Glimpses of French Indian heritage

I am forced to visit Pondicherry at least once every year as a consequence of one person's spiritual intrigues. Once in Pondicherry, the reluctance however is replaced with a certain enthusiasm to explore and re-explore the gridded lanes of the Heritage Town (a.k.a White Town). This year I made a conscious effort to forgo my... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Fiat’s X-Men

There were three exposures left on my last 120mm film roll that I took with me on a trip to Kashmir. So I headed out to the beach early one Sunday hoping to capture something interesting  before sending the roll to the lab. In the first forty five minutes all my dull mind could frame... Continue Reading →

Railics

Chennai's Regional Railway Museum hosts a good collection of locomotives and coaches from 1875 to the late 80s as part of its outdoor exhibits. I found this to be more interesting and experiential compared to the the two indoor galleries. One gets full access to interiors and controls of most locomotives and coaches. And there... Continue Reading →

Price list of precious and semi precious metals

Spare parts estimates November 2015, (for Yezdi D250 and Classic II) Download Excel Version Part Name Price Dealer Exhaust pipes (locally manufactured) (2) 2900 Balaji Auto Stores Bend pipes (locally manufactured) (2) 1100 Balaji Auto Stores Rubbers, clips, gaskets and nuts (for exhaust assembly) 550 Balaji Auto Stores Seat with base plate 1150 Balaji Auto Stores... Continue Reading →

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