When “The Last Kannanthalis” on
the Parakkulam hill slopes

Everything appeared big and wonderful as per the childhood conception of space. When we
leave home very early with our “pookkunda”, a small round shaped basket woven with
treated screwpine leaves, grandma used to say “you gather more Kannanthali and thumba”


The local temple festivals of devi OR BHAGAVATHY starts with the parayeduppu,offering rice to
the diety in a specific measurement from everyhouse in a locality.The representative of
the goddess velichappadu...

Yakshis are born not made ..

Lotus farms of Thirunnavaya

Amid much din and firing of guns the Morituri, the Chaver Nayars, the elect of four Nayar
houses in Waluvanad, step forth from the crowd and receive the last blessings and
farewells of their friends and relatives...

TRIP TO THASRAK , A predetermined journey?

Long, long ago, in times now unknown to man, there came riding into their primordial palm
grove a caravan of a thousand and one horses.The riders were Badrins, holy warriors
blessed by the Prophet, and at the head of the column rode the holiest of them all—Sayed Mian Sheikh.

Karinkali , a folk performance of
Paraya community

The summer as it comes bursting up of born fires in Asokam, wild yellow puffing of shower
golden trees,booms from the large drums shakes the Thiras,,sounds from the
majestic trumpet rent the air andColourfully attired electrifying karnkalis of course,

THASRAK 2 A journey to bleak emptiness?

I waddled towards the nhattupura ..others were engaged in discussions.. I stepped into the
veranda and entered into the classroom..The space lay infinite and there emerged
Kunhamina with her chiming silver anklets

Flower Loan

As we were granted an unexpected permission to go outside and pluck Onam flowers, we
sprang up, borrowing two pookkundas from neighbouring guys. ”One for Mohan and
another for her sister Parvati”.

Time’s Winged Chariot

Time is passing non-stop, and we follow it with clocks and calendars measuring the
immeasurable. Yet we cannot study it with a microscope to magnify it’s particles or
experiment with it. And it still keeps passing.

Death Warning From Above ?

Outside, the night lay inebriated with its vastness. The wind was spreading from the top plane
stretching far and the wide top plain of Parakkulam Hillocks on the palm fronts of

The saga of the sun god

A girl with golden anklets festooned with sunstone laces came into the Kalahandi valley to pluck
flowers..she spots the radiance of the solitary plant bursting into large yellow flowers
and remained serene..she

Birds of the same feathers flock together?

The early 1970s, a dark brown cloud emerges in the eastern horizon and it smoothly flows to the
west shortly after the sunset during winter and in the first phase of summer
reverberating the roaring sound that preceded a heavy rain..

Naranath Bhranthan

I stopped when I heard a bird call of alarm across the woodland enveloping Rariyanellur and a
subdued lament in a voice. I could recognize it in the midst of any chaos. I heard the
footsteps behind me coming closer.


"But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near; And yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity."

Migratory birds along the banks of Bharathappuzha

I came across a large folks of seagulls constituting hundreds of birds across Irumbiliyam kadavu of Bharathapuzha, in the first week of February2005.
It was around four o clock . The noisy birds remained there bathing, preening and searching for food in the warm river water.

The tradition of granite sculpturing is still in its glory on the banks of Nila.Mr.Velayudhan still in late sixties continues to create temple idols near Aryankavu,Koonathara.

Sculptors of Valluvanad

Stub Of Pencil (കുറ്റിപ്പെന്‍സില്‍)

The best part of my lower primary school day was the morning, by the  morning we meant period between 8:30 and 9:30,or the period of time
before the shadow of the eaves  creeps over the flight of steps, the period of our own Republic!!!

We were moving slowly in a country canoe along with the shallow watered canals bordered with reed clusters in Mangaljodi.
The boat man was pushing the wooden boat through the canal tearing the map of water lilies and hyacinths with great precision.


Thira Poothan folk art of Valluvanad

It is believed that various forms of arts worshipping goddess Bhadrakaali prevailed much before the origin of temples. Once the worship of gods and goddesses started at the temples, various types of arts used to be performed to please goddess Bhadrakaali at Bhadrakaali temples

It was Ayilakkad wetlands near Ponnani.The water stretches have grown  leaner and drier under   the trail blazing April  sun.
The sky was partly over cast. I could spot a bird in the shallow muddy waters amid egrets and other shore birds..



Kerala has been blessed with the presence of sacred groves and temples. The pooram, Thalappoli or Vela,is synonyms
with the ritualistic annual temple festival.The festivals usually fall in  Dhanu ,Makaram,Kumbham and Meenam the months of malayalam calander. .

Open billed storks are one of the local migrants that we find along the banks of Bharathapuzha..It wouldn’t be correct to say
that they search for food along the banks of the river or in the  shallow waters of the river itself because I could spot the birds only twice

Migratory birds along the cost of Bharathappuzha

In the olden days, one of the inevitable duty assigned to grandma during afternoon hours was preparing the lamp for lighting
the lamp at dusk. She rolls up cotton wicks and arranges them pairing and fills the lamp with honey bright Gingelly oil leaving
the lamp near the Mutchu

Konark Sun Temple

Mamankam Monuments

Mamankam festival was held at Thirunnavaya on the banks of Bharathappuzha. It was considered as the greatest cultural
event and trade fair in those days.

Shadow Puppetry of Kavalappara Swaroopam


Subru ,my friend in the village lower primary school had a strange collection of articles at his home!!.  Subru’s collection included
strange things, Xancus , strange shells,Kakkikaya seed the big seed with dark brown cover, horns of animals,

Yakshis are made, not born ?!

Every one used to speak about her with great fear and widened eyes. Listening to them over and over again,
I too began to believe them. When Yakshi bared her incisors, lengthened them and then drew them in again,

The Painting That Heals

If you feel feverish or inflammation of the stomach you may consult a village doctor. He identifies the evil
responsible for the disease. He prescribes a particular iconic painting analysing the disease.


As we come down along the flight of rusty dilapidated steps to the south eastern side of magnificent Howrah bridge ..
we may feel that we have reached in another world crossing the Greek mythological river Lethe .....

Kochin Muziris Biennale

Bose krishnamachari of contemporary Indian art is known for his bold abstract paintings .boss has curated shows
fellow artists and supported younger artists by showcasing their work.

Kavalappara Swaroopam

Kavalappara swaroopam  was the confederation of 96 Desams that lies in between Kaniyampuram thodu
eastern side and  Ongallur thodu in the west.

Nuptial gift for your winged wife!!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West A few days after Christmas 2018, multiple outlets reported that West had gifted
his wife a $14 million condo in Miami. The newspapers said.

Why does the Blood In Your Veins Look Blue?!

What an interesting phenomenon is this!!? Blood in your veins looks blue though being red? This is the reason that blood
that courses through your veins in your body has a dark blue colour when you trace it through your skin, more clearly if you
have a wheatish complexion.

Why does the Blood In Your Veins Look Blue?!

What an interesting phenomenon is this!!? Blood in your veins looks blue though being red? This is the reason that blood
that courses through your veins in your body has a dark blue colour when you trace it through your skin, more clearly if you
have a wheatish complexion.