Tuesday, December 29, 2009

gray pigeon

they perch outside your window, make you go "awwww, how sweet!", insist you take their pictures.... and then they poop!

* remember the pigeon island in papillon?... every inch of the island is so covered in pigeon poop that it makes them cry sulphur-induced tears and leave the island in a hurry

* camera critters #90

neem leaves and turmeric water

Melmaruvathur Amman is a popular goddess in the town of Melmaruvathur in Tamil Nadu. Devotees, both men and women, dress in red and carry small claypots on their heads as they chant and walk in a procession from their homes to the temple. The claypot either contains turmeric dissolved in water to be used for bathing the idol or sweet-pongal(sweetened rice) as an offering.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

turtle talk

... on another perfectly normal day at the GL household

GL: i love you, dear turtle,
more than i probably should
ever since i brought you home
life's been oh! so good

turtle: i love you too, GL
though right now i'm in a grumpy mood
so will ya just cut the crap
and give me some food

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

hurry up now, will ya

this tiny snail, about half an inch long, was found loitering on a friend's umbrella on a wet rainy day. the black fabric is that of the folded umbrella.

Monday, December 21, 2009

touching my toes

TT: touch me! touch me if you can...
TF: of course i am going to touch you, you fool.
TT: haha! i dare you
TF: and once i do, you gonna have a tough time getting away

PK: stop it you two! i am hurting

TT: tip of my toes,TF: tip of my fingers, PK: painful knees

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


A lovely marigold and it's equally pretty guest:

A hill woman holding her grand-kid, sells incense sticks and other paraphernalia at the entrance of Patal Bhuvaneshwar, a cave complex in the hilly Pittorgarh district of Uttarakhand:

A pilgrim stops awhile to catch his breath.

Mellow Yellow Monday #46
That's My World Tuesday

Sunday, December 06, 2009


when a friend's family asked if I'd like to join them for a 3-day trip to chennai, to attend a wedding, I jumped at the offer. long hours on the road, great food at the wedding, the familiar chennai heat/dust/autos sans (fare)meters/buses sans window-glasses et al were the expected goodies... what came as a total surprise was the lush greenery around kalahasti in andhra pradesh with pockets of man-made water reservoirs and cultivated land as far as eye could see.


the trip to the Kalahasti temple was quite eventful. the temple complex is a huge one with multiple entries/exits. the idols are impressive and the roof in most places was either exquistely carved or painted in eye-catching colours.

day3 was spent picking produce at their farm - lady's-finger, radish, ridge gourd, bottle gourd and lemon - stopping to splash at a stream and driving homewards.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


do click on the picture of the yellow butterly and view it large... while you are there, do look at the rolled up  mouth/proboscis

Camera critters#86