Shining Little Channapatna Lacquer Toys and Dolls!

Colorful, shining little colorful Channapatna Toys and Dolls happily sit basking in the early afternoon sun at the outdoor Kaveri Handicrafts Emporium at the Junction of MG Road and Brigade Road, the nerve center of Bangalore. The history of Channapatna Toys can be traced to Tipu Sultan and Persia. They are made out of Ivory Wood (today Teak also) and finished using Lacquer wood finish that gives them that shining, glowing look. They are famous across the world and are THE souvenirs to take home after you visit Bangalore. You can buy Channapatna Toys online too!

A Hot Pink Volkswagen Beetle in Bangalore!

Prize catch! A Volkswagen New Beetle car in standard Hot Pink color spotted at Canara Bank signal, Koramangala 100 ft road, Bangalore! This is something I had kept an eye out for a long time! Volkswagen New Beetles were available in India till 2013 for a sweet 22 lakhs a piece when they were discontinued for want of sales (obviously), managing to sell only around 500 numbers, making the New Beetle an absolute rarity on Indian roads. The iconic Beetles are absolute eye candy to look at given its famous curvy design and palatable colors. Not sure if the New Beetle was offered in Pink or if this is a custom paint job. Yes, the Pink Beetle is the Property of a Lady, of course 🙂 Also, here is a Pink Chevrolet Beat.

Kerala KSRTC’s Old Volvo B7R RA102 in New Kerala Tourism Livery!

RA102 is one of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) three old Volvo B7Rs bought to run Bangalore – Thiruavanathapuram services in October 2008. After running on and off for six years, they were replaced by brand new Volvo B9R multi axle buses in 2014. RA102 was then assigned to run special services in a new “Kerala Tourism” livery featuring a Mohiniattam dancer, a “Chundan vallom (snakeboat), half of a Kathakali face and a houseboat. Brilliantly designed. After hunting around for quite some time, I finally caught the elusive bus running a Guruvayur – Alappuzha special service at the Ernakulam Vyttila Mobility Hub one fine evening. You can see KSRTC’s other two old Volvo B7Rs also here: RA100 and RA101.