"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)

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At The Water’s Edge

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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…”

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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
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A Stroll On The Beach: The Sun Also Sets

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“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
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“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.”
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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:

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The Apprentice

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In India, working for the family business starts at an early age.
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Picture taken in Cochin.


The Journey Is The Destination: Part 2

From the hesitancy of youth…

To the reflections of age.

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Pictures taken during my travels in Karnataka