Rain falls in sheets during the Kerala monsoon and all the flora around: the baby mango tree on the left side with its leaves glistening with rain water, the something tree on the right and the jackfruit and coconut trees in the background, all are only too happy about it! 🙂 This photograph was taken in HDR mode and you can clearly see the streaks of rain drops falling! Doesn’t it look like a painting? I think it does 🙂
Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC) is a newly formed subsidiary corporation of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to run city and moffussil bus services throughtout Kerala. For this a large number of buses were acquired under the JnNURM scheme, including a sizable number of Volvos. Here are seen two of them, Volvo B7RLE built city buses at the Vyttila Mobiliy Hub at Ernakulam at 2030 hours at night, running services to Kottayam and Alappuzha respectively. JN337 was running Ernakulam – Kottayam and JN369 was running Ernalkulam – Alappuzha (Alleppy). It was raining heavily providing a nice touch to the buses.
The full length of the 22626 Bangalore – Chennai AC Double Decker can be seen as it slides past the Benigannahalli lake (or what is left of it), under the Tin Factory flyover parallel to Old Madras Road in Bangalore, crossing what is known as the Channasandra triangle, framed by the flyover, the Gopalan Mall and the RMZ Infinity tech park. The train’s now somewhat fading red-and-yellow livery, the blue sky, the greenery and the gorgeous pink Tabebuia blooms now being seen everywhere in Bangalore make for a good clash of colors. The train was being hauled by a surprise offlink, a crimson Royapuram WAP4 #22960 instead of its usual RPM WAP7. Took a lot of work framing this full length shot of the train.
The Udupi Garden signal (or the “junction of 16th main and Ring Road”), named after a famous restaurant that used to exist there (today it has become a ‘Shanti Sagar’), is one of Bangalore’s junctions most notorious for its traffic jams. The junction is situated in BTM Layout on the main artery of the IT corridor and hence sees jams stretching kilometers towards all sides every day. Here is an extremely rare photograph of the junction and the 16th Main (BTM layout 2nd Stage) with almost no traffic! Taken on the day of the India – Australia cricket World Cup semifinal match. Good thought of the authorities building the footpath/sidewalk around the tree, sparing it 🙂 This junction was the centerpoint of my life for more than 6 years 🙂