amma

TN 25

I’m an Auto man! Auto man who knows all the routes, have fair rate!” (Naan Autokaaran Autokaaran Naalum Therinja Rootukaaran Nyayamulla Roatukaaran, Nallavanga Kootukaaran) – Rajnikanth / Basha Tiruvannamalai’s autos as windows to region’s politics, cinema and religion. The carrier often reflects its owner’s individual leanings and tastes. The series encapsulate the spirit of Tamil culture…

kolam

A muddy crochet mat!

Then there was this night when I knew stars wander not just in skies but on the muddy soils of tiny villages in Tamil Nadu. Not that I was unaware of the tiny dots and zig zag lines that adorn the humble courtyards of South Indian homes, but the realisation these everyday artists knew very…

lakshmi

On looking good!

Lakshmi on an early morning mission to clean up the front yard at the ancestral home! “I dont look good, I’m old!”, She reacted to her first photo on the screen. “Doesn’t matter! I like old people”, I replied. Then a momentary change to shyness over her uncovered chest! Ah, wait…there emerges the confident version…

nightlife

Sketches from a night fish market!

Half of my night visits to this market had been futile! I mostly returned with dark or blur pictures, often to answer the impatient fisherlady folks that I’m trying again! They almost stopped asking me for prints and I felt dejected. But there’s something that takes you back to this night market – yes, its…

kavaya

Aging Kavaya!

I always loved such Indo-Portugese names ending with D’Costa, D’Cunha, Sikkera and many more that sounded very surreal in Kerala landscape. Certain corners of Kochi fills you with such colonial surrealism – the deeper you dig one could hear stories from another time. Litanies of Lanthan batheri must be the most recent event in literature…