Majestic Traffic

Majestic Traffic - Mysore, India

Majestic Traffic – Mysore, India

Although Mysore is a significant city with about 900,000 people, it’s only 1/10th the size of Bangalore. However, it has a rich history and was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries. Based on my quick impressions, I prefer it to the much larger, crowded, and polluted Bangalore. There’s a monumental air like many current and former capital cities. This domed structure in the middle of the road is one such example. I saw a few more of these just within a short time I was there.

We were on the way from Lalitha Mahal, where I had lunch, to our next destination — a giant market square near the center of town. I was documenting exotic scenes out of the car window, as was usual during my India trip. For this, I shot through the front window from the back seat. I used the Olympus with my versatile travel zoom at a 94mm equivalent focal length.

Photographically, it’s a messy shot, not composed ideally. But, it gives an accurate account of the controlled chaos that is Indian traffic. Minus the modern cars, it would be one of those timeless images that I like so much. I’m sure the three-wheeled Tuk-Tuks haven’t changed in design for a long time.

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