Time…………and tide

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Taken in Marina Beach, Chennai

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Story Telling Sessions

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enriching lives
stories make us

Kathaprasangam (Malayalam) or Story telling sessions in many of the temples is Kerala is an interesting affair.   There are different versions of it and the one I saw was on mythological stories narrated by this exponent with lots of expressions and voice modulations. His was a one act show where he enacted all of the characters (including women) with equal aplomb.  They are masters of Navarasas or the 9 facial expressions which is a must for carrying off this kind of sessions.

Śṛngāram (शृङ्गारं) Love, Attractiveness.
Hāsyam (हास्यं) Laughter, Mirth, Comedy.te.
Raudram (रौद्रं) Fury.
Kāruṇyam (कारुण्यं) Compassion, Tragedy.
Bībhatsam (बीभत्सं) Disgust, Aversion.
Bhayānakam (भयानकं) Horror, Terror.
Vīram (वीरं) Heroic mood.
Adbhutam (अद्भुतं) Wonder, Amazement.  (source – Wikipedia)

Most of the time they have no assistants and are masters of makeup doing their own.  Taken in Attukal temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

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Pillars of Suchindram

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These are the pillars taken in the temple of Suchindram, located near Nagercoil, Tamilnadu. For more information on temple click here This is quite a similar theme across many temples in South India but imagine the kind of skill of in those age that perfected the are of symmetry and mind blowing results

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Morsel of Wisdom


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Life’s Dreary Moments

I finally got my hoard of poems I used to write in school and which I thought was lost……. 😀

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don’t you think of those days
when the things you expect doesn’t go your way
when hope plummets and never seems to rise again
the blackest moments when your heart is heavy

when you look at life as an abyss of unfathomable depth
and find even your close ones have deserted you
close your eyes and look carefully
was life testing you or just being a bully?

you will then realize it was because of those dreary moments
that the best brings out a smile

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kaleidoscope in the dark


don’t be afraid
of the dark
beauty exists there too

 Taken during a rehearsal, I loved the way the silhouettes showed against the light. It was my moment of satori. I have always loved the dark and feel the word has been wrongly portrayed as evil.

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Hello There – Greetings from the stick people

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does your nose
still remember
the scent of childhood?

No these are not the scary legend of the stick people. They are harmless and quite a lot of fun to be with actually. Yeah the people on stilts :).  Dont let their cumbersome walk fool you, they can run quite fast as demonstrated when we played catch me if you can (hmm maybe I was slow now that I think about it) and now imagine them them play soccer :D.

India, land of Colors and Cultures

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busy grey world
a lone dancer
catches my fancy

I have always been attracted to colorful customs and cultures.  The Mardi Gras and other such celebrations have caught the fancy of the world over. Closer home we have these dancers in stilts and horse costumes  who also provide the necessary color to a a dull moment. Their dance called Kuduraiattam (literally translated to horse dance) to catchy beats can make you tap your feet with their movements…..The dance is popular in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This is just one part of the country. Imagine the riot of colors India can be :)

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larger than life
memories of the past
a siren calling

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Quite Quiet

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scampering about
quite quiet
who moved the cheese???

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