"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

Another Friday


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Pictures taken in Fort Cochin

Mending Their Nets..

Fishermen mending their nets in Fort Cochin.

Climate Control

Very few houses here use air-conditioning.
In my own home, it has been removed from everywhere except the guest bedrooms.

Like most Indians, we depend on fans to keep us cool.
There are two ceiling fans in most of the bedrooms, four in my main hall (sitting room), and five on the roof terrace.
So much more comfortable than the AC’s icy blasts, which tend to leave me with aching joints and dry eyes.


Picture of fan repair shop taken in Kannur.
Picture of Indian Punka-wallah taken from the web.
Sound clip from “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum” a BBC TV comedy series, set in British India during World War II.

Seasonal Work

The umbrella repair man

is very much in demand, just now.

Pictures taken in Thoppumpady, Kerala.