A different type of street lamp

February 11, 2009 at 11:57 pm 4 comments


I feel sort of ashamed at having to own up to the circumstances around which I took this photograph. I had gone to an old friend’s house. Her father had passed away the night before and we were by her side to see her through the stages of having to say goodbye to him for the last time as he was taken away for his final rites – his Namaz-e-Janaza.

He had been quite ill since his wife passed away 7 months earlier – I guess it’s true what they say about ‘losing the will to go on living’. That is what happened to Uncle after Aunty died so although my friend was quite shattered at having lost both her parents within such a short period of time, she was accepting of the fact that he had led a full life and he had decided that it was time for him to go.

We hung around with her for a couple of hours before bidding her adieu and as we were leaving her home, I spotted this ‘lamp’. Just couldn’t resist taking a picture of it. What a simple but creative idea – using a basket in this most unique manner. 🙂

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. A different type of street lamp / LiveFromPakistan  |  February 12, 2009 at 12:10 am

    A different type of street lamp…

  • 2. Vickram Crishna  |  February 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    What an interesting (and nicely done) idea.

    How would it look if all our public utilities were designed with individuality, rather than uniformity, in mind?

    In the IT industry we ensure that the underlying structures are as standardised as possible, in order to make the user experience as individual as possible. Such an attitude, if applied to both public utility as well as private design, might make our environment fascinatingly different.

    Most of our cities have grown rather unorganically, with huge skews introduced by greedy developers and, far too often, corrupt licensing processes. Empowering ordinary citizens to have more of a meaningful influence on their own environs would make for a world much richer with change.

  • 3. Nikki  |  February 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    lols but does it have a bulb in it too 😛

  • 4. farhan  |  February 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Nice, but those brown… thingies… they look a bit messy.


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