Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Travel: Taxi interior decor new trend, photo collection

Good day people !
 This collection is from a year back. Ya, you can call me weird for collecting photos of Taxi interiors.   But I have traveled by taxi as much as by Auto rickshaws. We Mumbaikars cant live without them.

My maternal grandpa used to own a fleet of taxi's. I still feel thrilled if I flag a Premier Padmini taxi & more if they have the gear shift connected to the steering wheel. Also used to love the beautiful glass globes at the end of the gear shifts. During my pregnancy I preferred the new taxi's. Hate it when they smell of cigarette smoke, if the driver seems chatty ask & scold him if he has allowed smoking. Thankfully the RTO has issued notices which the Taxi drivers stick on their dashboards announcing the fines. But some old taxi's smell musty & dirty with or without rains.

This is how old taxi's look from inside.
The roof or headliner was covered with printed fabric which starts looking grimy after a period of time & if it gets wet, god save the passengers.

What I started noticing now-a-days is that the fabric or whatever material they use is being sort of laminated. Reminds me of certificates being laminated.
They do a lot of funky variations & designs to the entire interior.

The bunch of grapes hanging from
the rear view mirror is old now.
Going all fruity

I asked the drivers how much it costs them to decorate this way. They say its pretty cheap around 3-5k depending on your request. Also it gets done in 2 days max.

Some are sober, classy styled.

The punches/pins add a new look
Dell is going to be very angry at the
use of their logo this way :D

They say the cleaning & maintenance is easier. Just take a wet cloth & wipe all around. If the interior is done recently you will immediately notice the smell of plastic.

The same look throughout
Healthy choice

Some go creative

Some go floral

Flower & fruits

I used to have a great time collecting these pics and chatting with the drivers. Some tell their family stories, some tell you the latest updates of the locality you are travelling by, some about the taxi unions,RTO,...

I hope to continue & enjoy my taxi rides. Come back to check if I clicked any more weird pics. Earlier I had clicked:
AutoRickshaw interior design idea
Automobile engineer at work
Funky Scooter color combo

Till then Bye. Take care.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Whats that pic-43

Good day people !

Bringing to you another 'Caption this' image.

Anchors anchored for life.

So look at this image & tell us what you would caption this. We have captioned it already.
This was captured on our trip to Malvan, Konkan. 

Waiting for your 'creative captions'.

The other's we had earlier were:
Heart crossed by Arrow seeming Tubelight
Walking in Air
Sunday lunch material

Check the entire Whats that pic series.

Till next time Bye. Take Care. Enjoy the weekend.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Activity: Mickey Mouse themed birthday party

Good day People !

Posting after a long time !
In May, my son turned 2. His favorite Cartoon character these days is Mickey Mouse. So about 4 days before his birthday I decided to center the birthday party around Mickey mouse theme. I was strictly asked by my family not to bake the birthday cake. Their reason being I will tax & tire myself out on the main day :|

Happy Birthday Pranav !
But I didn't just want to host a party with a ready made cake & snacks. So 4 days before the birthday, I researched on the net what can be done for a Mickey Mouse themed party. There are tons of articles & websites on the topic. Some are event management website which will showcase previously arranged parties & ask you to hire them. Then there are creative mommas who created everything from scratch, sharing their tips/secrets/flops/successes....

If you go through each of these articles, you sure will raise your BP. God knows how these moms manage such fun looking parties every year per kid ;) Check this Seshalyn's Party Ideas which got me thinking. Here is KarasPartyIdeas which looks the work of professionals.

So I decided to do something I am good at & make it more fun with the Mickey Mouse theme in mind.
What am I good at ? Cupcakes, thanks to Cute Cupcake Factory for teaching me these.

I made tiny chocolate cupcakes.

 To make them more fun, I saw this article on MomDot where they made Chocolate Mickey mouse silhouettes. And on OurHomemadeLife they gave a stencil to download & use. I used it, but then just went freehand. These look ugly here but the end result was pretty good.

The end result was.

Chocolate cupcakes with frosting and Mickey topping
I stumbled upon the new trend in cakes & cupcakes called Cake Pops. Its basically cake rolled into balls, dipped in chocolate & stuck to lollipop sticks.  I searched & found this article on Divas can cook giving detailed recipe & instructions to make them. There are lots of articles on how to decorate them to look like mickey mouse. You can use Oreo minis as ears, but not available in India. Then you can use Candy Melts in chocolate flavour as ears, but again they are not available in India. At short notice its impossible to order them online plus you need to buy in bulk if you have time :p, not working for me.

