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Monday, April 27, 2015

Deodorant Displays

Deos displayed.
Deodorant Display

Deodorants displayed in a cluttered shop

Deodorants in a shop

Deodorants Display

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rajasthanis - the old and the new

An imposing mustache on a Palace guard in Udaipur.

Man with mouchtache

A local man juxtaposed against a Raja's painting.

Man and Raja

A tourist outside a palace gate in Udaipur.

Tourist and Palace door

More posts about people from Rajasthan: Old Rajasthani lady or Palanquin or Doli, which has a Rajasthani bride traveling to the wedding venue or a Rajasthani Bridegroom on horse or check out any of the labels below this post.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bridegroom on horse

These are a few photographs taken in Pushkar, Rajasthan, of a bridegroom atop a horse, in a baraat. It is a traditional custom in North India for the bridegroom to travel on a horse to reach the house of the bride. Family and friends accompany the bridegroom in a procession which often includes a live band. Dancing and singing in the streets during the wedding procession is the traditional way. Fireworks are common.

The procession takes place in the evening. It's a crowded street and the procession blocks the road.

wedding procession

The baraat making its way through a crowded market.

Bridegroom on a horse

A closer look at the bridegroom in his splendour


You might also like Palanquin or Doli, which has a Rajasthani bride traveling to the wedding venue.
Another post about Rajasthanis: Old Rajasthani lady.
Or check out any of the labels below this post.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pune Tekdi

When you say Tekdi (Hill), any Punekar will know what you are talking about. There are many such tekdis (hills) in Pune, and they offer a respite from the crowds and pollution. Punekars climb these tekdis regularly and it is not just an exercise routine but also a spiritual experience in a way.

On top of the Tekdi.

Top of the Hill

Jogging path.

Pathway on the Hill

Sun rise from a Pune Tekdi. It's a world in itself.

Sunrise from a Pune Hill

Vishram Bag Wada Pune - Photos or check out all the photos on Pune.
Serene scenes from the life of rural India or check out all the photographs on Nature and Scenery.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sale Season in India

These last couple of years sales are a regular feature at the malls and in fact all shops. Prices on left over apparel for example are slashed to 50% or less. A few years ago in India one was suspicious of these sales, convinced that the shop keepers hiked the prices and then then cut prices in a fake sale. Today, most of the sales are genuine. The reasons are that the marketers make their money on the high priced items they sell during the non-sale season, and then want to simply get rid of the rest of the stock as fashions change. Consumers are no longer content with last season's clothes.

Sales of popular brands create a huge rush as is seen below.

Sale season in India

When sales are in season, there are sales in almost all shops in a mall. Can get confusing for consumers.

Sales in a mall

Related Images: Inexpensive shopping in Bangkok or Dubai Mall Photos
Or for images of shopping complexes in India: Mumbai Malls in the Suburbs of Mulund and Malad or Mumbai Malls Exteriors or Interiors of Vashi Malls or Pune Malls - Photos

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Universal Studios Dinosaur movie

There was this very entertaining fake dinosaur at Universal Studios in Singapore. Great fun to watch! Unfortunately as it was taken on the phone the resolution is not very high so one cannot watch it full screen.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Asian Small Clawed Otters

These are not baby otters. Out of the 16 Otter species in the world, these are the smallest. Not many habitats for them, but they are mainly found in some parts of Asia, including Singapore. These photographs are taken in the zoo at Singapore.

Asian Otters

Asian Small Clawed Otters

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Monkey faces or Monkey silhouettes or Cat Portraits or Stray Dogs Pictures
Or just click on any of the labels below this post.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Palanquin or Doli

In ancient times women from high class or royal families did not travel in public. They used a Palki, or Palanquin. It is now mainly widely for carrying brides, and is called a Doli. It is a North Indian custom.

Palanquin or Palki

Portraits of two of the men carrying the Doli.

Men carrying Palki

You might also like to see a Rajasthani Bridegroom on horse, a custom common in that part of India.
More posts about people from Rajasthan: Old Rajasthani lady
Or check out any of the labels below this post.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Art Studio and an artist's tools

An artist's studio is a sanctuary! Somewhere where there is peace and quiet, and away from the hustle and bustle. A place to sit down and work with your easel and paints. A painter needs this as must as he/she needs fresh air.

art studio

Tools of an artist. Paints, paint brushes of all hues and sizes, bottoles of colour.

Artist's tools

An artist's work table stained with paint.

Artist's work table

Check out all images filed under the label Art

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Eating Ghutka or Gutka

Eating ghutka or gutkha (or gutka) is very bad for health and has been banned in most states in India. It is a form of chewing tobacco and is made of crushed areca nut (betel nut), tobacco, and other ingredients like catechu, paraffin, slaked lime and flavorings. 

Eating gutka

By 2013, gutka was banned in 24 states and 3 union territories in India, not that it stopped everyone from having it, specially in the rural areas. 


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Monday, March 2, 2015

MRT stations of Singapore

The stations where the 27 year old underground train system, called the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) are spic and span, and modern. The MRT itself spans the whole of Singapore. 2.755 million commuters ride the MRT daily (2013 statistics) and the the MRT network comprises of 152.9 kilometres (95.0 miles) of route, with 113 stations on standard gauge.

Escalator taking you down into the underground rail network

Escalator MRT

The steel gates which open once you swipe your ticket.

MRT station

The broad and clean corridors connecting different platforms.

