Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Well-armed men circumvent shoot at sight orders

19 August 2010

On World Photography Day, well-armed visitors write thousands of words to the background music of a fountain at Lal Bagh in Bangalore on Thursday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

2009: A lensman’s eyes reaches parts others’ eyes don’t

2008: With so many legs, who on earth needs a tripod?

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Also read: Is the end nigh for black and white photography?

T.S. NAGARAJANMy most unforgettable picture

The maharaja’s elephant that made me a lensman

Why namma Gopi (almost) cried in January 2008

How a world-class yoga photograph was shot

One for the Mahatma, another for Mrs Mahatma

8 August 2010

Karnataka Congress president R.V. Deshpande enjoys the comforting shade provided by party courtiers during the Bangalore-Bellary pada yatra, at Hangal in Chitradurga district, on Saturday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: Why you never saw Gandhi do all this—Part I

Another un-Gandhian on the way to Mahatma-giri

One question I’m dying to ask R.V. Deshpande

1,611% jump in assets in 5 years! Hello.

Surely, she isn’t playing Solitaire at a traffic light

2 August 2010

Autorickshaws in the air disallow passengers from opening their laptops and other electronic gadgets until the seatbelt sign has been switched off. Pilots of planes on the ground, however, do not mind as a young girl logs in, on Hosur road in Bangalore on Monday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

A slightly horizontal start to a vertical movement

25 July 2010

Congress worker Pampakavi Belagali, who collapsed at the launch of the party’s Bangalore to Bellary padayatra, being carried to the hospital by co-workers, in Bangalore on Sunday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Yes, it’s for real, and it’s purple and off-white

16 July 2010

A visitor checks out a model of the Namma Metro train displayed for the public on M.G. Road in Bangalore on Thursday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio

4 cars, 3 SUVs, 8 bikes, and 16 autorickshaws

Oh God, what have they done to my M.G. Road

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

My other ratha is an autoratha and vice-versa

13 July 2010

At Mekhri circle in Bangalore, a three-wheeled bug rubs shoulders with a one BHP manual on Tuesday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Why are our MLAs scared of still photographers?

6 July 2010

The courts do not allow photographers to shoot pictures inside a courtroom, although they will allow illustrators to get away drawing courtroom scenes which have almost no likeness with reality.

Ditto, the legislature.

This, above, is a scene from the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore where a joint session of the State legislature is on. Photographers are not allowed in although television videographers are. Therefore lensmen like T.A. Hafeez, former chief photographer of The Hindu, have to make do with whatever support they can get.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Have you—yes, you—called your parents today?-II

15 June 2010

The plight of the old, euphemestically called “senior citizens” in our jargon-filled world, is something that we do not speak much about. Alone, abandoned and abused, they suffer the absence of their children and the apathy of a society that views them as a burden, silently.

Sometimes, they are even forced stage a play on the streets to raise our consciousness, as these did to mark World Elder Abuse Prevention Day at Lalbagh in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: Have you—yes, you—called your parents today?

Oh god, what have they done to my M.G. Road

11 June 2010

For a future generation, which doesn’t have to wrestle with memories of the past, it won’t matter, of course. But this, briefly, was how the magical promenade on Mahatma Gandhi road in Bangalore looked, the giant trees providing cover for furtive lovers, the shade for daytime walkers, and the balm for rich men tired of counting the cash (you know who you are!) on the other side.

And then, the monstrous excavators of Namma Metro hurtled along.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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The Namma Metro photo portfolio

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn and other memories

Every picture tells a tale. Babu‘s can fill a tome.

Not a picture that will make it to Lonely Planet

Amar, Akbar, Antony. Or Ram, Robert, Rahim

Only a low-angle shot can convey its great girth

Lots of work overground for an underground rail

The unsung heroes in the dreams of Bangaloreans

Everybody loves a cotton candy seller. Or two.

9 June 2010

The campaign to beautify Bangalore’s prime public spaces just got sweeter for a couple of primates on Palace Road in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: A piece of culture to stop the spread of pissiculture

So thirsty I just held the cup under the water fall

Even Thomas Crown* has to doff his bowler hat

25 May 2010

Any fool can steal some money, and many do. But it takes sizeable cojones to steal the machine that dishes out the dough. Which is what a bunch of desperadoes did at an HDFC automated teller machine (ATM) in Anekal near Bangalore on Monday. According to the security guard on duty, 15 people arrived in two vehicles to lift the machine.

Nice strike, but who do they call when the machine run out of money?

