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Monday, July 30, 2012

Microbrewery in Pune and Bangalore

These are pictures of the equipment or machinery that is found in a microbrewery. A microbrewery is a brewery which produces limited amounts of beer on a small scale. These photos are of large cylindrical machines that make beer. Strictly speaking these are brew pubs because when a brewery functions as a beer pub or beer bar then it's called a brewpub. The term microbrewery is used when beer is distributed beyond the four walls of the brewery. In this case the brew is not distributed outside, even in small quantities and therefore the term brewpub is more appropriate.

The advantage of freshly brewed beer is well, it's fresh, without additives, and has delicious flavors.

This brewpub image is that of a place called Toit on 100 ft road in Indira Nagar, Bangalore. The beer is brewed in smart steel shiny cylinders inside the pub. These beer making machines or beer making equipment looks very well maintained.

beer making machines

A closer look at the machines which go to make the beer brew.
machines in which beer is brewed

Another image of the inside of the brewery.
inside a microbrewery

This picture is from the Doolally microbrewery, a microbrewery or brewpub in Pune in the Corinthian Hotel in Kondhwa, Pune. The containers used to brew beer here are made of copper.
microbrewery containers for beer

Related Images: Winery Pictures  or  Wine barrels photo  or  Wine bottles and a wine bar
Or Beer shops in small towns in India
Or Beer in jugs, bottles, and glasses  or Alcohol and hard drinks photographs

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cycle carts with three wheels

Cycle carts to carry goods are used frequently in towns and cities of India. These three-wheeled carts have a cycle attached which makes it easy to maintain and inexpensive to run. They have a small load carrying capacity. However these vehicles are used in fairly innovative ways as the first picture demonstrates.

This man is smoking a bidi as he rides his cycle cart on a cold morning near Jaipur, in Rajasthan. Believe it or not this small cyclecart is carrying long flexible pipes which are potruding for several feet, if not meters, outside his vehicle. This would be considered a dangerous vehicle on the roads of any developed country but for India, this is common. The traffic police would not bother to penalize this driver who is trying to earn a living.
man carrying rubber pipes on cyclecart

This is a smaller cycle cart which is being used to a large wicker basket full of vegetables. Some vegetable vendors carry this on their heads and a lucky few have a vehicle to cart it around in. This photograph was shot in Kolkata.
vegetables selling on cycle cart

This man is carrying a sheet or sheets of metal on his cycle cart. A photograph from Kolkata.

metal sheet load on cycle cart

Another image shot in Kolkata, of a cycle-cart driver fixing a wheel.

cycle cart rider fixing cart

or Cycle Rickshaws in India or Hand-Pulled Rickshaws or try the label "Transport" for pictures of a variety of vehicles.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Carvings of the Aurangabad Caves

The elaborate and intricate carvings on the walls and temples of the Aurangabad caves is worth seeing and not just because it is more than 14 centuries old! These carvings are to be found in the 12 artificial rock-cut Buddhist cave shrines which are located on top of a hill near Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
These carvings are a spectacular representation of Indian Classical Art.

The figure, possibly of Buddha with two female attendants or consorts. All around the figures which have been carved into the soft rock you can see flowery designs and pretty borders.

aurangabad caves pillar carvings

Another figure of a couple surrounded by motifs from nature like leaves and flowers. Some remnants of colour can be seen on this eroded rock face.
carvings from the aurangabad temple caves in India

A similar carving on the rock temple pillar, with three figures. A couple and another femaile. Flower and leaf motifs.
buddha carvings inside aurangabad temple caves

Geometric designs and patterns on the pillar of this Buddhist rock temple of Aurangabad Caves.
geometric patterns on aurangabad cave temple pillars

Related Pics: Check out all images from Aurangabad Caves of their exterior and interiors.
Also images from the Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Or try the label "Buddhism" for sculptures and shrines of Buddha from different parts of the world.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Stark barren desolate scene

This black and white image of a harsh landscape gives a sense of loneliness and desolation, a sense of grief and abandonment. The starkness is brought out by the dark sky in the background and the barren lifeless trees in the foreground. The rapidly drying up water source reminds us that life is dying. The reflection of the trees and the sky in the water is stronger than the actual trees and the sky, signifying that all that is life is its shadow.

barren landscape

The same image has been given an effect by using an orange glow, giving an impression of a forest fire.
graphic of a forest fire

Another images depicting graphically a forest fire. The bleakness of the scene shows how inhospitable the land is now, and it is as if setting it on fire is the only answer.
forest fire graphic

(The first two images with special effects are based on a photograph by my niece when she was in school, and the third one is based on a photograph I took on the way to Divarkarwadi) 

For related images try the labels below this post.

