Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Flora fountain

Another in the series of stiched pictures, this snap is also the result of stitching three pictures.The fountain was the place where the walk ended and apparently this fountain was actually made in the UK and then shipped in peices here.

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Mumbai University - II

By the time I got around to taking this picture, the light had faded to very sad levels, but I wanted to try it out still. The shots were exposed for about 1.5 seconds and as I was holding it in my hand it was shaking a bit as well. Add to that the fact that I got it after stitching three pictures , it is a wonder that it even exists.

There are large distortions due to this, but I think this was the favourite three pictures of the evening. You will need to click on it to see the whole thing in detail.

The Mumbai University

By the time we reached the Mumbai University, it was too late to do any serious photography, and I must ask the good readers humble forgiveness for the following pictures. They were taken by long exposure of over a second and will therefore be not very steady.

But the building is truly beautiful and I really must go sometime in the day and get some better snaps.

The constitution posted outside

The convention centre with its zodiac wheel

A beautiful winding staicase

The Main window on the Univ building

The Watch tower.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Kala Ghoda area - The Sasoon Library

The David Sasoon Library is right next to the Elphinston college and is truly a beautiful peice of work and I went in the library for the first time.

I'm putting a few of the pictures I took there.

The Kala Ghoda Area - Elphinston college

The walk was great. We started off from the Jehangir Art Gallery and the went down to the fountain via the Bombay University. Sadly the it became a bit dark by the end so I couldn't take as many pictures as I might have liked to have taken.

Right Opposte the Jehangir Art Gallery it the Elphinston College. It ofcourse has a great history behind it, but we were focusing only on its architectural side of its facade. This is the Bust of Sir Jehangir on the front of the building.

The brown rock that we seehere is the hard Basaltic rock quarried from Mumbai itself. Whereas the white rock is the much softer rock brought in from Gujrat.
As you can see, the White rock is the one where all the art work is done, whereas the Basaltic rock was used f load bearing purposes. Unlike the buildings of today, where the beams take the weight of the structure, here the walls take the weight. That is why architects call these load bearing structures.

The College was built in the Neo Gothic style and it does look grand.

Surprising really how many times I passed by it without really realising how beautiful it really was.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bombay heritage walk - 19th Nov

Got their message in my mail box a couple of days back.

Lets see how it goes. If it all falls apart, Atleast all the beer joints are close by. :)