Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Festival - Temple Amidst the Forest

Thacharical Temple is deep within Ponthanpuzha Forest, which is in the border between Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts in Kerala. Padayani, the festival which is unique in Kerala is celebrated with all the ancient customs and rituals.  Kolam, which is a special kind of mask made out of Arecanut Sheaths, the extension of leaves is specialty of this festival.  Pictures of deities are drawn on these sheaths with natural colors which are procured from nature.  The large mask cum headgear is worn by men.  These are brought from different parts of the village to the temple in procession.  Artificial lights are almost avoided in these processions.  These are real treat for the eyes....
the procession
 

a close view of kolam

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Young Indians Camp...

Yi camp was organised at  the picturesque sailingclubhouse at Chathamma, Panangad, Cochin.  Young students had a full day of enjoyment here.  My elder son, niranjan, participated in this program.

Tthe sailingclubhouse is situated in such a beautiful location which is near the Cochin City. Is surrounded by the backwaters of Cochin.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012

Kochi, the Queen of Arabian Sea hosted Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012,  an international exhibition of contemporary art. We were lucky to have a visit to this exhibition and wanted to share this with you all...
This was the first Indian Biennale.  The Locations were historically important and beautiful places in Kochi.  Reaching Fortcochin, the the place where most of the venues are located, the first thing that attracted us was the Art of Motorcycling by Javeen Mathew.  This was exhibited near the Bastion Bungalow.
Appu at the venue of the Art of Motorcycling
the Art of Motorcycling
Another concept model Egg by Javeen Mathew
 One of the venues were Aspinwall House, which was the business house of Aspinwall & Company Ltd. established in 1867 by Englishman John H Aspinwall.  The trade activities of this company included coconut oil, pepper, timber, lemon grass oil, ginger, turmeric, spices, and later in coir, coffee, tea and rubber.  Normally this place is not accessible to the public.  The vast premises found very much apt for the Biennale because of the vastness and plentifulness of buildings.  Stepping into the premises, the first attraction was a sound installation in an auto riksha.

The entire premises was full of installations and different kinds of art works.  Art enthusiasts in huge numbers were visiting the place.  The location of this Biennale was interesting because of the proximity of backwaters and the port.  The Chinese nets and the heritage buildings also were attracting the tourists.  


Monday, December 03, 2012

Morning Snaps...

We have visited Marine Drive, Cochin this morning.  The visit was exclusively for having an experience of the place in the morning of the first day of December. The cool light was coming from behind and we took snaps of the lake where it merges with the sea.
marine drive with  
 
glimpse of the docked ship through shade trees which are there in abundance
another view with the remains of the old pier

long shot of the new container terminal, when the mist is around
December is a cool and pleasant season to visit Kerala.  There would not be the disturbing rain or harsh sunlight.  The happiness of the season would be around.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Festival of Lights...

Meaning of the Sanskrit word Deepavali is 'row of lights. And this day for sure is marked by lighting rows of tiny clay lamps in front of the houses. These oil lamps would be glowing for the entire night and the home makers (women) clean the houses in order to please Lakshmi (the goddess of  prosperity). Children await for this festival to enjoy by lighting fire crackers. They experiment with all kinds of fire crackers. Swing it to make patterns, enjoy the bursting of various lights from these fire crackers. The unity of Indians in celebrating this festival is evident from the South Asian Night Lights During Deepavali  published by NASA's earthobservatory.


I am sharing with you the lighting of crackers by our children during the last Deepavali.
Beautiful light bursting out of the little cracker...

the tree adding to the beauty...
Deepavali marks the triumph of good over the evil. In olden days Deepavali was celebrated with the worship of fruitful trees also. 

A few snaps of patters Children made by swinging  the crackers:

The Children were really competing with each other in making patterns. They were happy because this festival is also an occasion of the family reunion...

Saturday, November 03, 2012

High Ranges Revisited...

Thekkady is a very beautiful tourist spot within dense forest. But this place is well connected and it is easy to access. The department of tourism and the forest department operate separate facilities for the tourists.  This place is located in Idukki district and is near the Kumily town. It is part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.  The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its evergreen forests and Savanna Grasslands and spreads across 777 square kilometers. The prime attraction is boating through the lake which is part of the Mullaperiyar reservoir. The boating makes the toursts amazed by the proximity of wild animals and rare birds and other wildlife.
 

thekkady boat landing

cool nature which is refreshing
this road through the forest leads to thekkady lake

Aranya Nivas is a very famous hotel run by the KTDC and is inside the forest and it offers exciting stay.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

grating coconut...
The meaning of Kerala is " Place where there are plenty of Coconut Trees". The name is justified by the abundance of Coconut trees. In this modern period when we reject the nature, cut away the trees and build concrete jungle also, we can see plenty of these trees. People here include coconut in their daily life at least through the daily dishes. There are innumerable number of dishes which people of Kerala consume, in which Coconut is also an ingredient. We usually use grated coconut. There is a simple manual kitchen equipment to do so.