Green Fields and Blue Skies – The Typical Rural Kerala Setting

Big blue skies, green waterlogged fields, and a canal ringed by green trees on the horizon, bisected by a road running through the field. The typical rural Kerala setting. The incredible blueness of the skies that day was especially mind blowing! The now waterlogged paddy fields are being used by people to rear ducks during the monsoon. Not mentioning what place this this, as it would do good not to be besieged by tourists. Though some people might recognize this. Hint: A famous engineering college in Kottayam district.

The Trusty Old Monk with the Sheshadri Express

Arakkonan electric loco shed’s trusted oldie WAM4 #21255 goes past Baiyyappanahalli with the 17209 Bangalore – Kakinada Town Sheshadri Express on an olvercast, cloudy day, and it started drizzling as soon as the train disappeared beyond the starter signal. The Old Monk (how WAM4s are fondly known) will haul the train all the way until Vijayawada, from where a diesel will take over. WAM4s are the oldest electric locomotives currently in service in India, and all those wrinkles on their face show their age, hence the name Old Monk. But still they still pack a solid punch and still can give the WAP4 and WAP7 youngsters a run for their money! Renowned crawler 16566 Mangalore – Yeshwantpur (via Kerala, TN) was standing on PF1 for a long time for no apparent reason.

White Liveried and Decaled Bengaluru Rounds BMTC Volvo

The unique white BMTC Volvo bus that was used to run “Bangalore Rounds” “Hop On Hop Off” services connecting major landmarks of the city such as shopping malls, parks etc standing at Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic) running 365N KBS-Narayana Hrudayalaya. The service was discontinued after poor patronage, because who travels in buses when one can use cars? The buses were redeployed on other route and mostly run airport services. The livery is interesting, but more interesting is the decal, featuring the Kempegowda Tower, Lalbagh glass house, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore Palace among others.

“Moo!” Cows be a Chillin’ on Bangalore Roads

A completely chilled out Bos Taurus chews cud lying very comfortably under the Yeshwantpur overpass on the road leading to Rajajinagar. I stopped to say hi. Cows are were common on Indian roads and are part of the enduring strerotype of Indian roads: “Cows on Indian Roads”.

Heavenly Cubbon Park on a Sunny Sunday Afternoon

Bangalore’s ethereal and so calming Cubbon Park as soon on a very sunny Sunday afternoon, green expanses of grass stretching between huge and old trees, that have been supplying the city with fresh and pure Oxygen since 1870. The huge botanical wonder was completely devoid of people as n”new generation, modern people rather prefer crowded malls as those bastions of westernized wonders are far more cool than old parks where cool people don’t hang out anymore, leaving it free to Bangaloreans like me to enjoy. Moreover Cubbon Park is now completely free of vehicles, which adds to its attraction, an awesome move from the city corporation. We need more such vehicle-free areas in the city. We need to reclaim our city from cars.

KURTC AC “Low Floor” Volvos in the Rain at Night at Vyttila Hub

Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC) is a newly formed subsidiary corporation of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to run city and moffussil bus services throughtout Kerala. For this a large number of buses were acquired under the JnNURM scheme, including a sizable number of Volvos. Here are seen two of them, Volvo B7RLE built city buses at the Vyttila Mobiliy Hub at Ernakulam at 2030 hours at night, running services to Kottayam and Alappuzha respectively. JN337 was running Ernakulam – Kottayam and JN369 was running Ernalkulam – Alappuzha (Alleppy). It was raining heavily providing a nice touch to the buses.