Big Boy’s Toys

Big Boy’s Toys.

My friend, assistant and helper for the night, Jugjet Singh Randhawa taking pictures with his iPad. He said the results are better than those from his phone. It was his first up-close participation and he enjoyed it.

The red FRU or riot control police’s double decker truck is like a big boy’s toy. So is the iPad, I guess. I

I was awed by the truck as a kid. Seeing men riding on the upper deck with loud hailers, hard hats, water cannons and flashing lights left a lasting impression. Wire mesh windscreen protectors and armoured plating add to the indestructible image,

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 3200, f4, 1/60 sec.

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A Smashing Time

A Smashing Time.

The ritual of smashing and breaking coconuts on the procession route seems very aggressive and wasteful. Ironically, it symbolises the surrender of one’s ego at the feet of the presiding deity Lord Muruga.
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it leaves a trail of debris which were promptly cleaned up by an accompanying Alam Flora crew.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 3200, f4, 1/50 sec.

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Police Stop

Didn’t know the new Campbell Police Station or Balai Polis dan IPD Dang Wangi is now shaped like a mosque after reconstruction. Maybe, IT IS a mosque. It looks majestic and beautiful. I remember it used to be a tiny wooden shack beside Campbell Complex.

Hindu members of the police station put up a kiosk (tent) in front to welcome the passing chariot and deity tonight. That made it one of the stopover points where extended prayers and rituals were carried out. Here; the silver chariot and procession is approaching.

Although, unintentionally captured, the juxtaposition showed the multi-cultural and multi-religious aspect of our society.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 3200, f4, 1/50 sec.

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