In #CommunistKerala, You Turn Right to go to Moscow!

A road direction sign board on a local road in Kottayam district, Kerala. Yes, what you see is actually¬†the name of a village junction, and not some international signboard. In a state with huge communist leanings it is no accident that there are many places named ‘Moscow’ there! The only anomaly is that instead of left, you have to turn right to get to this Moscow! ūüôā Taken through a car windshield which explains the glossiness of the picture.

“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”.

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 Hill, A Toll Plaza and a Glorious Tamil Nadu Highway

The twin roofs of the TNDK Toll Plaza in Karur district, Tamil Nadu, perfectly frames the Vadamalai hill seen in the distance against a blue sky, making it look like the hill is perched atop of the plaza, the lines of the roof perfectly flowing into the contours of the hill. The location is given in the map below, between Karur and Namakkal on the national highway NH7 in central Tamil Nadu, the hill seen under the “G” of ‘Google’. The highway is out of this world, butter smooth and the best part, empty! Makes for a glorious drive any time of the year! Bliss is this!

Vamos Argentina! From Kaduthuruthy, Kerala

Argentina Fans Proclaim their Love for the Team in Kerala. Kerala is crazy about football and this craziness reaches a fever pitch during every FIFA World Cup. Fans put up huge hoardings with graphics printed on flex sheets proclaiming love and tributes for their favorite teams which mostly happen to be Brazil and Argentina, which many people are hard core, die hard fans of. This is more prevalent in Malabar, the northern part of the state. Here is a rather smaller flex board put up by some fans of the Argentinian team in Kaduthuruthy, a village in South Kerala in Kottayam district. The hoarding says: “We have not come to challenge anyone, but to face challenges with beautiful football… To the land of the arrogant, with a little arrogance….”

Portait of Hanuman Swami Made Using Illumination Lights

A beautiful, life-like glowing portrait of Lord Hanuman Swami made using strings of multi-colored illumination lights seen standing on its scaffolding high above the traffic noise at Marathahalli Bridge, Bangalore late one night. The image depicts him carrying the “Maruthva Mala” which had the life saving herbs to save the life¬†Lakshmana who was grievously wounded during the Rama-Ravana war in the Ramayana. These kinds of illuminated portraits can be found all over India and should be recognized as an art form. Waiting for the day when the illumination lights will be replaced by LEDs. That will be awesome! Unfortunately, one set of lights for the left leg seemed to be out of order.