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Friday, 19 December 2014

'Sea power', a beautiful art by Hew Locke at Kochi - Muziris biennale 2014


Wow, what a beautiful creation !
This art, named as 'Sea power', is created by the British artist Hew Locke at Kochi - Muziris biennale, currently taking place at Fort Kochi in Ernakulam, Kerala, India.


Vasco da Gama, his fleet and the explorations by him into the then unknown places in the world are known to all of us. His arrival in India initiated a series of events in this part of the world that paved the seeds of globalization with trade and developments and also the serious problems peppered with greed and cruelty that led to wars, invasion and subsequent colonization.

Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 while on his third visit to India. His body was initially buried St. Francis CSI Church, Kochi.


The quest of the unknown, eagerness to know what lies far away in horizon, and the journey into the vastness of the endless ocean by this man is always a topic of interest not only to history enthusiasts but also to artists. What better place than Fort Kochi to create a remarkable portrait like this !

                         

An awesome creation ! Hats off to the artist :)


Beautifully crafted with black beads and cord on the walls in one of the rooms in Aspinwall house, a centuries old monument, this is a visual treat and is simply magnificent ! No wonder visitors spend quality time here immersed in the beauty of this wonderful portrait.

       

Kochi - Muziris biennale 2014 is an awesome event !
The first ever biennale in India took place at Fort Kochi in 2012. It was a huge success. The current event is already a success with scores of people from all over the world visiting.


Aspinwall house is one of the venues of this historic event. This is the view of this heritage building from the sea side.


Muziris is mentioned in many historical records and is thought to be around the vicinity of the present day Kodungalloor, near Kochi. The popular version of the history says this ancient port disappeared during flood in the river Periyar and the new port Kochi emerged.
Let this biennale bring it from its mythical state to such immortal artistic forms that would never disappear, it cannot, because memories blossomed here will remain alive forever !


At the entrance...



How to reach ?
Fort Kochi is well connected by road, rail and ferry. Just get into a boat from the Boat jetty at off Marine drive opposite BSNL Office and within twenty minutes you reach there. There are plenty of buses too.

                                


                

www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kochi-Muziris_Biennale
https://www.facebook.com/KochiMuzirisBiennale
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muziris
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Francis_Church,_Kochi

http://www.hewlocke.net
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hew_Locke
  • Art is powerful. Art is therapeutic. Art is soothing.

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Peaks and valleys - a book review


A great book !

'Who moved my cheese ?' was the first book I read written by Dr Spencer Johnson. What an awesome book ! Enjoyed it so many times over all these years. Now another gem...'Peaks and valleys' !

The story revolves around a wise old man and a young chap about tackling successfully the low downsides in life and to make use of it too work for our own good both in work and life. It also details how we can enjoy more while at the peak, prolong this phase as well as to prepare ourselves to deal with the inevitable valley life in a better way.

Simply written, sure you all will enjoy this motivational book.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Johnson_(writer)

  • While at the peak, at the pinnacle of career, basking in the glory of limelight we may not think how lonely it can become when crisis hits. Books like these give hope, restore confidence and provide great help when nothing seems working. 
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Monday, 18 August 2014

Wind catcher, an amazing traditional indoor temperature maintenance system !


Those who have traveled middle eastern countries might have noticed such tall cylindrical structures on top of buildings especially old ones. These are actually 'wind catchers', they as the name suggests, literally 'catch' wind to direct the flow of it towards the interior of house creating a uniform airflow throughout, thus maintaining the temperature inside at a very cool level even in the hottest summer times when the temperature in the desert can go well above 50 degree Celsius. A marvelous traditional architectural innovation by the old generation that effectively worked well and is still relevant. Now-a-days you will find many firms worldwide provide similar systems based on this unique concept to make our homes 'green'.

This system is very much environment friendly.

Modern technology modified the traditional concept by adding solar powered fans to direct the flow in a much more efficient manner. There are many technical things involved about the design of such wind driven air management systems.

Well, I am not going into the technical details of this awesome innovation. Those who would like to know more please check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windcatcher

I googled to collect more info about wind catchers before posting this, wow...there are effective methods to remain 'cool' inside our homes during summer. In Kerala, day by day atmospheric temperature is going up, humidity levels are rising and rains becoming less. It is high time to conduct more and more research to find out 'greener methods' to make our life better.

Be cool !
  • Our ancestors, with limited resources were able to invent many things that made their life simpler. Wonder, how they could come out with such great innovations with very primitive technology at their disposal. Hats off to such creative minds !

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Dubai creek, some snap shots


'Abras', traditional boats that ply Dubai creek.


An exhibit at Dubai creek during the Dubai shopping festival 2011 - 12. Interesting attractions from many countries will be show cased like this during festival time.


'Dhow', a sailing vessel, gliding through the waters !


Entrance to Burdubai souq from creek. Curios, replicas, shawls, spices...you name it, it is all available here.


The famous Dubai dhow cruise. All illuminated dhows will be cruising here at night most of the days. Music, delicious food, dance, on board magic shows etc. it is all fun ! A must enjoy thing while in Dubai !


Dubai creek at night during DSF.

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  • Recreational activities like music, dance and good food are good stress busters. The important thing is to enjoy the moment, thoroughly.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Peringalkuthu reservoir, amazing natural beauty of Kerala !


Thank you guys for the beautiful comments about the posts of Athirappilly and Vazhachal waterfalls.

This post is about Peringalkuthu dam reservoir along the Chalakkudy river, a short distance from the Peringalkuthu dam and hydro electric project. This dam is situated deep in forest; it is not open for visitors.


You will reach this reservoir spot within half an hour drive from the forest check post at Vazhachal waterfalls on the way to Sholayar and Valparai. This road is right through the middle of forest !


We spent a lot of time here clicking pictures. Beautiful :)




What a cool spot !
  • Feeling stressed out? Just browse through such pictures of natural beauty to cool your mind, body and soul.  
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