Its Election Time – Your pick of my Top 10 in 2010

Help me pick my top 10 pictures for the year – 2010! I am putting up, once again, 23 photos that I love. Pass this poll onto people who love photography and can appreciate the work thats gone into the pictures – I would really appreciate some good feedback. The idea is that these will go into contest submissions etc in the next 2-3 months. So please take 5 minutes out and take the poll. Thanks in advance, I really really really appreciate it!! Don’t forget to ask your friends to vote too! Just pick 10 pictures that you like the most and click on the number of the picture in the poll below.If you hover over the picture with your mouse, you will see the number of the picture – click on the corresponding number in the poll at the bottom of the post! Please click on VOTE at the end of the poll to register your choice!

 

Its Election Time – Your pick of my Top 10 in 2010

The week that was

Its the new year and I am yet to set my objectives for the photographic year.  I need to set my objectives, even if I am my own boss and I need review my own performance. Just so that I keep focusing where I need to. In fact, I even missed a short term objective of covering an event due to prolonged illness – something that is otherwise unacceptable in the overall picture. The adage is true – over indulgence cannot lead to anything good! I need to remember that! I learnt that the hard way and I missed out on one of the best photo opportunities of the year – Chennai Sangamam – a folk and cultural extravaganza for four days that takes place all over the city(including Elliotts beach which i talk about below) and is free! As someone who is stepping out on her own and trying to carve a niche, I figure a little discipline in routine can go a long way.

Then again, this is India – opportunities abound. It never ceases to be the “festive season” in India. Last week was Pongal, the harvest festival of the south. Four days of reverence to the sun god, workers, cows that help plough the land and feed the people and most of all giving away everything that is old.  My Pongal weekend was rather subdued because of the aforementioned sickness…..none the less the week leading up to it was eventful ending with family and festivities. I did pick up the courage to go to the beach to shoot the Chennai Sangamam event but found myself unable to handle the crowd and claustrophobia when combined with the strength of a weeks worth of buttermilk and tender coconut. The jostling was not for me, not on that day!

Elliotts beach is a landmark in Chennai , atleast it used to be! It was one of the venues for Chennai Sangamam events. I grew up in this neighborhood all my life and have seen this beach go from deserted to dirty over years of abuse. Beaches in India aren’t meant for swimming essentially, they are just another place for people to relax and meet up. It has its own food culture – fried fish, pattani sundal and mullagai bajji! Please google those terms if you are looking for an explanation. The sad part is that the beach now looks like this and this is just 1/20th of the entire picture! Its a glorified parade ground that is filthy – i had to crop out a crow feasting on a dead rat!

The only place on earth where you can find bharathiyar, a sage, a mango, a clown, mickey and minnie, santa claus, dora, spider man and Tom cat – together!

A manually operated mini carousel!

The week was filled with some good food like the fish and chips below and the homemade vadai that mom made. I love my mom’s vadai and she knows my love for extra onions in them – they are crisp, tasty and she salts them just right every time – definitely one of her best dishes. It HAS to be had HOT! It is truly one of those things that doesn’t have an equivalent at all! Come on – its fried food – you know its good when its fried!

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The week that was

The Simple Life

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a great end to last year, which in my opinion could not have gone by more quickly, and a great beginning to this one. I recently had my nephews from the US come down for a visit during the holidays. For the youngest of the two, it was his first time out of the US , on a plane and to India! I’ve spent every holiday with him, since his birth and was immensely worried that I might miss out on that this year due to the distance. Well, this post isn’t about all that – its more about the simple little pleasures that children seek and find. These are kids , who have their own bathtub at home and yet enjoyed bathing in a makeshift tub/bucket on the terrace, in the open. Want to know just how big this “tub” was?

The older guy did not even fit in the tub, but he could care less about that! In his own words – “the best bath I’ve ever had in my whole entire life”!!!!

The little guy squealed with pleasure every time warm water hit his skin. As he sat there soaking for a little while, he was in his own world – lost in thought and games that he was making up. There was a part of me wishing that I was small again with my own bucket and with nothing to worry about but the alien battleships that I am about to save the universe from.

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The Simple Life