Archive for October, 2008

I must tell you.. this place Manapad (மணபாடு in Tamil) looked heaven when we were on our trip.

The sky, the clouds and the sea all looked blue and blue everywhere. It was around 4.30pm, when we reached the village, the waves gave us a warm welcome. The men and women were sweet and soft, even when they speak to strangers like us. We started shooting the water and moving boats, then walked up the cliff to check The Holy Cross Church. It was already 6.15 and we had no time to capture the beautiful moments of the zone.

We shot some sunset scenes and the day was gone and it was pitch dark. So we decided to come back the next day evening again, and walked back to Kulasai. Next day was even beautiful. I carried my Manfrotto (damn useful!) and tried capturing the missed ones the previous night. I was very cautious and planned my time to capture the bright evening moments of Sun. Yes.. Its all here for you.. to see… A must visit location.
beautiful mother nature

three is a crowd

extended shadows


light house

There is so much available with Manapad to offer us…
1. The soft shallow backwaters, which is a km away from the sea.
2. The Holy Cross Church and a cave, which is 500 years old.
3. A light house on the cliff, under the control of Government of India.

Note about Manapad from Wiki:
Manapad is a predominantly Roman Catholic coastal village in India, 70 km from Tirunelveli and 18 km south of Tiruchendur, and one of the first places to be visited by St. Francis Xavier in 1542 when he initiated missionary activity on the Fishery coast.

Francis Xavier is said to have lived and prayed in a cavern on the seaward face of a cliff. There si still something called as St.Xavier Cave. Holy Cross Church close to the sea was built in the year 1581. This church has what is believed to be a fragment of the True Cross of Jerusalem. Thousands congregate during the festival season from 1st to 14th September every year when the cross is publicly displayed. Since there are other small temples, here this place is called as “Chinna Jerusalem” (Small Jerusalem).

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Hosur (Tamil: ஓசூர் (pronounced as Ho-soor) is a Town and a municipality in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu. It is a taluk of Krishnagiri district and is located just about 40 kilometres south-east of Bangalore. This used to be an underdeveloped district once and came into the limelight in the 1980’s when TamilNadu government planned for a SIPCOT (Small Industries Promotion Corporation of TamilNadu) in Hosur.

I know this place from 1996 and happened to watch the positive changes in the growth graph for the last 12 years. I visited Hosur for the first time in August 1996. Thanks to Adhiyamaan Engineering College, which offered Chemical Engineering (which was my dream career, then). I must confess, this town is better than Bangalore for its pleasant weather, unpolluted air and less traffic.

I must say, the 4 years of my stay at Hosur is phenomenal. Though we had issues like Ragging, Problems with local rowdies and college strike sessions, the amount of energy and experience this town gave to me (21 year old boy, then) was amazing. Post engineering, inspite of me moving to Chennai, Pondicherry, Chennai again and now Bangalore, Hosur seems always pleasant to me. I always dreamt to have a home at Hosur and settle in Hosur during the last days of my Life. Hoping…

Will you believe?
This town
1. Accounts for 80% of Rose Exports of India.
2. Accounts for 5% of the total Mango production in TamilNadu, which makes Krishnagiri Dt, #1 district for Mango cultivation.
3. Houses more than 750 industries, including the big names like TVS Motors, Ashok Leyland, Titan Industries, Exide, Godrej Saralee and Gabriel Shocks.
4. Will also house a Special Economic Zone for Software companies soon.
5. For information, Thorapally village near Hosur is the birth place of the first Governer General of Independent India, Rajaji.

Ok.. Now.. Why all of a sudden, HOSUR PURANAM…?
Today’s Mint Paper is responsible for this write up.
The news article said.. “Aircraft repair facility plan in final stages”. If approved, the $40 mn facility in Hosur will be the first in the country to be run by a non-airline company.
Check the complete article. Hosur

One more feather on the Hosur’s Crown. Share your comments.
This picture was shot, when we went on a small trip to Hosur last year.

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The trip to Kulasekaranpattinam gave me so many different experiences and opportunities.
1. Travel opportunity in a train the whole day.
The Mysore-Tuticorin Express which leaves Bangalore at 9.05pm on day 1, is supposed to reach Tuticorin at 10.45am on Day2. But, for my bad luck, a goods train derailed at Omalur near Salem, which delayed almost all trans by 3-4 hrs. I reached Tuticorin (traveled alone in the compartment after Kovilpatti) at 3.00pm.

2.Photography option to capture “The making of Kaali”.
Men wear Kaali costume (the red/black saree, eyes, red/black paint, long tongue, hands set with 10 hands, a garland with skulls and a Vel, form the costume set) and of course they claim themselves as Kaali for at least 24 days, must have hell a lot of energy. I got an opportunity to shoot the making of kaali at “Kaavadi Thurai Theru”. It was a dark thatched shed, with an oil lamp, where Kaali was Made. Yes, a photostory on the making of Kaali was also made by me there.

