Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Elephant Ride: Photo A Day - Street

Day 18 of "June Photo A Day Challenge" : Street


Elephant rides, on the streets of Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur, India.



I had actually saved this photograph for Day 8 (An Animal), but then that Suicidal Cricket showed up, and I moved this forward to Day 18, i.e. today! :D

I find it really amusing that they paint these animals in so many bright colors before taking them out on the streets for rides.

Anyway, elephants are my all-time favorite animal. And this scene reminded me of the time they introduced those cute baby elephants in Farmville. We were all so crazy about them! My sister named mine "Killu". Don't ask me why though... I have no idea how her brain works!


This is my 18th post for 2013 June Photo A Day Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Photo A Day - Centered"

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18 comments:

Jyothi said...

Oh My! Truly majestic animals these are. :) Killu? he he

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Totally majestic! And they seem so solid and dependable, don't they?
Yeah Killu is a funny name, isn't it? :p

Suzy said...

Great click and interesting one for the prompt.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Suzy :)

Reema Sahay said...

In my little colony, very very rarely, would an elephant show up with the mahavat. I would be so scared. I would just peek out from my window. I finally got a ride during our trip to Kerala after marriage, and I thought that was quite an adventure for me :-)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

And I'm still to ride on an elephant, Reema! :|
Maybe I should get married too, and take a trip to Kerela! :P

Smita said...

Nice shot!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Smita :)

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

One of the funniest things I've seen is an elephant being fined by the traffic police for not stopping at a traffic signal. The mahout's spirited argument that his lumbering pachyderm did not qualify as a motor vehicle did not cut much ice with the determined Delhi cop :)

You brought back memories of my annual haathi-ride during the Bal Mela fete. You clambered up a rickety ladder onto a platform, high up from the field while your parents peered up at you, concerned that you might tumble off any moment, while you watched, giddy with anticipation, as your smiling elephant arrived, swinging his trunk gently, patiently bearing a load of squealing children in what looked like a large baby crib on his curved back! The elephant, every feature of whom you'd gawp at wide eyed, from the large watery eyes to the soft, mobile mouth to it's rough and tough hide and those surely prickly, magnified hair on the twin domes that are his forehead, would line up with your platform which would wobble with all the fidgety children when one of the kids would start howling, to be promptly taken down into the arms of a bemused parent. The remaining kids would then be hoisted, one by one, and deposited into the basket which seemed to be fastened to the great animal's back with nothing at all! You tried to settle in and reach over the low railing to touch the elephant's side before the mahout scolded you into behaving, lest the other kids all started to lean over in like fashion. And then, with what felt like a minor earthquake sending everyone into raptures of joy as our mahout coaxed his grand animal into motion, off you went! Oh what fun, what fun. Taller than everything and everyone for a change, you were taken on a slow circle of the Mela grounds, and for a while, you were alone, and felt just a teeny bit grown up, even as you looked back and tried to spot your parents in the gaggle of real grown ups waving at their children from the platform, hoping they'd see you, as you looked down and around at the world, waving at folks as if it were a parade in your honour :-)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

OB! Your comment is longer than my post! [rolls eyes]
You seem to have re-lived the entire experience on this page. And "waving at folks as if it were a parade in your honour"! You've been living in illusions since that early an age? Wow! :D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

What to do, I don't have a blog to call my own. So here I am, miserably trawling the vast, lonely internet, leaving orphan comments on other people's blogs. My long comment was a cry for help, a wail of anguish at the utter indifference of the world to one who owns no blog..

*sniff*

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Liar! You DO have a blog! You just like being a drama king on my blog! :D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

You're a typical insensitive, uncultured, boorish north Indian racist bully. That's right, that's the angle I'm going to take from now :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

There you go again...

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Achha shorry.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

LOL! :D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Yeah, sorry for calling you typical. There is nothing typical about you, you alien lizard aiding earth's ascension! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahahah! :P

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