Kanniyakumari – The Southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula

Kanniyakumari is the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula and belongs to Tamil Nadu. Here, one can witness the confluence of The Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea, and The Indian Ocean.


The route to Kanniyakumari is adorned with hundreds of gigantic windmills.


The Southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula


A ritual in progress.


A couple standing still, two friends take a selfie, my brother lost in deep thought, and Thiruvalluvar’s Statue in the background.


A selfie with the Thiruvalluvar’s Statue.


People sitting on a ledge of the Mandap and basking in the evening light.

People enjoying the evening waves.

Dhanushkodi – No man’s land

This was a happy town before the cyclone consumed the entire place in 1964. No one has lived here ever since. Now it’s a tourist spot and there are small stalls selling refreshments. Its around 20 kms from Rameshwaram, and all that remains are the ruins of what existed when this was a happy place filled with life. 


The route from Rameshwaram to Dhanushkodi


Walking into no man’s land (Dhanushkodi)


Stalls at Dhanushkodi facing the Bay of Bengal


View from the Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram


The Pamban Railway bridge, Rameshwaram


A statue near Dhanushkodi beach


Ruins of a church at Dhanushkodi

Boating in Alappuzha (Alleppy) Kerala

Public ferry is a common mode of transport along the backwaters of Alleppy,Kerala. My brother and I took a walk along the docking station and here are few pictures.

A ferry docked at its station.

 Docking area for ferries and houseboats.

In the foreground, A ferry carrying tourists cruises by. In the background, people wait at the stop for a public ferry, to get to their destination.

 A ferry carrying tourists along the Alleppy backwaters.

Dhanushkodi – The ghost town

Ruins of the church at Dhanushkodi. This was a happy town before the cyclone consumed the entire place in 1964. No ones lived here since then. Now it’s a tourist spot and there are small stalls selling refreshments. All that remains are the ruins of what existed when this was a happy place filled with life.   

Ganesh Visarjan at Girgaon Chowpatty, MUMBAI



Lord Ganesha emerging from thick smoke (It was an incredible sight).

The last day of Ganesh Chaturthi – Anant Chaturdashi, probably attracts more crowd than any rock concert. Lakhs of people witness the visarjan/immersion of over 6000 Ganesh idols in the sea.
47000 policemen along with the Indian military stood guard for the Ganesh Visarjan procession in Mumbai this year. Also thousands of volunteers from various NGO’s supported this main event. Hundreds of life guards were stationed all across the immersion points. Numerous roads blocked, watch towers established almost everywhere, and the bomb squads were on constant alert. I have never seen a city so well guarded. There were cops in every fucking corner! 

         Lakhs of people that witnessed the event, I too stood amongst them trying to imbibe the festive mood around me. Sweat dripping from every inch of my body, unable to push forward or move backward, I did manage to lift my camera and click some pictures as well.


The coast guard continuously monitors the events on land as the people look on.


More and more people flooding the Girgaon Chowpatty.


The Ganesh Idols being carried into the sea at Girgaon Chowpatty


A devotee pushing people aside to make way for the Ganapati Maharaj.


Ganapati Maharaj being carried into the sea.


So many people, and so many many cameras (or should I say cellphones?).


People waiting to see more Ganesh Idols.


The Ganesh with trishul being brought in, a man nearby looks at a different Ganapati further ahead.


Lights, Camera, Action!


A kid sitting her father’s shoulder watching the visarjan.


More and more Ganesh idols coming in for Visarjan.


Vehicles have nowhere to go. People, people everywhere!

Ganesha Chaturthi in Mumbai


Ganesha Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated to honour the Elephant headed god, Lord Ganesha. The usual dates are between 19th of August and 20th of September. This year, the celebrations started on 29th of August.

Clay idols of varying sizes, of Lord Ganesha are worshipped in every corner of the nation. Some Ganeshas are so huge that container trucks are used to carry them. NASA’s Space shuttle carriers may seem small in front of Lord Ganesha.

The entire nation celebrates this festival with great splendor. One city well known for the Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations is Mumbai! The display of Ganeshas in Mumbai is absolutely stunning. Though the festival is celebrated everywhere, the excitement, rush, intensity is quite humungous in the state of Maharashtra. Here, not only Hindus, but also people belonging to other religions take part in the celebrations.

Children run through the streets yelling “Ganapati Bappa Moryaaa”, elders are busy in decorating the Ganesha idol, there’s tasty food in every house, and the whole of Mumbai’s traffic comes to a halt (except the local trains of course). On this day I walked around 3 kms to the train station, in half an hour. A taxi would take more time to get there.

The visarjan/immersion of the Ganesha idols are performed on specific dates,

One and half day visarjan, three day visarjan, five day visarjan, seven day visarjan and the 10th day Visarjan. In Mumbai, around 150,000 Ganesha idols are immersed each year.

Chowpatty and Juhu are the most famous locations for Ganesha visarjan in Mumbai. The statues are either carried on small carts or loaded onto huge trucks, and then the procession begins. Schools declare holiday and offices close early on the last day of Ganesha Visarjan as the entire city would be flooded with devotees headed towards the sea.

The Ganesha Visarjan signifies the cycle of birth and death, and that we all eventually give up our physical form and become one with the elements of nature. 

Here are some pictures from the Ganesha visarjan that took place on August 30, 2014, at Juhu Chowpatty, Mumbai.


People on their way to immerse Lord Ganesha


A family photo


More and more people coming in as it gets darker


Two Ganesha idols waiting to give up their physical form and become one with the elements of nature.


Some leave the idols where the wave breaks, but some dare to carry their Lord deep into the sea.


The Ganapati Maharaj being carried into the sea.


An idol that was immersed but the waves brought him back.


The Ganapati Maharaj


Another Ganesha idol brought back by the waves.


Decapitated Ganesha


The crowd at Juhu Chowpatty, Mumbai.


Sand sculpture of Lord Ganesha

Walking into the Sunset

This was one evening in Goa when I was clicking pictures of the sunset and I clicked one picture after another continuously in order to not miss out any good picture possible.
But then for a second I felt, ” All this is rubbish ! “. I was just clicking away pictures meaninglessly and was missing out on a beautiful moment. Then I just walked ahead, unable to resist the temptation, I clicked one more picture and then stood quietly with my camera turned off for a while. I felt the beautiful sunset as the colours changed shades from yellows to reds and then faded away. It felt amazing to just stand where I was standing, to look at the sky and feel the waves touching my feet.


Photo by Jayanth Kumar (That’s me in the photo btw)

Sometimes it just feels good to stay still and enjoy the moment than click a button on the camera. Even if it is just for a few seconds, those seconds count !

Here are few photos which I captured that day,