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Mollywood on walls and shutters

Well, this is not a pressing issue in any case, but a curious look at the changing visual landscape of Kerala, discovered over a year of mundane travel across some districts. As our favourite stars Mammootty and Mohanlal migrated to brand ambassadorships of Kalyan and Malabar groups, more girls have started climbing the hoardings of…

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Ode to Hopenhagen!

Participating in a successfully ‘designed’ campaign around this number 350 (parts per million), which is suppose to be the safe limit of Carbon dioxide in atmosphere. So the world marched for this number from Maldives to Himalayas in their own unique ways, perhaps for the first time (Summit under the ocean and over the Himalayas)!…

Music under NY

Traditional Chinese instrument ‘Erhu’ being played. An accidental find of the same person from 2001. A lone musician on his Trombone.. Michael Schulman of Black violin, who plays a very interesting electric violin.. The duo Tuba players.. At a deal of one dollar, she accepted my photography offer.. and a Mouth organ player…

Music under NY!

The best thing happened to NYC perhaps is its musicians! Some are known, many are unknown..they sing in the bright and dark corners of subway stations, while trains and crowd bustle about. Genres surprisingly range from Blues to Bhajan, Classical to Techno! Whichever, they make you smile, they make you stop, they make you sway,…

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Published in Madhyamam weekly (March 22, 2010). Thank you so much Sajeesh! Two uncredited publishing, left one in ‘Development issue- Sasthragathi, Nov 2009’, right one in ‘K N Raj issue -Malayalam Varika, 26th Jan 2010’. I would continue to request ‘attribution’ wherever necessary.

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Maluvamma’s goat!

Here’s to the historic women’s bill passed in the upperhouse today! Tribute to one of my favourite characters ‘Pathumma and her goat‘ written in 1959 by Malayalam writer Basheer. “Basheer’s sister Pathumma, who lived in a dilapidated shack a little distance away, would visit the house everyday with her daughter Khadeeja and with them would…

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Misha-Ho’s journey..

Its a long journey said very short! A day of many things, 31st dec 09, things were dull until I found these orphans, ‘Misha’ and the little curious ‘Ho’ on my local subway platform, wet and frozen! Not sure if I heard them calling, but they seemed happy as I lifted them up! So we…

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A white storm!

First big snow of my life, still unaware that my fingers could freeze, feet could damp through cracked shoes! I ran out to my little empty town early morning, all that I remember is the excitement of seeing a white cover so large, thick and puffy! Took the Lilliput train to where the white cover…

One man, many walls..

If walls and shutters of Kerala could speak their mind, its undisputably this man, Mohanlal. Times are changing, flex boards are fast invading our towns to replace painted faces of our favourite movie stars. Even before you begin to enjoy their imperfections and faded tones, they’ll be gone forever. Before they do, here is an attempt to document the painted…

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Beginning of ‘the end’!

Meeran Talkies is one of the several second town movie theaters that are being closed down in Kerala. Ranging from bad stories to shrinking audience to multi million salaried heroes may counted as reasons. But all that we know for real is, the reel is over! rest shall be carried to another town for re-sale.. Meeran Talkies…

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May is for Mango!

Mangoes and summer vacation are inseparable! There’s a lot of joy and excitment around Mango trees wherever you find them. Girls, boys, mothers, fathers, friends, families – all of them gape and yum over this fruit. They look up, count their numbers and try all that possible to bring them down! Yes, May is for…