Monthly Archives: March 2011

Window screens fashioned out of nacre are a characteristic of the traditional upper class Goan house. It is unclear where or when exactly the idea originated. Some say it came from coastal Gujarat, others point to Cape Comorin. Given the mercantile links Goa enjoyed with the rest of the west coast from the earliest times, […]

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These photographs were made last month in the village of Saligao. A short window of a few weeks in January and February brings to Goa a combination of low hanging mist and pastel skies to harmonize the marvellous pre-sunrise scene in the first image below. The foreground bed of green is the foliage of red […]

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Goa is home to an ancient Hindu tradition, something most Indians are unaware of. Of all the Goan temples, none is more central to that tradition than the one at Mangeshi (also spelled Mangueshi), the eponymous ward in the village of Priol, deep in Goa‘s hinterland. Mangesh is the Goan name for Lord Shiva. Upon […]

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The Icelandic horse is a unique breed and an integral part of the Icelandic landscape. You may read about this beautiful animal here. Icelanders take their horses seriously. As the Wiki entry explains, “Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return.”         […]

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A February morning in my ancestral village of Parra in Goa. My last name derives from it: Parrikar means of/from Parra. The first two images were made in a paddy field, currently looking wild and untidy pending cultivation during the monsoon season. The glistening grass following a night of heavy dew sharpens the foreground and […]

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