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

*The Thomas Crown Affair

External reading: A condolence message for the ATM founder

They also serve who hang and dangle and wipe

18 May 2010

In the good old days, “government service” meant everybody in the service of the government, from the boss babu to the head clerk to the peon. But in new fangled industries, in the era of “outsourcing”, some of those traditional constructs disappear as specialistation kicks in.

So, a worker who cleans the glass facade of a building housing information technology offices in Bangalore is a cleaner, not an IT worker?

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: They also serve who hang and swerve and swab

A wise man sees not the same tree a fool sees

14 May 2010

K. JAVEED NAYEEM writes: At the top of the supplement meant for little children in this morning’s paper, I saw a quote by the poet William Blake that says, “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”

I could not help feeling how intensely true it is.

We see nature all around us and yet it is only a microscopic few of us who ponder over and try to understand what we see. There are dozens of trees, birds, animals, spiders and bees all around us but we hardly wonder over what roles they play in our lives.

It may seem like an overstatement but it is indeed true that there may not be more than a dozen school children in our city—or any City—who can correctly identify and tell us something about a dozen of our commonest butterflies that frequent our gardens and parks.

While most of the voluminous and often very drab textbooks that our youngsters lug around and study rather painfully, contain much pure science, it is sad that they have very little content that helps them to connect it to their daily lives meaningfully. The subject of studying our natural environment that surrounds us throughout our lives has been largely ignored in our school curriculum.

Right from their most formative years in school till they become fully integrated with and absorbed into the daily grind of their professional lives, most of our children never get a chance to develop an interest, let alone an insight, into nature.

It is a sad state of affairs today that many of our “toppers” who make our school and college managements and their parents proud do not have the slightest bit of essential general knowledge that many of their ‘not so bright’ class mates may have.

Another painful discovery that I have made is that in their enforced race to stay ahead of others, most of our brightest youngsters end up looking so dull and worn out, having missed out on all the extracurricular and leisure activities that they should have enjoyed to ensure overall development of their personalities.

Most of our schools, even the ones which call themselves elite and charge hefty fees, never have any provision to encourage activities like bird-watching, amateur astronomy, trekking and camping which are the ones that stimulate a sense of wonder and awareness in our youngsters.

It is perhaps an unusual coincidence that I have been spending the last two weekends in the lap of nature at two of the wildlife sanctuaries near our City as I often do and have been during the weekdays reading two very interesting books that deal a lot with nature.

The first book which I am actually re-reading as it is immensely readable is Down Memory Lane, the autobiography of our former minister and parliamentarian M.Y. Ghorpade whom most people with any interest in nature know better as an accomplished wildlife photographer and naturalist than as a capable politician.

The book describes the natural richness of Sandur, his home town in present day Bellary district and how it was by itself a pristine micro-ecosystem that is now being ravaged by our senseless exploitation of its mineral wealth. The book also throws much light on the rich wildlife in the area and the sense of values and virtues that prevailed in our society even in the not very distant past.

The second is a recently published book called The sprint of the Blackbuck by S. Theodore Baskaran which is actually a collection of the most readable essays picked up from Blackbuck, the official journal of the Madras Naturalists’ Society which has been published to mark the completion of 25 years of its existence.

It is a beautiful account of our varied fauna and flora with particular reference to South India with many anecdotes included which make it interesting even to youngsters.

The book effectively destroys many firmly ingrained myths about our “most dangerous” animals and throws much light on their role in maintaining the delicate ecological balance in our immediate environment. It begins with an introduction which recounts how the MNS with its 180 permanent members was able to help establish nature clubs in about 300 schools in Madras.

I feel that clubs like these must be made a mandatory requirement in all our schools to get children interested in ecology and natural history which will eventually make them better citizens with a heightened interest in conservation issues.

It will cost us next to nothing beyond a few teachers with the right kind of motivation and commitment. But the dividends are bound to be very rich as we would be awakening the sense of awe in our children when it is most likely to latch on and stay for the rest of their lives.

The move would be so welcome that I am sure sponsorship will flow generously if schools approach business houses and philanthropists with their proposals.

(K. Javeed Nayeem is a practising physician who writes a weekly column in Star of Mysore, where this piece originally appeared)

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Someone, somewhere is holding the main strings

10 May 2010

Where are the puppets? Where are the puppeteers? All is maya, as participants converge at Cubbon Park in Bangalore on Monday for a parade at the national dhaatu puppet festival 2010.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Hugs, kisses, smiles ‘n’ the sweet smell of success

7 May 2010

The only feeling headier than the last question paper tackled successfully, is the receipt of better than expected results. At Mount Carmel College in Bangalore on Friday, a bunch of girls are cock-a-hoop on learning how they fared in the PUC examinations.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

A leg-up for the one is a leg-up for the other

25 April 2010

Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa‘s long friendship with the State’s BJP chief K.S. Eswarappa is a heart-warming story in a cynical, political landscape. Bosom buddies hailing from the same district, both working their way up in the party, the shared scooter rides, the agitations, the jostling, the egos, and finally, power.

