Photo du Jour: Mother & Child – Kochi, India

In the southern Indian city of Kochi, this mother and child sported bindis between their eyebrows, as well as sparkly bangles and dramatic eye makeup. The young mother’s hair was also trimmed with a garland of fresh, aromatic jasmine — a practice that is customary with many of the ladies in the state of Kerala.Continue reading “Photo du Jour: Mother & Child – Kochi, India”

A Golden Afternoon on India’s Elephanta Island

Wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of manic Mumbai, we boarded a boat at the city’s Gateway of India monument bound for Elephanta Island. The island’s former name Gharapuri (meaning ‘place of caves’) is fitting given Elephanta boasts numerous caves with elaborate Hindu and Buddhist carvings – considered to be some of the finest in India. They’reContinue reading “A Golden Afternoon on India’s Elephanta Island”

Monkey Business at Elephanta Island

Perhaps I should seek employment as a surveillance photographer for I found it extremely amusing catching the mischievous primates on film in Bali, Cambodia and India. This cheeky monkey was spotted on Elephanta Island. To get there, we had to take a 50-minute boat ride from India Gate in Mumbai / Bombay.

Masquerading in Local Attire in Kerala, India

One of my dear Indian friends back home begged Shawn and me to don traditional Indian attire, snap evidence of our foray on a makeshift catwalk, and then share the images of our masquerade here. Since space is at such a premium in our luggage, we could not justify the added weight of a man’sContinue reading “Masquerading in Local Attire in Kerala, India”

Happy Holi! Celebrating the Festival of Colors in Goa

If you were in India today, chances are that you would now be sporting rainbow hues from head to toe, because today is Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a Hindu celebration that welcomes spring and bids farewell to winter. Originally, Holi commemorated successful harvests. As we prepared to take on streams of colorfulContinue reading “Happy Holi! Celebrating the Festival of Colors in Goa”