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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.


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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.

  • "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.

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 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

A dense layer of rain-bearing clouds prepares to offload its cargo on a dark, stormy morning.  This photograph was taken from a turnout high in the Chorla Ghat area on Goa‘s northeastern border.

View from Chorla Ghat, Goa 5D, 24-105L

View from Chorla Ghat, Goa
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With the advent of the monsoons, a new cycle of life begins. The erumpent Colocasia plant is everywhere, as is the nutritious red Amaranth – known locally as tambdi bhaji (lit. red vegetable). Cooked with traditional spices and herbs, both are widely consumed in Goan households.

Monsoon foliage 5D, 24-105L

Monsoon foliage
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  • con - August 12, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Thank you Rajan,

    This photo conveys a part of Goa hitherto unknown to Goans ( I think )
    I would like to use it as a desk-top background..can I? with your permission?..if so……



  • Agnelo Fernandes - August 12, 2009 - 9:27 am

    Rajan – What a scene.. Thanks for it’s natural-ness.ReplyCancel

  • chinmay - August 12, 2009 - 7:41 am

    is the water body the anjunem dam at keri? the pictures (all of them) look great as usual


  • Felix Fernandes - August 12, 2009 - 5:52 am

    The Chorla Ghat picture is heavenly! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley D'silva - August 12, 2009 - 5:32 am

    Rajan ,
    Great Pics. keep it up, makes me nostalgic ; tambdi bhaji.
    Ashley D’SilvaReplyCancel

  • Arun - August 12, 2009 - 4:25 am

    Perhaps in the situation of the Chorla Ghat photograph, HDR can be tried?ReplyCancel

In Divar, Goa.

Sunset in Divar: 5D + 300L f/4 IS

Sunset in Divar: 5D + 300L f/4 IS

Sunset in Divar: 5D + 135L

Sunset in Divar: 5D + 135L

  • R - September 18, 2009 - 8:37 pm

    A land washed by the monsoon, blessed by the suns of home!ReplyCancel

  • nIc - August 24, 2009 - 6:47 am

    outstanding quality in your pics and choice of subject matterReplyCancel

  • Nachiketa Sharma - August 23, 2009 - 2:55 pm


  • Arun - August 7, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    The emotional impact of the two compositions is rather different. The first goes with optimism. The second goes with solitude. The colors are lovely!ReplyCancel