3. Searching the “Young Demon”.
Kulasekaranpattinam village came back to normalcy on day 11, after ten days of dasara celebs. We decided to search a little girl, who wore Young Demon costume on the previous day. It was a very difficult task to find this kid, by showing a photo on the mobile, where few saying “she may be from Madras set”, few arguing “she is from Tuticorin” and few guiding us to go to “Konar Theru”. Thanks to a small boy, sethu, who spotted HIM as his friends brother. Young Demon was not HER but HIM. The shy boy UdayaRaj, son of a local bus driver (Thirumurugan Bus, shuttling between Tuticorin and Manapadu via, kulasai) is born on Kamaraj’s Birthday, so is the Suffix RAJ. Captured some happy, sad, smile, cry, stare moments of Udayaraj.

4. Halwa Stores at Tirunelveli Town.
Tirunelveli means Halwa. Halwa means Iruttu Kadai (Dark Store). We wanted to buy Halwa from Iruttu Kadai, but in vain, as it was a Sunday. We decided to check “Shanthi Stores” and again, we had so many Shanthi Stores in the vicinity. Finally, these guys zeroed in the one next to a medical stores, just close to the Tirunelveli Junction. I bought 2 KGs. 🙂

More to come….

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I was out on a short trip to Kulasekaranpattinam a small village with less than 10000 population. I was waiting for this trip for an year now, thanks to photojournalist friend Selvaprakash, who motivated with his awesome set of frames from last year Dasara.

The train journey from Bangalore to Kulasai was tiresome, as the train delayed by 4 hrs, cos of some goods train derailed that night. But, when i reached this village, you guys should believe me, the energy levels are very very high during the festivity. We all really enjoyed the days and nights of shooting across kulasai, manapadu and Tuticorin.

Few frames from the trip…
UdayaRaj… a lil demon..
young demon

Kaali in the making..
kali in the making

Men.. Women.. and others…
on the move

More frames at.. Kulasekaranpattinam

Few BEST things to list here.
1. Making of Kaali and of course the energy levels of Kaali.
2. Shooting of Udayaraj, when he was in Demon get up.. and searched him the next day to shoot with out the costume.
3. Amma, Appa and Food at Adhi’s home.
4. Manapadu Village, Fishermen and the Church.
5. Salt harvesting and the stories behind at Tuticorin.

I really enjoyed the trip and thanks to the TEAM, with special thanks to Adhi.

Kulasekaranpattinam a coastal village in Thoothukkudi (Tuticorin) district, famous for its 300-year old Muthariamman Koil located on the seashore. During Dusserah more than one million people assemble in the area and fine music resonates with the rhythmic beat of drums.

Folk artistes from all over the State converge here to participate in the 10-day festival. The beach looks like a fair ground and the performances reminds one of the natyotsavs in large temple.Tuticorin, Nellai and Kumari district bustle with preparation for Folk Carnival activities this year.

There is no Royal patronage and the entire festivity veers round the presiding deity Sri Muthariamman of Kulasekaranpattinam. Following an age-old tradition, devotees vow to go from house to house to beg for alms, disguised in various celestial forms such as Kali, Siva, Vishnu and Narada, Animal Forms Such as Tiger, Monkey, Bear, Lion etc. Some devotees transform themselves into mundane figures such as policemen, King, Queen, Justice, narikuravars and beggars during the festival, and roam with begging bowls, to propitiate the Goddess.

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I was waiting for this shoot for a very long time, may be an year or so. Fortunately, last Saturday, managed to wake up at 5.00am and biked till Cubbon Park. I wanted to see the UB City from various points and locations to get different angles, so a small walk through the Lavelle Road, the Vittal Mallya Road, the Kasturba Road, a bit inside the Cubbon park just near the Venkatappa Art Gallery helped me capture few frames with different perspectives.

There was a new Bungalow in the making on the Left of UB City, where i entered with the knowledge of a mason boy, but the security guard said NO for photography. Somehow motivated him and I managed to click one frame from the balcony, through a small cleave.. here it is for you.
UB Towers

From Vittal Mallya Road….
antique guard

From Kasturba Road…
upside down

From Lavelle Road Side…
oakwood on mallya road

I also have some frames of UB city in my archives.. check them at
UB City

UB City is one of the largest mixed use developments. It is at the heart of India’s IT Capital, Bangalore, brought to you by one of India’s largest conglomerates which is also synonymous with Bangalore. The UB Group. Yes UB City is the new identity to Bangalore City.

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10 years back, I was on this road, going to Dooravani Nagar with a friend of mine, looking for some Electronic equipments. There was no Cable Bridge, or for that matter, there was no proper road. Today, so many changes in the region, hell a lot of infrastructure development, flyovers, multiples of hundreds of highrise buildings, all stand to showcase the growth of Bangalore.

Krishnarajapuram is proud of having the region’s first cable-stayed railway overbridge, which was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003. This six-lane overbridge, which took a decade to be built, is about 230 meters long. It was planned for high density traffic around the area as it is part of the highway towards Chittoor, Ranipet and Chennai, the Old Madras Road.

I was looking for a better opportunity to shoot this bridge and yesterday was THEE day. I kept an alarm for 5.30am, anticipation to shoot the bridge, woke me up at 5.00am itself. My camera kit was intact with 10-20mm sigma lens..

Yes.. rest is all for you to check…
the blue fly over
fast faster fastest
fly high
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Share what u guys feel..

~ peevee.

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