Night

Moving around cities at night brings a calmness that is often rarely found at any other time. As Anne Brontë puts it in her poem, Night: “I love the silent hour of night, For blissful dreams may then arise, Revealing to my charmed sight What may not bless my waking eyes.” This scene captured here was…

Of light and shade

I finally got around to editing some more photographs this weekend, so here they are — photographs from Penang, Malaysia! I simply loved seeing the sun light up the pristine mostly-white facades of so many buildings, and was constantly amazed by how it made even the most mundane of street elements look beautiful.    …

Clan jetties of Penang

Thanks to a recent long weekend, my latest dose of wanderlust took me across the waters to Penang, Malaysia. Declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 along with Melacca, the city boasts a wonderful mix of colonial, Malay, Chinese, and Indian architecture. So much so that walking down one street, I felt as if I…

Flatscapes

Louis Pasteur once said, “In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind”. This applies for photography as well, especially street photography, as it driven by the ability of a photographer to observe his/her surroundings, and find ways to transform the ordinary and the mundane into something extraordinary. Photographer Elliot Erwitt summed it up beautifully when he said,…

Grand plans

Weekends come with a happy punctuality, and inevitably make me draw up ambitious plans to get out and about; to see a bit more of the city I am living in; and to come up with some wonderful ideas for a nice, long blog post. This one was no different, as I made plans to…

Solitary

Will no one tell me what she sings?— Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow For old, unhappy, far-off things, And battles long ago: Or is it some more humble lay, Familiar matter of to-day? Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain, That has been, and may be again? – Excerpt from the poem, The Solitary Reaper, by…

One wall, many lives.

Was feeling a bit meh (maybe because it is Monday?), browsing through my hard disk when I found this photo from last year. I had clicked this as I was passing by in a bus, in Guangzhou. It seemed poetic that each window was identical architecturally, but the view from each and the reflections they…

A still life.

Have you ever visited a place that seemed so melancholic? Not the damp, marshy landscapes that are so often associated with the word, but more a place that was once important, but now slowing fading away, except for the occasional tourist who might pass through? And just when you had made up your mind that…

Happy Lunar New Year!

It is lunar new year, which for me means another opportunity to restart all those resolutions made less than a month ago and try to keep them up, again. One of those resolutions for me was to go out and sketch a bit more regularly, and meet some new people in the process. And what better…

Outside

Often, I find myself wondering what to do on the weekends, the usual chores aside. But invariably, I end up walking around my apartment building, going round and round the parking lot; or walking around malls. Neither of which are particularly engaging. All these just make me dream of large parks that I can just walk…

Rhythm and motion

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to attend the Panguni annual festival being held at the Kabaleeshwar temple in Mylapore, Chennai from the 13th – 24th of this month. Today was the famed ‘Therottam’ where ornate chariots carrying different deities go around the temple. Suffice to say, it was a long affair, starting at 7.15 am in…

Longing for Gravity

“You are on a mission to Mars. Because of the length of of the journey, you will never be able to return to Earth. What about our blue planet will you miss the most?”. So went the question on today’s Daily Prompt. That is a pretty easy one to answer. I will miss our crazy cities…

Constancy in a time of change

  Every once in a while, you leave work but somehow work doesn’t leave your thoughts. So you absentmindedly churn out to-do lists for the coming days, mechanically taking one step after another, switching buses and trains, walking by with the crowd, a little afraid of being overwhelmed in case you decide to pause and take a…

Car-free Sundays

Wake up before the sun rises. Check. Watch the sky turn pink while sipping some awesome coffee. Check. Take a long bus ride and see the city wake up. Check. Loiter around on the street and create some art. Check. I love it when a plan comes together! Car-free Sundays are held at Elliot’s Beach Road, Chennai, from…

Transition

Where there is an ‘inside’, there has to be an ‘outside’. Life unfolds at the threshold between the two. Created in response for The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge: Transition

Reflecting on the power of place.

Thank you, for bringing fantasies to life. Today Nek Chand, creator of the iconoc Rock Garden of Chandigarh, passed away. Here is a blog post that I wrote up in the early days of 2013 on my impressions of the place: This blog post is about a place that actually taught me the following things about ‘beyond’…

A world-in-between

Light below, lies a man-made world of fantasy. Darkness above, whose reality competes with the world below. The stars flicker and the moon stays hidden, their light too feeble to match those on earth. As I sit dreaming, a whisper in my ear wakes me, the wind that brought me to this paradise — a paradise…

It is Monet’s birthday today

It is Claude Monet’s birthday today. And that for me meant an early morning trip down memory lane to distant college days, where I studied art for a semester. It meant sitting in a dim classroom and thinking about Monet’s works, punctuated by rustling of leaves heard through the open windows. It meant going to the art…