Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Street Scenes

Last week and on Monday I took Sheeba to the Dog Care Centre for shots.
She really enjoyed the rickshaw rides but threw a fit upon seeing the vet.
Holding on to an excited Sheeba, I took these photos from a moving rickshaw. These are the works of roadside artisans from a gypsy tribe.

They make idols of Hindu gods and goddesses, garden ornaments, animals and birds.


Below are some garish parrots with cows and elephants


These are religious figures.With the upcoming Hindu festival of Diwali they are very much sought after by people of the lower income group.
Well to do people and those with better taste shop in other places.
These days the Chinese have invaded the Indian market and China -made festival ornaments are being sold cheaper than the Indian made ones thus causing a setback to our local potters and artisans.

These are the un-painted , un-glazed figures.


Some gypsies sell hand-made flower bouquets.
Here is a coconut cart in front of a hospital we passed by. Fresh coconut water is very good for convalescence.

13 Fertilize my soul:

Roo said...

hello dear amrita -- my friend from my church is getting ready to come to your country! i think in the next couple weeks. :)

Julia Dutta said...

A look at Allahabad indeed. Streetlife. I am sending the link to my friend in Australia whose sons, half Australian, half Pahari nainitalis who have never been to India, to enjoy - a view of what is Allahabad, where they would have been this winter in fact.

Julia

John Cowart said...

Those idols are colorful... but sad. Oddly enough, you can buy some of these same figures at shops here across the world in Jacksonville.

Ladyfromthewoods said...

What a wonderful view of life where you live! I just enjoy so much, seeing life in other places. Thank you for snapping these photos while on your errand. I've always wanted to ride or drive a rickshaw. They just make so much sense. Of course, here town is a long way away and I'd be very tired by the time I got there.
love, teresa

Lille meg said...

Oh, it is great photos! We can see this hindu figures. Nice to see, but they have no life.
It is good to know another kind of life.
Thank you for reminding us of the unreached people in your Sidebar.
I will pray for them.
Nothing is impossible to God.

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
you sure know how to find interesting themes, by just taking a trip.
You have such a blossoming life around you. Good that Sheeba is with, taking care of you.
From Felisol

Saija said...

isn't it amazing, how your everyday - is our exotic ... and our everyday is probably a novelty for you ...

i love the way you share your life ... may God continue to bless and guide!

Amrita said...

Hi Ruth, hope you friend has a good trip to India.

Hi Julia, Allahabad has a colonial feel to it. Its fast turning into a concrete jungle though. That area is aound a large park laid out by the Brits.

I too believe that idols made of clay cannot & do not represent God in His awesomeness and majesty.John. Congratulations for the publication of your newest book.

Dear ladyfrom the woods, rickshaw rides are fun. My niece preferred those to her Dad 's fashionable car.

Amrita said...

Hi Ruth, hope you friend has a good trip to India.

Hi Julia, Allahabad has a colonial feel to it. Its fast turning into a concrete jungle though. That area is aound a large park laid out by the Brits.

I too believe that idols made of clay cannot & do not represent God in His awesomeness and majesty.John. Congratulations for the publication of your newest book.

Dear ladyfrom the woods, rickshaw rides are fun. My niece preferred those to her Dad 's fashionable car.

Amrita said...

Hi Felisol, I love your nature walks and saeside photos.

Saija the song you posted on your blog is a favourite of mine.

Janet Jeyapaul said...

In our college the organisers of events give idols as gifts and momentos..but for me and another christian girl they gave angels made of clay!!!

Jeremy R said...

I love your pictures Amrita, and your dog looks awesome! did he get the mongoose?

Amrita said...

Very sensitive and good of your college Janet, they gave you a gift you would appreciate.

Hi Jeremy,my dog had to be tied up for the poor mongoose to gather up its courage to sneak away.
Mongooses are very bold creatures too.