Heritage losing ground to practicality

Oh you marvellous blend of engineering and art. Your beauty still shines through the thick veils of neglect and dirt. Your expansive arched balconies must have turned wallflowers into prolific storytellers. Your curves and edges must have put aesthetes into dreamlike spells. I wonder why your master has let you languish and deteriorate, To the... Continue Reading →

Old City Charms

Drenched in the golden glow of the morning sunlight, The old city street is full of vibrance and delight. People, they make this organism alive. There are residents who welcome with warm and gentle smiles. Brisk delivery vendors of indifferent types. And inquisitive passers-by who accumulate quick bytes. Woman, they ferry water with an energy... Continue Reading →

Triple Lens Reflex?

Dhruv is experimenting with a Agfa Billy-Clack 51 that was handed down to his mother from her grandmother. Four generations in the family have put this camera to use in some way or the other. Agfa manufactured the Billy-Clacks between 1934 and 1940, but I presume these were not available in India until the mid... Continue Reading →

Curator of Relics

The scale model you see in the picture is of a wartime Willy's MB Jeep. The actual scale model didn't come that way. The camouflage paint, jerry cans, guns, and figures were all painstakingly made by hand and then assembled on the model. This set-up, including the truck in the background is a representation of... Continue Reading →

Litigants turn accidental conservationists

There is a particular spot on the long meandering route I take to work, where my gaze is almost involuntarily drawn towards two (once fabulous) dilapidated British era mansions. These are two different but adjacent residences built on expansive grounds now overrun by untamed greenery. Both the properties are locked down and off limits to... Continue Reading →

Matchless Makto

Matchless G3 and G3L were first designed and manufactured for use by the British Army during the second world war. These motorcycles continued to be produced after the war for both civilian and military use up until the 60s. The Matchless in the picture is a 1950 G3L that belongs to Kalyan Kishen Singh. The... Continue Reading →

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