All posts by Sukanya Ramanujan

Multi-lingual professional with varied interests such as reading, travelling, music and photography.

A to Z Blogging: The Great Theme Reveal: My Favourite Things

The A to Z Theme Reveal
The A to Z Theme Reveal

So the A to Z Blogging challenge is drawing closer and today is the day when those of us who are going to blog with themes reveal our themes.

So my theme this year is “Some of my favourite things”. No it won’t be raindrops on roses (actually that’s not a bad one!) or whiskers on kittens (now wait a minute!) but it’s going to be an alphabetical journey of images and words through the things I like!

If you haven’t signed up yet but would be interested here’s the place to go.

 

Daytrip Ideas from Kochi, Kerala: Houseboat in the Backwaters

There is something about Kerala- something in the air that immediately relaxes you and makes you feel like you’ve left all your cares behind you. The feeling is only amplified as you sit in a non-motorised boat that is made to quietly skim across the backwaters by an experienced set of rowers.

If you’ve got a day or even half a day at Kochi and you do not know what to do with your time, you’ve got to go on a backwater trip. It takes about a 70 minute drive to get to the nearest backwater and from there you are taken on a 3 hour journey where you sit back in your cane chair on the long boat, close your eyes and just breathe. And make sure you choose a non-motorised option- the motorised ones make a lot of noise, give you a headache and just ruin the entire experience anyway.

There are a lot of tour operators who do this tour. We chose Indoworld tours and they charged us just Rs 850 per person (that’s less than USD 15) to pick us up from our hotel in Fort Kochi, drive for more than an hour, take us on the boat for 3 hours and bring us back to Kochi. A steal deal if I’ve ever seen anything. I wouldn’t have grudged them 3 times that amount for the same experience.

Dramatic Sky and a Moon Speck

Dramatic Sky and a Moon You could Almost miss
Dramatic Sky and a Moon You could Almost miss

I was standing by the beach yesterday and waiting for the sun to do something dramatic. But the clouds were too thick and the sun refused to cooperate. And then suddenly some of the clouds parted and I got a glimpse of the waning gibbous moon. It was just a speck and it was there for a moment before being gobbled up by the clouds once again. I thought it was quite a dramatic photograph. What do you think?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls of Illusion- Street art at Kochi, Biennale City

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Wall.”

Street Art Kochi
Street Art Kochi

At first you see the flower on the wall. Great you think. You look closer and then what you see doesn’t seem quite so floral. It is in fact almost a maze- stairs going up to different levels that aren’t quite connected. Humans at various levels looking puzzled almost dazed. Walls, corridors, people all meshed up against each other- with nothing making sense- is this a reflection on our state of living these days?

Kochi in Kerala, India is the venue of the Kochi Muziris Biennale this year (it closes in just about 15 days so do visit if you haven’t done so already). It is almost as if the entire city erupts with art in sync with the Biennale. I don’t know who the artist who executed this painting was- but it sure is a masterpiece (and so is the one below- right next to it).

Kochi Street Art: Does this reflect the way we live?
Kochi Street Art: Does this reflect the way we live?

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. I’m participating for the second time already!