and one of the pink lotus flowers. However the flower is not a fresh one and is a little withered, its pink petals wilting. The dried seed head is visible though, which are much like the a lemon with pins! On some of the stems you can see the dried seed head only as the petals have withered and fallen off.
lotus seeds and flowers

Related Images: Chapha the tropical flower, Plumeria in English or Bougainvillea Bonsai or check out the label "Flowers"

Friday, February 3, 2012

Woman selling hair outside temple in India

A photograph of a woman outside a temple in Madurai selling actual hair. People often shave their heads at temples because of some religious ritual and these women take this hair and sell it, often to hair dressers or wig makers.
women selling real hair in India

Related Images: Indian Hair stylists at work in small salons

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Plate of golden brown Waffles

This is a cut-out photograph of a plate of waffles against a white background. Larger one is available.
golden brown waffles

More photographs of breakfast foods: Rice gruel or Congee from South-East Asia or  Chocolate Donuts photograph and illustration or Masala Dosa and Sambar

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ancient Narsimha Temple in Pune

These are photographs of an ancient temple in Sadashiv Peth, in the heart of Pune city. It celebrates the deity Narsimha, an avatar of Vishnu.
In the photograph below there is a the narrow road outside the temple. No one would guess that an old temple lies inside. The structure itself is derelict from the outside.
road outside temple in Pune

A closer look at the gate or entrance of the temple The date it was established is clearly given here: 1774. It's called the Laxmi Narsimha Mandir. The pillars and arches are made of stone and wood. Laxmi is Vishnu's wife and her idol is also present in this mandir.
main entrance of the temple in pune

The the heavy wooden door that gives you entry into the temple. The thick brass ring in the centre of the door is the door knocker. In the olden days such knockers were common as there was no electricty for bells.
eighteen century temple door

This is a closer look at what is called "Umbartha" in Marathi and is called the "Threshold" or "Saddle" in English. It is a door part and makes up the door frame. It is the slightly raised platform underneath the door. This one is made of engraved brass. 
ancient brass door threshold

This is a view from the left side of the temple from a gate that is usually shut. The steeple of the temple has been freshly painted. It also looks refurbished in some way. 
view of ancient temple in pune

This is the view that one gets as one steps into the temple from the main door. The stone tiles of the flooring are shiny from use.
inside of an ancient temple in India

This is the area where the main diety of the temple resides. Narsimha and his consort Laxmi.
main altar for the devotees in the Hindu temple

This is a close-up of the marble turtle seen in the above photograph. The turtle is sacred and is a cultural symbol for many Eastern cultures.
closeup of sacred marble turtle

This is the image of the main diety inside the temple. Narsimha. A closer look near his left hand will reveal the head of Laxmi, near the flower garland. A heap of coconuts can be seen in a corner of the sanctum. These are given by devotees as offerings.
narsimha diety with laxmi goddess idol

Related Photographs: Shiva Pindi or Lingam or Hanuman Temple
Or Temple Silhouettes or a Hindu Priest performing a Pooja