Friday, 8 May 2015

Green Greener Greenest

The vast paddy fields spread like an ocean touching the distant sky , the karuvel plants line the borders of the ooranis, the single mango tree stands bathing in sun... 
Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Red Flowers

Petals of love - a snap shot from palakkad , kerala, India


The calm dam lake with a broken temporary jetty. The stillness of surroundings and the emptiness of the place... 

Mettur, Salem, India

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.