8 April 2009

WHAT DO THEY WANT ?

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wanted to write something but changed my mind, some pictures instead, i'll come back and write, traveling tonight.

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she's got it, now she has to work hard for her exams

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ah, that look, look of desparation. God Pleeeese

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i am watching you

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God Pleeeeese,

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oh here's some money

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she was sweet, she's kinda blessing me, i smiled and said thank you

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wanted to write, running out of time, problem with my putter yesterday
too many things to do and nothing was done in the end and i am leaving for Ernakulam now in anodder ten minutes, haven't packed yet, just going to stuff my things in my bagpack.



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Asokan's exhibition in Ernakulam from tomorrow. i am going there first.

Don know when i'll be back, yea i'll be back when i run out of money, that would be pretty fast as i am carrying very little money.
Reckless as ever
All my love

72 comments:

Winnie the poohi said...

Ah I love these pictures.. they show so much faith! I dont believe in god as such but I do believe in faith

And its their faith that answers their prayers!

Have fun in Kerala!!

vishesh said...

ha ha Mylapore! LOL :D I am planning to take my cam tmro..have my classes there,in west chitrakulam street :P

Ruth said...

Wish I could go to Asokan's exhibit. From the brochure I am intrigued.

"The eye of the camera is an unparalleled eye. It sees with a focused and unpremeditated clarity. The eye behind the camera, therefore, is a knowing eye of exceptional power. It is almost a third eye."

Zacharia's words are true of your photographs too, rauf. I think you see into the human soul and reveal it to us.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wonderful photos!
Have a nice trip!
See you soon.

Peter said...

Your fabulous pictures talk by themselves, so don't worry about the missing text part! Just enjoy your trip, spend your money quickly ... and be back!

JulenaJo said...

Peace, Rauf, and godspeed!

modern exile said...

These photographs speaks, you oh-so-well capture the 'moments'. Hope you have a great trip and some more fantastic photographs.

Nautankey said...

Awesome snaps..and i dunno whether to laugh or cry at the people and their blind faith..hmm..have a great trip

Pretty Me!! said...

your pics capture life !! its just so much of colors, feelings and ... watever !! loved it :)

Sindhu :) said...

The pictures pretty much speak for themselves!! They could talk! :)


How have you been Rauf uncle? Long time!

Alicia M B Ballard said...

Very strong, expressive pics, reckless Rauf
Can can indeed tell a story with each one of them

As beautiful as they are, they saddened me, as they painfully reflect our conditioning to feel helpless, and dependent on that which is intangible, invisible... on what is always out of reach.
Something, somebody else...

Would love to enjoy Asokan's Exhibit - all my best (I can feel it)

Take good care
Lots of love and hugs

Alicia M B Ballard said...

PS
love the brochure, especially the effect of light behind the word
:)
nice

Yogesh said...

The pictures are just great.

Hope you have a great time in your journey.

The Preacherman said...

Fantastic pics old bean.

Have a safe journey there and back and lots of great pics eh?

kathi dunphy said...

Beautiful people, all.

Elizabeth said...

Such fascinating pictures bring India so vividly alive to me.
Yes, have a wonderful time in Kerala, and take many many pictures.
We heard from our friends in India yesterday.
GReetings from New York!

Stagg said...

I love looking at your pictures-you are so talented!!

still thinking !!! said...

The divine blindness
Or
The blind divine?

still thinking !!! said...

What took me so long to get here?

The stories you have told
the songs you have sung and the poems you wrote
some heard
some unheard
some told
some untold
of love ,laughter and pain
Life,death and insane
What took me so long to get here?

Winnie the poohi said...

ITs been really long! Where are you ?

Marie said...

I like to come and travel in your blog, very nice pictures again !

rauf said...

POOHEEDEE SWEET, yes we all fill it up with something. Tangible or intangible, we need some comfort. there are many ways, faith is one, makes us rich, boosts the energy, level of performance. Michel Angelo is a good example. Good and positive.

i am sorry i took time to respond, have to come up with a new post, too many things to do and too many people counting on me including my family. i think i am disappointing every one. hope you are doing fine Pooheeda

rauf said...

Hi VISHESH, sorry my priorities are going upside down.

yes mylapore it is. Had friends near chitrakulam, now moved far. It used to be the happening place every day, now reduced to few days in a year. T Nagar shopping has taken the crowd away.

rauf said...

oh RUTH, Asokan's exhibition went off well, couldn't stay with him for long, can't afford big cities.

i observe people and come up with theories. Greed rules most of the time, then comes security. i make attempts to capture their thoughts in the camera, i fail most of the time Ruth. You can see pure and undivided devotion on the face of the lady in the 5th picture and i wonder what is going on in her mind.

i have removed one picture which i posted twice in a hurry and replaced it with another one.

rauf said...

