The tiny village of Mauxi (pronounced “Mao-shi”) lies in the densely forested and as yet unmolested taluka of Sattari in northeastern Goa. I set out very early one morning from Panjim for the 60 or so minutes drive to sample sunrise in Mauxi and its pastoral purlieus. These tranquil settings and experiences, not long ago readily accessible, are becoming increasingly scarce in a Goa that is fast becoming uncivilized. As we shall see, even in this fairly remote settlement, unmarked on most maps of Goa, there are surprising delights to be found for the discerning.

Sunrise in Mauxi, Goa<br>5D, 24-105L

Sunrise in Mauxi, Goa
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Nearby in a grove and out in the open lie ancient sculptures, among them an exquisite Vetal, au naturel.

Vetal in Mauxi, Goa<br>5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

Vetal in Mauxi, Goa
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The villagers then point me to a mass of rocks bearing prehistoric petroglyphs, unmarked and with no official protection. Only the recent intervention of a committed Goan environmentalist – Rajendra Kerkar – has alerted the villagers to the significance of this site.

Prehistoric rock art in Mauxi, Goa<br>5D, 24-105L

Prehistoric rock art in Mauxi, Goa
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Close-up of prehistoric rock art in Mauxi, Goa<br>5D, 24-105L

Close-up of prehistoric rock art in Mauxi, Goa
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  • Arun - October 4, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    I suppose an archaeologist would find many interesting things in that gravel pit.

    Is the Vetal anchored at the feet by mortar?ReplyCancel

I took time off from blogging during September to tend to matters in need of more immediate attention. Regular programming will resume shortly.

For now, here are a couple of candid pictures of mine taken by Sanjeev Trivedi during our excursion earlier this Spring through Death Valley, California.

 
At the Stovepipe Wells sand dunes in Death Valley<br>Photo by: Sanjeev Trivedi

My solitary figure at the Stovepipe Wells sand dunes in Death Valley, California
Photo by: Sanjeev Trivedi

 
In Death Valley<br>Photo by: Sanjeev Trivedi

In Death Valley, California
Photo by: Sanjeev Trivedi

 
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  • Rajan P. Parrikar - October 3, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    Mervyn: The dunes in the first picture are not far from Stovepipe Wells village which is perhaps what you are referring to with your restaurant/pub reference. The second picture was taken in the middle of nowhere.ReplyCancel

  • CHRIS VAZ - October 3, 2009 - 2:44 am

    As usual, great photography!

    Keep the creative juices flowing…ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn Lobo - October 2, 2009 - 6:58 pm

    I see you got into Death Valley from the California side. I few minutes before this picture was taken, there is one of best restraunt/pub views in the world. The balcony over looks Death Valley and in the mid-day sun, the whole valley starts to shimmer and it almost seems that there is water in the valley. Here is one of my memories, not far from this place.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45002663@N00/1565613058/sizes/l/ReplyCancel

  • Naguesh Bhatcar - October 2, 2009 - 7:05 am

    As always with other pictures also on your website, fantastic photography!ReplyCancel

  • jc - October 1, 2009 - 7:20 pm

    No problems …There was No bull around. On the other hand …What exactly was RP doing while squatting in the middle of the highway. For heaven’s sake ….could you not use the bushes?

    (:-)ReplyCancel

  • B - October 1, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    Dude……..where’s the sign that alerts motorists to “Turn off the A/C in the car”ReplyCancel

  • Arun - October 1, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    That middle of the road one bothers me – who is watching your back? (In this case Sanjeev, but in general….)
    🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - October 1, 2009 - 12:15 am

This year the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi falls on August 23. The weight-challenged Mr. G is much loved and admired all over the country. In Goa, the celebration has traditionally symbolized a return to the roots with Goan Hindus repairing to their native villages across the state. Fun, fireworks and lots of delicious high calorie vegetarian food mark the occasion, for Mr. G is the biggest foodie around.

A few selections from the 2007 festivities at our place in Panjim follow.

Ganesha

Ganesha
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My nephew Yash and niece Saraswati doing <em>aarti</em><br>5D, 24-105L

My nephew Yash and niece Saraswati doing aarti
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Traditional meal served on banana leaf<br>5D, 24-105L

Traditional meal served on banana leaf
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Traditional sweets<br>24-105L

Traditional sweets
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Ganapati Bappa prepares to leave<br>5D, 24-105L

Ganapati Bappa prepares to leave
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Visarjan: Farewell to Mr. G at the Panjim docks by River Mandovi<br>5D, 24-105L

Visarjan: Farewell to Mr. G at the Panjim docks by River Mandovi
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  • […] earlier blog entry with photos from the 2007 celebrations at our home is here. Another entry devoted to the historic Ganesha of Khandola is […]ReplyCancel

  • Ms.Susan Raj - August 30, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Hey Sir,
    Too Good.Simply Class.
    Regds,
    SusanReplyCancel

  • "Dabbler" - August 24, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Superb pictures, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Nachiketa Sharma - August 23, 2009 - 2:53 pm

    Remarkable pictures, Rajan, and wish you a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!ReplyCancel

  • Ajay Divakaran - August 23, 2009 - 6:16 am

    Very nice Rajan. Beautiful pictures and memories.ReplyCancel

  • Joel D'Souza - August 22, 2009 - 8:36 pm

    Exquisite pictures of Ganesh Chaturthi. Beautiful for some, nostalgic for others.
    Best wishes to you and your family on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. May good Lord Ganesha shower on you bountiful blessings.
    Regards.
    Joel.ReplyCancel

The spirit of rural Goa is instantiated on this ethereal monsoon morning in Canacona in south Goa.

Near Palolem in Canacona, Goa <br>5D, 24-105L

Near Palolem in Canacona, Goa
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Forbidding dark clouds loom over the ‘duckbill spillway’ at the Selaulim dam in Sanguem taluka.

The "duckbill spillway" at Selaulim dam, Goa<br>5D, 24-105L

The 'duckbill spillway' at Selaulim dam, Goa
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  • N Divakar - September 28, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    Lovely photographs !!!ReplyCancel

  • Jatin - April 15, 2012 - 1:06 am

    Extremely beautiful Rajan baab. We are indeed blessed to have taken birth in this beautiful land.ReplyCancel

  • Arun - August 20, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    The periodic ridges of earth make the Canacona picture much more interesting than if it had been an equally green lawn.

    Trying to figure out the engineering reason for a duckbill spillway.ReplyCancel

  • Yash Ganthe - August 20, 2009 - 12:49 am

    Marvellous photographsReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - August 20, 2009 - 12:34 am

    The first one can be titled – “Carpets of Palolem” !

    what a verdant sight !

    (appears a bit oversaturated on my screen , though)ReplyCancel

Early morning view from Zabriskie Point:

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley <br>5D, 135L

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley
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Ubehebe Crater, late afternoon:

Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley 5D, 24-105L

Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley
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  • Augusto Pinto - August 17, 2009 - 10:31 am

    As a schoolboy I once won a quiz by answering the crucial question,”Which is the hottest place in the world?” I answered,”Death Valley” Nice to see pics of the place. However on checking http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Valley_National_Park I realise that I might have given the wrong answer those many years ago.O well…ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - August 16, 2009 - 10:04 pm

    fantastic ! feels like being there.ReplyCancel

  • Arun - August 16, 2009 - 8:56 pm

    Zabriskie Point is simply beautiful!ReplyCancel