I bought a wooden desk organiser from amazon to keep books and other things. I put some books from recent read and found it colourful to make use for RGB Monday. The blue in the back is a switch box sticker of a truck and the organiser has spaces for mobiles and specs and few other things to hide in bins. The detachable design is strong and sturdy and easy to assemble and disassemble.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
The family living in the opposite house weren’t that generous to allow the cock inside their compound but the country cock doesn’t confine to anything unlike the broiler chicken that has a destiny has become a headache to them. The cock chose the open garden or lawn in front of their home as his favourite hunting ground for forage and used to fly off the compound or perched on the neighbour's tree when the owner came out to the garden. Until now, the situation wasn't different and the neighbour has a reason too to shoo off the bird, despite the fact it digs off the seeds and plants from ground, it doesn't keep quiet all the time rather crying loud esp. During the silent afternoon and sometimes even at night its crows disturb the peace and slumber of all in the house, including a 90+ year old man.
So far no one tried to catch the cock (even the labourers of the chicken shop) and the cock too doesn't come out of the gate or compound (or run into the streets) of the neighbour’s house. The house belongs to a 92 year old retired wing commander but it was his son in 60+ takes care of everything and he’s an enthusiastic gardener and loves planting or seeding new ones. Sometimes he used to share vegetables grown in his backyard and they don't familiarise with anybody in the neighbourhood and most of the time it was a smile or a few words of greeting that ended our relationship even though we are neighbours for 40 years. Click here to see and read my post on this house and neighbour!
I couldn’t get a clear shot of the cock from the mobile but you could see the cock in the image above and behind the gate it strolled.
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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
While the farmers were busy washing, and packing carrots in sacks (what you saw in my previous post here) I found this little temple peacefully located adjacent to the activity of farmers, adding quiet to the afternoon. Leaving back others at Kukkal lake bank, where we picnicked last year July during vacationing at my uncle’s woodhouse near Kodaikanal, my cousin and I drove down the road from the lake just to see what lies beneath and was pleased to spot this temple in a fresh coat of paint. Google maps mark this as Amman (goddess) temple and I get no details other than that. But I guess it's a popular temple among the village people from an image I saw in google where people throng in average numbers.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Apart from tourism and cold weather, Kodaikanal is popular for vegetables that grow in mountains esp. Carrot is produced at large, along with the medicinal hill garlic which is an important cultivation in Kodaikanal upper villages of Poombarai, Mannavanur, Polur, Kukkal and Vilpatti. An important thing about the Kodaikanal Hill Garlic was it was granted by the prestigious ‘Geographical Indication’ (GI) tag – a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin.
Going past the Kodaikanal town on the observatory road would take one to one of the beautiful mountain village called Poombarai at about 20 km from the town and Kukkal is another peaceful and pleasant village of the mountains about 10 km from there is where these photos of Carrots were shot. What you see here is farmers washing carrots near a small canal that flows from Kukkal Lake above Kukkal village and stuffing them in sacks before taking them to markets in mini trucks.
Carrots don't look pretty when uprooted from the muddy soil because the condition of the soil - deep loose loamy - is left in a state of dirt that does stick to the carrot and it's only after hard washing reveals its bright color. The carrot grows above the elevation of 1500 meters and is cultivated yearlong with assured irrigation unlike the land below the range (of 1500) that rely only on monsoon rain. Kodaikanal upper villages are located around 2000 meters, experiencing cool weather throughout the year and I enjoy taking drives around the scenic landscapes of terrace farming and forest.
Monday, September 07, 2020
A week has not passed since the relaxed measures were announced, and by then people had already returned to normalcy in full swing or rapid force, forgotten on which condition these relaxations were given. I understand that everyone is in need of a break and nothing could bring a change better than traveling, as people are locked down at homes for more than 5 months, an urge to getaway couldn’t be wrong but we aren’t’ even partially coming out of the pandemic rather leading 2nd in the world with new achievement in Covid 19 cases with each passing day, how can we expect a positivity in a neglected world? Our production of cases has reached nearly 0.1 million per day and it’s really disturbing to hear about 1000 deaths counted daily in India. We talk about how precious each life is and at the same time casually pass a death on the street – just thought of saying something – but the death of 1000 everyday doesn’t seem to make any sense or thoughtfulness to rattle us. I know we have to move on and couldn’t stay on a thought just like stagnant water that could only mess up later but don’t we have the responsibility to do a bit in changing the scenario? Or at least stop helping spread the virus by coming out unnecessarily, because it isn’t the time for fun or unless we follow the rules strictly we put others' life into danger along with us.
