"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)


Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Part 2


Picture taken in Hampi, Karnataka

A Time to Discard

 “A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;”
Ecclesiastes 3:6 



Picture of refuse collectors taken in Fort Cochin.

Challenge And Choice

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.

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Pictures taken in Kalyan Silks, Cochin

Covering All Bases


Kerala vendors of devotional art cater for all local demand:
Islāmic, Hindu and Christian.


Choosing Your Path

“I dreamed a thousand new paths. . . I woke and walked my old one.”

(Chinese Proverb)


Photographs taken in the Nelliampathi Hills

The Diversities Of Spending

A walk in Fort Cochin

Always offers

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


Escapology Made Easy


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.



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“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”  John Maynard Keynes