Wednesday, 18 June 2014

74. Legal Information

Every time I visit Puducherry, I find it more crowded and more humid.
It is becoming more and more commercial and the peace is disappearing.
However, in the evening, with the breezy wind from the sea waves, it is more beautiful; and even crowded peaceful too.

The Promenade beach road is closed for vehicles from 6.00 in the evening to 7.30 in the morning. Yes, everyday!


This photograph is taken in the afternoon, but evening are crowded. Some people walking (exercise), some just facing the sea, children playing, people eating ... overall relaxed atmosphere.

I see thousands of people here in the evening.

While taking an afternoon walk, I came across this board and was surprised and glad.


Kudos to Puducherry Police for choosing the right spot and taking initiative in making people aware of the legal provisions. It also emphasises Women's Right  to move freely and comfortably.

Hope, all tourist spots have such "Legal Information" boards. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

73. Begging is her livelihood

There are certain memories which you can never forget.
They might not necessarily part of 'your' life - but in a way they become part of your life. 
More than two and half years ago, when I came out of Lucknow airport in Uttar Pradesh, I saw this woman sitting in the parking area of the airport.


I did not what to say.

Then I knew and even today I know that we need to take collective efforts so that old people in our land do hot have to choose begging as the source of their livelihood.

Can we do it? 
I know it is not easy. 
But I hope we do it! 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

72. Circuit House:2. Agartala

Raipur 

Gone are the days of those stinky, old, ghost-like circuit houses. Modern construction is replacing the old ones....

Here are images of Tripura State Guest House at Agartala. This is more like a palace.


A closer look. The treee is so beautiful .


It gives a kind of serence feeling. The lawn makes eyes calm.


If government decided to maintain, it can maintain its building very well.



Sunday, 13 April 2014

71. Force

I was in a small village in Tamil Nadu. 
We were on the hillock and while watching downwards, I saw this.


Who was guiding the direction? Whose will mattered? 
Who was really using force to pull the other?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

70. Food 4: Kharwas

I don't know what Kharwas is in English. I do not know whether it is consumed beyond the world that I know of. What I know is: I like it and it is rarely available. 

So the other day when my friend offered it to me, I was glad to have it served couple of times. 

It is made of Colostrum milk, (normal) milk and Jaggery

This is Colostrum Milk.


After mixing normal milk (now, don't ask me the details of measurements etc.!) and adding Jaggery cook this in Pressure Cooker. It looks like this:


Tempting, isn't it? 
Cut it into pieces for ease of consumption.


And I had no hesitation in having it;


Actually I lost the count of plates :-) 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

69. Gangtok Market

After a rather hectic day, my colleague wanted to me visit the Market.
I am not much into shopping and I don't like to be surrounded by crowds. 
When I explained my views, my colleague , a local official said, "Oh! But it is Gangtok Market!"

According to me, all markets are alike. However, I did not want her to feel bad and hence went with her. 

When I realized  the vehicles had 'no entry' in the market,  I felt good. 
The first impression was amazing.


To be able to walk freely in the market (for that matter on any road) was an experience in itself. 

Suddenly it started raining. Up came the umbrellas.


You can see how clean and how specious is the word within the market. It is also safe for women. 
If you get tired of walking, you can sit on these benches - take rest, talk, listen to music, consume food, just relax - whatever you want. 


I wish there were many more such markets in the country! 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

68. Birds: 1

The perspective of human beings is different from other species around us. 
For example, who would call a stream, mostly carrying drainage water beautiful? Who would say it is essential? 

But it is very essential for the birds. 
See Intermediate Egrets and Indian Pond Herons together here.


Their peaceful coexistence for the use of limited resources is a lesson to all of us.