Monday, 20 April 2009

Snap Shots from a moving bus

This is my normal route from my school in CBD to my house in Bandra. It takes 2 hours to reach my house. the bus ride is too long and the best way to pass the time is to either plug my ears with Radio-ear-phones and go to sleep or play with my camera and click some shots....and sometimes I am lucky if I get good shots....I love this sunset...

Mumbaikars have all the time in the world to stand and stare....

Busy streets of Vashi

Mumbai local train on Thane bridge,,

This restuarant offer Jhakas food, it says Khao piyo the signal turning near Dharavi....

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Donate your books.......

One song keeps playing on local radio station in Mumbai all the time

‘Book deke dekho
Book deke dekho
Book deke dekho ji
Book pardne wallo
Book deke dekho ji

Which simply means “donate the story books for children”

And every time, there is a different child expressing her/his desire to read stories

Like for example, Right now, I can hear one child on Radio, saying "My name is Nagma, I am ten years old. I want to read the story of Ali Baba and forty theives" and then somebody else is saying.. "old or new, what was your favorite book during your childhood? donate your books for children like Nagma.....

On 23rd April, Radio Mirchi is celebrating their seventh anniversary and they want to celebrate it in an unusual way. They are planning to collect books and help donate the books to the underprivileged children who can then be encouraged to read.

This is a good movement, which promises to develop an interest in reading the books. There are 'Crossword book stores' spread all over the city of Mumbai and people are requested to donate their book to their nearest ‘Crossword’ bookstall. Radio Mirchi plans to collect the books from Crossword and donate it to the needy.

By donating good quality, well chosen second-hand books to the children, you are not only helping children read but you are also showing that you care.

You are requested to donate your books before 22nd April…..

I am going now to the bookstore…....what are you waiting for?

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Mumbai Star Shines at ‘Madame Tussauds’

Mumbai has always been proud of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, who has been the greatest icon of World Cricket for almost two decades now. Tendulkar's triumph has been his ability to adapt to situations, surfaces, oppositions and emerging victorious. He can score all around the wicket, off both front foot and back, and has made runs in all parts of the world

Ever since his debut way back in 1989, he displayed exemplary skills and was immediately hailed as the next genius.

He’s had an illustrious career, and is now all set to enter a sticky, glutinous tunnel of fame:

Madame Tussauds has deemed it fit that he be immortalized in wax. The figure, costing an astounding £1,50,000 (Rs 1.09 crore), is to be unveiled on Sachin’s home turf, in Mumbai on April 13th..a lucky day for him

Tendulkar follows in the famous footsteps of Bollywood Giants such as Amitabh Bachan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and has joined other cricket legends like Brian Lara and Shane Warne to become the very first Indian sports personality to be portrayed.

And believe it or not, making wax figures is the labor of love. Over 800 hours of painstaking molding, measuring, painting and sculpting goes into making each figure.

The sculptors use measurements and photos to make a clay model of the head. Next they make a metal skeleton of the body to which they add clay in the shape of the body. Because the wax shrinks, all figures are made 2 percent larger than the actual celebrities they are portraying.

Moulds are then made separately of head and body. A hot wax mixture is poured into moulds and left to cool and harden. Once wax is ready, it’s time for hair wherein each strand is inserted individually and it takes around five weeks, next teeth and eyes are added before the figure is colored using oil based paint, which is applied in layers to create realistic skin color and texture.

It has taken four months of arduous labour and 20 artisans, to say nothing of the hundreds of photographs to come up with this and Sachin is waxed forever.....

Source: Times of India and

The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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