Sunday, September 30, 2007

salvation star


Last night was the second of the new "Salvation Star" LGBT nights that a friend is putting on. I went to support my friends, but also to learn a bit more about this "underground" scene in India. It is against the law to be homosexual and is generally a taboo subject. It was a decent turnout and as my friend said "history in the making".
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Saturday, September 29, 2007

street shopping


In Mumbai you can get any and everything on the street. Here's a lady buying some necklaces or at least looking at some!
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Friday, September 28, 2007



These guys had a whole assembly line going, preparing the sugarcane to be juiced. This was the cleaning phase.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007

auto crash


This is probably the worst looking rickshaw crash that I have come upon so far in Mumbai. Amazingly, no one was hurt and everyone crawled out of the top! But then the bystanders just stood looking at it all for a long time. When I left no one had even begun to start moving this out of the middle of the road!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ganpati: the aftermath


Last night and this morning the roads were covered in the colored powder, but after the torrential downpours we've had today its all washed away!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ganpati: The grand finale

It has already begun. The roads are empty of cars, but full of people pushing their Ganpati carts! The fireworks are being set off all over, the chanting "Ganpati Bappa Moriya" and bells - its the grand finale! Here's a shot of Juhu beach before it even got crowded! (i'm sure i'll have more photos tomorrow if any come out in dark!)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ganesh decorations


This Ganesh was made out of food and was used as a decoration on a table at a building's ganapti festivities.
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Ganpati Security


This year there has been a new addition all almost all of the Ganpati mandals -- this sign. They always make security a priority at the larger mandals, but it appears that this year they are also requiring that this poster be placed prominently at all public mandals.
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Saturday, September 22, 2007

elaborate build up


This building was built specifically for Ganpati and to be the main entrance to the area's mandal! This community is heavily supported by the Shiv Sena and Congress - so they had tons of money to spend. Here's the line as well leading in -- for once it was very orderly and no link skipping!
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Ganpati: SV Road


Another one for posterity!
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ganpati: Ambedkar Road


It seems that every year this location gets a gold/bronze Ganesh and then makes a dramatic background. I could have put a series of photos for this as the lights change colours ever few seconds and gives it a totally different feel!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ganpati: Lalbaug



I finally made it down to Ganesh Gully to see this famed Ganesh mandal. It was really spectacular. I have posted two photos so you can get a sense of how large it was. Also the outside that was built as the entrance to the Ganesh was very nice as well - perhaps I'll put it up tomorrow. I have to say that so far this is my favorite Ganesh this year!
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ganpati: Bandra


This is a Ganesh we happened upon while out for our nightly walk. This Ganesha was actually located within an apartment building. It was pretty cool looking, but at some angles kind of scary too!
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Monday, September 17, 2007

Ganpati: Khar Pali Road


This is the one next to Dominos on Khar Pali Road. Its always a beautiful Ganesha and this year is no different.
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ganpati: Ambedkar Road (1)


Today is the start of my series on the Ganpati festival which officially began yesterday. I will put up a different Ganpati each day and hope that at the end you will tell me what your favorite one is! This Ganesh is in the same place as 'my' winner was last year (See Aug 2006 - Mid week winner). Again this one has the life like feet and hands!
Ganpati Bappa Moriya!
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Day 7: mount mary fest


Tomorrow is the last day of the Mount Mary fest, but I am calling it quits today as my favorite festival has begun - Ganpati!

Here is our parting shot for the Mount Mary Festival.
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Day 6: Mount Mary Fest


Tattoos on the side of the road -- This is a first for me. I always wondered where people got these little crosses on their hands and now I know! Didn't look too hygenic though so I wouldn't be trying it. The person getting a tattoo in this photo was only a young boy (with his mother's approval). The whole process took less than 10 minutes.
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Day 5: Mount Mary fest


More of the Mount Mary festival!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Day 4: mount mary fest


Mini gods on display and for sale. I am putting this photo for today because as I was driving in the other side of town I saw a couple in a rickshaw looking over several of these things that they probably had just purchased at the Fest!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

day 3: Mount Mary Fest


A lady selling her wares. This is one instance where the street sellers have a captive audience and probably make decent money from all of the visitors.
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Monday, September 10, 2007

day 2: Mount Mary Fest


All along the roads leading up to Mount Mary and around the church are stalls such as this selling wax figures and flowers for offerings. The figures can be anything from a car to a new shop to body parts!
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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mount Mary Festival!


Today was the start of the week long Mount Mary (Bandra) Festival. This festival is to honor the Virgin Mary as well as the 'birthday' of the Mount Mary Church. Today's photo is to 'welcome' you to the festival, which I hope to show you more of as the week progresses.
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Saturday, September 08, 2007

muscle car


an old indian 'muscle' car!
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Friday, September 07, 2007

monkey chase


I was being pursued by this lady and her monkey today. Of course I had to take out the camera just as I was running into my apartment building and safety. These monkey's scare me to death, even though all they do is dance for money!
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Thursday, September 06, 2007

banana man


This guy was following right behind the cars in traffic today. This is how most of the banana's are here - green. I used to always try to wait for them to become yellow, but then they were no longer any good.
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