"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)


At The Water’s Edge



Oru Venal Puzhayil:

“Ripples flow out to the green banks.
For many births my heart has been searching for you.
In a heaven which is covered by sun beams,
In a cage which is wrapped with fragrant leaves,
I am being awakened from my meditation because of an enchanted butterfly:
Because of you…”


Though music, language and customs may vary, romantic sentiments across the continents remain remarkably constant.

Picture taken in Fort Cochin
Music and verse of lyrics taken from a popular Malayalam song
Translation freely adapted without permission, from Lyrics Translate

A Stroll On The Beach: One Man Down

Sunset on Payyambalam beach, Kannur

A Stroll On The Beach: The Sun Also Sets


“I grow old … I grow old … 
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.”

From The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
T S Eliot 1888 – 1965


“Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see…
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me.”

Picture taken at sunset on Payyambalam beach, Kannur.

The Exuberance Of Youth

On travelling back to Cochin, the enthusiasm and vigour of youth almost overwhelmed my senses for a few moments.

An Ambassador overtook us.
The young driver gleefully hooted, and his passengers cheered, as they fearlessly swept past us.
Their car was fully decked up and garlanded.

I asked young Anu, and Aneesh our driver,  what was the celebration:
They were on their way to the Sabarimala.

The car happened to stop a kilometre or so after overtaking us.
Garlands were excitedly tidied up.
And the team were keen to pose:


The Apprentice


In India, working for the family business starts at an early age.

Picture taken in Cochin.

The Journey Is The Destination: Part 2

From the hesitancy of youth…

To the reflections of age.


Pictures taken during my travels in Karnataka