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Author Archives: Rajan Parrikar

I was born and raised in Goa. I moved to the USA in 1988 for graduate study, and obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. My subject interests lie chiefly in Landscape, People, and most aspects of Culture. I don't do Weddings, Fashion, Sports, or Wildlife. For well over a decade, Goa and Iceland together have served as my photographic lodestar. I have also been inspired by the Death Valley of California. I have worked extensively in Goa, depicting the land and its sui generis ethos. My photo archives bear witness to the destruction of Goa's environment and its slide from an idyll into the chaotic dreck that matches today's India. I have traveled widely in Iceland for over 12 years, to most of its remote areas, in an ongoing exploration. I am also a musician with a lifelong immersion in the musical traditions of India. Currently I live in Iceland and spend significant time in Goa.

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 […]

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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. […]

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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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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 […]

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