Kerala, Photography

Face of Resilience

This is an interesting time when the term community resilience is heard more frequently than ever before.

Working with the indigenous communities in the mountain landscape of Wayanad, I had the privilege to learn more about their resilient way of life and traditional knowledge. which in fact helped them in surviving this Covid phase.

The importance of cooperation among the community members in farming, knowledge in traditional medicine, shared economics (kind of a barter system) all helped them overcome the tough times with hardly any revenue due to lock downs.

Seems, it’s time to think seriously about the trade off between globalization and hyper localization πŸ™‚

Kerala, Photography

Flowers of My Garden …

It is certainly a very interesting phase in our lives for sure. Movements restricted and forced to spend days on end at home. When the Covid scare emerged and lock down was imposed, I took it as an opportunity at first to spend more time for my long forgotten hobbies.

But, as the lock downs were extended, I started feeling restless and the only option to escape from boredom was to spend more time in our garden and farm.

Identified some different themes each day and started capturing photos of the macro world around and flowers.

One day, I shot all different types of flowers and found that there were 50+ different ones πŸ™‚

I have created a couple of collages and please find it here πŸ™‚

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A Welcome Visitor

Days were overcast and gloomy, raining intermittently and on top of it all, it’s Corona time…

I has been months since we had any visitors and even if some sales person turns up, he’s quickly been turned away politely.

Then, there came a visitor, elegantly, to soothe our minds and also to tell us that it’s not the time to get depressed, but to work on your strengths and be ready to sail when the headwinds stops…

She was the Southern Birdwing, the second largest Butterfly of India with a wing span of around 190mm.

With many a flowering plants and diverse flora around, we do get a chance to watch and photograph many a butterflies and it also shows the importance of micro habitats.

We will definitely overcome this tough time and explore the world …

PS: We had another surprise visitor or an even high profile guest, sometime back, that was the world’s largest moth, the ‘Atlas Moth’.

Please find the link to my post with the images of Atlas Moth here.

Kerala, Photography

It’s Theyyam time, again …

You can view Theyyam from different dimensions, such as, art, folklore, culture, myth etc;

But, one thing most of us fail to see is the human endurance perspective.

To me, Theyyam is one of the ‘Physically most demanding’ ritualistic folk art.

I felt it again, last day, when I watched a Theyyam named ‘Ilamkolam’ performed near my home.

A few images here,