Photo Post: Monsoon Magic

Don’t we all love the rains? Living in the tropics, we are no strangers to the monsoon. While a very few I know claim that they find rain depressing, most Indians I know love rains. And the magic of the monsoons. Only someone who has faced the scorching Indian summer can truly appreciate the charm of […]

Photo Post: Love a Dove

Doves are universally considered as symbols of love and peace. They are closely related to pigeons, and many varieties are seen in our area. I commonly encounter three types as they are frequent visitors to my terrace bird feeder. Here are some pictures I have been able to click over time. The birds are Eurasian […]

Photo Post: Water Lotus or Water Lily?

Both these flowers are found in water bodies and widespread in our region. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably but both are distinct from each other. Being a purist, I thought of clearing the confusion. Here are some points of distinction. The petals of a water lily are half the size of the lotus flower or […]

Photo Post: License to ‘Killick’

They kissed. Lightly, at first, gently testing the water. The temperature seemed just right with strong indications of warmth in the near future. They waded into the shallows, nuzzling against the reefs, the waves slowly dissolving their essence. A distinct lack of sharks, sting-rays and men o’ war in these depths promised greater safety and […]

Photo Post: Still Life

She walks in beauty, Shades of starlight and dusk chase each other in circles on the playground of her skin, Circles form fire-eyed spirals, Dangling centres of turbulence framing the stillness of her face, The stillness of trance, Of slumber, Of death, Of birth, Of awareness, Of the universe… Different currents that intertwine around the […]

Photo Post: Far From the Madding Crowd

These lines from the title of an immortal Thomas Hardy novel have become clichés due to constant use and misuse. We all want to escape from the pressures of day to day living, the deadlines, stress, pollution and traffic.  But can we survive for even a few days without the trappings of modern civilization? How […]

Photo Post: Skylines

Kumarakom, Kottayam District, Kerala State, God’s Country. Calm. Placid. The aroma of the tropics in your nose, the buzz of steroid-laden dragonflies in your ears, the gentle burble of the lagoon saturated with promises of carrying your consciousness to the ocean and beyond, the rains that descend like solid shimmering mirrors causing green to erupt […]

Photo Post: Hide and Seek

Every game, every lesson, every piece of wisdom we possess is all nature’s gift to us. I was doing a little bit of trekking on Phase 2 of the Gondola ride on a  mountain in Gulbarg. The winter had just arrived, the moon had just waved at us, the dew was just beginning to collect on the […]

Photo Post: Dear Dairy

Mother, heed me for sake of Ra’s, Meat I do decry, steak no mas, But hungry I am thees hour for a slice of cheese power and liquid white in cape of glass. Guest Post by Nitish Nair. Scientist. Writer. Poet. Photographer. Read his previous post: Gold ‘n I

Photo Post: Kanwar Yatra

In his previous post, Vivek Banerjee wrote about shooting a Royal Bengal Tiger. Here he takes us to Kanwar Yatra. The month of July witnesses Kanwar Yatra – a unique socio-religious phenomenon where people travel long distances, mostly on foot, to fetch Ganga jal from Haridwar/ Rishikesh, and carry it home in containers kept in specially designed […]