MRT corridor

The platform with neatly marked arrows telling you where to stand. The read arrows are for people who are waiting to get on. The green one marks a path for those who get down from the train.

MRT Platform

Your might also like Shanghai Train Station or Inside of a metro or local train or subway
For railway station interiors and exteriors:
Mumbai suburban railway station pictures or London train station, platform and trains or Mumbai Central Railway Station

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pitcher Plants

This plant is one of those carnivorous plants, it traps any insect that goes inside it! The inside walls of the pitcher plant are waxy and slippery so the insects are trapped. The rim of the pitcher actually has teeth. More information is given at the bottom of this post. These pictures were taken in the Botanical Garden in Singapore.

Pitcher Plant big

A close up of the comb like teeth of the pitcher plant

Pitcher Teeth

A small pitcher

Pitcher Plant

Information on Pitcher Plants

Pitcher Plant Information

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Painted Art on Rickshaws in Bangladesh

Rickshaw owners can be proud owners - decorating their rickshaws with pretty pictures or graphic art, most of it quite colourful. This sense of ownership and pride is more often seen on trucks, but here are a few rickshaws in the city of Dacca, in Bangladesh.

Painted Rickshaw

Here is a cycle rickshaw painted in the most exotic colors and designs. In Bangladesh.

Rickshaw Art

Related Images: Truck Art and Truck Painting
Rickshaw passengers in India or You might also like to see more pictures of Hand Pulled Rickshaws or pictures of Cycle Rickshaws in India
More related pictures: 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 check out other images filed under the label of Transport 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Truck Cleaners and Drivers

These are the kind of scenes - the truck drivers, the colourful trucks and the cleaners which are very typical of India. The cleaner is the truck drivers man friday and cleans the truck and also acts like his assistant in signalling overtaking vehicles or helping the driver park.

The truck cleaner here is lighting up a bidi (cigarette).

A truck cleaner.

portrait of a truck cleaner

A smiling truck cleaner.  Note the colorful painted truck. A bright pink front section!

truck cleaner

Truck cleaner smiling

Even if the truck is white there are innovative ways to make it look fiesty and colorful. Pictures of film stars for example. And colourful cloths tied to the truck also make it more visible. Here, a little boy is the cleaner of the truck.

Boy truck cleaner

More pictures of Truck Drivers in India or you might also like to see pictures of Truck Passengers! or Photos of trucks or Truck Art and Truck Painting or Unsafe trucks
Or Cabbies or taxi drivers or Fire Station and Fire engine
Accidents scenes - overturned and smashed vehicles photos  or check all the pictures filed under the label Transport.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Old Rajasthani lady

An old lady from Rajasthan, a poor one. The best part of taking photographs of old people as the lines on their face show how they have lived and who they are.
This one is a curious expression!

Old lady from Rajasthan

She is looking a little worried now that photographs are being taken of her! Her brow is furrowed and no doubt she has faced a lot of hardship in her life.

Portrait of a Rajasthani lady

Her expression shows that she is not reconciled to it although not very happy about the photos! She looks resigned, and a little sad too.

Rajasthani lady

You might also like to see sketches of different expressions: Expressions of irritation, annoyance and anger or if you are looking for more portraits you can check out:  Old Rural Indian Men portraits and expressions
Or try all the posts filed under people for interesting photographs of people from all over the world, including from Rajasthan.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Singapore bus and bus stops

Buses in Singapore are frequent and well organised. Bus stops are clean, spacious and comfortable and shady.

Singapore bus stop

Singapore bus stop

People at a Singapore bus stop

A colourful bus in Singapore.

Singapore bus

You might also like Singapore cabs or taxis or other photos from Singapore.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Airbus A380 of Singapore Airlines

The Airbus A380 is a double-decker aircraft with four-engines. The world's largest passenger airliner, so far it is deemed to be quite safe with no issues.
The airport space it occupies is quite large as can be seen from these pictures and only airports with upgraded facilities can accommodate it.

Airbus A380

The A380's upper deck is as long as the entire length of the fuselage and the width is the same as a wide-body aircraft.

Airbus A380 of Singapore Airlines

The sight of the huge wing is quite awesome.

Airbus A380 Wing

The large wing of the Airbus A380

Wing of Airbus A380

You might like Airport Baggage carousel or Closeups of airplanes or Airport tarmac and aircraft on runaway or Aircraft boarding staircase or Airstair with people boarding
For images of the interior of an aircraft and aircraft passengers: Inside of an Aeroplane or inside of an airport: Airport Lounge with people waiting
Or for all the photographs of airports on this blog (including international airports) try the label "Airport"

Monday, January 5, 2015

Singapore streets

One of the most organized cities of the world - Singapore! Tree lined avenues, broad roads and sidewalks. Everything spotless clean.

Singapore street

Pedestrian foot bridge in Singapore.

Foot bridge

Singapore waterfront

Singapore waterfront

Tourists seeing the sights in Singapore.

Singapore city

Singapore is a heaven for walkers, pedestrians and cyclists. Special space for them to walk and cycle. And one thing about Singapore - the signs are loud and clear.

Broad sidewalks

The city is not very crowded. Traffic is organised.

Broad roads in Singapore

Take a peek at other cities around the world. For example the City of Xian in China or Kuala Lumpur in East Asia or Florence or Rome in Europe or Goa in India or check out other cities of the world or other photos from Singapore.