India, North, Slice of Life, Spiti

Postcards from Spiti

A land where imaginations find wings and hopes are restored that this Earth indeed is an awe-inspiring place and one need only leave their comfort to find it. Three peaks with glaciers at the pass where the wind howls loud and strong. "Make a wish and stick a coin", that was a simple instruction from… Continue reading Postcards from Spiti

International, Kyrgyzstan, Slice of Life

Faces of Kyrgyzstan

The people of this Central Asian paradise nurture their traditions and keep the culture alive and vibrant with their unadulterated bond to their land. Meet Ruslan and his eagle Karabarchin, who make an adorable yet powerful team of eagle hunters. Have it, flaunt it - Akylbek flaunts Karakoz from atop a horse, who in turn… Continue reading Faces of Kyrgyzstan

Asia, International, Kyrgyzstan, Slice of Life

Postcards from Kyrgyzstan

The elements of earth, wind, water combine here with joy, kindness, and freedom. This land brought into my life the kind of happiness I had forgotten for a long time. Here are some snapshots to capture the essence of this place. A bend in the road with yaks dotting the slopes - this country epitomises… Continue reading Postcards from Kyrgyzstan

Asia, International, Kyrgyzstan

A Love Letter to Kyrgyzstan

Hi there, This letter has been long due to you, isn’t it?  For me, you epitomised the elements of nature – I came face-to-face with your concept of open spaces, open minds, and open hearts. I remember landing at Bishkek airport and taking in the landscapes below from the aircraft in awe; you were a… Continue reading A Love Letter to Kyrgyzstan

India, North, Spiti

A Tiny Infinity – Lahaul & Spiti

It has been more than a year and I have tried numerous times to put ink to paper in expressing those few days spent in the lap of absolute bliss. At first, it was the reverence and notion that putting any words to it might violate what I experienced in those mountains, and later, as… Continue reading A Tiny Infinity – Lahaul & Spiti

India, Kannur, South

Kannangattu Bhagavathi Theyyam

The Kannangattu Bhagavathi Theyyam captured the essence of the Devi with such perfection that for a moment when I first looked at the performance, I almost forgot to use my camera.  Through the entire dance, where the Theyyam went around the Kavu, whirling to the soft beats of the drums, I sat mesmerised at the… Continue reading Kannangattu Bhagavathi Theyyam

India, Kannur, South

Vasoorimaala Theyyam

In a trance-like state, moving and swaying rhythmically, the Vasoorimaala Theyyam had an utmost calm on his face.  Even though as a man, depicting a goddess, the Theyyam personified the essence of the Divine Feminine energy with the grace, calm, yet a power that seemed to emanate from his very being.  During the initial few… Continue reading Vasoorimaala Theyyam

India, Kannur, South

Bhairavan Theyyam

The Bhairavan Theyyam had already finished his performance and was sitting in the grove dispensing blessings to the gathered crowd, by the time we arrived.  Orange painted face, with yellow marked forehead, eyes covered with silver ornaments, and two silver pincers attached to the puffed-up cheeks.  He sat there in all the regalia, but what… Continue reading Bhairavan Theyyam

India, Kannur, South

Sasthappan (Kuttichathan) Theyyam

Sasthappan, also known as Kuttichathan were two Theyyams that were dressed identically and performed the rituals, simultaneously.  Wearing elongated rectangular waist adornments, they covered their eyes with silver ornaments, with only a small hole to look through.  Their headgear consisted of two wooden flaps on either side of their cheeks.  However, it was the peacock… Continue reading Sasthappan (Kuttichathan) Theyyam

India, Kannur, South

Vishnumoorthi Theyyam

The Vishnumoorthi Theyyam was the most elaborate preparation that we witnessed.  This day-time performance gave us a glimpse into each little detail that goes into the making of every single Theyyam.  We were privy to the makeup along with the several layers of clothing made from areca nut leaves that started at the chest and… Continue reading Vishnumoorthi Theyyam