The ‘I Do’ Moment

Yep!! This is what happens in our South Indian marriages! Cute games such as the one in the pic, where the bride/groom try to evade the other person’s menacing ‘garland attack’ (Lol) are part of the traditional wedding ceremonies that take place here.

Although there are variations of the same custom under different religions and ethnic groups within India, such games are quite common and fun to watch !!

This was one fun-filled marriage of my very close friend’s sister that i would never forget!

Golden Radiance

I had the good fortune of visiting Thailand during Dec 2010 – Jan 2011. Buddhism always fascinates me. The statues and busts of The Buddha provide a strange sense of calm..most of us know Thailand for Muay Thai, Adventure Sports etc. But most importantly, it is the land where Buddhism flourished after its introduction by the Great Indian Emperor – Asoka.

This photo of The Reclining Buddha is in the Wat Pho temple complex in Bangkok. And my god, is he HUGE. Spanning almost 42 metres wide and 15 metres tall, in all the golden splendour, this Buddha overwhelms you with his presence!

The concentric circles are in fact engraved on TWO of the toes of his feet!! Couldn’t really grab the whole feet with the upper torso in the bg in a single frame!

Yet it was fantastic! Hope you like it too!

Raghava Yadhava

This was for the invitation of the Thematic Bharata Natyam Recital that is to take place on the 14th of January at the Mylapore Fine Arts Club. The Students (in pic), disciples of Meenakshi Chitaranjan, the famous Bharata Natyam exponent in the Pandanallur style of dance,  are the performing artistes for this event!

For the uninitiated and for the non-Indian bloggers:

Raghava refers to Rama, the  most popular of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, portrayed by the Bow in his left hand and an Arrow in his right hand.

Yadhava refers to Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, portrayed by the action of playing the Flute.

Hence the name Raghava Yadhava!