Sunday, 26 August 2007
Candles remind us of light, powercuts, exams and even birthdays. I have watched the wax drip from the side of the candle, grow into amorphous shapes, and collect at the base in lumps. When the wax cooled, I have tried to squeeze it into shapes.
Candles also throw a beautiful yellow light, unparalleled by any other source. Varun was patient enough to model behind the light.
Raji brought these lotus plants from Kerala. I was irritated by her attempts to carry these to Hyderabad, and was even more peeved when she bought a concrete basin and forced me to transport it in our car. Must admit her attempts, despite my reluctance, have paid off. The lotus blooms give us joy and peace.
Sunday, 1 July 2007
We visit this beach in Kerala at least once a year - one visit is mandatory every holidays.
My first vist was in 1985, collecting crabs and starfish during my final year of my Bachelors in Zoology. Fate tied me to the beach more strongly when I married Raji, whose house is two km away from the beach.
Over the years we have seen the profile of Kerala change at this beach. A predominently fishing beach, Varun and I have come to collect shells and crabs and take a walk into the water. As the boats came loaded with fish, we have bought fresh mackarels and sardines. At times we have participated in beach-side fish auctions, buying a mound for Rs 50.
Along with Raji's father Varun and I have walked the length and beyond, up to the point where the minor river joins the sea.
Varun has stopped collecting shells, relegating such childish activities to younger boys and girls.
There are more visitors to the beach in the evenings nowadays. The new Keralites are more mobile, and they reach everywhere. There are more cars parked at the edge of the beach, and the icecream vendor is a new addition.
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
It is said that the site where ICRISAT campus is located - Patancheru - has had unbroken human inhabitation for more than a thousand years. Many relics were excavated when the construction and landscaping was carried out. A young creeper emerges from close to the urn, linking the past with the present.
This beautiful bird mocks me. I can hear his/her calls from the branch of the tree in front of my house. But by the time I have got my camera out, the bird hides behinds the leaves, and continues mocking me from behind the foliage.
When I stepped out to shoot this Kingfisher, Ashley my pet cat decided to walk with me. Now, when you have a cat as an escort, it is not exactly the most appropriate moment to shoot bird pictures. However, I managed this shot before the bird flew away.