Thursday, September 03, 2020
tender green to rusty
leaves cling to different colours
revealing the various stages of life
identical to mortal.
a baby like shoots
leaves thrive to greenness
mushroom a layer of bottle green
mellow yellow as they grew older.
a chapter of a tree
leaves unfold to different phases
as bystanders of better or for worse
built on the creators' standards.
summer to spring
leaves don’t stick to green
akin to the season's change, leafage
alter colours n gives way to new shoots.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Colorful row or line houses at Senbahanoor, a neighborhood in Kodaikanal.
P.s. The state government of Tamil Nadu had further relaxed the lockdown by allowing public transportations – the operation of busses and metro trains only within the districts and inside the state – opening of malls without functioning of theatres and no pass for elders and kids; and work places with 100% employers and extended time limit for shops to be opened in evening and reopening of resorts and lodges but e-pass had been made mandatory for visiting any of the tourist places and it will be issued by district collectors. By this move life almost seemed to turn back to regular mode or at least within the districts the movements would be easier for the people. And for a country with high population and closely living community social distancing is a far difficult custom to follow and so far I think the lockdown had hold back people in someways and what opened in front is a challenge. People are so happy by the move but I don’t feel for it as these relaxations cause a fear of increasing Covid cases and it is up to people to make it safe and profitable at same. The situation doesn’t seem favourable for kids and elders as the government advised them not to come out but the increasing cases and death rate is really raising the anxiety and any kind of indifference or indication makes around make feel the same. Take care all
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Undoubtedly his company's the No 1 dealer in India selling home appliances and we can’t easily point out someone who sustains the top rank continually and firmly for the last 35-40 years and it’s impossible without laboriousness. Vasanth & Co is the brand name created by H Vasanthakumar (a member of parliament) who himself was the ambassador of the company and products he sold and he continued to taste the success in the competitive world even after the arrival of online shopping. He’s someone who earned people’s trust in selling quality products, because people don’t trust anybody easily unless there's some truth and we have personally experienced it and as a regular customer we’re proud and content with any of the products bought from him. More than half the appliances that exist at our home are bought from Vasanth & Co and my first choice still to pick a product rather than online could be his and I always recommend purchasing from the same.
It’s really shocking and sad to know the man behind the successful brand is no more - he died at the age of 70 due to Covid 19. He picked up his business as a seller of home appliances from door-to-door in instalments and later opened his own shop in the shopping centre – T. Nagar, where our first television was bought. In 1984, a year before I was born, my parents bought a black and white Solidaire TV from him and he had enquired them about their income and the ability to pay the install amount, with personal care. My parents had mentioned this many times to us, and now watching his news of demise couldn’t stop them repeating the same. Should I need to mention anything more, how could he have come up this long (with 80+ showrooms across south India) without the concern and care about the consumers and supply of quality things? And he hasn't stopped there, rather chosen the field of politics or public life to serve the poor and simple people, as he himself comes from the same he understands the people's need and did what he could from his source of income and the posts he held as a Member of Legislative Assembly and Member of Parliament.
He chose Congress as his political party following his father and elder brother – Kumari Anandan, a veteran congress leader – and he shone well in the state politics and held office of working President and Vice-President and the Chairman of the Traders wing of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee. Upon everything, it is his laboriousness that put him on all these chairs and what everyone would admire him as an entrepreneur and his life is a good lesson to read by anyone to reach various heights. And like a gem on his crown he has written three volumes of his autobiographical book series Vetri Padikattu (Ladder to Success) focusing on his entrepreneurial success and community building initiatives which I really want to read sometime. He’s such a simple and humble being lived to easily access is what everyone close to him says and he is a familiar face of Tamil Nadu and never a day passes without seeing his smiley face on television. Though it's all for the business, his reach and popularity at the homes of Tamil Nadu is not easy to dismiss. People will miss him but not his face.
Monday, August 24, 2020
A fruit vendor on the street... pushing the tricycle loaded with fruits.
We usually avoid buying fruits or vegetables from these vendors as they sell mostly at overpriced but during these lockdown times where people are advised to stay home these vendors are an easy choice to pull off in front of the house. The government also allowed selling vegetables in mini trucks and they came around the streets with a loud speaker calling people to buy veggies. But for us, having a vegetable shop beneath the house next to us, we don’t need to look after these vehicles (and what they sell isn’t fair enough and good to encourage) and we purchase it fresh daily rather than loading the fridge with veggies (like before pandemic) bought from the market once a week.
Even though the partial lockdown still exists, the activities on road make feel almost back to normal and the only change was many of them wear masks. But I can’t say all!
WHO says young people are increasingly driving spread of virus”
I believe it's
100% true. I see people on the street and mostly it was the young people coming
out without wearing masks. I wonder if they really have any sense or are they
alien to earth to have any idea about what's happening around. I believe they
knew everything in the smartphone era but still they come out in indifference,
thinking only about their healthy self rather than those weak at home. With
strong immune power, young people come easily out of corona but who fall prey
were the elders with chronic diseases. We all pray for the legend singer SP Balasubramanyam. He seemed to be asymptomatic at first but now fighting for
life against Covid but how come we all forget someone like him at our homes whom
vulnerable to infectious.