Thank you SONIA, i had a good trip, came back a few days ago and been running around since, and couldn't attend to my blog. hope you are doing fine Sonia

rauf said...

Thank you PETER, sorry for the delay in response, i was caught up in various activities

tulipspeaks said...

whoa! the first thing that came to my mind - CROWD! reminds me of Thaipusam here.


ammu.

rauf said...

yenna dee AMMOOS ?? when you comings Chennais ? Shopping season is over. Still there is lot of gold in the shops. by the time you come all the gold and silk will be over.

oh i forgot to post pictures and story of Silk Saris. dunno when i'll do dat.

my friends in KL go vonly vonly tembills, tembills and vonly tembills, prasaadams prasaadams and vonly prasaadams. you know what i do in Tirupati ? i sit and guard their chappals. i am interested vonly in Laddoos. i wented for a darshan once, that is a funny story.

What do you ask God Ammoo ? PhD ?
easy question papers ?

Whattoo ?? you putted that comment moderation on, such a yerdake it is.

rauf said...

Thank you JULENA

rauf said...

oh i met a bunch of NE folk artists SAGORIKA, from Assam Meghalaya and Nagaland. i don't know where to post them, i'll try to stuff dem in my next post. met a lot of friends but not many pictures, very interesting train Journey, unreserved. just bought the ticket and hopped in. You can be miserable or you can have fun, depends on the attitude Sagorika, since i am a sadak chaap i am pretty comfortable in most uncomfortable situations. So the artists and their amazing work has inspired me to visit NE again.

rauf said...

Hi NATTU NAUTANKI, if it really works i'll be the first to join them with a list of things i want from god. i have no money to pay, if had money i won't be asking god in the first place.

rauf said...

Hi PRETTY PRETTY, colours are all over India, more saturated colours in Rajasthan. But i have always missed Holi. Perhaps next year i'll go somewhere north to get Holi pictures.

Feelings yes, hoping wishing, greed, wanting more and more and perhaps thanking god. 'what ever' includes evil like some one praying for her mother in law to die or some disaster for the neighbour. If all the prayers are answered, the world would burn in ten days. One praying for constant sunshine the other praying for rain, god would be confused.

rauf said...

i am ok SINDHU BITIYA, just dragging my life along, doing my best to avoid getting hurt. not much happening nor i am trying to make things happen. Now finding ways to beat the heat without running away. Hope you are doing fine bitiya.

Mo said...

Superb photos. I love the hands, they are especially expressive

rauf said...

Dearest ALICIA, The final brochure print was only 90% of what i expected. i couldn't find right font for 'light' so i wrote it myself. The exhibition went off well, i couldn't stay there long as i was carrying very little money and staying in Ernakulam is beyond my pocket(with holes in it) and i have never been careful with money Alicia.

Had to go to other places and meet friends. Made some friends in the train. and they located me on the face book.

Expectations from God always end in disappointments. But people never give up. Very high expectations result in depression and impact of grief hits many folds. some thank god for what they have and pray to keep it that way. There is no escape, bad days hit everybody. its all a matter of luck Alicia, they all want a little bit of luck, perhaps that's what they are asking for. What they are seeking in these pictures is called 'Prasadam' what is offered to god, holy ash, and 'kunkumam' the red coloured powder. It may work wonders as hman mind plays lots of tricks. It may boost the person's confidence and he may work harder and the results may be quite rewarding. finally it all comes down to money.
God give me more money.
its never enough.
hope you are enjoying the summer Alicia
lots of love
(Hugs)

rauf said...

Thank you YOGESH, had good time and met some old friends.
hope you are doing fine

rauf said...

got some pictures PREACHERMAN, not many, made some friends, who tracked me in Face book. Well i am back to create more trouble Preacherman

rauf said...

Yea they are KATHI, we all are in some trap or the other. Hope you are doing fine Kathi

rauf said...

Thank you ELIZABETH, such events take place round the year. Everything is pretty dramatic here. We Indians are always on stage, even in our private lives.
Hope you visit India again soon Elizabeth to experience more colours and dramas.
Yes i had a good time in Kerala, not many pictures but met a lot of friends.

rauf said...

Thank you STAGG, welcometo 'Daylight Again'

rauf said...

STILL THINKING, it all ends up in Divine joy and divine misery,

welcome to 'Daylight Again' lot of miserable and depressing stuff here.

rauf said...

Just Fascinating MARIE, i don't believe or support what is going on but the colours are good for the camera. hope you visit India soon Marie

rauf said...

