The 17th C. Church of Nossa Señhora Assunta in the village of Velsão is ensconced in a swath of palm trees. This soothing sight typifies the landscape of coastal Goa. I made several early morning rounds spread over many months to the hillock at Cuelim until I got the lighting just right.

Palm fronds and the Velsão church

Palm fronds and the Velsão church
5D, 300L f/4 IS

  • soter - March 8, 2010 - 6:14 pm

    Really beautiful. Reminds me of a similar site in Kerala which is a tourist spot where people flock to have this aerial view.

  • vmingoa - March 8, 2010 - 9:11 am

    Stunning. One of your very best.ReplyCancel

  • Mohandas da Costa - March 8, 2010 - 5:48 am

    The cuelim hill is my favorite spot during the rains. But this landscape may soon disappear. I understand that some local politicians and bigwigs have already laid their claim on the land on this hill surrounding this church as well.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - March 8, 2010 - 12:55 am

    The Church seems to be frightened and lurking through the palms – “When will the axe fall here !!!?!?!?”ReplyCancel

Fresh Samosas

Fresh Samosas in New Delhi
5D, 24-105L

Pedas in Bikaner, Rajasthan

World-class Pedas in Bikaner, Rajasthan
5D, 24-105L

  • Arun - March 6, 2010 - 7:29 am

    In the first photograph, I’m wondering how it would be if the gol gappe in the background were also in focus.

    The DOF works nicely in the second picture of pedas.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - March 5, 2010 - 2:54 am

    Yumm !!!ReplyCancel

  • Rajan P. Parrikar - March 4, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    Ignatius: As you know, most things in India are never uniform across the country; they come in local variations and flavours. The samosas you see in the photograph are Punjabi style. Bengalis, Gujaratis, Maharashtrians, Goans etc all impart their own spin to the art of samosa manufacture. The samosas vary by the type of filling to the thickness of the crust to its overall shape profile.ReplyCancel

  • Ignatius Fernandes - March 4, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    The samosas in East Africa and England are triangular in shape.
    They are also made with thin pastry.If hey were copied from Indian samosas why are they different?ReplyCancel

  • Rajan P. Parrikar - March 4, 2010 - 9:48 am

    Annesimo: Cafe Central in Panjim has been making world-class samosas for decades now. So no need of migrants for this job.

    Floriano: No, you have it wrong. A samosa a day, a peda a day, has the power to dispatch one to heaven by age 40 :-).ReplyCancel

  • Rani Thompson - March 4, 2010 - 8:59 am

    Holi ki mithai….wah wah….thank you, thank you……you can make any object look beautiful with your lenses…..deliciously wonderfulReplyCancel

  • floriano lobo - March 4, 2010 - 5:35 am

    If those mouth watering SAMOSAS are fried in the all prevalent and the killer ‘hydrogeneted’ oils and those ever so succulent and desirable ‘pedas’ are prepared in the ‘hydrogenated vanaspati’ ghees, then they are hardly the peaceful ‘Heaven’ they are supposed to be but more like the burning ‘Hell’



  • anesimo fernandes - March 4, 2010 - 3:34 am


    Mouth watering pictures. Do we have to go Delhi or Rajastan to taste them or our Ghati immigrants in Goa make them!


Romance flowers undeterred by an approaching southwest monsoon storm in Kozhikode (aka Calicut) on the Malabar coast of northern Kerala.

In Calicut, Kerala

In Calicut, Kerala
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

Approaching monsoon in Calicut, Kerala

Monsoon storm brewing in Calicut, Kerala
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

  • Rani Thompson - March 2, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    बहुत दिनों से एक नयी पोस्ट का इन्तज़ार था। लगा होली पर कुछ रंग बिरंगी दुनियाँ आप दिखाएंगे पर शायद होली मनाने में व्यस्त हैं। बहरहाल, होली की बहुत सी शुभकामनाएं।ReplyCancel

  • Arun - February 24, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    Here in New Jersey there is an approaching winter storm, but it is nowhere as good-looking.ReplyCancel

  • Rajan P. Parrikar - February 24, 2010 - 10:50 am

    Sanjeev, no it is not an HDR image. It was shot in RAW and standard processing techniques were used to recover details & highlights.ReplyCancel

  • venantius j pinto - February 24, 2010 - 8:45 am

    The frothiness is in the sky is reminded me JMW Turner. His ability to bring out the procellous. His ability to get those painted skies is attributed to his dad being a barber—frothy shaving soap etc.ReplyCancel

  • sanjeev - February 24, 2010 - 1:34 am

    Wow ! Is the 2nd image HDR processed ?ReplyCancel

Not long ago Goa had some of the finest fresh produce in the world, sustained for hundreds of years by the traditional farming methods of the hardy Gaudo community. The Gaude were among the first settlers in Goa and are thought to be Austric in origin.

Today the situation for Goan farming is dire and the Gaude face a grim future. Fertile fields are being wiped out overnight, taken over by builders in collusion with local politicos. Delicious local produce has now made way for mass imports from outside the state. The Gaude have no clout to resist the forces leading to their demise. As can be seen in the photos below, the tenacious few that persist have been pushed to the periphery – literally – of the market in Panjim (and other towns).

Fresh produce at Panjim market
5D Mark II, 14L II

Vegetable market in Panjim, Goa

Sorting yard long beans
5D Mark II, 14L II

Parvati Vernekar, traditional farmer

Parvati Vernekar, traditional farmer from Curca, Goa
5D Mark II, 24-105L

Fresh produce at Panjim market

Fresh produce at Panjim market
5D Mark II, 24-105L

Fresh produce at Panjim market

Fresh produce at Panjim market
5D Mark II, 24-105L

  • […] couple of related posts are here and […]ReplyCancel

  • Vidya - February 23, 2010 - 10:38 am

    What beautiful pictures, Rajan. My mouth waters looking at the produce. And a superb portrait of Parvati Vernekar.ReplyCancel

  • chris - February 22, 2010 - 2:06 am

    Rajan, ‘U R A GENIUS’. Carry on the good work for the betterment of GOA & GOANS. U HAVE OUR SUPPORT & ADMIRATION.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - February 21, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    Parvati picture is terrific !ReplyCancel

  • Arun - February 21, 2010 - 12:37 pm

    This is a very nice series! Looking at those veggies I feel like eating 🙂ReplyCancel