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

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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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