So the stencil idea again stuck me & I made those small circles with Chocolate to use as ears. It is a messy affair I tell you but worth the effort. Out of 20 cake pops only 11 reached the wrapping up phase. Some more fell off the sticks while distributing, arrghhh :X.

The cake pops after dipping in liquid chocolate
The cake pops after freezing. They say use thermocol board to keep the pops in standing position. Mine kept falling off, so my FIL suggested use Bananas to hold them upright. It worked I tell you! The ever resourceful banana ;)


The wrapped Mickey Mouse Cake Pops
My contribution to the Mickey mouse theme party

Mickey Mouse chocolate truffle cake
We wanted a small party for my kiddo with his friends & our close relatives. So we ordered McDonalds burgers, french fries & coke for kids. Pav bhaji & Pulao for adults. Not to forget the Cupcakes, Cake & Cake Pops.

Post party I was getting more ideas of what else I could have tried if I had the time & resources. Thank fully my sis came a day before to help & inlaws as usual encouraging me :)

 Better luck next year, I am patting my back ;)

If you have tried some funky birthday party themes, do share with us.

My baking hobby starts with these: 
Cream Birthday cakes

Bye. Take care.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

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Good day everyone !
After a long time posting something.
So lets start with a funny pic. I dont know from where these sign painters get their spellings from.

Is that valve Voice activated ?
Shout at the Valve to turn it On/Off ? :p

Many more such pics here in our Whats that pic series.

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We are nearing half a century in this series. I am sure will cross a century too :D

Bye. Take care.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Event:Vrukshavali,Thane: Flower & Vegetable exhibition

Good day ppl !
Winter is a great season when people & plants bloom. So when my Mother-in-law(Mrs.Greenfingers) told me about a Plants & Flower exhibition arranged in Thane, I was keen to attend it with her and my toddler.

Click on the images to get a larger view.

The Event name: Vrikshavali. Its a Plants, Flower, Vegetable exhibition. This is its 9th year. It was arranged at Gaodevi, near Thane Station West from 30 Jan to 1st Feb 2015.

The entrance

The entrance with Fountains

 Flower rangoli's
Vithoba in flowers
 My Kiddo took quite a fascination for this one. Climbed inside the barricade & tried to redecorate :p Talk about public humiliation !
Cheerful as daisies

For my MIL being among plants is a super stress buster. I couldnt agree more, apart from carrying my kiddo around to stop him from creating havoc.

Insulin, the star of the show.
 Insulin, This plant was highlighted everywhere, guess the media & medical community have made Diabetes a major demon.

Lot of organisations had set up their plants here such as Central Railways, Hiranandani, Godrej, RCF & nurseries.

Vegetable garden in pots. This was by RCF, Raigad.

Brinjals and tomatoes

Surti papdi
Dodka or Ridge Gourd

In the middle of the exhibition hall was a room which was creating a lot of jam outside. When you go in, you realise why people werent moving fast inside.

Lovely arrangements

Never seen this flower

Vegetable carvings, check the crocodile from Bitter gourd

And the dragon

Flower cake ;)

Roses !

These flowers were entered for a competition
Tea roses, earned Princess of the Show award

The King & Queen of the Show awardees

Lot of beautiful landscaping gardens

Lord Shankar & Shiv linga

Model village

Star attraction

My kiddo checking if there are fishes in this pond


Hibiscus, every year few months before Ganpati we try to grow as many coloured plants of these so that we have a different color flower for Ganpati each day

 Paper flowers. All these are made from paper, cant believe your eyes right?

Each had a couplet written for it

Each type of flower in paper

Flower garden in paper
At the feedback stall in the register  I wrote and asked them to extend the exhibition for more days. But guess it would be injustice on the plants to force them to stay in bloom for so many days.

There were many stalls outside the exhibition area, where you could buy plants & garden accesories. We restricted to buying only a local version of Rose. I was more looking for different types of pots, pot holders, window hangers and the like. Have taken a lot of phamplets from the stalls to contact later. Mostly the stalls are from around Thane, Vashi.

Today is the last day for the exhibition. Our next target is to pay a visit to the Maharashtra Nature Park at Dharavi.
I am thankful that I did Tree walks, now I can recognize more plants than my school & guide scout days.

Happy Green Winter to you all.