The Ashtamudi Lake at Dusk Appears as God’s Canvas

A riot of colors makes the sky above the Ashtamudi lake backwaters near Kollam in South Kerala appear like the canvas of a beautiful oil painting, the sky being God’s canvas. The picture shows the typical idyllic picture postcard perfect Kerala setting: palm fringed shores, lazily lapping waves, a boatman or two on the water. The picture was taken from a running train on the Ashtamudi railway bridge just after sunset when the sky is usually even more spectacular than during the actual sunset. The Ashtamudi lake is the most visited backwater in Kerala and a major tourist attraction in Kerala. Merry Christmas!

The Dubai Marina at its Northern End

A view of the Dubai Marina from the outlet towards the Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf beyond. Immaculately clean, unbelievably pristine and planned down to the minutest detail with not a brick out of place, the Dubai Marina is the “poshest” part of Dubai and among the poshest of the world. It is an artificial waterway of blue, aquamarine and topaz waters, where rich people from around the world park their yachts (you can also hire yachts) surrounded by skyscrapers offering uber-luxury housing and office spaces, with very exclusive restaurants and shopping areas. You will wonder if all that what you see is real. The two towers on the left are Al Murjan and Al Mesk.

The Dubai Metro Train on SZR near the Financial Center

The Dubai Metro’s train number 5051 running service on the Red Line along the financial district, the showcase part of Sheikh Zayed Road, taken just before the Financial Center Metro station. All the myriad skyscrapers lining the road cast permanent shadows on the road and the elevated tracks. The station seen in the background is Emirates Towers. The slanting rays of the sun seem the buildings and structures to be made of Gold, which is what Dubai is. The guy standing in the front of the train is not the driver, Dubai Metro trains are driverless and fully automated.

God’s Own Country in Sapphire Blue and a bit of Emerald Green

Two of Kerala’s main tourist attractions, the beauty of its backwaters and houseboat vacations come together with the Vembanad Lake shining all sapphire blue dotted by houseboats on a very hot day under impossibly blue skies, with the little emerald green island with its coconut trees standing in sharp contrast to the blue above and below. Paradise is this! Pay a visit to God’s Own Country when you can, to unwind and leave all your troubles ashore! The location is just off the “finishing point” at Alappuzha (Alleppey).

The Iconic, Indomitable Ford Mustang GT Fastback in India!

The king of Pony cars, the mighty, indomitable Ford Mustang GT Fastback 5.0 V8 stands on display at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo (though held at NOIDA in the neighboring state of UP). This monster of a car produces 401 PS of power and 515 NM of torque from its 5 liter V8 engine. The Mustang with its wide stance and muscular design (oh that bulging hood!) always exuded raw power and was my dream car from my very childhood. Unlike Italian and German supercars, this American icon named after a legendary horsebreed (or alternatively, after a fighter plane), represents throaty, raw power more associated with open, dusty and rough backwater highways of America rather than the polished European track. And it is finally here in India! The Ford Mustang selling price in India is said to be Rs.55 lakhs ex-showroom, a steal at that price! If you have the money.

Kerala is not Just About the Greenery, it is About the Blues too.

Blue sky, blue horizon, blue lake and a houseboat. Surrounded by a deep blue as far as the eye can see, a houseboat sways gently on the waters of the Punnamada (Vembanad) Lake in Kuttanad, Alappuzha district, Kerala, whose shores are also shrouded in a deep blue at the horizon. This beautiful setting is at the heart of what is called the Kerala Backwaters, famous for its houseboat cruises which make up the bulk of Kerala tourism these days. It was midday, the sun up in a spotless, cloudless blue sky stretching a brilliant blue from horizon to horizon, the water calm and blue, dotted with houseboats in every direction. This is one such houseboat. No two houseboats are same, and this particular one seems to be specially designed for those who want to sleep 🙂