"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)

umbrellas

Waltz Of The Parasols

Women bear their parish festal parasols.
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Picture taken in the churchyard of Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Cochin


In The Pink

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Northern Exposure: Part 11

Singing in the rain…

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Photographs taken in Pelling, North India.


Northern Exposure: Part 9

Colour.
If you’ve got it:

flaunt it..

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Picture of boy with umbrella taken in Upper Pelling, Sikkim.


Northern Exposure: Part 8

Taking a break.
The man with the golden gum-boots..
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Picture taken during my travels in Sikkim, North India


Seasonal Work

The umbrella repair man

is very much in demand, just now.
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Pictures taken in Thoppumpady, Kerala.


Driving Downtown In The Rain

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I need to go downtown.

But looking out from my door, there is no escaping the monsoon.

All I can hear is the wind.

All I can see is the plentiful rain.

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Once it eases a little, deciding against the ferry, I take an auto:

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Business by the roadsides has quickly resumed.

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Work on the new bridge to the mainland has restarted.

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Only the fishing fleet remains anchored in enforced monsoon idleness.

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With errands completed,

I take the auto back across the bridge to sunshine,

colour

crowds

cattle

And all that remains of my umbrella.

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The Season Of Umbrellas

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Now is the season of umbrellas.

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The monsoon may still be somewhere over the Andaman Islands  but along the Kerala coastline we see its harbinger.

Looking out from my door

the trailing edge of cyclone Laila

has brought more rain.

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