July 30, 2006

Overloaded


A mild summer day on the incline that runs past IIT Powai campus,
so much seating that leaves little seating space!

18 comments:

Sue said...

Loved the irony!

Anil P said...

To Sue: Thanks. The lady in the rickshaw was squeezed in between her luggage.

Anonymous said...

one of the more enchanting typically indian features.. doing a lot more with a lot less.

Anil P said...

To Anon: Unless of course the less is more :)

HelenH said...

Thanks for your comments on Show Your Workings, they are really helpful - I was just saying I didn't feel like writing! Love your blog, keep it up.
Helen

Anonymous said...

if the less is more then the more needs to be hellava lot more :):)

Anil P said...

To Helen: Thank you.

To Anon: But then, lot is always a lot less :)

Anonymous said...

doof!how can that be???

Anonymous said...

i mean.. that totally depends on one's perception doesnt it??

Anil P said...

To Anon: Absolutely, it depends upon perceptions, and contexts too.

For example, the furniture and luggage loaded in the rickshaw picture in the post is lot not because it is truly 'lot' in an absolute sense, but because the space limitations in a rickshaw gives the impression of it overflowing, and hence one feels it is indeed a lot of furniture. But. in a larger vehicle, with ample space it would not be a lot of furniture, and it might actually be a 'lot less'.

Hence, the 'lot is always a lot less' :)

Anonymous said...

true.. what i was saying was, the notion of space in our country tends to get compressed.. everyone's always putting 'more' into things that can actually hold a lot less. thats why the rickshaw looks as it does, the buses look like they do, the trains look like they do, gateway of india in the evenings looks like it does, so on and so forth :) inane conversation, but fun! :):)

Lynn said...

Hello Anil, this is my first visit to your blog. Your photographs are very nice!

ligne said...

nice pic...and your pic is taken at near home that was..
that particular road has been full of stories..some sad and horror and some funny!..now I wish I had a pic from old times..
(seems like all my comments on your blog have a a I wish attached to them :) )

Anil P said...

To Anon: Absolutely! Though we live in three dimensions, when space is packed from all sides, everything appears one dimensional and flat.

And yes, maybe it is time to enjoy the inane. :)

To Lynn: Thanks Lynn, hope you'll visit again.

Ligne: 'Near home?' Well, I'm not sure if you've seen it of late 'coz the road suffers from being hemmed in by IIT from one side, and the slew of shops on the other, so much so that in the evening rush-hour the stretch between Powai lake and the Gurudwara just past IIT as you approach the bridge at Kanjur takes anything between 30 to 40 minutes to negotiate in the traffic though the stretch is only 1.5 kms.

Any stories about that road you might want to share with the readers here?

Anonymous said...

What a photograph bugger? One of the best i've seen... Bhushan

anan said...

the pic is perfect ..explains all..

Anil P said...

To Bhushan: Thanks dude :)

To Anan: Thank you. But it's been a while since I last saw the sun out in Mumbai.

ligne said...

actually I should correct my prev statement..no humor comes to my mind..Just a case of dacoit which happened more than a decade ago. Those days that road was deserted late nights, but only access to IIT, Powai. Remember somebody getting murdered there for money.
Then over the years it got busier. It took me longer to get up that road then to get to Kanjur from Sion at times!
They never had a wall next to the cliffish end..and the road was small, oven you would see a truck on the brink of falling of cliff (although I can safely say none ever did!)
Have seen the road get twice its size over the years and yet no respite from traffic.
There is even a school at the base and all sorts of things on the way!

To answer you question..no I have not seen it recently :) Its been about 6 years since I have moved..:(