Mylapore is to Chennai, as Chandini Chowk is to Delhi. One of the oldest residential areas of Chennai, Mylapore is home to a colourful bazaar as well as a number of temples. Last year, we decided to explore this area on foot. We began our journey at the Kapaleeshwarar Kovil. Of the numerous beautiful temples … Continue reading The temples of Mylapore – a photo story
During our day trip to Mahabalipuram last winter, we reached 'Krishna's butter ball' around that magical time when everything touched by sunlight gets a shower of gold dust—including these huge boulders that stood silently admiring the profile of the more popular attractions nearby. To get an idea of it's scale, there's a little child who … Continue reading Scale
The shrines at every street turning. The fifty square feet kolams. It looks beautiful. The yelai sappaadu and the million varieties of everything. The nongu and manga inji. It tastes exotic. The aroma of freshly ground coffee. The incense and malligai. It smells heavenly. The taalams of the kutcheri audience. The rustling of the Palm … Continue reading Homecoming
These, along with several other paintings greeted us, as we entered Puducherry while on our road trip in Tamil Nadu last Christmas. This is post #5 in this year's NaBloPoMo, or as Ra calls it Nano Poblano NaBloPoMo = National Blog Posting Month = Thirty straight days of blogging Thanks a bunch to all the … Continue reading Highway Art
On our road trip to my grandfather's house last year, we were treated to some amazing scenery -- palms and plantains; paddy fields and elephant grass; street art and intricate architecture; flowing rivers and the magnificent ocean... Here are two of my favourite photographs from the trip, shot through the window of our car. For … Continue reading On the way
On our way back from the road trip in Tamil Nadu, we passed by many water bodies - ponds, lakes, rivers, the sea. Here's a shot I captured from the moving car. It didn't look particularly good, until my brother edited it 🙂 Check out his photostream here. For more floating images, check out the … Continue reading Afloat
Fresh fruits for sale at Vaitheeswaran Koil, Tamil Nadu
We knew no-one in the village. The house was sold several years ago, and my father hadn't been anywhere near Komal for forty years. We had no address. Back then, my father told us, people never had addresses. Each house was identified by its occupants. How were we to find that house, then?
While I was in Chennai last year, I received a message from a friend of mine: 'So are you coming tomorrow?' 'I'm in Chennai right now', I replied. 'Ooh Margazhi. Have fun!' I didn't understand what she meant by that. I had visited Chennai during the winter months a few times in the past, but apart … Continue reading The magic of Margazhi
Devotees who were closer to the sanctum sanctorum, bent over the railings; those who were behind, stood on their toes; children sat on shoulders of their fathers, all of them waiting to get a glimpse of Nataraja, the lord of dance. As the curtain was pulled apart, temple bells and folded palms filled the shrine.