Boys and toys.

Football interrupted at the Church Ground in Divar, Goa.

Boys at Church Ground, Piedade, Divar, Goa

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  • Premanand - September 12, 2016 - 9:14 am

    Everyone is wearing football studs except the boy at the end. Looks like he is the referee. 🙂 Hey, he is not wearing the white and blue “Payal” slippers! 🙂 Looks like everything has changed in Goa!ReplyCancel

At our home in Panjim.

The festival got underway today. Ganesha coming home means joy, fun and above all, good food.

Our Ganesha

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Festival food at our home

Traditional delights
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Asha Bhonsle, Chef

Executive Chef Asha at work
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  • vnm - September 6, 2016 - 6:40 am

    भ्रमापनोदनक्षमं समाहितान्तरात्मनां
    सुमादिभिः सदार्चितं क्षमानिधिं गणाधिपं ।
    रमाधवादिपूजितं यमान्तकात्मसम्भवं
    शमादिषड्गुणप्रदं नमाम्यहं विभूतये ॥ReplyCancel

Traditional artists at work.

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and artists in Goa are imparting finishing touches to their Ganeshas. The celebrations begin on September 5 when the idols will be installed in Hindu homes all over Goa for the 2-day festivities.

I visited three traditional artists over the past week. The art of making Ganesha idols has run in their families for generations.

PS: Has anyone noticed that Ganesha in recent years has lost some pounds and acquired a bit of muscle? What happened to the Lambodara of yesteryear?

Ganesha made by Girish Tilve of Nagueshi

Turbanator Ganesha – Artist: Girish Tilve
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Girish Tilve with his Ganeshas in Nagueshi

Girish Tilve at work in Nagueshi
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Ganeshas made by Umanath Naik of Nagueshi

Ganesha unfinished – Artist: Umanath Naik
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Umanath Naik of Nagueshi with his Ganesha

Umanath Naik of Nagueshi
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Ganeshas in Ribandar made by Santosh Kaskar

Finished articles in Ribandar – Artist: Santosh Kaskar
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Artist: Santosh Kaskar

Santosh Kaskar
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  • VIVEK - September 2, 2016 - 10:00 am

    Ganapati Bappa Morya! Chaturthichi hardik subescha Rajan and to you family!ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - September 2, 2016 - 8:55 am

    Ganapati Bappa Morya!!!ReplyCancel

Geometry revealed.

My first shoot in Goa with the DJI Phantom 4. For a background of the Panjim Church, see this earlier post.

Panjim Church from the air

Panjim Church
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  • Premanand - August 27, 2016 - 9:13 am

    Superb! How did you cut the red-tape and managed the restrictions? Also look at those flaming “buildings” in the top RHS corner. Pure eyesore.ReplyCancel

  • Merwin - August 26, 2016 - 12:33 pm

    Beautiful. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • B.C - August 26, 2016 - 9:33 am

    Probably the first aerial pic of the Church Imaculda da Conceição. Well done Phantom.ReplyCancel

    • Alcino Rodrigues - August 26, 2016 - 9:42 am

      The photo of the church brought back memories, going back to 60 years, when I was studying in GOA. It was a daily ritual for me to say a few prayers before going to school in fontainhas.
      Thank you for the memories.
      I would be interested in some shots of the old Liceu and Peoples high School buildings in fontainhas. Latter run by the Surlakars.ReplyCancel

Sunrise at 38,000 feet.

On my Lufthansa A380 flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt a couple of days ago.

Sunrise, A380, Atlantic Ocean

Glow over the Atlantic Ocean
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The refulgent Rolls-Royce Trent 900 beauties outside were a feast for the eyes. However, the design of the A380 window porthole, with its larger-than-normal distance between the interior and exterior panels, did not permit the lens a clear field of view.

The video is shot in 4K and is best seen in full-screen mode.