Thank you MO, first MO for me was Ringo Starr's girl friend, Maureen, Then came my friend's wife, she is a Bengali, Mahua her name, but we call her Mo.
Welcome to Daylight Again Mo. Have you heard a song ' streets of London'?? Ralph McTell the singer.

Aaarti said...

Hi Raufeee

Am back!!! missed all of you and was initially wondering how am gonna survive without phone/computer.blogging etc etc.. but the days rolled on and i dint know when it happened, but it was time to pack and get back home!! sigh... had a sufer duper fun time in Bombay and Pune...

a big detailed write up coming soon..

how are u doing? health? work? trips???? do write in.... better yet, mail..wen u can ofcourse!! take care!!!

PS: how are Mala, Chinna and Meghu?? been ages, will give her a buzz somtime... met a friend who has a daughter similar to meghu!!!

rauf said...

Aiyoo where did you go OTTEEDEE ?, you wented Bumbaai i knows.
Buttoo what ?
why no mobile, putter internet ?
You wented some Jungall ?
MTNL is always there at your service.
My wildest guess is you wented some Swamiji's aashram where there was no putter, no mobile allowed.
You made new priends ? Ram Sita types ?
What ?
Did you bring any stars planets as they promise ?
Did you meet Sarookaan Aamir Kaan ?
How did plaappy greet you when you entered home? how is Grandpa ?

Aiyoo ! you must see Mala nows, she cutted her hair so short that she looks like a school boy with bagpack and a tippin box, Meghu Chinna fine, met dem day before at Amethyst. 2 days before dat they camed home with Padmaja, she left for NY the next day
Me travel not, very broke, vonly Ernaklam for my friend's poto exhibition, went cuppal of places met old friends and all, das all.
Chumma sitting home wasting time doin nuttin.
Come home sumtime OTTEEDEE, good breeze blowin across my room, don't feel hot at all.
Give plappy a big hug por me, he mustav missed you a lot.
and so good to see you back

david mcmahon said...

I grew up in India, was educated there and wrote my first novel about India.

I return often to India. It is a magnetic country. Your images reflect that beautifully.

rauf said...

Thank you DAVID, Well, McMahon ? Great great grandson of Henry McMahon ? Have you ever crossed McMahon line ? Welcome To Daylight Again David.

wildpic said...

hi raufff ... hows u doin ? whens u coming down this side ?

will call u !

cheers !

The Pink Orchid said...

Sir,

this is my pleasure that you stopped by my blog and oh my god! this place of yours is like magic.this fiery background, the day light..the best part is i am allergic to intelligence myself.. you are very creative..!! all the pictures in the album that you shared are sooooooooo lovely.. so precious... orchids are my favorite... you are a true artist sir, accept a bow!

i am blogrolling you.. will be back for more..

Shravan | ശ്രവണ്‍ said...

from pink orchid to a maestro.. that wud sum up my today blog reading.. and wow.. amazing clicks sir ji :) . and your photos, come up with life and beauty.. es'e of the day light life :) too good a blog :) and yes, a blog roll and a bow to the blogger:)

Shravan.

rauf said...

Hi SURESH, Sure we'll meet, we'll go after butterflies next month, big ones. waiting for some rains, This time let's take a bus to KO, i'll come to CBE, Suresh Y is here staying with me, let him finish his work, perhaps both of us will land up at your place.
i am just sitting here doing nothing, i have no problems with the heat, good breeze blowing across the room, rest of the family can't live without AC.
Arshia is in town on a short visit
Thought of takin her to Ko, she's got a cannon 450D with two lenses, aching to take pictures. Silly thing has dyed her hair red. i was furious.
please give my love to Malini and Sarah. hope things are fine Suresh.

rauf said...

No two orchids are alike, you will never find an identical orchid
Hi PINKY, i welcome you here at Daylight again, but its not a pleasant place to visit. you'll regret blogrolling me.

You have such a sweet blog Pinky, very pleasant and very feminine and delicate, lots of tings there, i don't remember how i landed up at your place, felt like staying there for some time, Next time i'll ask for some coffee.

Normally i am afraid of commenting on blogs i stumble upon Pinky, when they resikropate, they find my blog very rude arrogant and depressing, i am afraid of hurting and disappointing visitors. My old friends know me very well and they don't expect any joy out of my blog like i found in yours.
Thank you Pinky.

rauf said...

oh Kannur ! Are you in Kannur now SHRAVAN ?
I go there quite often For Theyyams or on my way to Manandavady. there are two Theyyam posts, if i remember correctly, i don't know where they are, perhaps two years ago, in Daylight Again, one in Taliserry and the other in Kudali on Kannur-virajpet road, my friend Sindu's family conducts it, Tharavad house ??
Most of the time i go to Coorg, my place and Kutta Nagarhole' forest and take a bus to Manandavady. i spend a lot of time in the forests.
Tolpetty is due, haven't been to that part of the forest> Have you been to Tirnelli Temple Shravan ?
It will take a lifetime to explore Wynad area alone. please click on 'my favourite post' on the links, its about Meenmutty, Wynad. Very long post you may not find it interesting.

i panic when i see a new visitor Shravan. This blog is not a pleasant place. Any way, welcome to Daylight Again.

