Continuing from the last post, these are the snapshots of Christmas decorations seen in shopping arcades.
A delicate looking and beautifully decorated Xmas tree at the Palladium Shopping Complex.
Fairy lights welcoming all at the Palladium Shopping Complex.
A tree of gifts, oh I want!!
A better and closer look of this window.
A very decorative and real life size Father Christmas with his crew, looking from a shop window in South Mumbai – Colaba.
And yes a snowman too.
The last picture is my personal favourite, because they seem to have taken the Christmas celebration to the other pole – South Pole.
We too celebrate Christmas here in Mumbai, although not on such massive scale. But hey, its festive season and all churches, malls as well as restaurants are lit up. So, let’s just enjoy!!
The very famous Afghan Church with Stars lined up.
The main door of this church with festive lights and a Star.
The Star hanging on the porch; which has vintage wooden beams.
The nativity scene outside the Mount Mary Church.
And here’s a close up.
A beautiful couplet welcoming all and sundry to the Mount Mary Church.
The beautiful statue of Mother Mary at the Mount Mary Church.
The flower decked altar of the same church.
The Last Supper of Jesus carved at the base of the altar.
Another nativity scene inside the Mount Mary Chucrh.
Here’s a closer look.
The interior – all shiny and colourful of the same church.
The mistletoes and bells hanging on the door.
The outside open altar with the Christmas tree and its very own Santa clause.
The Portuguese Church decorated in a pretty simple way.
The front façade of the same church.
This is another collection of photographs from my Jaipur trip. This is all about doors and windows.
Yes, doors and windows that’s what fascinated me while roaming around the town. This post is all about it.
The ornately decorated door of the Jaipur City Palace.
The window looking towards the main courtyard.
The mesmerizing peacock adorning one of the doors; representing monsoon. There were other doors presenting other seasons too, but monsoon is the one which catches everyone’s attention.
Different floors, different window styles from the interiors of Hawa Mahal.
The inside looks like this for one of these windows.
Another one of the intricately carved window from the Hawa Mahal.
The impressive gate of the Jaigarh Fort with a monkey acting as a doorkeeper.
A window to guard the fort and not merely to peer down.
A window to the world……from the Jaigarh Fort.
Windows fit for a Queen!!
What lies behind these closed doors?
A work of art or a simply a window?
One for the view and other for the breez.
These one are eye catching for their co-ordination.
The detailing on one of the windows.
The giant sized Suraj Pol (Sun Gate) with massive but beautifully decorated doors.
Jaipur is famous for its shopping scene – offering everyone a bargain or more as per their taste and budget. Very rarely tourists don’t venture into Jaipur’s maze of various bazaars; it’s such a major attraction.
So, here are few photographs taken of these famed market streets by me while (of course) shopping for one thing or another.
Very interesting streetlamps in the older part of the city. They can be linked directly with Jaipur’s royal lineage.
The colourfully decorated pink gate that opens to various markets in the Old City.
The similarly styled signboards of the shops.
The shops on either side decked in pink hues.
A heritage building getting repaired, housing mainly shoes shops.
The famous Tripola gate opening into a busy intersection of three bazaar streets.
A decorative terrace of one of the buildings.
A Minaret soaring high and forming backdrop of one of the many market streets.
The busy market scene as can be seen from the Hawa Mahal.
The road leading to the modern shopping malls located on and around M.I. Road.
Diwali is just few days behind us. So, here I’m with few snapshots of the festive lights.
The fairy lights put around a local temple.
The traditional floating light at my home- welcoming all and sundry.
Everyone have the tradition of hanging a sky lantern in front of the door to scare away darkness (& evil). So here is ours,
Of course, Diwali means bursting various kinds of crackers.
And some more,
The last one is my personal favourite – a hugh sky lantern hanging in a nearby apartments’ colony.
Mumbai, in all its glory is simply referred to as the Financial Capital of India. It does not signify any particular colour or emotion – like Jaipur is fondly called the Pink City or Kolkata is referred as the City of Joy.
As a result, this city does not have any uniform colour, smell or feeling across its various regions. But this all changes with the advent of monsoon. Rains bring much respite from the year round humid weather; promises joys with the beginning of festive periods and of course gives this grimy city some much required colour. All year round Mumbai is dusty, grey or burning yellow and specked with dirt. But monsoon paints the city green, right from the Kala Ghoda promenade in the south to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park of the north suburbs.
Here, I’m presenting few brief glimpses of the greenery across this freshened up city.