imageNew York Subway…..the musical instrument, unknown to me, the exuberant colors  add a touch of loneliness to the cacophonous milieu of the station.

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Suddenly he felt static. A thousand plus eyes positioning darts on him. Maybe he was rattling off too many promises. So what? It is a do or die election and if he cannot make it to New Delhi in 2014 he will never be able to do so again. Continue….

This is my 50 word take on the Indian general election, 2014, the massive, mammoth vote churner at its vitriolic best. The aspiring ‘Netas’ or leaders and professionals are taking a cue from Ice hockey, after all the free learning junkets, deking between their opponents tying them in knots and squares.

I will be casting my vote in favor of stability or should I mark ‘none of above’ in the candidates list. India is the only democratic country to offer this option.*

*. From Wikipedia ….”None of the above” voting option (Negative Vote).

On September 27, 2013, Supreme Court of India pronounced a judgement that citizen’s of India have Right to Negative Vote by exercising None of the above(NOTA) option in EVMs and ballot papers. …..However it does not mean that if ‘NOTA’ gets highest votes then election will be conducted again, rather even in that case the candidate who got more votes among all will be treated as elected candidate.


Coldspring along Hudson, New York…….



Soho, New York


Inner lane in Gurgaon, India…..cattle returning home after a hard day of toil searching for fodder…..a contrast to the BMWs, Mercs and Audis of IT professionals of this Cyber City. I should add the fact that Gurgaon was initially agricultural land taken over by builders and corporate houses. There are still village pockets in between glass towers and the villagers think it right to let their cattle loose.

Statue 1The benign expression is what floored me. The souvenir porcelain called “Shigaraki Yaki Tanuki’ good luck charm which I found in souvenir shops on way to Kiyomizu-dera temple, Kyoto.  A bearer of Eight lucky omens, the hat is for protection from unexpected disasters, the smiling face for affability, the big bold eyes for seeing the world for what it is and the big belly for being bold. No wonder I saw a larger version in a Japanese restaurant in Houston, Texas, USA.

Ailsa’s Travel theme: Statues

Browned out…….
Victoria Island BC, Canada

Hong Kong……brown strokes


Slow and steady, the Rickshaw continues on its journey through lanes and streets. ‘Pulled rickshaws created a popular form of transportation, and a source of employment for male laborers, within Asian cities in the 19th century. Their popularity declined as cars, trains and other forms of transportation became widely available’…
The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word jinrikisha (人力車, 人 jin = human, 力 riki = power or force, 車 sha = vehicle), which literally means “human-powered vehicle.
Macao… colorful and trendy
Allahabad…clinging to the past
Hong Kong….
Beijing…..power variants