Saturday, September 09, 2006

Lunch Time

I'm not sure how I feel about this ubiquitous Mumbai scene. There are a lot of temples (mostly Jain and South Indian Hindu) in my neighborhood and each temple has at least one cow. While some are tied up in front to receive offerings from devotees, others wander the streets. They are generally left alone and are clearly well fed on the many overflowing trash bins. But it can't be good for them, eh?


Blogger Kate said...

I visited India one summer (hot! hot! hot!) many summers ago, and I must confess I loved seeing the animals wandering lose and unfettered. Seemed so much more civilized to me. Always amused me when cows relaxed in the middle of a street, stopping traffic. Perhaps I'm weird, but I love this pic!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Rodney said...

Great Shot!!!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Lisi said...

HK used to have stray dogs, and Mumbai has stray cows! And indeed this is a perfect photo showing a unique scene of your city

7:36 PM  
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7:44 PM  
Blogger Suresh said...

I sometimes miss such sites in New York City. While to outsiders it is symbol of freedom and to the locals its a symbol of piety I know lot of these cows have been abandoned by their owners once they have no use for them. I guess I should be glad that they dont put them to sleep instead let the city adopt and feed them with their trash. Lots of times these cows get sick by eating toxic substances especially plastic thats a increasing component of Indian trash these days. I will admit though that cows eating trash is welcome picture than deer roadkills I frequently encounter in US highways.

7:48 PM  

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