Shravan | ശ്രവണ്‍ said...

@ rauf
yes sir ! at kannur, actually a 5 kms away frm town, just a matter of 15 mins drive :)pretty much of knowledge in malayalam:) tharavaad house, its the custom here :) my moms tharavaad also has the custom of organizing theyyam yearly.. not the grant one as other places.. but am glad to say that the theyyam season at kannur ends after the theyyam at "kalari vaatukkal devi temple" which is at 10 mins distance away from my home. and another feature is that the theyyam at this temple has the tallest thing ever to be used in any theyyams.. :)

i have been to tirnelli/thirunelli temple years before following my gran pa's death and the offerings there. i agree, wynad is a beautiful place, i love the climate over then, and the only thing i fear is the leeches :D they are ruthless :)

i will read the favourite post once am back to blogger after my exams (after may 15th)

and i love this layout and the photos you click:)

bye for now :)
shravan

namaki said...

what a beautiful reportage ! incredible colours and expressions !

mystic rose said...

They just want hope and faith... sometimes hope is the hardest thing to come by.

Remember the story Pandora's Box? Hope was the last misery. Whoever wrote that hope is the last misery was a total lunatic. Without hope none of us would be alive.

modern exile said...

What happened???

sonia a. mascaro said...

Hi Rauf,
How are you?
Just dropping by to say hello and wishing to you a nice day.

The Preacherman said...

Got the distinct impression a few of 'em wanted singed fingers for some obscure reason...;-)

Soz I ain't been around much mate. Long story. Union stuff.

Right. Off to catch up on yer wonderful pics.

You be careful out there old bean

Nathalie said...

Rauf each of my visits here is like an adventure. Isn't it amazing what faith will make people do? I find it sad in a way.... but then I wonder what else they have in their lives that could make them happy so I wonder.

Thanks for another thought-provoking post and the beautiful pictures. Lots of love from the other side of the world.

TESTA said...

awesome pictures....wish could be dr with u...njoy....

magiceye said...

brilliant as usual!!

rauf said...

SHRAVAN Hi, Its really good to know about your family's Theyyam.
i'll write to you, please tell me the dates when it is performed.

Last week went to Alleppy, Chembakulam boat race. Hope you are doing fine Sharaven. sorry for my late response. This delay is unpardonable.

rauf said...

Thank you NAMAKI

rauf said...

MYSTIC ROSE, hope and faith are connected to many things like an iPOD, Ferrari, Porche, Camera. list is endless.
Things don't end with wishing well for ourselves and others if you are saint. Unfortunately we are humans, so we wish something bad for people we don't like, like a daughter in law or a mother in law.

i go to sleep hoping that i would wake up in the morning. Animals don't entertain such hopes, they survive for the day.

rauf said...

SAGORIKA, i was in a do nothing mode, i am still in a do nothing mode. But i have to do something to survive. You are young Sagorika, you'll understand when you get old.

rauf said...

Thought i could vanish for a while SONIA, sometimes computers start biting you. So i stayed away. Hope you are doing fine Sonia.

rauf said...

Yes obscure reasons PREACHER, They believe, What is the harm in sending in an application, a requisition, lets throw in. i haven't seen it working Preacher. if it works i don't mind burning my hand a bit for a Ferrari which i can't drive on Indian roads. Let the Ferrari come, i'll apply for the driver's liscence and then i'll burn my hands further praying for better roads to drive my Ferrari.

Hope you Caz and Jax are enjoying the English summer

rauf said...

Nice to see you NATHALI. i am wondering how i vanished for many of my friends by just staying away from the computer. i'll write about it.

Yes its sad Nathalie. There are good and bad side of faith. More bad than good.

Hope you are doing fine and i could see from your posts that you are enjoying the summer. Lots of love from India Nathalie.

rauf said...

TESTA, first time here ? Welcome to Daylight Again. Do you have a blog ? Where are you from ? Questions questions questions. i always give the details about the places i go. These pictures were taken in Chennai Temple festival called 'Arvathi Moover' i am sorry for my late response Testa.
Cheers

rauf said...

Thank you MAGIC EYE

Sandy said...

Such colorful photos and people, loved seeing them.