Weekly Photo Challenge, Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesday: Reclaiming …

Reclaiming the Land

Advertisements
Kerala, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely, Laksham Deepam Samarppanam

It truly was a Herculean attempt, ‘try to lit one hundred thousand lamps at the same time’.

Quite Unlikely to achieve the objective in open air, but, they almost did it through an incredible collective effort driven by faith…

I was lucky to get an off day and spent enough time to capture the whole action.

Laksham Deepam-120Laksham Deepam-101Laksham Deepam-102Laksham Deepam-103Laksham Deepam-104Laksham Deepam-105Laksham Deepam-106Laksham Deepam-107Laksham Deepam-108Laksham Deepam-109Laksham Deepam-110Laksham Deepam-111Laksham Deepam-112Laksham Deepam-113Laksham Deepam-114Laksham Deepam-115Laksham Deepam-116Laksham Deepam-117Laksham Deepam-118Laksham Deepam-119
Unlikely

 

Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

If you are ready to brave the hot and humid weather, you are in for a treat …

It’s festival season here in Kerala and all your senses will be stretched to the max. I guarantee you…

Last day, when I was working from home, heard drum beats and loud announcement that a temple festival related procession is on it’s way.

Wasting no time, I ran with my camera and started clicking and thought of this week’s theme, ‘Lines’.

Lines-1R

Lines-2R

Lines-3R

Temple festivals are community events and almost everyone in the village contributes towards it.

It could be either money or whatever they produce, like rice, vegitables etc;

Traditional Kerala feast will be served during the festival with numerous curries rich in spices.

Lines-4RLines-9RLines-6RLines-8R

I have to admit that no camera could perfectly reproduce the festival colours and sounds, you have to experience it 🙂

Lines-10R
Lines

Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

Looking back, 2016 has been a roller coaster year for me, and I was simply lucky to travel through many an interesting paths which were not frequented by many.

Let me share a few images from my travels in 2016, and wish you all a Very Happy and Peaceful New Year…

path-5

path-4path

path-6

path-7

Path

Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Tiny’ Beads

During my recent travels through the villages of India, I was lucky to meet and interact with many an inspiring personalities, who works to improve the life of rural poor and empower women and marginalized communities.

Slowly but surely a network of these tiny beads are getting formed and the positive impact is being felt in areas of community based tourism, sustainable production and development etc;

Let me share an image here for this week’s photo challenge where one of our community coordinator who tirelessly works with the weavers community in and around Mysore, raises some serious points and initiates a debate…

tiny-beadsr

 Tiny

Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC: ‘Quest’ for glory, Mangalassery Jalotsavam

Yet another Onam season and one more edition of ‘Jalotsavam’ or the ‘Vallamkali (Country boat race)’ in North Kerala…

I had been to here last time and shared my experiences here in my post…

Unlike it’s more famed cousins of south Kerala like Aranmula Vallamkali where the traditional snake boat race in the vast backwaters happens , it’s organised in Kuppam river by ‘Navodaya Club‘ with stunning natural settings…

mangalassery-22rmangalassery-23r

Slowly people have started watching with great passion and sinking in the spirit of Vallamkali…

Local clubs have now become more competent and the races are fought with intensity.

Still visitors have an upper hand due to their experience and fine tuned techniques and the local teams are still pursuing their Quest for glory

mangalassery-28rmangalassery-29rmangalassery-5rmangalassery-26rmangalassery-1rmangalassery-6rmangalassery-2rmangalassery-3rmangalassery-4r

This time, I watched most of the race from a nearby hilltop and we had yet another great evening …

mangalassery-7r
Quest

Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC: Life on the Edge

 

edge

Last day, a man came to my house offering his service to sharpen the edges of knifes and scissors…

In this age of ‘use and throw culture’, this was something rare and my mother managed to find a few obsolete kitchen tools for him so that he could earn something to pay for a meal.

A few minutes with him was good enough to learn how tough life could be and how privileged we are…

Edge

Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC: Mirror, The Hidden Personality

Let me take this week’s theme “Mirror” literally…

Hidden Personality-1

I shot this photo some 7-8 years back at a really interesting place in South India, called Rameshwaram

The place is known for it’s unique landscape, historic and mythological significance.

Being a small island there is no shortage of seashells here and the local community makes a living by selling craft items made out of it.

But the place has a tragic past, once a flourishing tourist and pilgrimage town, it was razed to ground by a devastating cyclone and the associated tidal waves in 1964. Now, no one lives here …

Mirror

architecture, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge:Curve, FRI Dehradun

We had no idea of what’s in store as we set out to explore the Forest Research Institute (FRI) campus in Dehradun. Once we entered the campus, spread over 450 hectares we could find many an interesting buildings from the colonial era.

It really was a ‘wow… moment’ when our taxi took a turn and stopped near a massive structure…

FRI-10

It was not easy to capture the whole structure in one frame 🙂

But, as we entered this premiere institute, my jaws dropped literally.

FRI-05

I am sure, it’s a delight for anyone who loves photography, curves and curves only…

FRI-06FRI-03FRI-01FRI-02FRI-04When I saw this week’s theme ‘Curve‘ I couldn’t resist, I just came out of my forced hibernation and happy to be with all you wonderful people again 🙂

Curve

 

 

Kerala, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Today Was a Good Day, at Mothakkara Village

It’s really hard to believe that I was away for five long months from this wonderful community.

And, finally the silence is broken and here I am, among you all great people…

I couldn’t stand any longer from sharing images and experiences from my beautiful Kerala.

A guided ‘day walk’ in one of the most scenic villages at the foothills of ‘Banasura Hills’ is the immediate trigger.

Please have a look at this image from, Mothakkara village as part of the ‘Weekly Photo Challenge‘.

Mothakkara