Walking through a forest we came to the remains of an old hunting blind facing a pond, presumably a place where an old-time Rajah decimated flocks of birds. The lodge has fallen into ruins, and the pond is over run with the green leaves of lotus in this season. There were three ordinary birds walking…… Continue reading Lotus pond
The holiday season means travel for us. The season of festivals in India begins with the end of the monsoon in September and goes on till the end of November. Towards the end of this period we like to travel. This year we took a short vacation in Lake Inle in Myanmar. Sitting on the…… Continue reading November means a holiday
We drove out of Mumbai on a weekend, looking for the authenticity of villages, and beyond that to empty roads through the mountains. A hundred kilometers away, and well off the highway, we saw the city and the village facing off. An icon of the city, the black and yellow auto, stood forlorn in the…… Continue reading Middle Earth
The country side is not a mirror of the city. Its mundane concerns are invisible to us.
You come to a paved road and walk up until you are at a nice flat meadow overlooking a valley full of tea plantations. You can barely see them in the dark. The view is ordinary: a meadow full of drying grass, a darkening valley, mountains beyond, and the barest wisp of a cloud in…… Continue reading From the elephant’s head
In Indian folklore ghosts tend to hang out around banyan trees. The spreading foliage is just the perfect hiding place for scores of ghosts; the drooping aerial roots provide access to unsuspecting passers by. Very often there is a platform banyan trees, like this one, where people could rest in the shade during the day.…… Continue reading A banyan tree
Having just posted three nearly monochrome shots taken in the Himalayas, I have to post one more to correct a wrong impression. The Himalayas are not dark, brooding, and mysterious. Mountains are always dangerous if you do not respect them, but the reason I keep going back is the colour. So here is a scene…… Continue reading Lake and meadow