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Friday, June 29, 2012

Eating Out at Restaurants

People dining at restaurants. This one is a restaurant in Goa, India.
restaurant shack interior in Goa

A group of young people hanging out at a restaurant in Europe.
youngsters hanging out at a restaurant in Europe

A more formal dining environment in Europe.
Formal dining in Europe restaurant

A few tables at a restaurant on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Two tables are occupied with families having a snack
restaurant on a highway in India

Inside of a South Indian restaurant in Pune. Chatting over coffee.
inside of a cafe in Pune

Related Images: Drive Thru at Macdonalds in India

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jackfruit or Phanas Photographs

Photographs of Jackfruit and also some close-ups of the fruit which is known as phanas in India. The fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit and can weigh as much as 35 kilograms. It has a strong smell but there are parts of India, particularly the south and coastal areas where it is popular. Inside it is orange/yellow in colour. Outside it has a spiky green exterior. Besides the fibre and vitamin C content like all fruits, jackfruits are also rich in B-Complex vitamins.

Two large phanas  or jackfruit hanging on a tree.
jackfruit on a tree

Close-up of the jackfruit spikes makes the small projections look a little like green bananas!
closeup of a jackfruit

A large bunch of jackfruit or phanas hanging from a tree.
several jackfruits on a tree

Related Images: Custard Apples photographs and illustrations or Bananas - free stock photos and sketch or Bora (Berry) - the red tropical sweet berry or Photos of Mangoes
Or check the label "Fruits" for more pictures and also sketches of fruits.
Or Vegetable Vendors or Vegetable Markets in India or Crowded market places in India
Images and sketches of different vegetables and fruits: Carrots photographs and sketch or Tomatoes in the market - closeups or Frozen Peas

Monday, June 25, 2012

Buddhist Frescoes at Aurangabad Caves

Here are more interesting frescoes and sculptures from the Aurangabad Caves which are more than ten centuries old. This Indian classical art is as good as any found at Ajanta or Ellora and are a treat for the eyes. Most of this art is from the exterior walls of the temple caves which are all Buddhist shrines.

Here is a figure of a woman at the door of the caves, the entry into the Buddhist temple. Around her are decorated pillars.
figurine in stone in Buddha cave in Aurangabad

A shot of the angel type figures near the ceiling of these spectacular caves.
fresco at Aurangabad caves

A sculpture of Buddha just outside the Buddhist temples of the Aurangabad caves.
Buddha sculptures at Aurangabad Caves

Another image of Buddha carved out of stone with some attendant figures on the side. Buddha is sitting with folded legs and hands. The throne on which he is sitting shows remnants of carvings.
Buddha in meditation pose at Aurangabad caves

A peep inside the inner sanctum to see the diety of Buddha through a door. At the entrance into the sanctum are two large figures of Buddha.
Buddha diety inside temple

More images of art from Inside Aurangabad Caves and exterior shots
Or check out all images filed under Ajanta or Ellora, or try the label "Buddhism" for sculptures and shrines of Buddha from different parts of the world.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Masons at Work

These are images of masons at work in India. Here the worker is measuring the brick which he has just laid on a wall.
mason at work laying bricks

An old mason working with cement.

old mason at work

A mason taking a break from work. He is squinting his eyes to  keep out the blazing sun on a hot day.

labourer taking a break from work

Two masons at work.

masons are work in India

Related Images: Check out posts filed under Skilled Labour and Unskilled Labour

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Airport Baggage carousel

Here are photographs of a luggage belt (called a baggage carousel) at an airport baggage claims center, with air passengers waiting for their baggage. A view from the top airplane passengers waiting for their luggage on a luggage belt. Large airports all have this system of offloading luggage for the benefit of passengers. This picture is taken at Goa airport.

luggage belt at airport

Most passengers appear to have picked up their luggage, while others are still waiting.
suitcases on luggage belt at airport

This one is an unusual baggage retrieval counter! It is round or circular in shape, and the image is of Koh Samui airport. Being a small airport (Koh Samui is an island off the coast of Thailand) it doesn't need a very large baggage carousel.
circular baggage carousel in Koh Samui

Some food item has spilled on to the luggage belt but no one's complaining!
bags on luggage carousel at airport

Bags lined up in a neat row at the airport baggage claims place.

bags on luggage carousel with waiting passengers

Related Pictures: Airport Lounge with people waiting or Inside of an Aeroplane or Closeups of Airplanes
Or check all photographs under the label Airports  which has images of different airports of the world.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Indian fishing boats or trawlers

