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Nature’s fury.

The artwork Obtusa by the Venezuelan-American artist Rafael Barrios installed on a major street in Reykjavík was blown away in yesterday’s severe windstorm. The flat-profiled steel sculpture presented an optical illusion as a 3-D object. The work was owned by the founder of WOW Air (also Gone With The Wind).

The City of Reykjavík is expected to restore it after completion of the necessary repairs.

Obtusa, near Höfðatorg, Reykjavík

Now you see it…
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Obtusa, near Höfðatorg, Reykjavík

…now you don’t
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Goa’s mango supremacy.

‘Tis the mango season in India and speaking of mangoes, no cultivar comes within driving distance of Goa‘s Mancurado. The Mancurado reigns supreme in Mangostan, nonpareil in both taste and appearance. The rest of India has to make do with the inferior Alphonso and other mongrel varieties.

This isn’t an empty boast. I turn to Vivek Menezes to make the case.

Mancurado mango in Goa

The Mancurado of Goa
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Mancurado mangoes in Goa

Fresh pickings
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Harvesting mangoes in Goa

Harvest time – in Agarvado, Goa
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  • Roland Francis - April 11, 2019 - 2:31 pm

    You got it right Rajan-bab.
    The fruit itself is nothing to look at. It doesn’t always present a bright red appearance, it is mostly asymmetrical, has no overpowering aroma like other varieties and overall has a distinctly plebian look.

    But peel off the skin and it tastes like someone dropped it down from paradise.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - April 11, 2019 - 11:52 am

    Wonderful story, Rajan, and beautiful portrait in the first photo. I have to ask if my local Indian grocery store if they can get Mancurados. I suspect the answer will be ‘no’, which will be my loss.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - April 11, 2019 - 12:06 pm

      Thank you, Bob. The Mancurado has a short shelf life and therefore unlikely to be a candidate for export.ReplyCancel

Earth cooked.

The patterns and hues of the Þeistareykir geothermal field in North Iceland are best appreciated from a drone’s perspective. A short video follows the images.

See this column for some lore and much more.

Note: Þ is phonetically the “Th” in “Thor.” Þeistareykir is pronounced Thay-staa-ray-kirr.

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Þeistareykir, Iceland

Þeistareykir, Iceland
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  • Hemmige S Prashanth - April 8, 2019 - 4:50 am

    Dear Rajan,

    You takes us to a different world! and such beautiful music! I keep looking for updates on your blog almost everyday! Thank you so much!

    Best Regards,

A sanctuary for birds and humans.

Scenes of a serene morning in Chorão, Goa. The island’s estuarine habitat with its mangroves is rich in wildlife and is a designated bird sanctuary.

Check out the video short at the end of this post.

Aside: Chorão was the home of the Parrikars before their dislocation to Parra following the sacking of the village by the Portuguese.

Mangroves of Chorão, Goa

Early morning light – Chorão, Goa
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Mangroves of Chorão across River Mandovi, Goa

Ferry to Chorão on River Mandovi
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  • Carmen - April 4, 2019 - 11:13 am

    I call Chorao my home too. Am so reminiscent of its pristine beauty and hopeful that it will stay green.

    Your blog and video made my day today! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Filomena (Saraswati) Giese - March 26, 2019 - 8:09 am

    What beautiful pictures and video,, Rajan.

    I just returned from Goa and also visited Bangalore and coastal Karnataka.
    Your pictures of Goa confirm my own conclusions that Goa is still one
    of the most beautiful places in India.

    A picture is worth a thousand words and your many pictures are proof
    of Goa’s rich tapestry. of natural beauty combined with a mix of the
    Indian-Portuguese, Hindu-Christian blend of architecture and culture.
    Will it escape the fate of Bangalore of being changed from an
    Indian-British colonial garden city into a concrete jungle and a
    tangled urban mess??


  • Ajit Desai - March 25, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Excellent work Rajanbab. I was in Goa for 6 weeks and just got back a week ago. Your video and pics makes me want to go back.
    Keep up you great work.

  • Nachiketa Yakkundi - March 25, 2019 - 6:11 pm

    Wow Rajan, what beautiful pictures and what a lovely video! Just this part of Goa is such splendour come to life.ReplyCancel