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Snapshots From Along a River

On the River

INDIA | Sunday, 29 Mar 2009 | Views [588]

No local wants to plunder the river but unless they’re given viable alternatives for making a living the stripping of the Nila’s resources will continue.   I’m onboard a traditional boat called a thoni slowly gliding down the river.   Beside ... Read more >

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INDIA | Sunday, 29 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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INDIA | Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | Views [759]

Today is the opening day of the Kalyani Para music centre and the atmosphere around me is electric. Sweaty cameramen from Malayalam TV jostle for good vantage points while assembled villagers excitedly take their seats.   Dedicated to the memory of ... Read more >


INDIA | Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | Views [897]

There’s at least a dozen kids all sitting on the floor in front of me.   They are wriggling about torn between curiosity and shyness.   Furtive glances and whispers are exchanged before the boldest one is half pushed by the others to come over.   ... Read more >

The Snake Worshippers

INDIA | Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | Views [648]

The picture is slowly taking shape: two massive entwined serpents which cover the courtyard.   The little girl beside me looks out from heavily kohl-rimmed eyes, entranced by the strange colourfully swirling shapes emerging upon her courtyard.   ... Read more >

Just Another Roadside Attraction

INDIA | Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | Views [553]

The workmen walk along the road dressed in crisp blue shirts tucked into colourful lungis.   I love the fact that here you see men proudly wearing sarongs of dazzling floral displays of fuchsia-pinks, aqua-blue and lemon.    You never know what you’re ... Read more >

Artisans Along The Nila

INDIA | Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | Views [3671]

Gopalan Ettan is a potter.   Just like his father and his grandfather before him he spends his days at his wheel shaping clay brought from the Nila’s banks into bowls and water jugs to sell.   There are still plenty of potters along the banks of ... Read more >

Problems in Paradise

INDIA | Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | Views [679]

Kerala is in the middle of a vast building boom and all that concrete needs sand.   A lot of that sand is being sourced illegally from the Nila’s banks.   I look out of my window here and see, not a peaceful river view, but a bunch of clunky construction ... Read more >

A Different Kind of School

INDIA | Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | Views [1521]

Most tourists who visit Kerala go to see a Kathakali show.   Characterized by bright makeup and masks this uniquely Keralite performance acts out Indian epics using only mime.   For many travellers here Kathakali is the state’s major art-form but ... Read more >

Driving to The Nila

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [507]

I’m in a car being driven by the Hindu version of Michael Schumacher.   After one month’s sojourn back in a world where a stop sign actually means stop and traffic lights are obeyed, it’s good to get back to a bit of street-mayhem.   Staring ... Read more >

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