A scene at Wangoo village in Manipur (NE India)
My submission in response to Majka’s photo challenge ‘From Above: Trees‘. This is a shot taken on the hillock in the outskirts of the village of Wangoo. I had written my thoughts on the trip on an earlier post. The river is the main source of water for the villages along its bank. locally known as turel achouba (the big river), its English name is the Manipur river. It drains off water from the Loktak multi-purpose dam. from this view point, it is the skies, the river and the trees that is striking.
The trees, however, veils the houses on either side of the river – something i appreciated on visiting the village after taking these shots.The river bank ran along the backyards of the cluster of houses on the east. It was approaching evening by then. there were people drawing water, washing utensils and checking on the fishing nets they had laid down earlier in the day.
Thought I should try to take part in more photography challenges. here is my entry to Cee’s B&W weekly challenge. The topic this week is ‘light’. What better way to start it than with shots taken from the ‘Diwali’ – the festival of lights! I had written about the festival in an earlier post, for those interested click here. In frame are shots of terracotta oil lamps. the second picture is a terracotta oil lamp with the motif of the two Hindu deities associated with the festival: the elephant-headed Ganesh and Lakhsmi the goddess of wealth.
My second submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s photo challenge is ‘weightless’. I thought about several possibilities but finally decided on some shots i had taken of candy floss.
Whenever i think of candy floss, it is about its fluffiness, lightweight, ready to disappear when you try to press it and how it dissolves outright as soon as you pop it in.
These shots were a result of a cheeky monkey who walked up and snatched my niece’s candy floss at Kasauli. Her wishful hope to enjoy another did not materialize until we saw a candy floss vendor cycling on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway surrounded by wheat fields on both sides. We stopped him and asked him if he could make some. He happily obliged. It was fascinating to watch him make it. As the candy floss was being woven, the smiles of the girls spread like the sugar webs on his little device! after all, not only were they candy floss but they were in their favourite ‘wow pink’ colour!
My first post for the Weekly Photo Challenge. I was not sure if the post is supposed to be a single photograph or not, but I just saw pen and paper blog and thought of posting more than one.
The photo challenge, for me, is to capture the circle that is the sun – ironic as the challenge says, because the sun shines bright and the circle is not always clearly visible to the eye and to capture it through photography which – for me is so much about light and composition. the first photograph stood out for me but then it seems to miss a point of reference.
These pictures were taken on a rather cloudy smoggy day of an approaching winter evening. In frame is a setting sun whose amber tones seem highlighted by the smog.
Scene depicting the turbulence at the Loktak Lake: Choreographed by CYCA Khurai
A moment from the play ‘Poubilai’ depicting the turbulence at the lake caused due to overt human activity that wreaks havoc to aquatic life leading finally to the emergence of the monstrous Poubilai sleeping in the belly of the lake from its deep slumber. He, in turn, turns his ferocity towards human kind as vengeance.
A production of the CYCA Khurai, the play was staged at the National Museum, Delhi at the inauguration of the exhibition on ‘One Object Exhibition: Poubilai‘ organised by the Bhopal based institute of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangralay (IGRMS).
this bird was perched amongst the lush green leaves of a joy perfume (leihao, in Manipuri) tree. iwith its rather sharp gaze, i imagine that it probably thinks itself to be the guardian of the tree.
taken in Chandigarh. would anyone help me identify this bird?