Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pumpkin Milk Shake

This fruit is called “Sitafal” in Bombay. In north it is called “Sharifa”. In north pumpkin is called Sitafal. Soon after moving to Bombay I say Sitafal milkshake on the menu of a restaurant. I just couldn’t understand why would anyone want to drink pumpkin flavored milk. I noticed that this was not limited to just one restaurant but is available in almost all eating joints selling milkshakes. When I couldn’t bear it anymore, I asked someone what exactly it is and then only I found out what it is.

Friday, February 23, 2007

The road is my playground

I am not talking about Schumacher or Alonso or anyone else involved in any type of tracing. I am talking about the kids who live in these jhuggies. This is somewhere between Bandra and Parel. The entire footpath on that stretch and beyond has been encroached. The roads have not been spared either as it serves as the front yard of their houses. All the stuff you are seeing including the bicycle, the green crate and the aluminum milk can is on the road. This is pretty much what happens to al the roads in Bombay. You may make a road that has four lanes but there will be only one lane effectively used by the traffic.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Giant Wheel

These are makeshift human powered rides that you can see quite commonly in fairs in India. Human powered because it is not operated by power. To run it, two-three people climb up the axel and by walking on it, they make it turn, quite a bit like guinea pigs that keep moving in their cages on a circular path. I personally find these very dangerous because you never know what the state of the men was last night when they put this ride together It was quite likely that they were drunk and couldn’t do it properly or may be they are frustrated by their low wage and are not wiling to go beyond a certain point.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Yellow Titan

I have mentioned earlier as well, if not here than in my other blogs that JV Link Road is taking forever to be completed. My nephew Bharat clicked this picture of the roller when he was visiting us in June last year. The work on this road is still going on. The time it takes to build roads in Bombay and their conditions is pathetic but what is even more amazing is the kind of things you will see on roads. Usually you have trucks to carry heavy machinery like this or earthmovers but in Bombay they share the road with other traffic. If this is to be transported to another place, they will simply drive it to that place. If you are thinking how long it will take then think how relevant it is. The wages of the operator or should I say driver of this roller will be so low that it will be cheaper to let him drive it instead of hiring a truck to carry it even if it takes a whole day to drive this damn thing to destination.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Bandra-Worli Sea link

This is a sea link connecting Bandra with Worli. When this is complete, it will reduce the time taken to travel from Bandra to Worli dramatically. This is a guess they have. In reality I guess this may not be as effective as they think. My negative thinking is because of they way the administrations makes poor guesses. I think the number of cars traveling on this will be way more than estimated and I am not sure what exactly has been done to prevent the bottlenecks just before and after this bridge. The bridge may be clear but I am sure as soon as you leave it, you will encounter encroachers in the forms of parked taxis and rickshaws, vendors selling all possible kind of things and what not.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Building on Bandstand

Bandstand is a promenade in Bandra west and the people living there supposedly build it. It is a nice place; there are a few cafes’ there. This place is one of the favorite places for couples to hang out.

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Performer

This is also from the same fair in Jogeshwari. When I went there with my camera, I saw a play going on with this guy dressed as a woman animatedly speaking something. I don't know what the play was about as it was in Marathi. A camera can get you a lot of respect. As I got there, they moved the kids out of my view and insisted that I sit on a chair.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Creative Restaurant

Quite an unusual name for a restaurant. Don't you think? It is situated opposite the Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel, Mumbai. I haven't had a chance to try it out and I am really wondering what exactly is creative there.

Break Dance

Some time ago, there was some fair kind thing happening in Jogeshwari and this is one of the ride. In the coming few days you will see more pictures from there.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Quite a few years ago, I thought of making a painting showing a nest on a tree wothout any leaves. I wanted to name it "Hope". I never made that painting but yesterday I saw something exactly in real life. This is a nest on a leaveless Almon tree in our housing society.

Almond trees shed leaves very quickly. In a matter of 3-4 days, they are completely naked and in another 3-4 days, they start having new leaves.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Taking a nap

Driving taxis and rickshaws is not a very easy job, as sometimes you have to wait for long time before you can get a fare. When you do get a fare. This rickshaw driver is taking a nap on the back seat of his rickshaw on a lazy afternoon. He gets the rest he needs and when someone comes to him, he will jump up, rub his eyes and will be ready to go. I like the kind of graphics they have in their rickshaws that include pictures of movie starts to other things like this hand and rose.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Padded Fire Hydrant

There are a few fire hydrants in our society but I am not sure if they will work should a need arise. I guess they are there more for compliance with rules than any other purpose. On of the fire hydrant is placed at a little awkward place. It is right at a turn and a little too close to the road. I have never seen or heard about anyone bumping into it but seeing it padded with tires makes me feel it had caused a few dents in some cars.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Priyanka Chopra

This is a Pepsi Truck on the Western express higway. On the left is the jhuggis that are now being pushed back fr the widening of the road. This picture is taken by my nephew Bharat.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Letter box

About 10 years ago, this box would have seen a lot more letter than it sees today even if there are more people living here. Not only in out society but also in the societies that are being build around ours.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Objects in the rear view mirror

Bombay-Pune Highway, on the way to Lonavla.