the bombay transportation aesthetic

 

The B.E.S.T thing about Bombay is that you don't need to own a car to get around. At any time of the day, albeit with uncertified safety, the city offers its commuters a selection of taxis, prepaid cabs, auto rickshaws, and local trains (even a metro rail soon), and I love that! 

Ever since I was old enough to sit in my first taxi, I fell in love with the way drivers decorate their vehicles in all kinds of delicious fabrics, stickers, lights, flowers, lettering, TARPOLINE CURTAIN TIES (!!!!) and sometimes for the ultimate sensory overload- incense! I even fell in love with the ones I personally found kinda gaudy or "not-to-my-aesthetic" but I secretly found kinda amazing. Honestly, why don't we all do this to our cars?! What's so exciting about champagne a.k.a beige leather anyway?! 

Commuting to work has really started to rack up the number of ladies' train compartments, taxis, and autos I sit in everyday and I have started documenting my favourite ones! I hope to keep adding to my collection every week, right here:

smallest stools sprinkled on street sidewalks!

 

I visited Vietnam this December with family. The first thing I noticed when we arrived in Hanoi (and then across the country) are the tiny plastic stools found in public spaces. They come in all colours of molded plastic, and adorably miniscule sizes. The stools seem to be central to most daily activities, barring no age. I saw shopkeepers run their businesses, old women stare at everyone with a mixture of silent wisdom and boredom, teenagers drinking iced coffee or having a smoke, and street food customers being served on these stools.

The objectnerd in me cant help telling you that what's great about this cultural phenomenon is that it maintains good posture and digestion, and helps keep joints in use (much like squatting toilets!!). However, they aren't very great for someone who may be physically disabled in any way (such as my grandmother).