Trucks

Lorries, wagons, heavy goods vehicles, call them what you will. Here are some superb specimens from India. The Hindi slogans are interesting. The detail is fascinating, with tassels, stick-on Shiva lingams and a representation of an eye and nose ring on a headlight. The paint work even extends to the tailgate. “Horn Please” = let… Continue reading Trucks

Blessing the Chariot

I went out to buy some milk this evening, taking the shortcut down the alley past the Hindu Temple. A pandit (priest wearing the Nehru jacket) was chanting prayers while he anointed a couple’s new scooter with sandalwood paste. Using his index finger, he painted a swastika design below the headlamp, putting a dot in each… Continue reading Blessing the Chariot

Vintage and Classic Car Rally

The Statesman is holding the 51st Classic Car Rally in Delhi this weekend. In the words of the advertising poster, “Let these beauties charm you one more time, For, these are classic and sublime.” I happened to be walking past Modern School, just off Connaught Place early this afternoon when a poster grabbed my attention.… Continue reading Vintage and Classic Car Rally

Hard Work – a photographic essay

Poor people in India work hard. Manual labour is cheap. Here are some photographs of men carrying loads on their heads, pushing and pulling handcarts, straining to pedal their human and inanimate loads. The light was fading as I took the pictures, so they are gritty and grainy, but I think this adds to the… Continue reading Hard Work – a photographic essay

Delhi Metro as a Flaneur

Daily Post I vividly remember the first time I stepped onto a Delhi Metro train at Rajiv Chowk underground station in the heart of New Delhi at Connaught Place ten years ago. It was a shock. The station wasn’t just clean, it was spick and span. There were no beggars. It was air conditioned. The train… Continue reading Delhi Metro as a Flaneur