I wish people stay away, stay safe, wear masks and strictly follow the social distance.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
The weather have been pleasant and cool these days (in Chennai) and it wasn’t raining either but still the clouds, continue to seize the
sky, kept low the temperature that lure me to dream of mountains. Though not
exactly, I feel a mild cold in the air to embrace me and mind cling to the
memories of same feel. It’s been more than a year I visited mountains or stayed
overnight other the home esp. this cool weather is impossible to restrain the
thoughts of Smokey Haven or what I call as bird paradise – Thandikudi – nestled
in the lower Palani hills of Kodaikanal. It was a place that wasn’t too cold as
Kodai or hot as plains but a comfortable weather to stay all day out exploring
the locality of coffee and pepper plantations and listening to birds in woods.
Glad my uncle built his wood houses there,
so it was always a hassle-free and home like stay for us and it would be fun if
two more families of my uncles join the stay. I too used to the comfort of the
woodhouse or to say my uncle had built the house easily access by the wheelchair
so that I could visit it anytime without difficult. He knows how I enjoy
staying into nature or travel to hills and the woodhouse were first executed
for personal use before the idea of renting happen. The weather is one pleasing
thing about this place and no matter what the season was, it never drops out of
comfort and the weather in Chennai right away is something makes mind to think
about. Perhaps due to Aadi (the season with high wind blow, falls between
July-August) is believed to bring a successful year of rain and these cloudy
moments brings hope as the southwest monsoon had smashed this year.
I leave you with some nature and cool images
for the glimpses of the locality from different times of the visit. I love
being there any time of the season and it has something to please or offer with
the arrival of differences in nature like the migration of birds, flowering
environment and wind.
Monday, August 17, 2020
It’s obvious how Pandemic battle down people on earth and our situation in India kept worrisome as we lose nearly thousand
lives every day and fifty thousand plus new cases. While Chennai sustain a slow
and steady pace of pandemic cases, the cases in districts follows the same to
count 5k+ daily, and in this situation the govt. has ordered to open the liquor
shops in Chennai that was closed for last 5 months or from the beginning of
lockdown. The govt. had opened
the liquor shops already in districts other than Chennai and its suburbs in May
but their decision to open in the city caused no surprise rather made feel
regret about their quicker move.
I felt not good actually when the govt.
announced shutting down of liquor shops in the state, due to pandemic, as I
believed it’s not easy for those addicted to alcohol to sustain without
drinking and would cause a perplex leading to violent behaviours. I know some people who find difficult to skip
a day without drinking and lead a life quite dedicated to drink. I thought
about them and it isn’t that I support them but I understand the pattern of
their lives from my perception and wanted them to be alive rather drinking
something more poisoning. But to my surprise, the people’s response was superb
apart from few abnormal cases of drinking sanitizer (due to alcohol content)
and commits suicide because of the unavailability of liquor.
The drinkers in Chennai has already adapted
to the lifestyle of sober in last 5 months of lockdown, and without drinking;
now opening the liquor shops will certainly turn down the newly adopted norms,
people practiced all these days despite many difficulties and emotional fights.
Many a family felt a sigh of relief when the liquor shops were closed as the
men in the family doesn't need to hurt women or extorting money anymore
(although it is temporary) it keeps the suffering away. Tomorrow, the opening
of government liquor shops will break the cells of self-controlled alcoholics,
who truly amazed me though their sustainability in lack of liquor what I
thought of quite impossible.
The nature and environment healed a lot during
these pandemic lockdown periods and the shutting of liquor shops is another gracious
thing happens at this time and I wished it turned out to be permanent. I know
it’s not that possible unless government stops obtaining money from the sale of
liquor, but I think there couldn’t be a better situation that this to regulate
or create a s ober like circumstance that could be good for the country and
home. I know however we cry the govt. isn’t going to tilt the ear. At least until
the pandemic is over or reduced enough the liquor shops can wait rather become a
spreading zone of Covid 19.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Monday, August 10, 2020
Here is a kind of line houses in Valparai, what is just a piece of what was washed off in the recent landslides and flash flood in the high mountain ranges of Munnar; killing nearly 50 people belong to the families of tea labourers. The southwest monsoon is smashing around the Western Ghats Mountains of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and many a places are flooded and Munnar, a beautiful hill station in the Idukki district of Kerala is one of the top producers of tea and many a labours work here are from the plains of Tamil Nadu.
