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Trance [Sep. 1st, 2007|09:27 pm]

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Another shot of the Bharani. Continuing with the Trance Times. !!

Bharani is a festival dedicated to the female goddess Kali of the Hindu Pantheon. Held in March of every year it is a quaint and colorful spectacle of hope, aspirations and sacrifice for the huge number of people who turn up from the rural hinterland of Kerala and Tamilnadu to offer their devotion to the female deity.

Each village or hamlet is led by their chosen Oracle who is dressed in red and gold and carries a large ominous sabre as they dance and swirl with their companions in a state of trance.

The female oracles hold their sabres adorned with tinkle bells and sway to a hypnotic rhythm of their mind.

Dressed in red they appear every year in the Bhagvathy Temple at Kodungaloor, Kerala in the month of March/April. This is a peculiar festival of color, devotion and a statement on the caste schisms of India.


For more details on the festival... Red Religion


Thanks be to the constructive inputs on this shot of the Oracles by the Oracle Lady



Ladies in Red ~






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No Smoking in the Himalayas [Apr. 8th, 2007|11:08 am]

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A Monastery in the Making !

The Chillipam Monastery is tucked away off the beaten track on a hilltop in the Himalayas.

A brand new temple complex is coming up at the site. This was in 2005. By now it must be resplendent with red and gold and sending peace, prayers and warmth to the valleys below.

Even at these rarefied heights, the flamboyant green notice board in Red, Orange and Green proclaims "NO SMOKING"in three different languages - English, Hindi and the local script


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Arunachal monastery Chillipam Buddhism India
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Of Kalibari and Girls Washing and Children's Day ! [Nov. 18th, 2006|01:19 am]

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My father is an ardent devotee of Goddess Kali and often have I watched him visit the Kalibari temple in Simla. He had an extended period of stay in Calcutta in the early 1960s which may have increased his fervour and devotion but I am not too sure about that as he never did talk about it or did we ask him about this.

Calcutta has a Kali temple in the Kalighata area which in those days must have been like what it is today. A mad whirl of people streaming in and out in the crowded bazaar area. Close to Calcutta on the banks of the River Hooghly is Dakshineshwar which also has a very famous temple dedicated to Kali and this place is redolent with the history of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the spiritual Guru of the religious leader Swami Vivekananda.

Dakshineshwar is marked by two very famous temples and is thus a town of great religious significance to the Hindu worshipers of Kali. I have been to the more well known Kali Temple on the bank of the river Hooghly on two separate occasions. The first time I did not venture inside. There was some dismay and some clamorous urging and insistence from the people whom I was accompanying to the temple. A motley bunch of senior executives from TCS and the wife of the CEO of the company. Gods somehow do not seem to answer my prayers for a simple reason - I do not pray.

The second time I visited Dakshineshwar was in May 2005. This time I ventured inside the temple as it was more organised and it was a leisurly and an unhurried visit. I did take many pictures which I may post later.

Concomitant with any holy activity in India there is always an organised effort of rehabilitation and relief and charity that is undertaken by the temple trusts. One of these places that I visited at length was a sad and poignant affair. The orphanage was a delight to go through for the lovely bright eyed Bengali children with a hint of complete curiosity and openness about their vision of life but somewhere deep in their eyes you could see the cruel sadness of being left alone without any mother, father or a family or a village or a town to be identified with and call their own.

Portrait of a Young Girl    (DSC_0166 copy cropped)

This shot is of a young girl washing her clothes in one of the shelters. The portrait has been cropped out of a larger frame.
A larger picture can be seen here http://static.flickr.com/108/297408543_b2f8c622a4.jpg


Here is another shot of a few young residents about 5-9 year olds doing their washing chores in one of the shelters. Collapse )

Sitting here in Cochin in Kerala, Dakshineshwar seems a far and distant memory. The only thing that leaps out of the gulf of distance and time and memory are the bright eyes of the children in the institutions burning with hope and hiding the tinge of sadness that they shall forever carry in their lives.

As these kids grow up, what we can hope is that the world becomes a better place for them and for the children of the rest of the world as well.


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Give me Red - Sunsets at Kumarakom. [Oct. 24th, 2006|09:37 pm]

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[    Music     |Steel Pulse - Man No Sober]

Gimme Red--                                          Sunsets at Kumarakom 2

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The Sun is off centre.

A 3 series shot of the mad red sunset at Kumarakom from the Pebbles Lake Resort.

The sun has been kept off weighted focus and as a result is not the central visual object of the picture.

Note - the picture can be enlargedwithout much deterioration

Uploaded by ezee as hell at flickr on 29 Jun '06, 5.25pm IST.


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Thunakkadavu - Parambikulam Part 2 - Of Teak Trees and Red Waters. [Oct. 14th, 2006|01:01 am]

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[    Music     |Steve Winwood - Arc Of A Diver]

The Thunakkadavu reservoir or lake is a photographers delight with the daily sunset throwing a rash of wild red colours over the sky and the clean waters reflecting the burning skies.

