Photo Travel: Mother’s Wax Museum in Kolkata – Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British Rule, and in turn inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā (Sanskrit: “great-souled”, “venerable”), first applied to him in 1914 in South Africa, is now used throughout the world. (Source: Wiki)

AnomalyCity: Headhunting, the state of the human heart

I’ve often walked by this part of the road, never noticed it, until I did. This sight of a (doll) child’s head on display. It takes a troubled mind to put it up on display.

I was reminded of the practice of Headhunting, which was a way of life for many native tribes across the world.

A horrible cultural practice that is now popularly considered long gone. Really? I don’t think so. Heads are still cut, the heart of man is only getting worsened. Do a Google Search for “head found in …“ and you will find scores of news reports from across the world.

Mankind has only gotten more sophisticated about evil. How could a culture like that ever exist? Is it the lack of Education? Well, today, educated people kill in much more “sophisticated and elegant” ways.

This practice does not exist today in its current form because not all cultures are worth preserving. But, who gets to decide that? Each person thinks his or her own culture is perfect. Education makes an effort to unite the world, but is it working? Partly.

I believe the only solution is when people turn to God. Only God who is perfect can unite man.

AnomalyCity: Bus Stop Lounge

Another sight to behold on the AnomalyCity series. A bus stop that has additional features. A tea and snacks corner, seating for several, and the most confusing of it all, a barrier.

It’s almost as if it’s a mental and physical challenge of sorts. As you wait, keep calm, get comfortable, but when the bus comes you need to be ready – cut across the chairs, then jump over the barrier to enter.

I’m enjoying spotting the weird around me. This is fun, you should try it too!

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.

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.

Travel: Photos from my trip to Kerala

This took a while to capture. Hunted it down when I heard it call it’s mate. Elusive bird.
View from a hill in Pattazhy, Kerala
Flowers that bloom everyday at 10am. Yes, only at 10am.
Therapeutic colours – the iPhone 8 Plus captured it perfectly,
Perfect timing – I stood there like a rock to capture this one
Teary flower – I went for the wet look and found a bee feeding on the nectar
A spider at work casting his web wide

Travel: The Yellow Cab, Kolkata’s Pride.

The beast awaits it’s turn as the master has his lunch. The best taxi in the world. If you are in Kolkata, you can’t miss this monster of a vehicle. It fears no one. Literally – The “No refusal” is just a design. It will refuse, if it feels like. 😀

The ride is affordable, cheaper than the app based cars (some yellow taxis are on the TYGR app). Not as comfortable or necessarily cordial. Unless, the driver is in a good mood. It’ll get you places, in one piece. Not sure about those on the road. Comfy seats, ample space for four average-sized humans. Speed is not an issue. It’s fast, and furious. Ride at your own risk!

I learnt how to drive on this one. It was scary, but you feel powerful because it is a bulky vehicle. I totally get the arrogance drivers have when they drive this one. Unfortunately, that arrogance is costing them greatly as app based cars are raking in most of the moolah.

No matter what, this car will always be a favourite for Kolkata riders, and I’m sure anyone who visits too.

Three reasons why I still use the yellow taxi cab in Kolkata;

  • Sheer nostalgia
  • Cheaper than app based cars
  • Spacious
Yellow Taxi
Kolkata’s pride

Photo: Shankumugham Beach, Kerala

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I love this photo, the colours are so refreshing. It was a random shot using my iPhone 8 Plus, while in a fast moving car. Never in my life thought this would come out so clear. Slight editing using Instagram helped me sharpen it.

Kerala is beautiful, a photographers delight. I love how they manage to keep the lakes and rivers so clean.

Nature must be respected, after all God created it and said it was good.