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Chronicling my thoughts, one post at a time..

CatchLight- Kal Bangala

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I like how the Kal Bangala (Stone Bungalow) in Ooty still stands out quite starkly among all the tiny houses even today.  It was the first and biggest house in all of Ooty which sits pretty on an acre of land bought from the Todas (the local tribal community) for 1 rupee, and built by the then Governor of Madras John Sullivan, back during the British Raj (Circa 1820s).

Even today, the house is one of the remnants of the more glamorous side of the British Raj in India.  This house, and the beautiful weather of this quaint little hill station made it one of the favorite destinations of the European elite. Now long after they have left, its is one of the favorite road trip destinations for the rest of us.

If it was good enough for the Monarchy, its good enough for me 😉

Peace & Love

xo

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CatchLight- Lone boatman (2)

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By now, you probably already know my aesthetic when it comes to photos, I like stark contrasts, I like using the sky as a replacement of negative spaces, I like to spot one thing which looks striking against everything else (almost as if it is completely out of place), here it is the Kashti-wala (boat man) I spotted while sitting on a hammock outside my cabin not too long ago.

One of the things I’ve caught myself doing especially on my travels is notice strangers, going about their day, completely oblivious to the presence of the rest of the world, and I can’t help but wonder what their lives must be like.  Like this one.  Does this man wake up at the crack of dawn, get on his boat and row across the river to go fishing, so he can feed his family, is this his job.  Does he love his job.  Or did his son fancy a meal with meen curry (fish curry) which this doting dad could not refuse.  Does he love his life.  Does he aspire (perhaps like most of us) that he will one day fly away to a far off land, to a different reality.  Constantly feeling like there must be more than this provincial life.  (If you don’t know the reference, I’m afraid we can’t be friends).  Or does he feel content, like he is the king of his world.  Confident in his abilities as an expert boat man.

So many stories quickly get woven in my imagination but the reality is something I will never know, and strangely enough its something I never stop wondering about.  Each person, so many stories, such different lives the world has within it (all 7.5 billion), and most times we barely notice the ones who are right next to us, what a shame!

If only we had a better ability to recognize that the guy next to us is perhaps just like us, maybe with different demons to battle, different hope and dreams, different priorities, different lives, but somehow still the same.

Peace & Love

xo

CatchLight – Indian Architecture

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Something about pretty buildings make me happy, because much like nature, most buildings have existed before us and they will (likely) outlive us.  This awareness makes me feel like we are nothing more than a spec in the grander scheme of things.  Consequently my problems don’t seem so big anymore.

Miracles, they say, are merely a changed perspective.  When I realized how fleeting and precious life is, I couldn’t (and can’t) help but savor everything around me, and thanks to technology, I can instantly capture moments and share them with you.

Peace & Love

xo

CatchLight- Ente Keralam (3)

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Is it just me or is the sunset a different shade in different cities.  When I am in my own city, I see hues of pink, orange, fiery red which finally transitions to a deep plum and then a midnight blue.  But Kerala was a different story, the skies seem to glow with muted gold and grey tones which seemed to cast a natural sepia glow on everything the light touched.

Nature baffles and leaves me speechless.  Is it just trickery of my mind to make more vivid memories of my travels, or is nature really just that spectacular.  I seriously think its the latter.  Have you noticed this as well, if yes, please let me know.

Peace & Love

xo