Picture taken in Hampi, Karnataka
“A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;”
Picture of refuse collectors taken in Fort Cochin.
I had to make my own early-morning tea today:
A challenge I haven’t faced in some time!
Fortunately, it’s a temporary hardship.
Anu, my house-boy, is taking a two-day holiday with his family. They are guests at a typical “big fat” Indian wedding.
As in the West, the arrival of wedding invitations focuses a guest’s mind on choosing the gift.
In this case, purchasing a silk sari.
A daunting challenge for Anu, but gentle amusement for the shop assistants,
Who modelled the saris,
And, very demurely, flirted with him.
Pictures taken in Kalyan Silks, Cochin
Kerala vendors of devotional art cater for all local demand:
Islāmic, Hindu and Christian.
“I dreamed a thousand new paths. . . I woke and walked my old one.”
Photographs taken in the Nelliampathi Hills
A walk in Fort Cochin
The opportunity to spend.
To spend uncounted years of pain
Again, again, and yet again
In working out in heart and brain
The problem of our being here,
To gather facts from far and near
Upon the mind to hold them clear,
And knowing more may yet appear
Until one’s latest breath to fear
The premature result to draw –
Is this the object, end, and law,
And purpose of our being here?
Arthur Hugh Clough
The hall maybe out-of-bounds but a bedroom cannot hold me.
My house under decorative siege is an awesome place.
I escape its confines by taking the ferry.
“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” John Maynard Keynes