Monday, July 24, 2017

Chinewrde

It is a pleasure to see men dance in unison. 


Yesterday we were at the Market place in Reading (UK) Got to see the Chinewrde dancing the North West Morris. They are based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. 


Liked their dedication in expressing their art even though the crowd was  thin. This was probably because they had a performance earlier nearby. 


Getting ready for the performance was the major part. 



Having a closer look I realised that the shoes were clogs and its not an easy feat to dance with those heavy clogs. 



The location added to the ambiance with an occasional London taxi adding some colour to it. 


The accordion and the harp gave the right rhythm with the drums holding the beat.


 I did a little recording near the flute and that wass when I realised how all the instruments together made the perfect accompaniment for the dancers.


Made a five minute video on it and it is a good visual treat. 
They were ready to answer questions  and said that they would like to welcome new members. Those interested can contact them through their site.
More blogs coming up after exploring a little more in and around Reading.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kochi Metro

Imagine getting into a colourful station and taking in the ambiance while waiting for your ticket. 



The Kochi Metro has finally arrived. Sreedharan, the metro man has made it happen again. It has many firsts to its credit, one of them being that they honoured about 800 construction workers with a Sadhya (meal on banana leaf) before the inauguration. All these workers are from North India, namely Bihar, Bengal and Assam.
Travelled by the Metro last week and was impressed by the efficiency of the staff.  

The first leg covers 13 kilometers consisting of eleven stations. This is again a first as no Metro had done a trial run for 13 kms. Later this will be extended to 22 stations from Aluva to Petta. 


The minimum fare in this sector is Rs 10 and the maximum Rs 40.



I like the murals at the stations. Each station has a different drawing which has got something to do with the local area. 


At Palarivattom station I saw these pictures of some unique flowers with the names given in English and Malayalam.


I noticed that most of the commuters were there for a joy ride and there were some school kids too with parents. 



Plastic bottle recycling machine is installed in one station and will be gradually added in all the stations.
Another first is the employment of 23 Transgender by a government company.
Some other features of the metro was the presence of points where you can speak to the driver in case of an emergency. 



Even though it runs through the city, one can't miss the greenery all around.



Some of the metro pillars have vertical garden which will use recycled municipal waste. 

The Kochi metro is proud to give equal opportunity to both genders by employing nearly 1000 women, of which 7 will be behind the wheel and serve as loco pilots.  
Another first is the record collection of Rs 1.77 crore in the first week.
I made a one min film with the pictures/videos that I captured during my maiden journey.