Mannequins fully covered up seen in Phoenix Marketcity Mall, Bangalore. On an unrelated note, the Brihan Mumbai Corporation (BMC) has banned mannequins on display wearing lingerie because apparently these displays incite men to rape (#Facepalm). How much longer do we need to realize that banning this and that will not stop rape and only education and unflinching implementation of the law will? Anyway, BMC and those narrow minded “Indian Culture” people will approve of these mannequins I guess.
SCR Vijayawada (BZA) electric loco shed’s bright blue boys WAG7 twin brothers #28395 and #28396 both under power, leave Jolarpettai junction (JTJ) in Tamil Nadu and proceed on the mainline towards Salem with a very long and empty BOXN rake in in tow. The WAG7s are modern and poweful dedicated freight hauling electric locomotives of the Indian Railways. These WAG7s here share the same casing (shells) as the WAP4 and look exactly similar, the only difference being the livery. WAG7s in WAP4 shells are painted blue with a cream band while WAP4s are orange or red instead of blue.
A gleaming new black 2013 BMW 320d sitting in a Bangalore parking lot. The best looking BMW 3-Series ever, the car is compact with taught skin that reveals its true pedigree. BMW is far ahead of the other two (Audi and Mercedes) in the race among the German marques in India. The design of the 320d (and the 328i) says a lot why it is so. Will I ever own one? I guess not.
The Periyar river flows around an island at Kalady in south-central Kerala. The rain is falling on the river and all around as the darkened skies clear the decks for another of the epic Kerala rains. It seems to be late in the evening even though it is only 1.45 pm. The photo was taken from the creaking Sree Sankaracharya bridge which carries the MC Road across the Periyar, looking east towards the far-away mountains where the river originates, in the remote reaches of the mountainous Idukki district of Kerala which lies across the Western Ghats. The white structure to the left of the picture is Sree Sankaracharya’s birth place.
The Periyar is the second longest river in Kerala after the Bharathapuzha and historically probably the single-most important entity in the history of the state. The Periyar formed and shaped the culture of South-Central Kerala. It created the ancient port of Muziris which attracted traders from Arabia to Rome to the shores of Kerala, and then destroyed it by flooding it in 1581. The result was Kochi. She held off Tipu’s armies from conquering Travancore and formed the boundary between the Kochi and Travancore states. The Idukki Hydroelectric project which supplies power to all of Kerala is located on the Periyar, as is the notorious Mullaperiyar dam.
The Periyar was once a powerful force of nature has been tamed to an extent and is today only a shadow of her former self. But she is only sleeping, and her fury as the port and city-destroyer will be unmatched if she decided to wake up.
KJM’s mighty WDP4 #20068 EMD Diesel Locomotive stands tall at Bangalore City Railway Station, raring to go with the express it is attached to. The WDP4 is the GT46PAC by EMD (Electro-Motive Diesel), an American company previously owned by GM and now by Caterpillar. The Indian Railway classification of this 4000 hp, single cab forward diesel behemoth is WDP4, also the first mainstream diesel passenger locomotive dedicated to haul passenger trains. The WDP4 has a twin, the WDG4 (GT46MAC) dedicated to haul freight trains. Most diesel trains out of Bangalore are headed by WDP4s.
Picture of a Kaveri Travels Volvo 9400 built on a B9R chassis getting ready for departure at Marathahalli. Kaveri runs services within various destinations in Andhra Pradesh such as Hyderabad, Vizag, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Nellore, Ongole, Kakinada and also to Bangalore and Chennai. Their buses feature some really abstract liveries and here is a golden one which nicely complements the colors of the surroundings. Click here for online booking.