Posts Tagged ‘India’

Dance number from Adavi Donga that makes Lidsville look less drug-induced

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The 1985 film Adavi Donga, with Chiranjeevi, Radha, Sharada, Rao Gopal Rao. And various animals. Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao.

A favourite among my many favourite Indian film numbers.

And if you don’t know what Lidsville is…

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Gulabi gang

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

India’s Gulabi gang in beautiful pink. Gulabi means “rose” in rose.”

“The Gulabi gang is a group of women vigilantes active across North India. It is named after the pink saris worn by its members. The group was founded as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women.

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Fleamarket decor in Delhi

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

India has the best inventory of vintage and antique furniture—both institutional and domestic—I’ve ever seen. Especially deco and moderne (bench above) not to mention traditional Indian wooden furniture of various vintages.

As discussed in this earlier post, in the early part of the 20th century the British administration in India hired architect Edward Lutyens to design the new city of New Delhi, and over the decades that he worked in India he brought Georgian, deco and moderne styles with him.

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Beautiful re-usable Codd-neck soda bottles still in use in India

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

This is a poor photo of a very interesting bottle, despite the fact that the boy running this soda cart in Mysore was being super helpful. (Below, some clearer photos of this type of bottle, courtesy of Wikipedia.) This is known as the Codd-neck bottle and you can read a full history and explanation below, but in short, the bottle is sealed via the use of a glass marble held in place by the pressure of the aerated soda; pressing the marble down either with a thumb or wooden plunger releases the seal, dropping the marble into the curved cavity and allowing the soda to pour out.

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Painted surfaces in India

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

This is a hodgepodge of painted walls in India, where I have been travelling for the past five weeks. All of these are in South India (Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa). The buildings are generally made of laterite stone sealed with cement (see previous post). While all of these colours might not work in North America, we could use colour far better at home.

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Most common building material in Goa is a stone called laterite

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

What appear to be red bricks below (at left in the photo, and on the wall surrounding the yellow building) are in fact quarried blocks of laterite, a porous red stone common in India and other countries. In Goa the laterite blocks are usually grouted and then cemented or plastered over and painted.

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