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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WPC: Mirror, The Hidden Personality

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

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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 …

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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…

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

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

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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 🙂

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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‘.

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