Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Kallanai Grand Anaicut

Built by the Chola King, Karikalan the Chola King, this architechtural marvel stands testimony to the excellence of Dravidian engineering. The superb design of the dam is something studied over and over again. 

he dam is a excellent visit for photo fanatics and engineers alike! This grand structure built over the Kaveri is a.k.a Grand Anaicut. The purpose of construction was to divert the Kaveri water to the delta region. 
 The visit to one of the world's oldest mega irrigation schemes can leave you jaw dropped.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sorcerer's Bird

The sharp look, the screeching sound, the long watchful silence of owl has given it a place in the mythology. There may be no other bird talked more than owl in the mythology all over the world. The poor lovely bird has been described as symbol of evil in Celtic while the Hamites of Abyssinia  worshiped them as sacred beings. In our land, each part of owl was seen as a medicine!. The eye soup of owl was used to treat the seizures in children, the owl meat was seen as an aphodisiac.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Ariyaman beach : Unexplored India

Rameswaram is a very sought out pilgrimage travel destination. On the way to this religious place there is a gem of a place called Ariyaman beach. The water is so shallow that you can walk around a km into the sea with water just about the knee depth. This lovely unpolluted beach is lined by tall trees which adds to the beauty. The palmyra tree which once in a while stand along the other wise sandy beach is a beautiful view. Some snapshots from the Ariyaman Beach.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Book Review - Her Story

Being the owner of this small time blog has gifted me some friends in writing circles. One fine morning as i was just posting a link, another gleamed at me. It was for a book review. The book was nice.

‘Her Story’ is a compilation of stories is a very interesting read. The cover page and the name is illustrative of what it holds for you. The stories are written by authors with different styles of narration, thus bringing new shades to the same color. The wide panorama of the sufferings of women and the need for social awakening in this regard is highlighted well in the set of stories published by petalpublishers and compiled by Neha Lalwani & Neelam Saxena Chandra

The book has works of recognized authors -   Ayan Pal, Bhavya Kaushik and Shruti Fatehpuri, Megha Sumant Sharma, Smriti Mahale, Ruchita Kazaria, Subhasis Das, Snighda Gharami, Amrit Sinha, Surbhi Thukral, Vivek Banerjee etc   . These authors have proven again and again their talent in various competitions. The book starts with stories by Neelam Saxena Chandra. She has authored simple stories that convey the various situations women need help. She wonderfully weaves stories based on daily occurrence in our country.  Each story ends with a way a women has escaped the suffering through boldness and continued fight.

My friend Neha lalwani along with Siddharth Yadav have penned an amazing piece – Griha Lakhsmi. The story runs through the relation a man has with mother, the child and his wife. The story showcases the stress he goes through in and dilemma he faces in his married life. This gripping story explores the husband wife emotional relationship.

Of the 25 stories in the book, the one by Rafaa Dalvi needs special mention. His narration, style of writing makes it special one. The view shared by two individuals of the same act commences as a final act – the end game.

The new generation writers as some of them are called have come up with great creations which beat the clich├ęd ways of storytelling.  One big mistake by Rochak Bhatnagar is such a story. The story unfolds and ends with a bang .

I have focused only on a couple of authors in this review. Others too have put in words of wisdom and thought. As the tag line says “its not always a story”. It about real lives and real problems people face. Its about the way writing points the fingers at issues of gender discrimination.  

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Pichavaram Mangroves Tamil Nadu

Pichavaram Journey through the Mangroves

It was on a sunny noon that I travelled with my friend from Cuddalore to Pichavaram. In my study time, I had heard about this place famous for the mangroves. With expectation kept low, we stepped into the boat. Armed with a camera and a cap to beat the heat, the boat sailed through the shallow waters. Just across the jetty there was an island with some forgotten concrete constructions.

Within minutes of boat moving from land, the boat driver explained about the mangroves. He showed the variety of species among the mangroves. Each had its own uniqueness in the seed, leaves. An interesting species had the seed capped likes a pen. Imagine that the cap remains while the pen with its sharp nib falls into a soft surface and pierces it. The seed of this particular species was shaped like it – a pen and a cap. After the seed matures, the pen part falls into the mud.

The boats man swerved his path into the ways there was depth for the boat to swim. The depth was just 3 feet or so in some areas. As the water began to go to the sea with the low tide, the fishes began to jump against the current. The small fishes jumping like frog towards land was amazing.

The place is a heaven for the bird watchers. Lots of migratory birds visit these swampy lands. The bird watchers are said to have counted around 200 species of birds here.

Along the coast the crustaceans can be found sticking to the mangrove trees. These shelled organisms give it a rocky look. The crabs can be seen running in the sand where the trees are missing. They swim in silent fashion along the coast smiling at you.

The best part of the journey was yet to begin. The sky darkened suddenly and it began to shower. The blazing sun of the morning was replaced by the dark cumulonimbus clouds that gave a lovely rain. The boat moved slowly through the narrow canals with mangroves engulfing us from both sides. As boat moved it, the denser it became. Each of us had to move, duck in the boat to save head from the strong mangrove parts.
 The dense green mangroves gave a majestic look to the place. Their reflections on the water added to the effect. These trees had saved thousands of lives when the ferocious tsunamis hit Indian Subcontinent. The forestry effort by the TN forest dept could be seen in the waters.

In case you plan a trip to Pondy, try spend a few hours probably little early in day or little late here in Pichavaram. It won’t disappoint you. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Kamudi fort, Ramnad

Would you love to visit a fort constructed by Sethupathi Kings. This fort is located in the rural tamil nadu - in Kamudi district. From the fort the whole surroundings can be seen clearly.
 The above is an androidyfied ( modified using android photogallery editor!) photo of the fort. So is the below photo, only that contrast has been area of work in it.
 ASI is doing its bit to save the place. You can notice the repair works on the steps, walls etc..

Unless you are a historian you may not long to see this fort. But still in case you make a trip to this part of country you can have a look. To add the details, this fort is said to have been constructed with assistance from a french engineer. Veera Kattabomman stayed in this fort on way to Ramanathapuram.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Kala Jamun Syzygium cumini Portuguese Plum

Syzygium cumini has been spread overseas from India by Indian emigrants and at present is common in former tropical British colonies (source: wikipedia)