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Monday, February 28, 2011

Streets of Beijing with people, traffic, cyclists, pavements and buildings

Here are some good quality photographs of the streets of Beijing with a fair amount of detail which give a feel of the city.

In the first photo you can see a group of cyclists waiting at a traffic signal. To the left of the image there is a police car with two Chinese policemen standing outside it.

traffic signal in Beijing

The second image is of some people waiting to cross the road. There is a woman with a shopping bag and some young, smart girls. There is a shopping centre in the background and a young couple laughing and talking on the road in front of it. There are also taxis and buses.

beijing street with people

This photograph was shot from across a white railing. A lone car can be seen on the broad road and there are some buildings in the background. Some construction work seems to be going on but the ugliness is hidden from view by pretty billboards.

high street in Beijing

This is a main thoroughfare in Beijing with important buildings and commercial complexes to the left of the picture. Cyclists can be seen on a road with hardly any cars. Cyclists are a common sight in Beijing. A bus can be seen at a bus-stop to the right of the image.

main thoroughfare and commercial buildings in Beijing

This is a mall in Beijing, the wall of which are adorned with advertisements and cinema posters. Smart young people can be seen on the pavement outside the mall. MacDonalds restaurant is on the ground floor here. The photograph shows a fair amount of clear details.

Beijing mall

This is a closer view of the pavement and MacDonalds restaurant in front of the mall in Beijing. Two trash cans can be seen in the picture at the bottom left. Notice the number of young people on the streets. In China most people wear western clothes, whether poor or rich.

pavement with people in Beijing

In this picture there is a woman on a moped or motorised two-wheeler. One rarely sees mopeds or scooters in Beijing. Other traffic like buses, and four-wheelers can also be seen in the picture.

road crossing with two-wheeler in Beijing

Here you can see a tree-lined pavement with people walking and some cycles parked at the edge of it. It is a shopping area. On the top of the buildings there are advertisement hoardings or billboards.

shops on Beijing street with shoppers

Related Images: Beijing Photographs and Skyline or Auto Rickshaws and Cycle Rickshaws in China
or Tiananmen Square in China or Hong Kong Skyscrapers or check out the label "China" for all the photographs on this country including that of people, tourist places, and important monuments.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Indian cities lit up at night with Diwali lights

These are a few photographs of Indian cities during the festival of Diwali. Diwali is the most important festival in India. It is the Festival of Lights, although nowadays people have turned it into a festival of noise by bursting crackers. The lights make the cities look bright, colourful, happy and quite beautiful.

The first picture shows tall buildings in the distance, all lit up with electric lights of different colors. In the foreground you can see a brightly lit crossing and some residential buildings.

city with lights on Diwali

This is another photograph of an apartment building shining with Diwali lights of different hues and decorations.
apartment lighted up for Diwali

The two buildings below show the lighted apartment buildings aglow with Diwali lighting. The apartments which are empty have no lights. A fair amount of detail can be seen in the photos, including parked cars and two-wheelers.
two apartment buildings lighted up for Diwali

In this photo you can see the firecrackers light up the city in the distance. In the foreground firecrackers are being burst as well, in the apartment complex. The dark area in the middle has trees, and therefore no lights.
firecrackers on Diwali night

Or check out Diwali Air Pollution image.
For images of Ganesh Idols lit up with decorative electric and psychedelic lights see this post: Ganpati at Night or try this one: Ganesh Pandal decorations on the streets  
More related Images: Priest performing a Pooja or Hanuman Temple
For religious symbols from Hinduism: Swastika graphics from India or Paduka or Guru's feet or or Shiva Pindi or Lingam


Taj Mahal Sketch and Silhouettes

These are some silhouettes and a sketch of the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra, India. It is one of the seven wonders of the world. This structure has become a symbol of Indian culture and is a famous landmark of not just Agra, but of India. All these images are based on pictures copyrighted to me.

The first image is a simple pencil drawing with shading and the other two are silhouettes, one on a white background and the other on a blue sky background.

taj mahal sketch

taj mahal silhouette white background

taj mahal silhouette blue background

Related Images: Silhouettes of Mosques or try the label Silhouettes or the label Sketches for more silhouettes and sketches of people and buildings and monuments from different parts of the world.
Related photographs: The Taj Mahal at Agra or Designs and patterns from Taj Mahal interiors

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Working without protective gear

These are photographs of workers who are dangerously perched several storeys high on buildings without helmets or harnesses.

