Sad!

Seen on my constitutional this morning in Shoreline Park, a stone’s throw from the daycare centre for SJWs Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google Bike

Google Bike

Down and out
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Parra the Beautiful.

With the onset of the monsoons, conditions were just right for this setting last month in Parra, my ancestral village in Goa. My father was born here and our last name derives from it. (It is also the home of the disastrous clown who recently served as India’s Defense Minister.)

Note that these are very old structures and sometimes the horizontal and vertical lines don’t come together at a perfect 90º. This makes leveling the photo somewhat tricky.

St. Anne Church in Parra, Goa

St. Anne Church (1649)
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St. Anne Church in Parra, Goa

Parra the Beautiful
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  • Roland Francis - August 8, 2017 - 7:27 pm

    Beautiful snapshots as always.
    See the lush green.
    You will see it no moreReplyCancel

The ‘Do No Evil’ company is evil.

This blog is devoted to photography and related matters. It is extremely rare that I stray into the realm of politics.

News is out that Google has just fired an employee at its Mountain View, California, headquarters for writing an internal memo expressing his misgivings about the gospel of diversity that has come to pervade our companies and university campuses in recent years. The unfortunate employee was guilty of a cardinal sin: he forgot to conform to the pre-approved herd-think, and worse, he had the temerity to put down his thoughts and distribute them.

When Trump won the election, the Masters of the Universe issued dire warnings about how President Trump would endanger our freedoms. The reality has been the opposite. The dangers to our freedoms – intellectual and physical – today come from the Left, as witness the riots in Berkeley, the mobs on college campuses who assault speakers they don’t agree with, the toxic climate fostered at universities that discourages thinking deemed subversive by the elites, and now the tyranny at hi-tech companies such as Google.

This nation has become the stomping ground for the army of intellectual cowards and fascistic thugs of the Left.

PS: This is the memo that got James Damore fired.

PPS: Arguments against and in favour of Google’s decision have been advanced. My own view aligns with this take.

 
 
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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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  • Arun - July 23, 2017 - 9:49 am

    Paradise!ReplyCancel

  • 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

      • sardesai - August 17, 2017 - 8:41 am

        i prefer the old white-washed buildings to these garish eyesores.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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  • Nachiketa Yakkundi - August 22, 2017 - 12:12 pm

    Yash is the true hero here.:-)ReplyCancel

  • 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