Friday, May 23, 2008

This Affair Comes With a Guarantee to Last

Well, I took this picture yesterday. I had gone to the rock garden and the absence of telephoto lens apart, the picture taking was fun indeed. I walked past a wall covered with grafitti, littered with shards of broken commodes, wash basins and the like when I saw a juxtaposition that suggested itself. A proclamation of love, certified by the ISI (Indian standards institute... currently also called the BIS or the Bureau of Indian Standards for unknown reasons). And the humor apart, I wondered that is really ever possible... I mean does love last? Or should it at all?
The walls and the parks all over the city seem to suggest that everyone is crazily in love so maybe it does after all.
As I came back home, I started thinking about a book called the Quiet American by Graham Greene (him again, the bane of all thinking men).

Friday, May 16, 2008


we are all error prone.....some more than others. But this takes the cake.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Originally uploaded by souravdas
I just saw this pic on flickr, taken by my good friend Sourav. It shows a view of new housing developments under construction in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, on the outskirts of Delhi.

In the backdrop is agricultural farmland which will also be urban landscape in the near future. Two years back, the buildings on the right did not exist. Instead, this area too was farmland.

Much the same is happening on the outskirts of Chandigarh. Now it is difficult to see any farmland in the entire drive from Dera Bassi to Zirakpur which is a good 10kms. This was not the case even till about 2-3 years, housing schemes and marriage palaces have mushroomed like well, Mushrooms. With prices in Chandigarh being obscenely high, these housing schemes are the only way that people from the middle class can have any chance of owning a house of any sort. The problem remains one of infrastructure, these buildings have come up in the midst of debris and chaos and have added to that debris and chaos. people in power who have wanted to make money have allowed direct entrances to these buildings from the national highway leading to even more chaos on the highways, no power, no water, no amenities. No agriculture...I wonder where we are all going.

A post-Uploads and Downloads

This got left undone, so I a completing it now and with a new picture too. This is from the welcoming committee at the sun temple of Konark. Meanwhile the whirling circle of the blogger image uploader has me dizzy, I wish there was an easier way through this whole rigmarole.

Can u beat that, I have to do the whole thing all over again!! About as bad as having two flat tires at one time.

Got that bugger up finally!!!!
Now you go and face the world.........hahahaha

something for the OLIVE RIDLEYs

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