The kinship has went through rocky times when the Reddy Brothers raised a banner of revolt last year and Eswarappa was identified with the rebels, but this image at a foundation-laying ceremony in their hometown on Sunday captures a nearly half-century in one nano-second.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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The B.S. Yediyurappa photo portfolio

Is it an idol? Is it a statue? Is it a mannequin?

One leg in the chair, two eyes on the chair

Yedi, steady, go: all the gods must be crazy

Kissa Karnataka chief minister’s kursi ka: Part IV

Why did the chief minister cross the road divider?

Sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down

Dressed to thrill: Yedi-Chini bhai bhai in Shanghai

Survival of fittest is a great photo opportunity

Drought relief one day, flood relief the next

How a chief minister should drink tea. (Or not.)

Let the rebels know, the CM will not bow one inch

Even four pairs of hands can’t stave off the flak

Yediyurappa regime slips into yet another sandal

Behind every successful cyclist, there are a few men

Life’s a cycle. What goes up must come down.


The only tree with more fruits is (perhaps) at IPL

21 April 2010

A stone’s throw away from the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, a worker at the Venkatappa art gallery in the back yard of Cubbon Park, ushers in the jackfruit season by climbing up to take stock of a bountiful harvest.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Two days later, a mute animal pulls a fast one

3 April 2010

A gardener blissfully at work at the Cubbon Park in Bangalore as a hippopotamus (?) shouts silently on Saturday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: A spectacle straight out of a Mani Ratnam film

At least the children are having some fun playing mar kothi

Roses are red, violets are blue, and there’s wow

Lotus is a-wilting, other flowers are a-blooming

You are never too late to learn or to try to learn

1 April 2010

On the first day of the SSLC examinations in Karnataka, 59-year-old Umesh Angadi tackles the question paper at a centre in Bagalkot on Thursday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Since 1907, two world wars, 15 prime ministers…

31 March 2010

On the eve of the dawn of his 103rd year on this planet, Sri Shivakumara Swamiji of the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur, performs morning pooja on Wednesday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: What role should swamijis, religious gurus play?

Madi, the mutt head, and the hand that helped

Should swamijis travel abroad by air?

How religion met politics while you were asleep

Saturdays, girlfriends, popcorn & other memories

29 March 2010

An iconic movie house on an iconic road in Bangalore presents a picture-perfect view to passers-by at the front as machines rip through its innards at the rear.

Plaza Talkies being demolished for the Namma Metro project on M.G. Road in Bangalore on Monday. A metro terminal is slated to come up where the theatre now stands. Barely.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: Every picture tells a tale. Babu’s can fill a tome.

A sure sign of climate change (proof attached)

22 February 2010

Winter’s over, summer ‘s here. As R.K. Pachauri & other disgraced “scientists” look for fresh evidence of climate change, a worker without any conflict of interest goes about the more mundane task of clearing dry leaves at Lalbagh in Bangalore on Monday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Behind a successful cyclist, there are a few men

18 February 2010

At the BJP’s national council meeting in Indore, Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa pedals away, softly, to whirr of the cameras.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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The B.S. Yediyurappa photo portfolio

Is it an idol? Is it a statue? Is it a mannequin?

One leg in the chair, two eyes on the chair

Yedi, steady, go: all the gods must be crazy

Kissa Karnataka chief minister’s kursi ka: Part IV

Why did the chief minister cross the road divider?

Sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down

Dressed to thrill: Yedi-Chini bhai bhai in Shanghai

Survival of fittest is a great photo opportunity

Drought relief one day, flood relief the next

How a chief minister should drink tea. (Or not.)

Let the rebels know, the CM will not bow one inch

Even four pairs of hands can’t stave off the flak

Yediyurappa regime slips into yet another sandal

A spectacle straight out of a Mani Ratnam movie

17 February 2010

With summer round the corner, sprinklers get all active at the Cubbon Park in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Green outside, red inside, only amber is missing

15 February 2010

Of all the many ways to judge the onset of summer, is there any as precise as the sight of water melons on roads and streets, as they were in the area formerly known as Munireddypalya in Bangalore on Monday?

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News


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