Jökulsáraurar

Rhyolite colour.

Vibrant mountains line the Jökulsáraurar glacial plains in East Iceland.

Mountains of Jökulsársandur, Iceland

Artists’ palette
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Mountains of Jökulsársandur, Iceland

The colourful mountains of Jökulsáraurar
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Jökulsáraurar, Iceland

Jökulsáraurar – a bird’s eye view
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The Farmers

Children of Goa’s soil.

The men and women who break sweat in the fields of Goa belong largely to the Gauda tribe, among the original settlers of the land. Farming has been their calling for thousands of years, and generations of Goans owe their nourishments to the labours of this hardy stock. Now with the relentless march of concretization, the walls are closing in on them as the acreage of arable land shrinks rapidly.

These portraits are from the fields of Taleigao, a village once renowned for its fresh produce.

Sitabai Canconkar

I met Sitabai first in 2008, and then 10 years later in December 2018, it was a delight to find her again on the same patch of land.

Farmer Sitabai Canconkar, Taleigao, Goa

Sitabai Canconkar – in 2018
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Siatabai Canconkar - Fields at Nagale, Taleigao, Goa

Sitabai Canconkar – in 2008
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Suresh Kundaikar

Turning the soil
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Suresh Kundaikar of Nagale, Taleigao, Goa

A moment of rest
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Suresh Kundaikar
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Draupadi Tivrenkar

Draupadi Tivrenkar of Taleigao, Goa

Toil
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Draupadi Tivrenkar in Taleigao, Goa

End of the day
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Draupadi Tivrenkar of Taleigao, Goa

Draupadi Tivrenkar
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Vegetable fields of Taleigao, Goa

Fruit of their labours – Taleigao, Goa
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Tambdi Bhaji

Goodness in red.

The Goan love of fish is well known. Not so well known is our fondness for tambdi bhaji (lit. red vegetable).

Fish curry, rice, and tambdi bhaji complete the trifecta of the ideal Goan meal. Capped by a relaxing siesta, it is the recipe for a good, healthy, and productive life. In Goan homes, this leafy vegetable is cooked simply with freshly grated coconut, green chilli and salt.

Commonly referred to as Red Amaranth or Blood Amaranth, tambdi bhaji is known to botanists as Amaranthus Cruentus. The cultivation of tambdi bhaji and other forms of traditional Goan produce is now under severe stress with the widespread supplanting of fertile fields with ugly concrete.

These images were taken in Taleigao. In the first two, rows of tambdi bhaji are backlit by the low sun. In the next post, we shall meet the men and women who give life to this soil despite all odds.

Backlit Tambdi Bhaji (Red Amaranth) in the fields of Taleigao, Goa

Carpet of Red
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Backlit Tambdi Bhaji (Red Amaranth) in the fields of Taleigao, Goa

Backlit
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Tambdi Bhaji (Red Amaranth) in the field of Taleigao, Goa

Tambdi Bhaji (Red Amaranth) in the fields of Taleigao, Goa
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