Friday, July 20, 2012

British Pound or GBP Images and Currency Collage

These are photographs and collages of British or United Kingdom currency notes - fifty and twenty pound notes. The official name of this currency is Pound Sterling or GBP.

This one is a closeup of a 50 pound note with the face of the English queen.

fifty pounds note close-up

A collage of 50 and 20 pound notes. Pounds are often referred to as quid in slang.

British currency collage

Another collage of GBP notes. Currency collages can make for a blog or website background.
GBP currency collage

Fifty pound notes lying on a wooden desk.
50 quid notes on a wooden desk

50 pound notes lying on a desk with spectacles in the background.

50 pound notes on a wooden desk

A view of 50 and 20 British pounds against a dark background.

British currency notes fanned out

A cut-out of the Great Britain currency in png format.
cut-out of British currency notes

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Old ledgers, files and papers

Yes, this style of record keeping is existent in India! Computers may or may not be present in some offices, but they will not always keep old records. The records are not fed into computers and therefore the old ledgers and files are the only way to access old records.

These are photographs of old ledgers and stacks of papers which are usually found in government and also at times private offices in India. Computerisation is not always the preferred or affordable method.

old ledger books

Here is heap of old files and papers. They can be a fire hazard. Many government offices also have these type of files and papers. Imagine if one has to find a paper in this heap! Only a person working here for a long time will be able to locate it. If you are from the younger generation finding something in these papers is like finding a needle in a haystack. Or not, perhaps we can say that finding a paper in a paperstack is worse than finding a needle in a haystack.

old papers and files


Monday, July 16, 2012

Pyramids at night

A brightly lit Khafre's Pyramid of Egypt. A golden yellow light has enveloped the pyramid during the Sound and Light Show. The background is the sky at dusk.

Khafre's pyramid lighted up at night

The Sphinx bathed in a golden light and the foreground rocks in blue.
sphinx and the pyramids lighted up

This shows a spectrum of colours of the setting sun as a background for the three pyramids of Egypt. A glowing Sphinx can be seen in the foreground as well as the chairs laid out for spectators of the Sound and Light show. This is a view of Khafre's Pyramid, and the Sphinx which is said to have the head of Khafre.

pyramids aglow at night

A glowing Khafre's Pyramid with the Sphinx in the foreground.
a glowing sphinx and the pyramid at night

An image of a mummy is projected on to the rocks.
an egyptian mummy

The Sound and Light Show tells a story of the Pharaohs and here one of their faces is projected on to the rocks.
sound and light show pharaoh

This photo was taken at dusk. The fading light of the sky is in the background, and the quickly darkening pyramids in the foreground.

pyramids at dusk

Related Images: 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 or Pyramid Silhouettes and Sketches
For more related photos try the label "Egypt"



Friday, July 13, 2012

Koh Samui Outdoor Airport

Koh Samui airport in Thailand is one of the most beautiful airports I have ever been to. Koh Samui is an island off the coast of Thailand and popular with tourists. One of the reasons for the uniqueness of the airport is that it is an open air airport or outdoor airport. There must be other outdoor airports in the world, but I have only seen this one.

Here is the "inside" of the airport. Sweepers are cleaning the area and in the distance you can see passengers walking towards the gates of the airport. A signboard to the right of the picture points in that direction.

 koh samui airport in thailand

A closer look at the passengers/travelers with suitcases.
 travelers with bags

Another view of the road leading to the gates. Sun and rain umbrellas help protect passengers from the rain, which in fact is quite common on this pretty tourist island. The sides of the road is decorated with plants, trees and pots and wooden benches are available for seating. Everything is sparkling clean despite the airport being outdoors.
outdoor airport in Thailand

This is the main building of the airport and it does not have walls. It has used natural materials to build the roof, cane and wood. Even this area does not have walls, just a roof to keep out the natural elements like the sun and rain. A bookshop and other shops and kiosks can be seen in the picture and a coffee shop in the middle of the picture in the distance.

 outdoor airport in Koh Samui in Thailand

A man sits and waits patiently for his luggage to to arrive at this circular baggage carousel. 
Or check all photographs under the label Airports  which has images of different airports of the world.
Pictures of sweepers: Sweepers in India

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sistine Chapel Corridor Ceiling Paintings and Designs

The Sistine Chapel's (where the Pope resides), is famous for its architecture and sculpted decorations and paintings. Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio worked on the paintings and frescoes in the chapel and the results as you can see in these pictures, are spectacular.

