A few days back I heard the familiar whirring, and sure enough the 75-year-old -- can't recall his name -- was right outside the house going through his bicycle routine. A tin can contraption tied to the cycle frame acts like a giant rattle to attract viewers.
I grabbed my camera and started clicking away. After the show, he came up to me and announced - `I do not drink, I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. I have married off four of my daughters and lead my own life independently.' I don't know why he felt he had to tell me that. I just managed to stop myself from apologising for having smoked while in college.
He puts in an appearance once in two or three months. Goes through a 5-minute routine, collects some money and cycles away.
As for the captions that go with the pics... I hope they don't fall flat.
(Check out other visitors we have had in archives - October and November 2005.)
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Saturday, January 21, 2006
The Varadaraja Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. These pictures were taken a few years back in black and white. Since I am still in the want-to-try-something-different mood, thought I would sepia tone them digitally. So here goes... Next week I will try to post some details of the great sculptures in this temple.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Stamp of Chennai - 1: A scanned image of the miniature sheet with an image of the more than 100-years-old Museum Theatre. This sheet and the stamps were released by the Depart of Posts in 2003 as a part of the 150th anniversary of the Museum. Some details from the information sheet: The first stamp is one of Shiva in Natesa form, a 12th century AD bronze from Thanjavur. The second stamp is a picture of the century-old Museum Theatre, a heritage building in semi-circular shape, and the third is a sculptured medallion (150 AD) from Amravati figures. The other figures on the sheet are a selection of exhibits from the museum.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
A sculpture inside one of the caves at Mamallapuram. Vishnu reclining on the serpent `adhiseshan.' The figure standing at his feet is one of the rakshas `Madhu' or `Kaitaban.' The other five figures are personifications of Vishnu's five weapons. The scene seems peaceful - more like a calm before the storm - the weapons are asking for permission to attack the rakshas. Of the two figures hovering over Vishnu, the one on the left is the conch, `Panchajanya'; and the other is the mace `Kaumodaki.' At the lower end of the frame (from left) are the discus, `Sudarshana;' the sword `Katkam;' and the bow, `Saranga.'