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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Chai Shops in India

There has been a recent trend of chai shops sprouting up at every nook and corner. While the quintessential chai shop has been around since time immemorial, the new trend is a little different. The shops are bigger and attract college youth and other youngsters. They gather around there, standing and chatting and gulping down cups of thick, sweet tea. 

Maybe you can these a middle-class man's Starbucks! 

The sad thing is that Covid-19 restrictions forced many of these shops to shut down. But hopefully, these will revive and be restored to their former glory. Most of these pictures are from Pune.





This one is a chai shop in Belgaon, Maharshtra.





Thursday, June 24, 2021

Hindu Religious symbols silhouettes

Here are some silhouettes of some typical religious symbols which artist might like to use in their artwork.

This first one is the Om symbol atop a flat.




This is a Kalash. It is usually made of copper and used in Hindu religious rituals.




 
This is a silhouette of the Trishul of Shiva with a snake wrapped around it.





The two symbols below are of the Swastika, a Hindu sacred symbol.




This is a silhouette of the steeple of a temple.







 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Wall Painters at work

Here is a picture of a worker painting a house. Holding a brush in his hand, concentrating on his work.





Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Expressway Scenery

Travelling on the expressway is still quite a pleasant experience especially on days when there is less traffic. The scenery is a sight for sore eyes.





A farmer tending to his field in rural Maharashtra

A farmer tending to his fields amongst the sugarcane fields with his goats for company.




Scenic Beauty around Akluj

The countryside around the Fratelli winery at Akluj is beautiful and stark. The clear air, the blue skies and the vast vineyards spread across the sprawling land are a sight to see.

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To watch the sunset from a place called the Machan (belonging to the Fratelli winery) gives a breathtaking view of the surroundings.


Fratelli Vineyards

Fratelli Vineyards, a 3- hour drive from Pune have acres and acres of vineyards. Visiting during the harvest season means that you see vines laden with grapes. 
The accommodation is clean and spacious though not 5-star. 
Besides the normal wine tasting, you can wander around the beautiful vineyards, walk or bike and experience lovely sunset. Food served is simple but tasty. Very affordable at 6500/- for a day/night with all 3 meals included.









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