Saturday, March 07, 2015

Weekend In Black and White : 14 [Trip To Elephanta Island #9 ] # Nests In The Tree

We saw these nests on the tree while climbing up to Cannon hills to see the two cannons up here.
What you see in the background is the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, also known as Nhava Sheva. It is located in the Arabian Sea, it is the largest container port in India.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

ABC Wednesday - 'H' for HOPE & Hand Cart: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2015 #12 : Cart of Hope

The Reverie Wagon (Cart of Hope)

Hand Cart also known as the 'Hath Gadi' here in India has been an ancient handmade source of transportation. Hand carts have been mentioned in literature as far back as the second millenium B.C. The Indian sacred book Rigveda states that men and women are as equal as two wheels of a cart.

In India, we still have a large population that uses the 'Hath Gadi' and relies on it for a daily living. It is still the only source of income for scrap distributors / collectors, farmers, vendors, goods carriers and many more.

The 'Hath Gadi' is a blessing for many poor families in cities as well as rural areas. The message here, to people from different walks of life is that the 'Hath Gadi' might just be a means of transporting goods but for thousands of people in our country, who are below the poverty line, it is an angel in disguise.

By creating this, the artist wants to touch their hearts and send out a message to people that 'what looks like trash to us is astonishingly a treasure to others'.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Sunday, March 01, 2015

City Daily Photo Monthly Theme March 2015 : Aging - Elephanta Caves [ Trip To Elephanta Island #8 ]

Aging of Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves and the island (originally called Gharapuri island) were named so by the Portuguese rulers after a huge rock-cut black stone statue of an elephant they found installed on the island. The statue is now installed at the Victoria Gardens (Jijamata Udyan) in Mumbai.

After climbing the flight of stone steps, you will finally reach the entrance area to the caves, and need to pay an entrance fee here, which is Rs. 10 for Indian citizens and Rs. 250 for foreign nationals. The caves are closed on Mondays - so do not buy boat tickets even if you see the sellers selling them at the Gateway of India.

This is the main cave of Elephanta Caves and called Cave 1. It is carved in solid basalt and has some magnificient stone carvings and artwork known to be made in ancient times- somewhere between the 6th and 8th century. 
The cave is a massive hall, supported by pillars and houses the famous Maheshmurti statue of Shiva in his 3-headed aspect - Creator, Protector and Destroyer. It is also in partially ruined state like many other sculptures here. The caves were regular places of worship of Lord Shiva in the ancient times.

If we could imagine what the caves and the sculptures of Hindu gods really looked like when they were formed, we can see the richness of ancient history, art and culture here.

The aging of the caves and the sculptures is natural, and due to neglect under rule of different Indian rulers and also caused by the Portuguese in the 15th Century, who did shooting practice on these sculptures in the caves. 


The Elephanta Island has more caves and sculptures, and also two old cannons at the hills called Cannon hills.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekend In Black & White : 13 # Vashigaon Subway

This is the new subway on the Sion Panvel highway near Vashi village (Vashi gaon). Still under construction and not officially open, we decided to cross the highway from this subway below. 
The subway connects Vashi gaon to the fishermen village area, near the old Shiv temple all the way to Sagar Vihar, where I clicked my best sunset so far.

This is when I convinced hubby and Krrish to come along for a photography adventure in the interior and unexplored areas of Vashi, and thats how I got my last month's theme photo of the fishing boats in the sea, near the fishermen village.

Hubby and Krrish were tired of wandering in the sun, and hungry too. See how they were making funny actions and gestures in the subway so that I stop clicking or get a funny photo in the end.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Skywatch Friday 2015 - 9 : Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2015 #9 : The Cycling Tree

The cycling tree at the Kala ghoda Arts Festival against the clear bright sky.

The Cycling Tree, 15 ft tall, 10 ft wide and with 11 bicycle wheels, is inspired by a common passion for want of greener streets, healthier lifestyles and a love for cycling. The idea is to create awareness that cycling can also be used as a means to generate power.

People were invited to ride the bicycles and see the tree lighted up.

Art by ; TAD Connect Team

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