The first picture is of a man painting an under-construction bridge. The painter is balanced on scaffolding and has a bucket in one hand and a large paintbrush in the other. There is nothing to hold him in the event of his losing his balance and neither are his hands free. The only thing that saves him everytime is that he is fairly young and used to this type of work. Although there are rules that forbid people from working without safety gear, not everyone follows them.

painter without helmet

In this picture you can see two workers putting up a temporary structure during the Ganpati festival. The worker on the left has climbed up with alacrity without any fear of falling. He has no helmet and nor does he have proper footwear for safety. One has to wonder how the man has even reached this height as there is no crane or staircase in sight.

workers without safety gear

This photographs gives us and idea as to how he reached the place. He has climbed in through a gap in the wooden temporary structure.

construction worker without helmet


Typewriter photograph and sketch

Here are photographs of a typewriter, a machine unseen these days. For those who have grown up with the click clack of the type-writer this is nostalgia. The image is a cut-out on a white background. The photo has a blank sheet of paper in it and the brand is "brother"

typewriter cutout

This is a pencil drawing of the typewriter, based on the image above.

typewriter sketch

This photograph is the same "brother" typewriter from a different angle.

typewriter against white background

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sketches and drawings of Mahatma Gandhi

These are sketches or pencil drawings of Mahatma Gandhi's photos and portraits. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (MK Gandhi) was the prominent leader during India's Independence Struggle from British Rule. He believed in non-violence and used methods based on this idealogy to fight British Imperialism.

In this drawing, MG has an inquiring or even puzzled or sceptical expression on his face. He is wearing some cloth on his right shoulder.

serious face of Mahatma Gandhi in sketch

Here Gandhi seems engrossed in writing something. He is sitting on a mattress. He is bare-chested and wearing a dhoti.
sketch of sitting Mahatma Gandhi writing

In this one Mahatma Gandhi has his eyes closed. He has covered himself with a shawl.
sketch of Mahatma Gandhi portrait

In this photo Mahatma Gandhi is laughing or grinning broadly. This picture is on some Indian currency.

Sketch of Mahatma Gandhi smiling

(These sketches are based on copy-right free photographs available in the public domain and have been made by me on the software Photoshop).

For more drawings and sketches of Mahatma Gandhi (with the spinning wheel): Mahatma Gandhi spinning wheel drawing and sketch

Related Images:  Free Images of the Indian Flag

Or Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhidham in Ahmedabad - Portraits and Paintings or Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi together at Madame Tussauds London

For MG's sayings which have been framed and put up at Gandhidham: Mahatma Gandhi quotes or take a look at Mahatma Gandhi's wisdom pictorially explained: Gandhian principles explained by the Wheel of Life

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wooden hand carts with four wheels - Photos and Sketches

Four-wheeled handcarts are common across India and used for a variety or purposes. For transporting goods to selling wares. Here are a few photographs of these hand-carts.

The first picture is of a hand cart selling coloured drinks, most of which use banned colours. The vendor doesn't seem to be around. To the left of the picture is a cobbler. An umbrella protects him from the heat of the sun. The picture was taken on a hot summer's day in Pune and the photo is a little over-exposed.
handcart and cobbler

Another photo of a hand-cart selling drinks on a hot day. These people appear as if they are in the middle of nowhere, but actually they are near the highway on the outskirts of Pune. You will see lemons displayed on the cart, and this is used to add taste to the synthetic drinks. These drinks are cheap, and it is mostly the poor who buy them. You can see a small boy purchasing a cool drink. This cart also has a matka or an earthern pot which cools the water. No need for refrigeration here!

handcart with drinks and boy customer

The photo below is of three hand-carts spotted from a hotel window in Ahmedabad city. It's a bird's eye view of hand-carts and men pushing them.

This is a photo of an overturned hand-cart. It is on its side, with the wheels visible. It's been deliberately overturned so that it occupies less space on the road.
hand-cart on its side

The next two photos are not of a high resolution and should be used only in the size shown in the post. The one directly below is of a young man pushing an empty hand-cart in Ahmedabad.
hand-cart with man pushing

Here is a sketch of the same photograph.

man pushing handcart sketch

This is the same sketch without the background.
fourwheeled cart sketch

The photograph below is of a little boy pushing the hand cart which seems to have some junk on it.
boy pushing hand-cart

Related Images: For a wooden hand-cart with two wheels try this post: Wooden Handcart on a crowded city street or Bullock Carts in the country and in the city or Hand-Pulled Rickshaws

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ticket counter and queue at railway station in India

These are photographs of people in a queue to buy railway tickets and coupons for suburban trains in Mumbai. The place doesn't look very clean. The walls are unpainted and the window small and inconvenient to approach. The person at the counter is taking his time but people wait patiently for their turn. Those who already have coupons can use the coupon validating machine, which is to the left of the image.
queue at ticket counter at mumbai railway station

This is a closer look at the line and the ticket counter.
ticket counter at suburban railway station

Related images: Photo of a railway line in India or Railway Crossing in India

For railway station interiors and exteriors: Mumbai suburban railway station pictures or the heritage building of VT or CST railway station in Mumbai or photos of a platform at Mumbai Central Railway Station.

Also:  Coolies from a Mumbai Railway Platform.

