it's been raining cats and dogs over the last few days. and just like wipers clear the wind shield, there's always the need to clear one's head before moving ahead. photo clicked on the bandra worli sea link on a rainy sunday morning.
update: mindless mumbai pics were being imported as notes on my facebook profile, but were not updated on my facebook photography page. tomorrow onwards, no more notes on the profile; instead im aiming to update the kb/photography page more regularly.
previous photos in this series:
love and the city #1: love
#2: love and the city *
#3: love and longing *
#4: still together *
and i know that i've gone a little overboard with the watermarks on this one. but when the biggest media houses in the country calmly siphon off photos from the net without any sort of credit, one can't help but be paranoid.
* the nicer ones
a road side shrine, or perhaps a part of it, in south mumbai's business district. i looked around for an icon or the likes of a deity, but couldn't find any. perhaps the divine make their appearance only at certain hours. it's also odd to have those two bottles of oil and the cotton wickers just lying there. on second thoughts, perhaps i didn't look up to see if there was some one smiling down at me.
spotted bang opposite the keneseth eliyahoo synagogue in fort.
today is 'raksha bandhan' - "The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her .. " - from the wiki page.
since it's a day where the sisters have all the rights to hog the limelight, here's a pic of my cousin sis, mamta bhatia. looking very pretty pretty :)
im still grappling with achieving sharp focus with the 50mm opened fully wide. most often i end up missing the focus while using auto focus, or i end up shaking just a wee bit, but enough to lose the sharpness. but i think the soft blur works for this one.
mindless mumbai was featured in daily news & analysis, an indian national daily on 18th aug, 2010. if you've been in touch with me on my facebook page you may know of this already. if not, i was to blog about this a while ago, but was caught up with jury work. so here it is now.
and since a couple of people have asked me - someone from the DNA team must have stumbled upon mindless mumbai; i did not contact them. they sent me an email the previous evening saying that they'd be featuring it. the column in which it appears is a weekly column that lists blogs related to mumbai. it comes every wednesday on page 4 of the main supplement.
i've not posted anything since the last two days, because i had an interim-review of my thesis project on friday. a review helps since it brings up alternate ways of looking at the project. this photo was clicked at a photography-exhibit at the piramal centre in ncpa.
while trespassers aren't welcome anywhere, this particular house and the sign on its wall seem rather serious about it. as if, if you do anything wrong, the mean-angled house on the corner shall swallow you up.
now is it just me or does someone else also get the same vibes from this? perhaps it is just me at this ungodly hour. anyway, this house is in khotachi wadi which is easily amongst the most photogenic places in the city. for more photos from this neighbourhood, just hit it up in the search box on the right.
an older couple sits besides each other cosily, while the younger one appears a bit separated. shot at marine drive on a sunday evening. see related photos from that evening: love and longing; and a moment of solitude. for more photos, enter "marine drive" in the search box on the right. stay updated on
at the local xerox-wallah. the correct term would be photo-copier, but in india the 'xerox' company's name is generified to the act of photo-copying. wallah is a common suffix in hindi applied to all sorts of characters - vendors, handymen etc. so we have a chabi-wallah (the guy who makes spare keys), phal-wallah (a fruit seller), band-wallahs (a music-band group), photo-wallahs at many tourist places and so on.
rail journeys hold a special place in my heart. i can never tire of the peculiarities of routes and journeys, people and places, signboards and directions, passes and timetables, times and delays, sounds and sights..
im beginning a new photo series - of trains, tracks, trams and tubes across india & europe. updated weekly, one can view and comment on the photos on my facebook page: facebook.com/kunalbhatia.photography
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patience and perseverance: aligning, bedding and setting in place - one brick at a time. over and over again. at a construction site, in jan 2008. to explore more photographs about work, construction and architecture, enter a term in the search box on the right. stay updated on
i observed these two pigeons for a couple of minutes - one was perched near the broken glass piece and kept sticking his head inside the frame trying to get at something. his friend meanwhile provided cover - by watching the street for any trouble. they make for a good team.
a rather empty sandhurst road railway station along the harbour line. largely built during the turn of the 20th century, many of the railway stations along mumbai's harbour line are interesting pieces of architecture - the line runs above the roads at many places and consequently the stations are elevated. many of them also make extensive use of steel sections and griders which complements the industrial character and feel of the areas around the (former) mumbai docks. i just read the wiki page of this station - "The supporting pillars of the edifice bear the inscription "GIPR 1921 Lutha Iron Works, Glasgow" and consequently remembered that i had posted a photo of one such pillar, way back in 2006. though it's not shot very well, it can be seen here.
a camouflaged-blue mumbai police van outside the very blue keneseth eliyahoo synagogue in south mumbai. security concerns require increased patrolling at some sensitive spots. view this photo on flickr here.
the august 2010 theme day at city daily photo is bright colours. to view photos from participating cities across the world, go here.