"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)


Temple Moments Part 1: Making An Entrance


Picture taken by the ancient gateway of Kapaleeshwarer Temple in Mylapore, Chennai


Time At The Temple

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A boy sits in his temple’s doorway

Picture taken in Fort Cochin

Aspiring To Altitude: A Door Opens

A door, shoes and light.

Picture taken in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Ladakh

Ready to Head Home

Picture taken in the Plapally Rubber Estate Bungalow, before heading back to Cochin.

Time To Go Home


Our trip to Trivandrum for the Hay Literary Festival had been a great success:
A friendly and comfortable hotel; superb conference logistics; and a wonderful selection of speakers, including some of my personal heroes.
And amazingly, this wonderful fest of the English language was in Kerala,
my beloved Kerala..

Picture of our ever-smiling doorman at the Maurya Rajadhani Hotel, Trivandrum.

A Question Of Confidence


“O gates, lift high your heads;
Grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter.. ”

Translation taken from The Grail Psalter. Picture taken in the Carmelite Seminary, Fort Cochin


Different Doorsteps


“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”

Paul Strand



As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate lovingly, our own”

Margaret Mead



“To consider persons and events and situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of hell”

Thomas Merton


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“Leave your worry on the doorstep Just direct your feet, To the sunny side of the street.”

Dorothy Fields