Auroville of Pondicherry

These photographs are of Auroville, in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India. The first one of the main building which houses the offices and the halls, and the second picture is of their meditation or spiritual centre, Matri Mandir. It is a domed structure, with a crystal sphere in the meditation room.

auroville  building

Ordinary tourists are not allowed into this "mandir". The top of the dome had some repair work going on when the photo was taken.

matri mandir

You might also like Puducherry or Pondycherry

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Brown butterfly on small pink flowers

These are some images of a brown butterfly feeding on tiny pink flowers. The soft brown coat with the tiny yellow dots is clearly visible as are the large round black eyes. The spidery thin legs are lightly perched on the petals. There is one long antenna which goes in a curve into the petals. Wonder what species of butterfly this is. The photograph was taken in Kamshet district in Maharashtra, India.

close-up of butterfly on flower

In this picture the butterfly can be seen from the side. It looks almost human or at least some kind of alien being! The coat could well be a robe being swept in the wind, and it appears at a cursory glance as if it has just two legs. The butterfly seems to be walking on the petals.

side view of butterfly on flowers

This is another image of a brown butterly, a different species. It is a very tiny one and perched on a dried leaf which is lying on dry grass.

brown butterfly

You might also like Green caterpillar images or photos of Citronella Orange Ants or Photographs of brown and black bees or for more images of insects try the label "Insects"
For images of flowers try the label "Flowers"

Ice Palace Switzerland

One of the sights to see at Jungfrau, Top of Europe, is the Ice Palace. Here are a few pictures of the very slippery place! Jungfrau is a tourist destination and one of the highest points in the Swiss Alps. It is a popular tourist destination, and need not be a luxury vacation! A fair amount of inexpensive holiday packages to Switzerland and Europe are available today.

The image below is one of the tunnels inside the palace. A blue light reveals a small ice sculpture behind the railing.

inside the ice palace

Here is an ice sculpture of birds inside the icy palace.
ice sculpture at ice palace

The picture below gives you an idea as to how thick the walls and the ceilings are.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mumbai suburban railway station pictures

Here are a few photographs of a typical Mumbai suburban railway station interior and the "local" suburban train or metro.

The first picture gives an overview of a platform with commuters waiting for the local or metro train. On the left of the image you can see commuters climbing up the staircase to the railway bridge and to the right of the image there is the rail track.

railway platform with commuters

Here is a shot of a local suburban train or metro pulling out of the station. You can see part of the platform and vendors selling food right on the edge of it. Some litter can be seen lying on the tracks
train on railtrack

The train has now halted on the platform. This shot shows the roof of the train as well as the roof of the two platforms on either side of it.
roof of train with platforms

This is a closer shot of the commuters on the staircase. It can get quite crowded when several trains arrive on the platforms at the same time.
rail commuters climbing staircase

The photo below is the bridge above the platforms. The signs in red and blue notify commuters about the platform numbers and the arriving and departing local trains. School children, college students as well as ordinary people can be seen in the picture.
railway bridge with commuters

This is a silhouette of a local train against a blue sky.
train silhouette

Related Images: Picture of a railway line in India or Railway Crossing in India or Ticket counter and queue at railway station in India

For railway station interiors and exteriors: The heritage building of VT or CST railway station in Mumbai or photos of a platform at Mumbai Central Railway Station or London train station, platform and trains or Zurich Railway Station

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Designs and patterns from Taj Mahal interiors

Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, is strikingly beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Here are some of the designs and motifs from inside of the Taj Mahal.

Various methods were used to decorate the walls and doors and domes. Paint, stucco, stone inlays, patterned tiles as well as carvings were used. As Islam does not allow human or animal forms, decorative calligraphy and abstract, geometric or plant patterns and motifs were used. The method depended on the surface of the area to be decorated.
designs on red sandstone at the Taj

White inlays were used in on red sandstone buildings and dark or black inlays on the white marble backgrounds. At times designs were created using contrasting paints, creating geometric designs.

Taj door and wall designs

Motifs of plants and flowers were used to create intricate designs above doorways and arches.
plant motifs on Taj doorway

Taj arched doorway designs

On floors contrasting tiles or blocks created striking patterns.
taj tiles

Here is an example of a ceiling of a dome of a sandstone building where the   incised art (cut into the surface) created intricate geometric patterns.
Taj ceiling art

Marble was carved into pretty flowery shapes.

marble carvings at the Taj

These are the two huge marble doors/windows at the Taj. The photo is taken from the outside.
Taj marble window

The painstaking work involved becomes clear when one sees the enormity of the Taj Mahal and the various arches, doorways, ceilings and floors which were decorated.

artistry on white marble at the Taj

carved marble at the Taj

In the pictures below two different designs from different areas have been included in one image.

In the picture below the design on the left is a close-up of the marble design seen in an image above. The dark metallic pattern on the right is part of a doorway.

close-ups of taj designs

The brown and black design on the left is a close-up of the geometric pattern used to decorate the marble. The sandstone slab on the right shows flowers and leaves with a geometric border on a red background.
close-ups of taj patterns

Here again are close-ups of two different designs. The first image is a part of a wall, at the bottom of it, and looks like a high ledge. The image below that  is a marble design on the wall of the Taj.
close-ups of taj art

For pictures of the outside/exterior of the Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal at Agra

For more examples of Islamic Art: Designs from the Red Fort Agra or Agra Fort
or Designs from the Blue Mosque, Istanbul or The Great Mosque of Xian, China

Photo credits:  Pur-pler