sitting in the porch of his house, with his family in the background. in one of the winding lanes of the versova gaothan / (fishing) village. the family is of the koli community.
a metal plate with specks of paint and a worn out piece of wood holding it up - apt for khotachi wadi. for more photos from this neighbourhood, hit up 'khotachi wadi' in the search box on the right.
five years ago, on the 26th of july 2005, torrential rain, a cloud burst and governance apathy caused unprecedented floods in mumbai. my grandfather's house was under five feet of water for over 10 hours, and this is how one of the rooms looked after 2 days. endless muck, ruined furniture and belongings, an icky smell and a high chance of every object being contaminated. all this however pales in comparison to the hundreds who died or the thousands who lost their homes. have the powers-that-be learnt their lesson? not quite.
slow shutter speed. night lights. golden leaves. and a cyclist. shot a long time ago - in nov 2006, with a nikon point and shoot - when i was just beginning to explore photography.
in the porch of a quaint, old bungalow in khotachi wadi, on a quiet morning. other photos from this set: on flickr or on facebook. or, for more photos from this neighbourhood on this blog, hit up 'khotachi wadi' in the search box on the right.
on a sunday morning, the usually bustling streets around the bombay stock exchange don a more relaxed look. the half-down shutters let in just the right amount of light needed to read the newspaper while signalling that the shop could be opened up if a potential customer comes by.
it's been a lazy day for me today. not that i don't have much to do, i just haven't been doing what i should have been doing.
to see the other photos from this morning: on flickr or on facebook.
'prema milan - united in love', robert stephens blog about his times in mumbai and india is beautifully written. and i've been reading it for most of the evening. slacking, sleeping; potato, potato.
previous photos in this series: mumbai sleeping # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
we have a symbol for the indian national rupee from today on. selected after a design competition, the symbol has been designed by udaya kumar, a Ph.D student from the industrial design centre at IIT mumbai, with a background in architecture and visual communication. it also so happens that four of the five finalists were from mumbai.
the new symbol would take anywhere from 12-18 months to become present on keyboards and in character maps. meanwhile, this being india and since 'we-are-like-this-only' a controversy about the final selection has already popped up.
| Kunal Bhatia | Thursday, July 15, 2010 | |
| Labels: objects | |
sign inside an auto-rickshaw:
प्यास लगी है, कुछ तो पिला दो,
या खुदा हमें भी ऐश्वर्या से मिला दो
pyaas lagi hai, kuchh toh pila do,
ya khuda humein bhi aishwarya se mila do
translating this to english would loose its essence. the truly curious can attempt so at google translate.
other posts about rickshaw signs: 1, 2, 3
the juxtaposition of meanings - of time and space - in this photograph is quite interesting. there's the young couple facing the sea, in a world of their own, dwelling in love. and then there's the widowed-lady, perhaps yearning for a love gone by. alone, she sits facing the city and watches the passer-bys.
shot at marine drive. another photo from the same evening here: love and the city.
colours of khotachi wadi. other photos from this neighbourhood: rear view, now what and mumbai 400004
update: there are some more photos of khotachi wadi. to view them, just type in 'khotachi wadi' in the search box on the right.
looking back at one of the few remaining houses at khotachiwadi, a 19th century settlement of the east-indian community in south mumbai.
update: to email/ tweet/ share/ like posts on mindless mumbai, use the little buttons at the end of the post. and, for more photos from this neighbourhood, hit up 'khotachi wadi' in the search box on the right.
reflections - july theme at city daily photo. to view other photos from around the world, go here