AnomalyCity: Ambassador for the dead

Necessity is truly the mother of invention. ‘Jugaad’ in the true sense is made possible when one really needs to get something done, no matter what!

There is always something interesting around us, if we care to look. I noticed this ambassador turned hearse-wagon parked on the road, and managed to take a picture in time, being in a moving car myself.

Ambassadors are a dying breed. Hindustan Motors stopped production in 2014. Once a powerful beast that boasted of being the best in the world is now getting extinct.

This picture is a perfect juxtaposition – dying breed carrying the dead.

Photo Insight: You are being watched

Person of Interest on Prime Video has an 8.4 rating. All about a super intelligent AI that’s taking over the world. It’s closer to the truth, that’s why it’s fiction. I don’t believe AI can ever take over the world without a human person controlling it. Nevertheless, we are all being watched. Maybe not as closely. It’s all coming together and we are almost there.

5G, AI, data privacy and mass surveillance — 12 biggest tech policy challenges India will have to face in 2020.”

“Chinese authorities are knitting together old and state-of-the-art technologies — phone scanners, facial-recognition cameras, face and fingerprint databases and many others — into extensive tools for authoritarian control, according to police and private databases examined by The New York Times.Once combined and fully operational, the tools can help the police grab the identities of people as they walk down the street, find out who they are meeting with and identify who does and doesn’t belong to the Communist Party.” – long read on what’s happening in China.

Whether it is going to be the “Samaritan” or “The Machine” that’s going to take over the world, we know that at the heart of it all lies the truth about mans need to control everything.

One day, we will all come under one government, no doubt. Why am I so confident? The Bible has never been wrong.

‘And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: ‘ Revelation 13:16-17

I am hopeful this will all come to an end once the biblical prophecies are fulfilled. God will reign supreme. All those who turn to Him will reign with Him.

Photography: Avian Bullying

Bullying, a habitual nature to harm or intimidate someone vulnerable.

I was taking a photo of the mynah, adjusting the zoom, and then fixing the focus manually. It stood tall, scanning the horizon. Looking for its next flight stop I presume. Suddenly a black drongo appeared and perched itself beside the mynah. The mynah immediately cowered in fright. I’ve seen crows bully other birds but never pictured the black drongo to be the bully variety. There wasn’t an attack of any sort, just intimidation. The mynah stayed in the cowered position for a minute or so and then flew off.

“Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.”- Aristotle

Photography: Butterfly

Everyone needs change.
Every new day is an opportunity to be a better version.
Faith to faith.
Strength to strength.

The Butterfly is a fine representation of transformation. Metamorphosis.

Man tries to create a universal standard, only to eventually fall into the cracks that can be repaired only by God.

Photography: Black and White

Someone had left their glasses on the ledge. It felt as if the eyes took a break, and so the glasses were resting too.

Don’t worry about tomorrow. Today is live, and needs us alive. We were created to enjoy today. There is hope for those who rest in the light of the day.

Photography: Have you seen a Skink?

When I saw it for the first time, I was awed by its shiny look. After multiple attempts, managed to get a clear shot with my Nikon D5500, 55-300mm.

At the Kolkata Zoo

The Calcutta Zoo is the oldest in India, opened in 1876. No. What? It’s not? It’s the Trivandrum Zoo that is the oldest, dates back to 1857. The first time I visited the Kolkata Zoo, I loved it. It was way better in terms of general health of the animals and maintenance of the Zoo.

In my recent visit, the Lioness was sick, had just given birth to a healthy male. No one was allowed anywhere close to the cage. It was shut to the public. No clue where the Bear was. No Camels or the wild Yak. The Rhino was too busy underwater, thanks to the heat that day.

I’ve been to the Trivandrum Zoo. Believe it or not, I was right there when a Lion peed straight into a man’s (who was mocking at it) mouth. I had just crossed the lion enclosure, disgusted by a young man’s wasteful behaviour. A few steps later, I hear a collective gasp! Looked back, the Lion sprayed at this young guy who was teasing it right by the cage.

This was fun, need to make most of my travels henceforth, visit as many Zoos possible too.

Photography: Breaking Dawn

The sun slowly dispelling the darkness. I like the minimalist approach. The ability to tell, without saying much.

Photos: By the banks of the Hooghly river

I stopped by the banks of the river Hooghly, down Diamond Harbour Road in Kolkata. I did not get far enough where the River meets the Bay of Bengal. The Diamond Harbour Port Trust is the oldest operating port in India. It is around 50km away from Kolkata.

Papri Chaat

Ofcourse, the Papdi chaats not to be missed!

Photography: Peacock

No amount of distraction could get the bird to stand up. I guess it knew what we were upto. I’m glad at least it stayed still for a photo.

The Alipore Zoo is one of Kolkata’s highlights for travellers. I found some renovations in process. I hope they revamp the entire place for a better experience. Most importantly, feed and maintain the animals and birds a lot better.