Vintage music Machine – HMV:

HMV Style 7:- 1899 – the His master’s Voice or HMV, is a famous music trademark, and was the name of a large record label for a number of years.

The name His master’s Voice or HMV was coined in the year 1899, from the title of painting of Nipper the dog listening to a gramophone.

Horn gramophones continued to be made right up to 1930. For the most part, however, they began to fall from favor in the early 1920’s. A few years before the First World War machines began to be made with the horn turned ‘upside-down’ and fitted inside the cabinet.

Bearing the beloved image of the hound with his ear turned to the brass trumpet; this delightful antique will be a prized collection for those who love this vintage music machine!

I found this master piece in a showcase of a hotel lobby at Chennai India. Truly a great subject for photography due to its rarity and I am happy I had my camera ready then and snapped a few close shots before some hotel staff could raise objections!

No light no life:

In India, all festivals begin with lighting a lamp.

‘Festival of Lights’ or Diwali is a festival which has the potential of unifying entireIndiabecause of the charisma and splendor surrounding this festival. Diwali has been given the traditional name of ‘festival of lights’ because of the hundreds and thousands of small oil lamps or diyas lighted by many households. The burning of these lamps considered to be the lighted pathway of a person’s expression of happiness and also a manner of paying obeisance to God, the Supreme power for attainment of health, prosperity, knowledge, financial security and peace in one’s life.

No matter what the legend but the festival of lights or Diwali is celebrated with much enthusiasm and zeal in all over the country by people of all religions.

Here I begin my journey with a few light/lamp images from my archive to make it auspicious.