This is 2nd shot in the series with the teak trees in the foreground providing a segment neatly quartered for the whole shot.

Red Waters & Teak Trees



A larger picture gives your greater details and the grandness of the sunset. You must see it large to really relish it. A larger picture hereCollapse )



This is a part of a wild life sanctuary and entry and exit is controlled. What is perhaps the best point about this wonderful sanctuary is that there is hardly any human vs animal conflict and therefore one can see wild life at very close quarters. Of course, it is not run over by the supreme predator of all and the roaming numbers are not large, so it is a great place ...still. !!!

Location - Parmabikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India

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Thunakkadavu - Parambikulam [Oct. 10th, 2006|08:54 pm]

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[    Music     |Velvet Underground - Take a Walk on the Wild Side]

The Thunakkadavu reservoir or lake is a photographers delight with the daily sunset throwing a rash of wild red colours over the sky and the clean waters reflecting the burning skies.

Thunakkadavu Lake Lit Up

A larger picture gives your greater details and the grandness of the sunset. You must see it large to really relish it. A larger picture hereCollapse )

This is a part of a wild life sanctuary and entry and exit is controlled. What is perhaps the best point about this wonderful sanctuary is that there is hardly any human vs animal conflict and therefore one can see wild life at very close quarters. Of course, it is not run over by the supreme predator of all and the roaming numbers are not large, so it is a great place ...still. !!!

Location - Parmabikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India

Picture courtesy - Ezee123 at flickrCollapse )

For more details on Parambikulamand its hidden secrets, read here Collapse )

Cochin State Forest Tramway
Parambikulam Thunakkadavu Chalakudy Cochin kerala India
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Ganga of Red and Gold - Haridwar [Sep. 17th, 2006|11:14 am]

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Ganga flows burnt red and gold at Haridwar


Best Seen Large for details.

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The holy river Ganga just after it flows out from the mighty Himalayas passes through Haridwar a "gateway to the Gods". The swift flowing river is burnished in gold and red by the thousands of earthen lamps lit by the devotees on either side of the channel and the overhead electric lamps cast their eerie glow on the water and the temples that stand alongside.

It is a surreal sight and I hope it comes through in this picture.

Shot taken at the time of the evening aarti May 1, 2006 0.25 sec exposure with a 5.6 aperture and 200 ISO. This shot originally uploaded by Ezee as hell / Ezee123 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezee123/243135106/

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Bad Fashion Day ! [Aug. 13th, 2006|03:26 pm]

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Bad Fashion Day

Cochin, India. 12 August 2006.

A real Bad Fashion Day. While it rained in buckets outside, the fashion show inside the Taj Residency was a total school program kitsch.

The MC was worse then a school teacher as she tried to coax people to clap and show enthusiasm in the event.

The models danced and pranced in boring routines.

Organised by a rather staid media group known for its solid news reporting, this was one day I should have stayed home after the Alleppey Boat Race but hey things good and bad make a normal day.


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Thevera Rooftop to the Sky, HDR [Mar. 27th, 2006|10:31 pm]

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[    Music     |Stompin' At The Savoy - ver. - Art Pepper]

Of the ongoing series of photographs of the skies over Thevera, Cochin, here is a shot of the rooftop and the skies of today, i.e. 27 March 2006.

This is a HDR image taken in the late evening.

The composition is not the ideal as per my requirements but the sky, the roof and the grass needed to be brought in so there is a little compromise there.

The HDR rendered images are best served large, so here is a larger sized image with a width of 750 pixels. Larger Sized Collapse )

I will be glad if you can give me some feedback.

Thevera Roof to the sky HDR

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Of Kerala beaches - various shades [Mar. 18th, 2006|02:42 pm]

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Another sunset picture coming up. This time it is the southern tip of Kerala. To be precise it is near Kovalam beach, close to the city of Trivandrum.

The shot is taken from the southern most end, in fact beyond Kovalam.

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Perhaps the most well known beach in Kerala is Kovalam. It is a place with a wonderfully quaint mix of the sea, sun and the sand. Only in winters are the beaches in India amenable to safe swimming. Rest of the year it is too hot and the sea has currents and undertows which for a vast majority of inebriated holiday seekers is sometimes a sad experience.

The Kovalam beach has perhaps the finest cleanest sand with a soft texture. The water is clean and gentle. If you compare it with the other well frequented beach destinations in INdia, it tops out in the pristine beauty front. What one misses perhaps is the anonymity of the Goan beaches where no one gives you a second glance. Here people may just do that. Another thing, the local cuisine takes some time getting used to.

At the southern end of the Kovalam beach is the Vizinjham Light House. A pretty sight on any given day. South of the Light House lies a set of small beaches and the small fishing port town called Vizinjham. In the coming years this place will be a bustling port as new facilities are going to be built to make this a major port.

Right now it is still a unspoilt place. Another late evening view of the sea and the setting sun with some breathtaking thunder clouds floating by the Kovalam beach and the Vizinjham Light House.

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