Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Poetry in the Windows.....

Everyone old has dreamed of all their lives--
Bonds and gestures pushed to one side
Like an outdated combine harvester,
And everyone young going down the long slide

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:
The sun-comprehending glass,
And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows
Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.

(Philip Larkin - High Windows)

*Looking from the windows,out,still remember the poetry recited by my dad
*the light seems to fade coming inside
*the bars and its patterns
*nostalgic memories running out
*a world of emotions out ....
*some pink hibiscus and windows make images most memorable in me
*they creek when they are closed
*and creek when they are open
*they are very old,some decades old...
*but they are still prettier than everything...
my windows...

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Bunch of Afternoon shadows..

*are shadows lifes patterns?
*Bay windows at home
*grill work casts shadows,giving depth
*grills designed by my dad
*Life of the window
*Grown up with them,seeing them and their shadows;
*do these shadows breathe life
*they definitely breathe life to my images
**they make each image of mine a celebration of shadows and definitely life in a way;
*I do have spend hours sitting near them ,noticing the patterns they make each mode of the day..
*I always sit besides the window,looking out to the blue sky and the rains,dark green trees and the garden path..
*listening music and noticing the shadows ,thts what i did last vacations
*they definitely helped in noticing the finer things of life...
*a bunch of images ,a series of them,just taken to notice the shadows and its patterns..
*sitting near the windows,one afternoon with a book called "Monsoon Dairy" and some betel leaves floating in an uruli,took me to a "fairy land of shadows"...
*I opened the drapes and that took me ...
**.........into a Wonderland of Shadows..is it so,dont u all think?
**I think i am in love with each image below..
*this is just the beginning of shadows and its patterns
*lots more to be on your way
*by the way you keep reading while i am on the look out for more shadows...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

"Gateway of Kumarakom".Enjoy!

*Hill stations are all over the country and palm-fringed beaches too, but the backwaters are a speciality of Kerala.
*during our last summer vacations ,enroute my mothers home town in Ernakulam,we passed Kumarakom..

*its not that this is the first time we pass Kumarakom and its backwaters:)-
*my fathers home town being Alleppey,we have grown up seeing backwaters,ponds,rivers,lakes and the white lotuses in the fields....
           running through fields to be  harvested,harvesting time used to be fun there,it was  always the onam time,harvested grains being brought to the front yard of the house,women threshing grains catching a long rod,grain separated by boiling,our grand father distributing wages,distributing  clothes during festivals bathing in the ponds,white lilies and pink lotuses in the ponds and on goes the story...

*tell u all about "The Kumarakom", slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). 
*the Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and tributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web.
*the gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets A boat ride in the countryside offers a close look into an engaging rustic life. 
*large flotillas of ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks
*skilled-fishermen launching their cockshell boats.
*private boats ferrying people to alleppey and Kuttanad in plenty
*women, neck-deep in water, with their waist-length hair heaped in a crown, searching for fish with their feet,washing clothes in the little streams in front of their house.
*and aimless cattle grazing in lush pastureland, where white lotuses lie here and there in small, low-lying pools.
*then comes the huge house boats,a luxury these days...
*even we did a tour of the Vembanad lake in the house boat...
*enjoy Kumarakom and the Journey through Vembanad with me ...

Green  fields..

Private ferryScenes from the houseboatKumarkom resort 
Bird sanctuary 

KTDC resorts on the lake

Other double storeyed house boats plying on the lake

Each frame of the sky from the boat seemed beautiful and serene

Shot from the backside of the boat

Sky looked pretty and scary indeed,it was going to rain,the month of may,summer rains:)-
Close up of the house boats
side view with the ropes tied looked to be a decent image

this was pretty indeed with the two poles..

a chair at the back side
It was getting dark,the driver was getting scared,seeing the clouds roaring
we saw a small boat starting its journey at this time:)-
they came back seeing the clouds above them

By the time we reached back,it rained very heavily..

Just a  last shot and wrapped my camera in the shoulder bag,a nice journey,wanting for more......it happens always...
do enjoy the trip and write back...

Images and Ideas by Lakshmi Arvind
All images shot by the author,Pl dont copy images,do write if u need them

Friday, January 15, 2010

my first Baking....

*I never imagined i could bake cakes
*I have eaten cakes baked by my mom
*After getting into flickr and reading blogs,way too inspired to bake a cake
*Thanks to all my inspirations Shalini,Archana,Asha,Shilpa and Silpam...
*It seems to me like afairy tale ending
*They baked ,made cakes and ate and lived happily everafter....
My first banana bread
posing with my little flowers floating

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Revisiting some old images...

*Its too wintery here
*it's too cold these days
*just too cold to have done some thing today
*getting out of the blanket seemed too impossible
*I am sitting in the bedroom,sipping my tea,watching the streets through the window
*parks remain rather empty these days
*see one old couple taking their evening walks
*mighty wind is having his moment...
*Going through some images,which have never been uploaded
*all of them taken during the last summer vacations at my parents home
*All images are  celebrations of life in a way,celebrations at home,the togetherness times....
*all these images and a lot more take me into a world of nostalgic moments and memories,down south...
*who doesnt love colors?
*who doesnt love flowers?

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