When the sun sets, it paints the sky in a mesmerising palette, in front of which everything else fades to black. The scene of this sunset was a hot late summer evening at Kodimatha in Kottayam, Kerala, India with everything else, including the Chicking outlet turning into black silhouettes in front of the brilliant sunset. The photo has been color-enhanced, but these colors of the sunset – yellow, orange, gold, blue, purple and pink – are all real.
The name is Bond, James Bond. The venerable WAP1 #22007 of Arakkonam is seen braving a hot sun under clear blue skies hauling the 12081 Kannur-Trivandrum JanShatabdi Express on the newly opened double line between Changanasserry and Thiruvalla in Kerala. As the 7th WAP1 ever produced, almost 25 years old and nearing the end of its eventful service life, the 22007 is one of the oldest dedicated passenger electric locomotives in operation today. This veteran has seen much of Indian Railway’s growth, and even in its twilight years has he honors of hauling prestige trains.
The inside of the overwhelmingly grand dome at the “Persian Court” section of the Ibn Battuta Mall of Dubai, UAE. The design is created to reflect the complex intricacies of Persian architecture of the 14th century when Ibn Battuta traveled the east. The Ibn Battuta mall is divided into sections of “courts”, each real-world replicas of how different parts of the world looked in the 14th century, as and when visited by Ibn Battuta. The entire place presents a breath-taking experience to visit, like a historical theme park in the form of a shopping mall. The “Persian Court” is occupied by a Starbucks.
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Twin ALCO WDM3As, (#18704 and #16296) in the classic blue-turquoise-blue livery of the Krishnarajapuram KJM diesel loco shed wait at Trivandrum Kochuveli railway terminus with the 12258 Kochuveli – Bangalore Yeshwantpur Garib Rath express. This train was until recently hauled by a single KJM ALCO locomotive, but now gets two of them, a great and stunning upgrade! Twin ALCOs are always a sight to behold, and it is an honor for the GR to get them! You are looking at 6200 horsepower, which is frankly needed to haul the rake of 16 heavy 81-seater AC coaches.
A Red Ford Mustang Fastback lies in wait for its new owner at Dubai’s famous Al-Aweer used car market. One of the world’s most renowned and powerful cars, the Ford Mustang is an icon of motoring. To increase the screen presence of the car, its surroundings have been grayed out in this photograph. The Al-Aweer car used car market in Dubai is a phenomenal place, a car lover’s wet dream, where you can buy anything from a Toyota Yaris to a Lamborghini Huracan on the spot.
The legendary Bangalore – Thiruvalla Super Deluxe Air Bus RSC 675 of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) seen at Madiwala bus stop in Bangalore one chilly evening, waiting for its passengers to show up. The bus runs the Salem – Coimbatore – Palakkad – Thrissur – Ernakulam – Alappuzha – Changanaserry route. It departs Bangalore at 1830 from Mysore Road Satellite bus station, 1930 from Madiwala to reach Ernakulam at 0615 and Tiruvalla by 0800. RSC 675 was withdrawn some months after this picture was taken and was replaced with RPC 900.