The landslide turned into a major disaster,
where rescue operations are still underway as people are being dug out of the
mud. The disaster location being close to the Anamudi, the highest peak of
south India and the popular tourist spot (Eravikulam National Park) for Thar
goat sighting, exposed to cold winds and rain to extend the rescue operation. Valparai
is nothing less to Munnar, and these two places are bordered by a valley that
separates the two states. And their living conditions were also similar and the
workers were all settlers from the plains to work in the tea plantations. It’s
the workers of Rajamalai tea estate went to grave before buried really. While
the covid eradicating away the lives in plenty, the plane crash and landslides
were doing their better half. Nature has its own plans and no one can predict
its move and we could only mourn for those died.
Saturday, August 08, 2020
The bird is often or to say daily found around the house esp. after the lockdown they frequent the trees in the neighbourhood. As they mostly perch on tree tops or go behind the branches I could only listen to their sounds than shoot with camera. Here is couple of shots on Myna from the past.
Myna is a commonly visible bird anywhere in India and perhaps so it is called as common Myna or Indian Myna. The bird found from Middle East to Southeast Asia is readily identified by the brown body, black hooded head and the bare yellow patch behind the eye with bright yellow bill and legs.
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Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Taking love in hand, Mehandi Circus did a soothing performance overall, caring us back to the melodious era of 70s and 80s, when the filmdom was under Ilayaraja’s regime; composer Sean Roldan using the maestro’s finest tunes recreated magic in the background along with his own beautiful composition of songs. The director (newcomer Saravanan Rajendran) has set up the tent/plot at a picturesque location that parallelly protect the pretty love story what move us like a cool mountain breeze along Ilayaraja’s rhyme notes.
Did I sound more musical and of course it was and the hero of the film has a music store and he falls in love with a girl from a circus troupe that visits his village. And what could we expect him to do to convey his love other than playing melodious songs to please the woman and what could do it at best other than Ilayaraja’s heartening songs? Set in time of early 90s, the story travels back (to that period) in the colourful memories of the hero (Jeeva) when he goes to meet his love (Mehandi), after many years of part as the caste and other kind of challenges interfered their cute love and break paths apart.
The debutants to Tamil, Madhampatty Rangaraj and Shweta Tripathi carried their lead rolls very decently and as Mehandi, Shweta Tripathi exhibits charming acting what anyone would like watching. And the location of the shoot is dramatically colourful and charming at its own, as it shot in one of my favourite places on earth – Kodaikanal, aka Princess of Hills, was captured in an ever so beautiful and colourful angles and views to feel close to heart. Thanks to the cinematography, by Selvakumar SK, for capturing all the wonderful moments of the film. Though the circus related scene were very less, the impalement arts comes as a real challenge to the hero to get hold the heroin, who lives with his love at heart despite married to someone forcefully, creates a silent revolution at the end!
P.s. It’s been long time or more than a year I wrote a review on movies and mostly I write review on films I watch in theatre but I haven’t went to the theatre in last 1 ½ year. But I like writing reviews on movies that moves me, just like Mehandi Circus, and I feel many good films goes out of sight as soon its release because having no star cast or big budget, I think of writing at least to show my circle there's a film like this. Right now I’m content with the OTT or used to it but still watching movies in theatre is an experience that not our home theatres produce. The HD contents on online streamings are far better these days and some are available in 4k as well and along with a good sound system you can experience the best.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Last Sunday happened to be another rainbow evening and second in the month of July. The former one is here, if u want to see. I was happy to see the favourite thing appear over the sky again, exactly close to the same location, direction and angle. Though it was mild this time, the blue sky and clouds on the backdrop steer the sky to look prettier. Following that we got a sort of pleasant weather for few days caused from mild to heavy rain, and some time the sky looks cloudy and altocumulus spread wings over the blue sky. The sky comes up in pretty pattern these days and the altocumulus show up in day times settle for mild showering or supposed to rain scenario. But not to forget, the menacing mosquitoes had doubled its troops and began attacking from evening through night.
Altocumulus clouds from the morning of the same rainbow evening.
Above is the rain scene (snapped through the balcony) from two days back and it was a heavy showing for nearly an hour and it continued for few more hours pulling back slowly in pace to rest.
Monday, July 27, 2020
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Saturday, July 25, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
|All pics shot with mobile (iphone se) as it comes handy than looking for camera.|
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Monday, July 13, 2020
Friday, July 10, 2020
To say the sky's the only changing things in my life for last few months or from the time of pandemic began; sky watching has become an activity and I go out into the balcony to see the sky after I wake up and got ready and do the same before go to bed. I don’t know why I want to see the sky or at least want to see a star or anything celestial before get into the bedroom and I think it’s perhaps because of lockdown and fewer activities on road want me to look for something active even though I know the celestial activities aren't quicker.
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