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Reclaiming the Land

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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

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WPC: Life on the Edge

 

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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…

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