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Two Snails provide moral support to each other as they are precariously Hanging from a leaf for dear life

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


itchy neurons

Today is the hindu festival Dussehra, also called Vijayadashami. Dussehra literally means the defeat (hara) of the ten (Dus)- headed king Raavan by Rama. This festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It is at the culmination of the nine day fasting period, called navratris. On the tenth day, huge effigies of Raavan are set afire amidst much celebration.

This post deals mainly with my fascination with the elaborate effigies.

The effigy- making work is given on contract to various small businessmen who specialize in such work during the festival season. This year i visited one such area in Delhi. The effigies being prepared were mostly between 30 to 50 feet in height. The work is totally manual from start to finish, and takes about 4-5 days to complete.

First the framework for the heads as well as the bodies are made out of flexible…

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The Indian Festival of Dussehra
The Indian Festival of Dussehra

The festival of Dussehra / Dassai / Vijaydashmi symbolizes the Victory of Good over Evil. The Raavan portrays the Evil with Ten Heads symbolised by Ego, Passion, Pride, Anger, Greed, Infatuation, Lust, Hatred, Jealousy and Selfishness. The above Photo shows him with just one Head out of the Ten with his thunderous Red face and Huge Extraordinary Mustaches who will be Killed Today on Vijaydashmi Day

In the above photochallenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”


Good Thoughts

itchy neurons

(Back to blogging after almost 2 years.  I am starting a series of random photo-stories, hopefully once a week. This is the first on the series.)

This picture is of the leather slippers and sandals (jootis) displayed outside a small shop in Tamil Nadu, India.  In India it is common to display charms to ward off ill-luck outside shops.

Here the gargantuan leather slipper made up to resemble a demons face both showcases the perfect craftsmanship of the seller and protects the shop owner as well as his business from the evil eye.

The demon-face slipper measures about 2 feet in length, doesn’t have a partner and sits on display day after day…. while the ordinary-sized ones fit into human feet and walk off on their journeys into the world.

This is the slippers story.


“I was always an achiever, one step ahead of my peers, even when in school.

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