Indian fishing boats and trawlers on the Goa coast in the Indian ocean. Here is a bunch of Goan fishing boats bunched up and parked near the Goa shores. Some bigger trawlers and boats can be seen seen in the distance, some of them tourist boats.
fishing boats of Goaa

A wider view of the small fishing boats on the Goa coast. The larger versions of these photos allow you to see a wealth of detail!
parked fishing trawlers in Goa

Here are some related photos of fishing: Canoes on the river Hooghly or two men Fishing at Esna Lock in Egypt or Fishing Trawlers in the Gulf of Thailand
Tourist boats: Taman Negara boats or a Nubian Boatman from Egypt
Locals in boats like a Chinese Man ferrying cycle in canoe or Two boatmen in a canoe in the ocean

Friday, June 15, 2012

Taman Negara boats

These pictures are from Taman Negara, the National Park in Malaysia and a popular tourist spot. These canoes are used by tourists to navigate the well preserved Tahan river which snakes through the park.
Long canoe type boats which have a roof to protect you from the rain somewhat but offer a great view of the river.
canoes on the river Tahan in Malaysia

The boatman piloting our canoe. The river and forest can be seen in the background.
boatman on canoe in river Tahan in Taman Negara

Here you can see how deep the forest is and the river wide.
tourist boat canoe in the river Tahan in Malaysia National Park

Related Images: Canopy Walk in the Tamen Nagera Rain Forest or Palm Plantations of Malaysia
Or check out all posts on Malaysia

Here are some related photos of boats: Canoes on the river Hooghly or Fishing Trawlers in the Gulf of Thailand
More tourist boats: A Nubian Boatman from Egypt or locals in boats like a Chinese Man ferrying cycle in canoe or Two boatmen in a canoe in the ocean

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Inside Aurangabad Caves

These are sculptures from the Aurangabad Caves. The dozen caves are a treasurehouse of art and sculpture going back almost ten centuries. These Buddhist caves are often neglected due to the presence of the Ajanta  and  Ellora  caves nearby. These 12  rock-cut Buddhist shrines house amazing ancient sculptures of  Buddha and numerous other figures, many of them women. These sculptural carvings of Aurangabad Caves are true Indian classical art and are equal in artistry to those at Ajanta or Ellora.

This is a figure of Buddha inside and inner sanctum of the caves. Bits of faded paint is visible even now, after hundreds of years!
buddha statue at the aurangabad caves

Another figure of Buddha inside a cave.
Buddha shrine inside the Aurangabad caves

The artist could be representing apsaras or angels - mythical figures or they could be simply devotees of Buddha, ordinary women who worshipped him. The woman in the middle seems to be a dancer.
Unfortunately most of these sculptures lie neglected with rat and bat droppings all around. The caves also stink of rat and bat droppings. Such beautiful art should be restored and somehow protected from wild animals, birds and also the ravages of the weather and dampness.
sculpted maidens inside Aurangabad caves

A group of female devotees kneeling have been carved into the walls of the cave.  One of them appears to be clapping her hands. Could she be singing?
statues of female devotees of Buddha in Aurangabad caves

This is a fresco showing Buddha and an entourage on the walls of the caves. The paint is now gone, but the remnants can be seen.
decorated fresco at the Aurangabad caves

A couple with a child carved into the inside of the cave. The man appears to be carrying something. Perhaps gifts for Buddha?
fresco of sculptures inside Aurangabad caves

Related Pictures: Check out all images filed under Aurangabad Caves  which includes pictures of the Aurangabad Caves Exteriors as well as carvings and other Indian classical art from these caves.
Or check out all images filed under Ajanta and Ellora or try the label Buddhism for sculptures and shrines of Buddha from different parts of the world.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City in Rome Italy

The Sistine Chapel is the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It's architecture and sculpted decorations and paintings are famous. Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio worked on the paintings and frescoes in the chapel.

