Goa’s bedrock.

The Konkani term tambdi maati – lit. red clay – has special meaning to Goans. It refers to the red soil of our land derived from the bedrock laterite that spans Goa‘s demesne.

Traditional Goan dwellings – homes, temples and churches – were built with laterite and coated with lime. Post-1961 we saw the retreat of laterite and the dismal spread of Third World concrete.

Chapel windows in Arpora, Goa

Laterite wall and windows of nacre, in Arpora
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

House of Dattaram Wadkar in Thivim, Goa

House in Thivim
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, stripped of its lime plaster
5D, 24-105L

  • Vivian A. D'Souza - May 17, 2018 - 3:43 pm

    Laeterite is Goa. That is why I built my home with exposed Laeterite exterior walls. I have received a lot of compliments
    Actually, I wanted to have the entire home of exposed laeterite
    as this was how my Grandparents home used to be (except for the
    living room).
    Since I was in the USA while the house was being built, the
    Architect and Contractor took liberties with my instructions, and the interiors and the balcao area were plastered.
    I love the warm cozy look of Laeterite !ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - May 17, 2018 - 4:17 pm

      Vivian-bab, having seen your home I concur that it has the “warm cozy look” that you mention.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - May 17, 2018 - 8:02 am

    We used to play from morning till sundown in ‘tambdi maati’ and by the end of summer vacations I used to invariably get the ‘tambdi maatiche phod’, small water boils and blisters, on both of my legs. After looking at those photographs I so want to be in Goa, right now! 🙂ReplyCancel

Indo-Mexican collaboration.

Always feels good to be reminded of my home, Goa, in the unlikeliest of places. Seen this evening in downtown Santa Barbara, California. And yes, that’s a bear.

Goa Taco in Santa Barbara, California

Goa Taco, downtown Santa Barbara
iPhone X


Speaking of Indo-Mexican, a photo I took some years ago in Mountain View, of a Mexican mami whipping out a dosa. (Note: In India, mami refers to aunt.)

Yolanda Ornales making dosa, in Mountain View, California

Yolanda Ornales preparing dosa, in Mountain View
5D Mark III, 24-105L


Among the living giants.

A few frames from a quick excursion through the magnificent Sequoia National Park in California.

We were here with my nephew and nieces from India, to introduce the kids to the wonders of this part of the Sierra Nevada. I did not carry my camera bag, but the iPhone X is a capable instrument.

Sequoia National Park, California Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia National Park, California

The trees in the Giant Forest, up close
iPhone X


The most popular attraction in the park is General Sherman, the largest (by volume) living tree on the planet. The final image is a vertical pano with the iPhone X.

General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park, California

My niece Priyanka (Saraswati) with General Sherman
iPhone X


Still reflections.

A photograph of yours truly taken by my friend Börkur Hrólfsson near Grundarfjörður, Iceland.

Rajan Parrikar in Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Brimlárhöfði in Snæfellsnes
Photo by: Börkur Hrólfsson

  • Sharada - June 11, 2018 - 4:19 pm

    Awesomely still waters to reflect mirror like the mountain !ReplyCancel

  • Priyaranjan Anand Marathe - May 9, 2018 - 1:40 pm

    Awesome photograph. Was it taken using an iPhone?ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - April 27, 2018 - 6:30 am

    Some photographs are great, some are awesome, but some of them are “awefome”. This is an “awefome” photograph! Good job Börkur bab! 🙂
    P.S. Is Börkur bab from Borim, Goa? 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Borkur Hrolfsson - April 27, 2018 - 7:47 am

      Hello, no Borkur is not from Goa. he is your friendly photo guide in Iceland 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - April 27, 2018 - 4:10 am

    Spectacular !!!ReplyCancel