Essence of Goa.

These traditional Hindu and Catholic shrines still embellish the Goan landscape although they have to now share the space with newer dreck that is as hideous as can be.

Vamsheshwar Temple in Tuem, Goa

Shrine of Vamsheshwar, Tuem
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  • Savio Ribeiro - July 18, 2017 - 11:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pics and the video, Rajan_bab.

    I have been a fan of your very \’insightful\’ and inspiring photography …

    Tuka Devan khub borem korun and bori saude and bholaiki dillear mhunn, hem mhajem Magnem.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - July 18, 2017 - 6:22 am

    Beautiful! I was immediately transported to my childhood, could almost smell the fragrant earth and grass…wow!. P.S. I see that you have used a new border style on this photograph.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - July 18, 2017 - 8:00 pm

      Premanand-bab: Yes, you noticed correctly. Many, especially Goans on Goan social media, have purloined my images and reposted them without attribution, and in some cases shamelessly claimed them as their own. This has been going on for a while now. I hope this will present some deterrent.ReplyCancel

Tranquil Goa.

Last evening, my friend, Sudeep Dalvi, took me for a ride in his canoe, named Bismarque The Unsinkable, after the environmental activist, the late Fr. Bismarque Dias. Our starting point was the backwaters of St. Estevem village which then lead us into the broad canal of the River Mandovi.

We meandered in this rich ecosystem of mangroves with its soothing sights and sounds, the romance of our surroundings heightened by the thick monsoon air.

Check out the short video below.

Bismarque The Unsinkable, Sudeep Dalvi's boat, at Cupa Manos

Bismarque The Unsinkable
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Mangroves, River Mandovi, Goa

Mangroves, signature of this ecosystem
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Temple and the mangroves, in Akhado
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Egret in Mangroves at Cupa Manos, St. Estevem

Looking for food
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Yash and Sudeep

My nephew Yash and Sudeep Dalvi
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  • Ashok Kamath - July 13, 2017 - 7:55 am

    I am spellbound by your photography. You make it come alive. Simply awesome!!

    I was there to inspect, Sudeep\’s boat when he took you and your nephew for a short ride. St. Estevem is a beautiful place.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - July 12, 2017 - 6:52 am

    Great refreshing post, as refreshing as the Goan monsoon! Yash is a young man now. 🙂ReplyCancel

Nice digs.

Serenity in Skjólbrekka near Mývatn in Iceland.

Priest's house in Skjólbrekka near Mývatn, Iceland

Prestbústaður í Skjólbrekka
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  • Bob_B - June 30, 2017 - 9:44 am

    Hi Rajan: That’s a very nice composition, especially the placement of the two pools of melted snow. Also, its nice to see snow when writing in hot and humid summer weather.


Traditional Goan agriculture.

Terraced farming has a long history in Khola, a mountain village in the Canacona district of south Goa. The folks in this rural redoubt still hew to many of the most traditional practices of Goan life.

The monsoons have just arrived in Goa signaling the renewal of the earth with carpets of multihued green. These images were made during the last season. A short video is also offered.

An earlier post featured one of the ladies of Khola.

Terraced fields in Khola, Canacona, Goa

Monsoon green
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Terraced fields in Khola, Canacona, Goa

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Terraced fields in Khola, Canacona, Goa

Rice polygons
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Terraced fields in Khola, Canacona, Goa

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Terraced fields in Khola

Village road
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Terraced fields in Khola

Khola, Goa
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  • Ashok Kamath - July 13, 2017 - 7:51 am

    Awesome images and the video Parikkar bab. You are extremely talented. We met the other day at St. Estevem with Sudeep Dalvi. Good to see your photographs.ReplyCancel

  • Poornapragna Gudibande - June 18, 2017 - 6:38 am

    Thank you for this post, Rajan. This is brilliant. In fact, i happened to see your blog at the right time. We will be in Cancona next week and will definitely pay a vsist to the village.

    BTW, your picture and visoe of Surla falls is outstanding. We will be driving through Chorla Ghat when we come to Cancona next week. Just to see Surla falls!ReplyCancel

  • Nandkumar M Kamat - June 17, 2017 - 1:25 pm

    Khola is an amazing village known for world famous unique genotype of Capsicum, the ‘Kholchi mirsang’ ( the only one suitable for authentic Goan fish curry) and the landscape captured by drone brings out whats ecologically unique about the place. There is haste to “develop” this village “adopted” by our MP. What would happen when present land use and landscape changes?. Dr. Rajanbab once again has captured the true innocence of some of the last surviving oases of innocence in Goa-Khola. Would ask my advanced Ecology students to watch this. These images are like time capsules and generations to come would look back in amazement.ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - June 12, 2017 - 8:15 pm

    Did not know these fields existed in Goa.

    Nice photography!ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - June 9, 2017 - 7:58 am

    Thanks to DJI Phantom we are able to get this stunning ‘bird’s-eye view’ perspective of our own fields, a perspective which we were hitherto unaware of. And of course, thanks to our friendly neighbourhood photographer for making these available to us! 🙂ReplyCancel