The image below is a wide angle view of the famous Sistine chapel which lies in Vatican city. Hundreds of tourists are milling about. The actual chapel is quite plain from the outside.

panoramic view of the Sistine Chapel in Rome

Another view of the large Sistine Chapel area.
Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

The crowds at the Sistine Chapel are huge and this photo captures some of them.
tourists at the Sistine Chapel

This is one of the doors, an exit. A guard in costume is standing at the door. Even here elaborate sculpted figures can be seen. The door is huge and at the top there is a small painting with sculptures of angels on each side of it. Like many ancient doors this one too seems to be fortified with iron protrusions.
Sistine Chapel door

A view of the chapel and the buildings around it in Vatican city.
Sistine chapel in the Vatican City

The actual structures of the chapel and the buildings around it are all decorated with sculptures on the roof and the dome is also very elaborately decorated.
Sistine chapel architecture

Related Images: 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

Friday, June 8, 2012

Aurangabad Caves Exterior

These are pictures of extraordinary ancient Indian art and architecture from the 6th and 7the centuries. These cave temples are Buddhist shrines cut out of rock on a hill-side near Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India. Unfortunately they have been given less importance due to the spectacular caves temples at Ajanta and Ellora, also on the outskirts of Aurangabad city and probably for the same reason UNESCO has not declared this as a World Heritage monument or site. However, the Aurangabad caves are a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India and something no tourist should miss because of its sheer historical significance. Like the Ajanta and Ellora cave temples, these caves lay forgotten as they had been built in the wilderness and the Mughal rulers failed to destroy them.

One has to walk up the hill-side to see these caves but the walk is worth it. In any case the steps are not very steep as can be seen in these photographs. This photo was taken from near the top of the hill, outside the cave temples.

stairway to Aurangabad caves

This is a picture of the exterior of the caves with its elaborately carved pilars and some broken statues in the front. A lot of erosion has taken place and one wonders whether any restoration work is planned.
exterior of Aurangabad Caves

A look at the rough exterior of the Aurangabad temple caves.
outside the Aurangabad caves

A view of the inside of the of the corridors inside the Aurangabad caves. A sculpture of Buddha with some other unknown figures next to him is visible at the end of the corridor. All the carvings are elaborate and one can only imagine the beauty of these caves all those centuries ago! Just the thought takes one's breath away.
carved corridor of the Aurangabad caves

A closer look at the carved pillars inside the Aurangabad temple caves.
Aurangabad cave sculpted pillars

A deity can be seen inside the inner sanctum of the caves. Has to be Buddha.
inside the Aurangabad caves

Check out all images filed under Aurangabad Caves which includes pictures of the interior and the sculptures and carvings inside and also Ajanta and Ellora . Or try the label "Buddhism" for sculptures and shrines of Buddha from different parts of the world.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Grasse in France

Grasse is a town in France considered the capital of perfume. For several hundred years this place has had a flourishing perfume industry.
Although there is nothing much else of tourist interest in Grasse (except a cathedral) people do come to see the perfume factories and how perfume is made. The town itself is surrounded by hills and is a picturesque place.
Grasse town in France

This urban landscape shows you the neat buildings with the hills and sky in the background.
Grasse the capital of perfume in France

Related Images: The streets of Paris in pictures or Birds Eye View of Paris from the Eiffel Tower
Lido at Champs Elysees, Paris or Unusual street sights from Paris  
Or check out all photographs taken in France.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Silhouettes of the London Skyline

This is a black and white silhouette of a skyline which is representative of London city. The Tower Bridge in the background and the river Thames in the foreground. This bridge is often mistakenly called the London Bridge.
silhouette of the London Bridge

This is a silhouette of an ordinary street scene in London but some typical London sights are silhouetted against the sky. The London Eye can be seen silhouetted in the background and in the foreground there is traffic and buildings, a typical London telephone booth and a double decker bus.
London skyline silhouette

Related Images:  London Eye Sketches, Silhouettes and Illustrations or Venice Skyline Silhouettes
More Sketches and Silhouettes of London Monuments and Landmarks: Westminster Silhouette and Sketch or Queen's Guard photo, sketch and silhouette or Tower of London Photograph, Sketch and Silhouette

Or try the label Skylines for more silhouettes, sketches, or photos of skylines of different cities of the world.

Actual photos of  Westminster Palace and Big Ben which is the British House of Parliament.
London scenes: Free iconic scenes from London or London scenes from daily life: Musician in the London Metro or London streets with traffic, buses, crowds and people

(These silhouettes are based on photographs taken by me)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Cancer Patients

These are photos of patients in a hospital. Specifically they were taken at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital.
The photograph shows an old man lying on a stretcher and being wheeled by a relative.
old patient on a stretcher in a hospital

This is a child cancer patient lying still on a bench outside the doctor's office.
child cancer patient in hospital

Related Images: Tata Memorial Hospital Photos