The golden ceiling fresco at the Sistine Chapel. This painted architecture as visible in these pictures is full of religious symbols like the acorn, fish, and falcons.
golden celing design at the sistine chapel

Not just gold, but also red and blue are used extensively in these remarkable art works. All the paintings have elaborately decorated borders. The paintings here contain figures of angels alongwith various other symbols used to convey some meaning.
 elaborately decorated fresco ceiling panel at the sistine chapel

Another photograph of the paintings lining the celing at the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The painted architecture not only comprises of various symbols depicting Christianity and the story of Jesus Christ, but also pictures of angels, trumpets and other figures.
painted architecture at the sistine chapel in Rome

At the end of the magnificent corridor you can see a sculpture of two figures standing alongside the symbol of of what looks like a small dragon. These paintings are a showcase of the reproduction of the anatomy and the contours of the human form.
 painted architecture at end of corridor at the sistine chapel

These pale and pastel raised paintings or designs on the ceiling also appear to depict some story from the bible. There is no doubt that all this work is telling a story and is mean to be interpreted and read.
pastel artwork at the sistine chapel in rome

All the artwork on the walls or ceilings of the Sistine chapel show some aspect of the story of Jesus Christ and Moses.

decorated fresco at the sistine chapel

Related Images: More Sistine Chapel Ceiling Designs or the exteriors of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City in Rome Italy or check all the photographs filed under Rome"

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wai lake panorama

Wai Lake Photos.A panoramic view of Wai lake in Maharashtra, India. The muddy river bank on one side and the Dhom dam in the distance.

 panoramic view of wai lake

Another view of Wai Lake. The grassy banks of the lake are visible in the foreground and the hazy hills in the background. 

Wai lake panorama

Wai lake is in the center of the image. The hills are in the background and the grass and the trees in the foreground.
nature scene of wai lake

Check out a photograph of the dam on Wai lake in this post: Dam in India Photographs
More Pictures of lakes in India: Lake in Ladakh - Pangong Tso or Panchgani scene of lake and hills
Or Nature headers of a lake-side or Free Headers of Nature Scenes - Lake and Trees
Or for photos of rivers try the label "Rivers"


Friday, July 6, 2012

Beef Steak Barbecue

And image of beef steaks cooking on a home-made barbecue. The barbecue is of red brick and the steaks have turned a caramel brown over the hot coals.

beef steaks cooking on coals

Related Images: Chinese cook making barbecued meat or Photos of frying in hot oil or Cooked Pork Meat or Fried and roasted insects in China or Tandoor Oven, tandoori rotis and cooks
Or try the label "Food" for more images of food.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sistine Chapel Ceiling designs

The Sistine Chapel is where the Pope lives, the head of the Catholic Church. It lies in the Vatican City. It's painted architecture and sculpted decorations, frescoes and paintings are famous throughout the world. Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio worked on the paintings and frescoes in the chapel, creating great works of art.

This is an image of the spectacular ceiling of one of the corridors inside the church. Most of these paintings depict the life of Jesus Christ and Moses and are meant to be interpreted and read.  Symbolism was used freely.
corridor ceiling art inside the vatican city church

Another equally breathtaking painting on the ceiling of the church surrounded by gold engravings. Angels and other figures from the bible were used freely in the artwork and frescoes on the ceiling.
painted ceiling of renaissance art in Rome

A circular painting up inside an arch at the Roman Church. This painting shows some sort of war or battle going on. Some of the figures (angels?) are shown killing animals and also humans.
circular painting on the ceiling of the sistine chapel

Another circular piece of renaissance art. Angles with wings and halos can be seen in the blue and gold painting.
circular painting on the ceiling of the sistine chapel in rome

Related Images: More Sistine Chapel Corridor Ceiling Paintings and Designs or   Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City in Rome Italy
For more pictures from Italy and Rome:  City of Roma - Pictures or  Photographs of the Colosseum at Rome, Italy or Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) in Rome or the Rome castle or Castel Sant'Angelo - photographs and sketch or try any of the labels below this post.