"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)


Lux Redux

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A detail from yesterday’s image re-examined


“Sorrow is hushed into peace in my heart like the evening among the silent trees.”
From Rabindranath Tagore’s Stray Birds: verse 10.



The quotation was suggested by S Etole at Just… a moment
This is the original image


Evening Excursions

Walking home.


Picture taken in Fort Cochin

A Certain Aloofness

A tourist observes the evening street-life of India from her guest-house balcony.



Picture taken in Pattalam, Fort Cochin.

Sunday Evening Calls



Picture of a corner-shop, taken in Pattalam, Fort Cochin

Maundy Matters

Alter-boys precede some of the twelve young men who wait to have their feet washed.
(Picture taken in Holy Cross Basilica, Fort Cochin)

Kerala Maundy bread, made from unleavened rice-flour flavoured with onion, garlic and salt. Before eating, it is dipped in a bowl of sweet coconut milk and jaggery sauce.
This represents the bitter-sweet nature of Maundy Thursday.
The small cross is fashioned from a Palm Sunday leaf.

Dalila came with Shaji and their sons, Fabian and Stefan, to deliver the bread she had baked for me, late on Maundy Thursday.
Anu and Stefan, can just be glimpsed in the background.


 maundy [ˈmɔːndɪ]
n pl maundies
(Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the ceremonial washing of the feet of poor persons in commemoration of Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet (John 13:4-34) re-enacted in some churches on Maundy Thursday
[from Old French mandé something commanded, from Latin mandatum commandment, from the words of Christ: Mandātum novum dō vōbīs A new commandment give I unto you]

(From Collins English Dictionary)

The Beauty Of Ooty

Picture taken from the garden of our hotel in Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

Summer Evenings’ Light


A weekend in the country:
Time to enjoy the summer’s late evening light.