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Sunday In My City – My Doorstep

by Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 39 comments
Well, almost. I consider the road we live in as my doorstep. Because we have everything we want along this road – bakeries, sweet shops, grocery stores, supermarkets, fashion stores, fruit stores, dairy, medical stores, hospitals, hobby classes…  you name it, we got it.

Yesterday, I decided not to drop Vidur off at school on my bike. Since Sury had hired a taxi at the same time we leave for school, we decided to bum a lift till the corner of the road, two and a half kilometers away, from where we could easily walk to school. I planned on walking back home. The morning was lovely and since I had tackled a mountain of laundry the previous day, my thigh muscles were pretty sore. (unused and complaining) I read somewhere that more exercise gets the lactic acid in the muscles moving along and taking away the pain, and so – thought it would be a good idea to walk. It was. I only regret not carrying my regular digital camera. Next time!.

Here’s what I caught on my walk. The walls along the sidewalk are painted in themes. The weather was great. Birds were chirping. The sun was planning to step out and shine. All was well with the world.

(Click photos to see original size in all their glory in a new window!)

I’ll bet you thought they were real! 🙂 This is the Karnataka government’s initiative on beautifying the compound walls. Maybe they thought people wouldn’t defile them. Fat hope. People have their favorite spots now – and hehehe probably fantasize!
So thoughtful. Benches to sit on, should one wish to rest.
Deer happily enjoying a refreshing drink. That fence gives me away every time, no?
Aaaaand….little do the deer know that the shapely Ms.Hunter Villain is just around the corner, aiming at them!
However, elsewhere, life goes on. The gorilla looks on stoically, lost in his/her thoughts, while the leopards/cheetahs cuddle each other and show some love
But! Who said life was private? She’s watching, isn’t she? Voyeuse!
And I wonder what private joke she’s grinning at! Thinking of a happy and enjoyable moment, no doubt. While the other  lady farther ahead strikes a pose! Hmm.
Church. Beautiful campus. Next to it is the St.Peter’s Pontificial Seminary.


  • While walking along the road, I was gazing at some flowering trees and trying to identify the chirping sounds and spot the birds – and sure enough, stepped into some sh*t.  Oh well, better than watching for the sh*t and missing the flowers and the birds, no? 
  • I also passed by a guy doing something-something on the roadside, which I diligently did NOT take pictures of. I am decent like that. Just sayin’!
Now let’s go over to Unknown Mami’s who generously hosts this very enjoyable initiative. There’s lots more to see, there and places to go.

With Love,

Vidya Sury

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Farida Rizwan January 8, 2012 at 7:49 am

Beautiful pictures. I miss Bangalore 🙁

Musings by Robert January 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

Those murals are awesome and it is better than a plain wall. Thank you for sharing!

BLOGitse January 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

Yes, you should always, all the time, walk with open eyes and look down too every now and then…. 🙂
Happy Sunday!

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

I am laughing at what you said, BLOGitse! Indeed I should! 🙂 Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

Thank you, Robert. Makes a big difference when we go down that road!

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

You should visit, Farida. We can ride down that road on my bike 😀

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Hehehe, Thanks Tara. lesson learned once. 😀 I really enjoyed my walk yesterday! Should do it more often!

Tara R. January 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

So many lovely things to see on your walk (and not so pleasant… ha! thanks for not sharing those shots.) The mural is amazing! 

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Love having you over, Kimberly! I eagerly look forward to Sunday, too! I am like a kid with too many photos and too few Sundays! 🙂 Happy Sunday to you, too!

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Terri, you’re a delight and that is the truth. Thanks to your comment, I post with more joy these days – and that is the truth. Thank you so much for walking with me!  And saying such wonderful things! I am very overwhelmed!

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

You’re welcome, Jidhu!

Vidya Sury January 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Hi Missy! It was very interesting to watch the painters fill the walls. One guy would apply the background color. Then another guy would do the charcoal sketches. Then yet another would fill the colors. Thank you for visiting.

