Monthly Archives: February 2014

deeksha, muggu and dosas…

Morning walks are always enlightening, trying to find new routes, little angles i have not yet explored. The earlier i go the better, these were all taken around 6.30/7.00am…

A group of Ayyappa Deekshas getting close to the end of their period of abstinence, coming back from Temple:

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…and early morning is the best time to catch the muggu drawings freshly done, in this house a mother and daughter were both busy making their muggus. The father called me over seeing my camera and asked me to photograph them, the daughter did not want to be photographed…just her work…and as she was less experienced than her mum, she was still working from a notebook of patterns. Most households have these books and during festive periods the newspapers also produce patterns to be copied…

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…and taking a shortcut towards Gannavaram in another small village near ours they are, in impromptu Indian style, selling breakfasts of dosas and idlis (delicious crepes and fluffy steamed “cakes” both served with coconut chutney -my fave- or a sicy broth known as sambar) and savory spicy donuts…it’s all good…

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in praise of indian school posters…

A post dedicated to the marvellous and informative art of Indian scholastic posters photographed at a high school in Vijayawada:

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writer ben art by ben thought ben teacher marga…

Exquisite hand made book by Yesupadam (aka Ben) aged 14 – remember this is on a tiny scale,  the book of 6 pages is made from a single A4 sheet. Ben made it in his spare time and gave it to me as a gift. Apart from the tiny and perfect illustrations, which are beautiful,  i think my favorite thing are the credits at the end… “thought – ben”…

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