Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dog and master

On Sunday (8th July), I met this boy with his dog at the Veli fishing village. It was an interesting silhouette, I thought, and then captured.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Protests are ritualistic time pass

Yesterday, I happened to be in front of old secretariat in Trivandrum and witnessed this protest.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Art and God - a wayside scene on Bordi/Asavali road


Believers have always found ways to recognize the presence of God in everything they see. But artists make that presence visible to even the commonest of common men. This Sacred fig with a natural imprint of Lord Ganapati stands in a picturesque locality on the way from Bordi to Asavali dam, surrounded by Bajra fields and a line of enchanting Banyan trees. So beautiful and revering.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The big pronunciation debate!

Recently, I asked one of my friends about his opinion of Star Singer program. To my surprise, he said he 'wanted' to watch it, but avoids it due to the 'horrible' Malayalam pronunciation of the anchor, Ranjini!

On the contrary, in my opinion, her pronunciation is the program's one of the most selling points. While hardcore Malayalees like my friend watch it with bemusement, youngsters raised outside Kerala understand and appreciate this genre of Malayalam better. I can very well testify to this from my experience. I see more and more youngsters in our locality, who hardly speak Malayalam, tune in to Star Singer program. They find the show quite natural, enjoyable and entertaining with Ranjini on the stage as the anchor.

The Malayalam language has changed a lot ever since the visual media invaded the households. Many words have become archaic. Many have been borrowed from English. Pronunciation of words have changed. Linguists may call it corruption or bastardisation, but one cannot ignore the impact of this new kind of Malayalam on youngsters! I am pretty sure that in the near future our language will not be the same again. Whether this is good for the language is debatable.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Unforgettable Children's Songs!

If my memory serves me right, it was in the year 1984 that my elder brother brought home a bed type Panasonic tape recorder cum cassette player. We children were so excited that we spent day in and day out listening to the only album he brought along with it, an album from Tarangini. The songs were immediate hits amongst us. The singers were Yeshudas, Geetu and the now indisputable number one female singer Chitra! I still remember the melodious songs that captivated the imaginations of us, children.

പണ്ടു പണ്ടൊരു കൊക്ക് .. പണ്ടാര കൊക്ക്
പഞ്ചമി കുളങ്ങരയില്‍ ഭജനമിരുന്നു..

and

പണ്ടൊരു പുഴയരുകില്‍ .. പവിഴമല്ലി തളിരിതളില്‍
ഉരുണ്ടു വീഴാനൊരുങ്ങി നിന്നു.. ഒരു തുള്ളി മഴവെള്ളം

and

മീന മാസത്തിലെ നട്ടുച്ച നേരം .. ഒരു പുഴയോരം
തൊണ്ട വരണ്ടു .. .. .. പണ്ടൊരു രാജസിംഹം

and the others.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Symbolic Strike!

Keralites are so symbolically expressive that they go to any extent to describe the seriousness of the situation! Here is a guy who performs a hunger strike at the Taluk office gate at Vaikom demanding the opening of the local dam immediately. Look at the costume! See how he has tried to create the atmosphere of an oppressing dam by using a miniature one at the strike site! He claims himself to be a fighter against corruption. The banner reads:

"Hunger Strike!

Demanding the Vadayar Muttu (small dam at Vadayar) to open immediately, anti-corruption worker Mr. K. Chellappan Pulikkasserry Ullala alias Makkan is on indefinite hunger strike from March 10"

Vadakkumkara Pooram

This is the month March and it is time for temple festivals at Cherthala! The Vadakkumkara pooram is just over. A lot of celebrations and rejoicing everywhere. Festivities on the street. Decorated elephants, processions and traditional rites. I love the fireworks at Vadakkumkara temple. Alas! This year even though I was at Pallippuram I missed it. Elephants! The poor creatures! I love elephants and sympathise with them. What else could I do? An elephant procession is in progress at Vadakkumkara. Here are some pictures.