Molly January 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

What lovely murals. I think the UK could do with adopting this policy to brighten up our local environments


Ps… My twitter is a bit adult content but I my 365 project is safe for all…

Missy | Literal Mom January 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

What a wonderful morning and those paintings are beautiful and so realistic!

jidhujose January 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

nice snaps …..thanks for sharing 

terrisonoda January 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Beautiful pictorial journey, as usual, and thank you for taking us along!  I also love your interpretations of each piece of art.  You are a refreshing and unique woman, my friend.  The world is a better place with you in it!   HUGS,

Kimberly January 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Can i just say that this is the post I look forward too on Sundays?
It’s just so light hearted.
I love taking these little trips with you.
You’re city is definitely more gorgeous than mine.
No lie.
Happy Sunday

Tami Miller January 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Gorgeous wall art at the Zoo.  I especially like the benches. What a nice place to relax.

Laurie Matherne January 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

Wonderful murals. Thanks for the tour. In Honduras, men and children u*r*ina*e in public all of the time. Yech.

My Inner Chick January 9, 2012 at 12:41 am

 Your Sundays in your City have been become part of my Sundays in Minnesota.

Love you…. Xxxx

I wonder what that woman is smiling about!!???

My Inner Chick

Vidya Sury January 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thank you, Wei Wei Ong! I am heading over to your blog!

Vidya Sury January 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

It is the same here, Laurie 🙂 There’s no way to control them! Thank you for visiting.

Vidya Sury January 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thank you Tami! I often fantasize about sitting on that bench, but never get around to doing it, probably because I pass it four times a day, to and from school! By the way, those pictures are wall art in the area where I live. 🙂 Not the zoo. Each section of the wall is painted in themes like nature, art, sculpture, animals…etc. Quite beautiful to see!

Vidya Sury January 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

Hi Molly, welcome to my blog! Yes, it is a nice idea to cover plain walls with art! I am eager to go visit your blog. Thanks for visiting and I hope you want to visit again!

Emily January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

Oh! The painted walls along your street are so much prettier than plain ones would be! Great pictures!

Vidya Sury January 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

You’re right, Emily – we love seeing them every day! A few years ago, when they were being painted, Vidur used to yearn to paint a picture there – but was too shy to do it! Thanks for much for visiting!

Wei Wei Ong January 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

Great wall art, visit from sunday in my city, I share my zoo photo.

Pammy Pam January 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

these photos are breathtaking! thanks for visiting my site my new friend!

Vidya Sury January 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Thanks, Pam and welcome to my blog!

Vidya Sury January 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Thanks, Leovi! 🙂

Tami Miller January 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I must have assumed it was the zoo because they are animals I would see at the Philadelphia Zoo near me. 🙂

Leovi January 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Yes, a beautiful park with delightful paintings. Saludos.

Vidya Sury January 10, 2012 at 4:26 am

Thank you, Cindy!  We had even more fun watching them take shape a few years ago, thanks to the Government 😀

La Principessa Errante January 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

These are just glorious.  There is a serious talent by the artist, and yet the whimsey makes them such an absolute delight to sit and stare at.  Good for you for taking a long walk, even better, you caught these great murals.

Vidya Sury January 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Ooh, Kim! What a beautiful thing to say! You now, I wonder about that woman every single day 🙂 – because I pass her four times a day, to and from school! Hugs to you. So happy to have you share my Sundays!

Vidya Sury January 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Hey Unknown Mami – I am so sorry to hear that! Hugs! Happy you came by. Just that I love to read your comments 😀

unknownmami January 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

That is one beautiful hunter! I have no idea how I missed this post last week. I’m so glad you mentioned it in your comment because I wouldn’t have caught it otherwise. I’m not getting enough sleep lately which makes me less than sharp.

Lisa@Advent's Adventures January 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

WOW! Those walls are just beautiful! I’m always so amazed to see that people can actually paint like that. And your city sounds wonderful. How I would love to walk like that.  I loved the walk! except for stepping in the  . . .well you know. 😉 LOL!  Next time we walk we must be more careful! I’m a new follower so I’ll help keep an eye out 😉 

Have a great day!   

Vidya Sury January 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hey Lisa! So happy to have you here. And I’d really love your company – I could surely do with someone looking out while I click pictures! You know – they have a system in the wall painting. One guy whitewashes the wall. Another guy comes and does some very rough charcoal sketches – just strokes, really. Then another guy fills in the big patches of color. And then, the final guy does the fine details. When finished – the walls look glorious! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed visiting!


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