"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)


Putting On A Show: The Cover-Up

A severe storm last night meant that the film-set was left to endure hours of torrential rain.
But this morning a touch of paint is re-applied.
The show, it seems, will go on…


Picture taken in Fort Cochin

Putting On A Show: Plywood Pastiche

Cloisters have suddenly appeared on the film set which sprung up this week.


Picture taken in Fort Cochin

Different Outlooks

Two views from exactly the same location:

Form versus Function

I am not quite sure where I stand when balancing form with function in my home.
A couple of months back, when I bought a veena, it seemed I had decidedly plumped for ornamentation over practicality:
I cannot play the instrument and have left it a little late to learn.

The appeal was purely visual.

But my friend Robin kept fingering the veena’s strings,
and yesterday embarked on a course of classes.

Now I find my enjoyment of the veena is considerably enhanced by hearing someone play it.
A modest perfection of both form and function:
harmony achieved.

Make Believe

Shortly after seven-thirty in the morning, the workforce was busy.

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Not the workforce attending to our annual house make-over, but a dedicated film crew,
who were rapidly assembling the simulacrum of a bijou outdoor café,
just half a kilometre from my home .


Pictures taken in an “on location” film set in Fort Cochin.

Well Poised


Or simply well posed?

It’s a question I often ask
Of myself..


Picture of a passing rider, taken in Palace Road, Cochin.