A Karnataka KSRTC Scania Metrolink “Airavata Diamond Class” Bus

A Scania Metrolink multi-axle bus belonging to the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) seen at Madivala in Bangalore early one morning. Services run using the Scanias are KSRTC’s most premium, run under the brand name “Airavata Diamond Class”. The bus seen in the picture was running the Ernakulam – Bangalore service that day.

The Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Metro Station, Vidhana Soudha

Bangalore’s “Namma” Metro’s Purple Line station entrance/exit for the Vidhana Soudha metro station, named after Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, after whom the road is also named. Unlike other stations, the entrances and exits of the Vidhana Soudha station feature lovely detailing on them, reminiscent of the architecture of the Vidhana Soudha itself. There are four entrances to the underground stations, and this is the one near the Vidhana Soudha, the dome of which you can see in the background. All entrances feature the same detailing on them. This metro station just like its namesake is sure to become a landmark of the city.

The Majestic Vidhana Soudha Silhouetted by the Setting Sun

The majestic Vidhana Soudha, the colossal neo-Dravidian granite building that houses the legislative seat of the Government of Karnataka, Bangalore’s most famous building and among its most prominent landmarks is silhouetted by the glory of the setting sun after a blazing hot day. The magnificent dome of the Vidhana Soudha building, capped by the Sarnath Lion Capital partly obscures the furious blaze of the sun at sunset and stands awash in the orange-golden glow, the intricately carved granite toppings of the walls jut out into the sky, the huge granite pillars and edifices calmly retreating into the dusk. The tricolor can be seen gently fluttering in the breeze.

The Great Bangalore Tin Factory Junction Traffic Jam

A view of the omnipresent traffic jam at the infamous Tin Factory junction neat KR Puram Railway station in Bangalore, the bane of Bangalore commuters. This photo shows only the traffic coming in from the railway station side along a essentially three-lane road that is mostly always filled with traffic, just as on the other side which is perennially congested. You can see people trying to cross the roads in between, literally putting their lives on the line. The place is horribly dusty and polluted as you can see, look at the sky – those are not rain clouds but smog from vehicle exhaust, seen against the “hanging bridge”, a planning disaster as is most of the remaining of Bangalore. And of course, this is far from the worst, actually this traffic is less.

Royapuram WAP4 #22841 with the Kochuveli – Bangalore Express

Southern Railway’s Royapuram shed WAP4 #22841 stands at Krishnarajapuram (KJM) Railway Station in Bangalore with the 16316 Trivandrum Kochuveli – Bangalore City daily Express on a gloomy morning, looking all sleek and fresh, after a scintillating run, reaching well before time! The paint has started flaking around its edges. The infamous “hanging bridge” can be seen in the background. The WAP4 is a 5350 hp AC powered electric locomotive which is a direct descendant of the legendary WAM4. It is the current workhorse of the Indian Railways hauling most long distance express trains.

The Bangalore Brigade World Trade Center Tower at Night

Bangalore’s Brigade World Trade Center office tower located in the Brigade Gateway complex at Rajajinagar, North Bangalore as seen at night. The building has 32 floors and houses offices of Amazon.com, ABB and KPMG among others. Offices of employees working late can be seen, as much as can be parts of Orion Mall and the center courtyard of the Brigade Gateway complex. To the right can be seen the residential apartment block casting a shadow. Completely uber-posh place, this.