Saturday, April 29, 2006

Of Dhrishtibommai and Butch Cassidy

Ever wondered what happened to all those LPs (record plates) that we used to cherish in the 1970s till the audio tapes took over -- well, in Chennai they are being turned into `drishtibommais,' the demon faces that ward off the evil eye. Here is a shop selling an assortment of drishtibommais. I picked one up and found that the unpainted side had that famous song `Rain drops keep fallin' on my head' from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. That doll is now hanging outside my house. But it is now Chennai summer and it will be sometime before rain drops fall on it. Posted by Picasa
The image below is `the real Sundance Kid' as seen on the Life cover. (PS: I thought I had posted this image earlier, but while browsing through the site I could not find it, so decided to do it again.)

8 comments:

tilotamma said...

Have I told you lately that you are amazing in creating visual images and giving us new ways of looking at things?

In many, many cases it goes beyound just the quality of your pictures.

I can't thank Nancy enough for having introduced us to your site.

R. Balaji said...

Thank you, Tilotamma. It is the encouragement from visitors like you and Nancy that helps. Actually, I should thank you.

WA said...

Love the picture and the story that goes with it.

R. Balaji said...

Thank You, WA.

Abhinav said...

wow, this is such a lovely post! not only did i thoroughly enjoy reading it (i really think it would make a great story) but also, i had the song 'raindrops keep falling on my head' stuck in my mind for the rest of the day!

R. Balaji said...

Thank You, Abhinav.

Just.Cliking said...

Hi Balaji.
I liked the way you put the story with pictures.
keep it up.
Cheers!!
Sathiyan S

R. Balaji said...

Welcome Sathiyan, and thank you. Just been to your photo blog, I liked it.