Infrastructure & Innovation


Today’s image is about a very particular telephone pole:

To build, just stick a bamboo on the ground:

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And voilà:

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That’s called innovation!


Security Checks in India


As per historic terrorists events in India  security has increased over the years. Measures have brought though , if figures are real, positive results.

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However for an average western it could still be a bit shocking to see security checks in normal day to day activities, like when you go…

To the supermarket

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Entrance at D-Mart, local supermarket in Mumbai

 

To office

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Entrance to an office complex in Powai

 

To the shopping mall

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R-City Mall

 

For a coffee…

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Starbucks around the corner of Taj Hotel and Gateway of India

The absurdity is the the lightness of the controls as many times they are more adornments and a headache more than real checks.

I could think of a million ways of passing through with an elephant without being noticed, but…

Security first!

 


Weekend get away in Alibag


With a population of around 20M people, Mumbai is the largest agglomeration in India and one of the Top Ten most populous city in the world. Traffic, noise, chaos and pollution are enough to justify a get away weekend for Mumbaikars.

This weekend was the turn for Alibag, which is 90km away from Mumbai. Distances in India though are not correlated to time or viceversa, so it can take you up to four hours to drive this distance (one way) depending on traffic, roads and other events like cars breaking in the middle of the way. It’s critical in India to make sure your weekend is relaxing enough to drive you through patiently on the way back home. Here’s me trying…

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Around the corned of Mango Beach House where we stayed

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Half constructed (or destructed) house

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The car broke, so our driver had to borrow some battery cables from an abandoned truck nearby the hotel

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Children waiting for the bus

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Road

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Woman carrying stuff

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Oxen chilling out on a Sunday morning

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A fishermen beach we came across with on the way from Kihim to Alibaug

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Sunday traffic

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Guys hanging out safely

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Alibag Beach

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Cow posing for a photo

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It’s common in India that women get into water dressing saree and men wearing pants and shirts

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Enjoying the view

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Coconuts

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Refreshments

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Mysterious man

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Local handcrafts

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Monkeys getting disturbed by people taking pics at them

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Fire extinguishers, a very common scene in India. Although I’m not quite sure about their effectiveness in case of real fire

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Very nice view of a dam, although the scene around is not so clean and quiet as this postcard

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Idem

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People getting refreshed on the other side of the dam

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Bicycles

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A common scene in India, garbage cans are mostly an adornment


Basic Needs and Common Sense


Long story short, I’m in India… and what I like the most of being here is the fact that it makes you constantly remember that there ain’t needs such as basic ones, nor sense such as common. The simple things that you take for granted can become the most complicated ones.

Short story long… a couple of weeks back when I arrived at the guesthouse in Mumbai the first thing I noticed was that there was no toilet paper in the bathroom. So I asked the housekeeper is if there was any stored somewhere, he said no. Are there any napkins?… “no sir”….  challenging scenario!

Raju, the housekeeper, speaks no English and I speak no Hindi. So many times down here you feel better off trying to avoid confusions and rather finding your own way out for some adventure, while you have the patience to. However he did suggested to look at the pharmacy in the neighborhood behind our building. So off I go…

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Postcards from Mumbai


 

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View from my apartment

 

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Barber Shop at a local street market

 

Flowers

 

Playground bench

 

Apartment complex

 

The one and only Tata Nano


Day Zero at Suanzes – SoundCloud


Listen to Day Zero at Suanzes by Ernst_Kappa #np on #SoundCloud


Gui Boratto @ Madrid


Yesterday I saw one of my favorite DJ’s live in Madrid. Show was espectacular (as it should) and we even managed to go all the way to the front and pose for the DJ’s picture of the crowd!

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Peace out!


Belgrade


Burning bridges without looking back
This is the story, this is the past
Hurt by old bruises and the courage I lack
Hurt by old bruises, but bruises at last

Stop for a second and you’ll be surprised
The world won’t collapse if you only slow down
The world won’t collapse but you fear being caught
For keeping making excuses, for the things left behind

The bubble is bursting for the weight of lies
Keep pushing it forward or you’ll be pointed out
Between gardens of faith, new hopes rise
While some feelings bloom, others just dry

And that’s is why I went to the hills of Belgrade
Cause I was so tired of trying to be brave…

 

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