Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers, Nature’s best kept secrets

There is no dearth of secrets in nature which only gets revealed at the perfect time.

When it gets unveiled, it becomes a pleasant surprise for humans who looks at them with the eyes of a kid.

On a sunny summer evening my cousin and I were lucky to witness a small drama in front of our eyes, luckily I had my camera and there it is, for you guys….

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This image is shared as part of the weekly photo challenge “Containers” and you could capture the real action getting unveiled in one of my previous post “There is a child in every one”.

You can have a look at my first entry to the challenge here for containers:Idangazhi

 

Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers, Idangazhi

There are several traditional measuring utensils still popular in Kerala, one among them is Idangazhi which holds approximately one Kg of rice.

In the years gone by, rice was everything for Keralites, not just the source of food for all three meals, but it took the form of money to buy other things and pay for services rendered.

Rice for medicines and rice for fish… for all these measurements there existed smaller and bigger denominations of the measuring utensils too, called Uri, Nazhi, Idangazhi and Para.

Let me share an image, for the weekly challenge: Containers, where one Idangazhi rice was being given to a theyyam performer as a symbolic payment, though now a days everything is paid in paper cash.

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Football Fever in Kerala

It’s fever time in Kerala,not the monsoon time fever, but football fever 🙂

With the World cup Football in full swing in Brazil, Keralites are having sleepless nights, literally.

Being in the opposite side of the globe where the real action happens, Keralites have to watch matches staying awake through out the night.

Even though vast majority of Indians doesn’t follow Football, it’s something special for the people of this small southern state of India.

There are fans for almost all major teams, but I could see the team with most number of fans or followers is Argentina, which is my favorite team too 🙂

Let me share a few images taken near my home place which shows the passion of the people for this game.

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

As a second entry to this week’s photo challenge: contrast let me share an image of a brass oil lamp lit during a traditional temple festival in Kerala, India.

Sun was brightly shining but, this lamp has to be lit to drive away all the powers of evil or ignorance during the theyyam performance.

You can have a look at my first entry for Contrast, an image from the hill top temple of Devarayanadurga here, photo-challenge-contrast-play-of-light-and-shadows

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Theyyam: The divine dance from gods own country

Let me Reblog my post on “theyyam” which was published in “Life In Russia” yesterday here,

Life in Russia

Do you ever get a feeling when you see an amazing picture, maybe a bit of Deja vu, maybe some goosebumps for some unknown reason, that you’ve been there before or the photos you are looking at come from some other worldly place. I knew when I first saw Sreejith’s work that he has an amazing eye. Very few photographers are able to catch the moment with such realism and yet with a bit of mystery. I am so honored to present his work and blog here on “Life in Russia”. You can find more of his work here: Santiago the Shepherd

The Gods in Action

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Have you ever got a chance to see gods in action?

They descent to earth, dance to the drum beats and talks to you…

It’s sheer magic that unfolds right in front of your eyes when you are watching a “theyyam” dancer performs.

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Beaches of North Kerala: Ettikulam Beach

I just applied sudden break, pulled the hand break, turned off the engine and got down from car and just stood breathless for a few moments.

My wife and cousins were not shocked by my reaction after negotiating a sharp bend, they just followed suit and stood beside me.

We all had, one of our best scenic view ever, right there in front of us.

It was my fourth trip to this beautiful beach but first time I was driving through the “top road” of Ezhimala Hills.

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It was a pleasant weekend day and there was a lot of activity around.

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All stars eleven playing on beach 🙂 and Messi scores…

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There was a lot of action in sea as well, local fisher folks were busy with their work and it looked something adventurous for us.

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We were lucky to witness one incredible sunset and started pack up.

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Talking to the locals, I came to know that, we could have explored the other beaches with a short trek through the hillock.

Let’s do it next time 🙂

How to reach:

Nearest airports are in Mangalore and Kozhikkode (just over 100 km away).

Nearest Railway station is in Payyanur, which is around 12 km from the beach.

Ettikulam beach could be reached either from Payyanur town or from Kannur city through road.

From Kannur, you can follow the route below,

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Where to stay:

Pazhayangadi and Payyanur are the nearest towns and there are some good options available in Payyanur for accommodation.

Kannur is the nearest city and you could find a wide range of options there.

Note: Most of the images are taken with my old point and shoot and resulted in poor quality as the lights faded.

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Beaches of North Kerala: Kavvayi

There are countless number of beautiful unexplored beaches dotting the Kerala coastline.

But hardly a few are popular and visited by tourists, like Kovalam and Varkala beaches.

With 600 km coastline(370 mi), it’s no surprise that you can even find some secluded beaches where, not even a single soul is present.

I was lucky to discover such a place some time back with my friends, and that too, hardly 7-8 km from my home.

The beach is on an island called “Valiyaparamba” which is sandwiched between the Arabian sea and a backwater.

We need to cross the back water in a country boat to reach the island. Image

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The island is lush green with coconut trees and sparsely populated, and many a places the width is less than 100 meters.

Once we take a few steps crossing the coconut groves, we are on the beach.

I can assure you that, nine out of ten times you are going to be there alone with at least 2 to 3 kms of virgin beach on your left and right sides.

Some times you will find the local people fishing on the shore with nets and fishing rods.

It’s all for you and enjoy…

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One day I was lucky to witness the rain cloud homing on the beach with the sun behind it.

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A few things to be taken care of in the island:

1. Local are educated and friendly but, take care not to disturb the calm ambiance.

2. Please confirm the boat person will be there for your trip back, other wise you will be stuck there overnight.

How to reach: Payyanur is the nearest town and the railway station. You can either take a shared cab service or an Auto rickshaw and it’s only 3 km from the main bus stand.

 Kerala Tourism has launched a campaign on “Kerala Great Backwaters” now. Have a look at the incredible images of the waterworld here.

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