The Famous Sheikh Zayed Road of Dubai in the Evening

The Sheikh Zayed Road cutting through the center of Dubai and the commercial lifeline of its high profile commercial and business district appears deserted one late evening, though it was not, but for this well-timed photograph, as seen from the Dubai Internet City metro station elevator. The Sheikh Zayed Road, as the Emirates Road or E11 connecting all the Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, is called while passing through Dubai, is 12 to 16 lanes wide (6-8 lanes per side) in its business district, not including service roads. The Metro line seems to be dividing the picture into two, the blue sky above and the gray and brown buildings below.

A Grey and Gloomy Bangalore Electronic City Elevated Expressway

View from the elevated Expressway connecting Silk Board and Electronic City in Bangalore on a gloomy rainy day. The uniform grey of the sky stretching from horizon to horizon matches with the grey of the road and the buildings and the spray raised vehicles speeding through the water, making the entire thing look like out of an post-apocalyptic movie. This setting would also almost make Bangalore seem to be an advanced city in a developed country! Oh how I wish this was the infrastructural scene everywhere in the city!

A Half-Finished Bangalore Flyover and Crumbling Roads

The edge of a half-finished flyover stands in the void as its construction abruptly ends. A scene from Bangalore at Hennur Cross junction on the Outer Ring Road. This junction is an asthma-inducing dusty, crumbling mess of urban crumbling, of a village trying hard to become a city. Also take a look at the awesome “roads” below. Of course, nobody is bothered, this flyover has been standing like this for a year now with no closure of construction in sight. Just another example of the “Silicon Valley’s” pathetic infrastructure. Oh and people as usual with zero civic sense dirty whatever structure they can by pasting ugly paper bills on them. If you look closely you can see a flex for some Kerala Samajam function with Suresh Gopi’s face on it. This is the location below.

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!

The Under-Renovation NH47 Highway near Coimbatore

The Walayar – Coimbatore part of the Palakkad – Coimbatore section of the National Highway 47 (new number NH 744) which runs from Kanyakumari to Salem via Kerala. Half-finished flyovers and overbridges dot the stretch of the two-lane road marred by potholes and twists and turns which is such a contrast from the awesome three-lane highways of the rest of Tamil Nadu. The area though presents spectacular scenery against the backdrops of the Western Ghat hills of the Palakkad Gap. Those structures in between belong to some factory of some sort.

The MC Road Framed by Walls of Greenery

The Main Central Road (MC Road) in Kerala connects the state capital Thiruvananthapuram with central Travancore districts, ending at Angamaly in Ernakulam district. The road was built by Raja Kesavadas, the erstwhile Diwan of Travancore. The road passes through mountainous terrain, heavily populated in pockets. Here the road is seen in Kottayam district, flanked by walls of greenery on all sides and offers very beautiful views. The road is very twisty for its entire length and you should be an expert driver to negotiate it.