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7 December 2012

A day in the streets :)

A day in the streets for a photo walk: We met few children who were helping an elderly person set up their bamboo craft shop. The moment they saw us with camera, they were shying away, running but also were seeking our attention. They were sweet and beautiful and had fun with us :)

Let the pictures talk the rest here. All the pictures are not good in terms of photographic ethics but still the moment was more important here than the picture details.

Let the smiles of children capture you and not the out of focus or alignments.

Spreading smiles :) Enjoy!


I didn't post these pictures in my Facebook page, because I know majority of people would point of the defects than appreciate their innocence.

Love to the blog readers <3 p="p">Tanuja :)

12 August 2012

Monsoon continues in August

Finally the first season of pitta-patter ends. Here comes the August; the next monsoon season in India.
I loved the rain in every aspect. With my eyes, with my love, with my sorrows and melting it on my body. Watching the blue sky turn gray and showering the pearls down. Watching the pearls hung on rickety branches and leaves. Watching the pigeons in love. Watching other birds preening and shaking the water off to be able to fly again. Watching butterflies so so many of them and then dragonflies in the sky. Small creatures taking shelter and the beautiful rain drizzling by. The green gets greener and the feeling is clean. A treat to the eyes and mind.

Sharing some more of the rain loved photographs by me. :)


31 July 2012

Some more from July

Sharing some more  nature photos clicked in July :)

But its not raining anywhere :(
The rain is shying away from me and whenever I'm ready to capture its beauty, it vanishes :( 

Moreover there are flowers and butterflies plus one beautiful pathway and a gorgeous Velvet Mite :)

Enjoy !

26 July 2012

Jubilant July

July is bringing me beauty, freshness and hopes with the Monsoon. Can be a mood lifter or make me laze away. I'm all in love with the rain. Everything in the surrounding nature gets all vibrant in colour and brings the purity of the environment. The pitta-patter of the rain drops sings lullaby giving me comfort and content of heart.  My recent experience with the nature is shown away. Aren't they beautiful!


July is the start of Monsoon time in India. Rain soothes us from the summer time and brings in peace and calmness. It is associated with agriculture and relief for the other flora and fauna. A peace to the entire ecosystem. But it can as well be disastrous in the form of flood and drain clogs which is common in many parts of the country and cities. It brings in fresh water to the earth and the water bodies are all filled up. <3

4 June 2012

Weaver's village

B'ful Gulmohar trees in the city
After a few trips in various Weaver’s villages in Orissa, my next destination was ‘Badabag’ village in Jagatsinghpur. Rented a cab and pinx and me were off to yet another beautiful village of Odisha (India)

8.15 am: Started from Bhubaneswar
9.00 am: Cuttack
9.40 am: Karkatpur

I love villages; it brings back many good memories to me. The good smelling earth, the fresh air, open fields and sleeping in the open. There is something superb about food being cooked on the chulah (open mud stove) hmmm :)

10.25 am: Reached Jagatsinghpur (Badabag Village)

Beautiful old style wood engravings
Nasty roads on the way
Talking, sleeping and partially enjoying the view outside the window we reached the village. We were here majorly because of my sister’s work and then a little for me to photograph that I was very eager of. There was an old weavers society established that we had to visit. One old man welcomed us and we got seated. She discussed and saw fabrics what was related to her Textile work. I observed and clicked few snaps. The place seemed dark kind of with old traditional style of almirah’s and door carvings. 

The textiles are all of very beautiful colors. See! Aren't they! These are such beautiful and pretty colors from earthen to bright fabrics. I choose few for my craft work and few to make my Dupatta ;) (She bought a good amount of all of those)
Few Sarees in Basic colors
The beautiful wall paintings done by powdered rice water
11.20 am: It was getting sunnier and we went out to roam the village. It now had cement roads, some semi cement-brick homes, some completely cement homes. Few were mud ones and few mud and bricks. After the super cyclone the villagers have very strictly made their homes from cement to be safe. Good step indeed. But then the traditions aren’t lost. Same small pathways, greenery, ponds in between, kids playing in the open, women and men together working, cows and calves tied around, and one scene I always see in a village and that is parakeets in a cages. :/

Sis talked to the villagers and we visited few weavers home. There were looms set inside their homes or else in their front yard where there is sufficient light to work. Visiting, meeting, talking of work went on. In between the kids all followed and played around us in addition to getting photographed. :D We enjoyed with them too :)

In a weavers home the man and the women equally contribute to this beautiful worked textile. In fact generation by generation it’s inherited and transferred and families help in their work and business flow. There are lots of tasks involved like dyeing the material, drying, arranging the wraps and wefts and weaving…quite difficult for one man to handle! 

My sister Pankaja with the weavers
The rest of the tour continued with the scenic views and interacting with the village people and the surrounding nature. Villages are beautiful and sustainable in their own. There is nothing like people are poor here or not happy. They just have a different way of living and happy in their own way. But yes there are necessities like schooling and medical aids that might be difficult to seek.  

12.30pm: After an hour we backed to the office. They were all into conversation while the fabrics we selected were packed to be taken home and so we started our journey back.

It rained on our way back and the weather got very pleasing and comforting.
By 1.00 pm we were home (Bhubaneswar)

Few snapshots of the journey:

Colored Yarn
The Hand-loom
The ready to use dyed threads
The beautiful saree
The half spun stole- I particularly loved this one


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