Grief, Pride & Hope In My Submerged City

Its been eerily silent this past week. I normally revel in the quiet of my neighbourhood, but this is the silence of devastation. Of a city knocked to its knees.  I miss the sounds I whined about. Of engines backfiring in the distance. Of the howling of strays or the keening of koels that shake me from my sleep at…

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The Presence Of Absence

The Armenian church is in Georgetown, the chaotic trading quarter of Chennai that I don’t ordinarily frequent. The last time I ventured into the area was in search of a particular shade and texture of hand made paper for invites to my stone furniture sale! That, I am ashamed to admit, was over a decade ago. An exhibition to commemorate the Armenian…

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Happy Birthday Madras!

The skew, in a ledger of Chennai’s pluses and minuses, would be decidedly negative. Its famously hot and humid weather leading from the front. Followed by pitiful infrastructure: a subway still under construction and lagging decades behind Kolkata and Delhi, the worst airport of the metro cities, no decent flyovers to speak of, and traffic jams fast overtaking notorious Bangalore statistics.…

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Sharing Summer’s Bounty

Summer, where I live, isn’t the glorious season that most of you look forward to with anticipation. We dread it with a vengeance. Only one thing makes coping with the blistering heat worthwhile…….sweet, luscious, divine mangoes.   — And the return of my parakeets to my mango tree. I was concerned they weren’t coming back this…

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Look Who Strayed Into My Mango Tree!

I am not sure if this gorgeous Indian Pitta* I spied on ‘my’ mango tree, was just taking a break on his way someplace else, or if he will continue to grace us with his presence through the cooler season. I hope it will be the latter, and I will soon have a whole brood of…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit

“Habit if not resisted, soon becomes necessity” ~ Augustine of Hippo These super duper filter coffee sachets even travel with me. What hope do I have? Related articles: Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea

Awaiting the cool breeze of dusk in air-conditioned comfort, during one particularly aggressive Indian summer. And then….a terrifying Kattumaram (traditional catamaran) ride to the middle of the ocean (seemed like it anyway), and into total, blissful, silent stillness!! Shall have to return sometime soon to bring you pictures of that ride. In the meantime, have a lovely weekend…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Escape

A rather frenzied week dealing with varied problems – all sorted thankfully – has me dreaming of just this kind of tranquil escape! Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend 🙂 PS: Shall be over to catch up soon. in the meantime you can look for more escapes here.

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Capturing Movement

How does one do that? In my case it is almost always the law of probability, if not just serendipity 🙂 Out of a dozen or more photos clicked while hubby fed these frenzied carp on the Chao Phraya river, I was confident I would have at least one half way decent shot. Depressions in…

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