Freshly painted SR AJJ WAP1 #22041 in full WAP4 livery rests at Kottayam with the 12082 Trivandrum – Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express. The first two coaches are in regular Jan Shatabdi livery while most of the remaining are pasted over with advertisement wraps of different colors for Joy Alukkas jewelers, Madhyamam newspaper and others. The WAP1, with mid-mounted headlamps no less, is a not rare but less regular link compared to the WAP4 it usually hauls. The train has comparatively limited stops, a rarity for Kerala, and is the fastest between Trivandrum and Kannur.
Kuttanad, that part of Kerala in Alappuzha (Alleppy) world-famous for its backwaters. This is the “backbone” of those backwaters, the Pampa river lazily cutting though its center at Chennemkari in a typical Kerala backwater setting: A wide expanse of clear water flanked by palm-tree fringed banks, reflecting off the lazily flowing water. Taken at water level from a small “shuttle” boat used to cross the river by the local people. Two houseboats can be seen in the distance.
Mercedes-Benz’s new Multi-Axle bus model probably undergoing road tests spotted outside a BharatBenz showroom in a central Tamil Nadu town. The bus is a ground-breaking 15 meters long, breaking Volvo 9400PX‘s (B11R – now discontinued) 14.5 m meter length record, making it the longest bus in India (and Asia). 15 meters is also the legally the longest length any passenger road vehicle can have in India. The bus features a radical steerable rear tag axle in addition to ESP, ABS, all-round disc brakes and all the usual goodies. The bus model hasn’t been named yet but seems to be called the “Ultra High Deck” and was launched in July 2015. The front-end design of the bus with its distributed vertically stacked lights and AMG-style huge single-bar grille and Mercedes logo marks a radical departure from the old boring Mercedes design and also general bus design which are all straight-line horizontally oriented as of now. A Parveen Benz bus can also be seen.
The setting sun lights up an incredibly wide, expansive cloud bank, all cottony and fluffy from “behind”, highlighting it contours in a poetic golden hue late one evening. One set of raining clouds in the middle is completely lit up in the golden setting color of the sun! The rain falling of the cloud can be clearly seen as golden showers (not the kind you are thinking of, hehe). The size of the cloud banks can be judged by the coconut trees in the bottom right corner. Taken from a train at dusk near Velloor, Kottayam district, Kerala.