Turkish Lanterns on Display at the Bur Dubai Old Souk

A very colorful, dazzling array of Turkish lanterns (or Moroccan lanterns) on display for sale at Dubai’s famous Old Souk. The colors and intricate arrangement fo the lanterns is just amazing! The “Old Souk” is part of a heritage tourism project by the Government of Dubai on the lines of traditional Arabian markets selling artifacts, textiles etc. The Dubai Old Souk is housed in a created development along the waterfront of the Dubai Creek Near the Al-Ghubaiba Metro and Bus stations, and represents the oldest part of Dubai. A must visit when to Dubai.

The Dubai Metro against Marsa Dubai, all in Blue and Gold!

The Dubai Metro train number 5060 running the “red” line from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali glides past the Marsa Dubai area, which consists of the Dubai Marina and surroundings on the left side and the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) on the right. The fierce midsummer desert sun shines down a bit muted, and the afternoon sunlight reflecting off the dust in the air and buildings in the area give the surroundings and the haze in the air an ethereal golden glow, accentuating the gold and yellows used in buildings, except on the ones that are mainly blue. This blue and gold contrast is what gives Dubai its exotic feel! The station is Jumeirah Lake Towers and on the extreme left, you can see the round brown structure of the posh Dubai Marina Mall.

Ernakulam’s Orange Hunk Hauls the Garib Rath on the Konkan Railway

Ernakulam ERS diesel loco shed’s Diesel Locomotive WDM3A #14046, one of ERS most trusted and oldest workhorses blasts past Anjani on the Konkan Railway with the 12202 Trivandrum Kochuveli – Mumbai Kurla LTT Garib Rath in tow. The orange-cream-orange livery of the Ernakulam hunk contrasts nicely with the green of the Garib Rath, the stunning green of the Konkan and the bright deep blue of the early morning sky. You can see the flagman waving his green flag at the orange hunk as it rushes by (Look how small he is in front of the locomotive!). Anjani is in Maharashtra nearer to Panvel and is one of Konkan’s most beautiful stations.

Kathakali Faces Hang Around at LuLu Mall, Ernakulam

Kathakali face cutouts hung on display at the LuLu Mall in Ernakulam (Kochi), Kerala during the Onam festival season like all mall interiors are decorated. Along with Onam, Snake Boats etc., Kathakali and its faces are among the strongest cultural synonyms and representative images (and tourist attractions) of Kerala. Kathakali is a world-famous art form that originated and is practiced in Kerala, a kind of dramatized dancing usually depicting stories from the Mahabharata performed by actors wearing highly stylized makeup, elaborate headgear, and costumes that are often a riot of colors. The end result of this makeup generally looks like the faces in this picture.

North Side View of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

The view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as seen from the north side courtyard, with its impressive domes and uniquely golden spires on top of them. Tried a symmetrical photograph but didn’t quite come out in a straight line, though you can see a glass window straight ahead if you look closely.

Kondody Autocraft’s Newest Bus Model (AIS-052) for Kondody Motors

Kondody Autocraft is Kerala’s most important bus body building undertaking located at Kottayam, Kerala. They build ladder-on-frame bus bodies on chassis for private bus operators. These buses, commonly called the “Kondody Body” are widely seen across South Kerala. They are the only manufacturer (apart from KSRTC) accredited to build buses in compliance with the new AIS-052 code of practice for bus body design and approval. Here is Kondody’s latest bus model built in accordance with AIS-052 standards, running the Kottayam – Changanasserry – Kattappana – Irattayar route for sister concern Kondody Motors, Kottayam and Idukki districts’ most prolific private stage carrier bus operator. This new model bus sports the iconic Kondody front facade while the sides with large glass windows look radically different. It overall is more compact, contemporary and much better looking than usual buses. The livery is an “inspiration” of that of the KSRTC Volvos.