"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

A Transition

As an old and weary year makes way for something new, Fort Cochin celebrates on the beach.

Happy crowds assemble.
Police, in high-profile but good humour, watch over events.
Fireworks, friendship, cameras, laughter, singing, and even space-restricted dancing, all play their parts.

The previous year’s “Santa Claus” is set alight:
a custom I have seen nowhere else!

Then, as the final fireworks die, an excited but tired crowd quietly fades,
like ghosts of the recently departed year.

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This celebration of memories, hopes and dreams is over.

Happy New Year!


Pictures taken on Fort Cochin Beach at midnight, New Year’s Eve.

11 responses

  1. Happy New Year to you and yours too Jof.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    • Thanks, Lucille.
      Am just back from the local new year carnival: a massive celebration!

      January 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

  2. Surprised by the size of the crowd. Struck by your words.

    Blessings for the New Year!

    January 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    • Hope the new year brings all your heart desires..

      January 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm

  3. Toffeeapple

    Wishing you a happy New Year too and looking forward to reading more about your life in India.

    January 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    • The phrase “my life in India” always puts me in mind of colonial memoirs.. Though, fortunately, I would make a pretty hopeless Sahib!

      January 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

  4. JGP

    Wishing you many happy days!

    January 2, 2012 at 4:38 am

    • Wishing you very happy days and blissful, sleep-filled nights.

      January 2, 2012 at 6:50 am

  5. Just found your blog via Richard Spees. Wow – what a feast for the eyes – the photography is just brilliant. I’ve had a look at a few posts but have bookmarked your blog so that I can have a further look through it. I lived in Bombay (i still use that name stubbornly!) for a couple of years so enjoy the vibrancy of India. I now live in Melbourne, Australia, vastly different to India.

    January 2, 2012 at 4:48 am

    • Thank you!
      Just living here provides a daily “feast for the eyes”. And yes, vibrancy just about sums it up..

      January 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

  6. Pingback: Carnival Crowds « Neither Use Nor Ornament

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