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Periods of Light, Periods of Darkness

1. Periods of Light, Periods...

As a child I grew up to appreciate natural light as a scarse commodity to be valued and cherished, since much of the time one had to be content with a dark playground and mere artificial light. When I opened my eyes in the morning to see...

Periods of Light, Periods of Darkness

Periods of Light, Periods of Darkness
As a child I grew up to appreciate natural light as a scarse commodity to be valued and cherished, since much of the time one had to be content with a dark playground and mere artificial light. When...

CD Review: Miles From India

I placed the first disc of this album in my player with some trepidation wondering to myself if this indeed was the long awaited holy grail of Indo-American jazz fusion. Here two streams of musical...

Something old, something new

The past year has been one of travel, photography and new schemes. A wealth of photographic material awaits to be posted along with musings on the myriad phases of the Byzantine Empire and it’s...

Guest Post: A Day With Ruskin Bond

The world is, according to a saying, only the size of each man’s head. Deodar trees, misty hills, night trains, haunted spirits, leaping langurs, mountain air, unhappy women and lonely children...
Chennai – The Underestimated Metropolis

Chennai – The Underestimated Metro...

Walking down Marina Beach with the sea breeze bringing in uncannily familiar and soothing olfactory sensations, I cannot help thinking to myself how this city perched on the shore of the Bay of Bengal has...

The Lichtwechsel Project

Recently the article Periods of Light, Periods of Darkness that I wrote last year and first posted on this blog was published as part of the Lichtwechsel (Change of Light) art project. As a result of an...

Writing tips from Jeffrey Archer in Chen...

As I strolled into the Odyssey bookstore I found it bustling with activity and anticipation. I asked one of the stackers and was told that a very famous writer was arriving soon. I had to press him a bit more...
Photography: Glimpses Of Old Madras

Photography: Glimpses Of Old Madras

I reproduce here some vintage photography of Chennai or Madras as older generations still like to call the city. These photos have appeared elsewhere before and in my understanding the copyrights on them have...
CD Review: Ilaiyaraaja / The Music Messiah

CD Review: Ilaiyaraaja / The Music Messi...

இளையராஜா – The Music Messiah / Agi Music 2006 After listening to and reviewing Ilaiyaraaja’s magnum opus Thiruvasagam, I made my way to Spencer Plaza in Chennai and bought myself...
CD Review: Avial

CD Review: Avial

Avial – Debut Album / Phat Phish 2008 I’ve delayed far too long in writing about this folk-rock outfit. It is beginning to look like Kerala is a real breeding ground for original...

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about us image I am a writer, photographer and volunteer worker from Finland with a lifelong passion for the Indian subcontinent with it's wealth of people and cultures that never ceases to amaze and inspire. Even after living most of my adult life in India I feel that I've yet to scratch the surface of this vastness. On this blog you will find this passion expressed through photography, essays and reviews. I hope you enjoy reading and get a feeling for the subcontinent and in some cases Finland.

  

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