Drakensburg – Macro photography

 

(Photography credits: Mohan Kethees)

I booked a weekend getaway to Drakensburg. It is a five and a half hours drive from Johannesburg. I never really wanted to go to this place since my school trip as the thought of hiking makes me tired but I ended up loving every moment of it. Well, it was exhausting and I did get stiff from climbing those steep hills and valleys but this trip reformed me and made me a better human being. I realised something crucial and I want to put this in bold:

“NEVER UNDER ESTIMATE YOUR POTENTIALS” ~You never know what you are capable of until you try it and don’t let your fears or any other emotions stop you from doing something different and wild.

Ok enough of my pep talk …. 😛

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Knock, Knock, who’s there?..It’s hail stone..Hail stone who?

I was having my afternoon nap until I heard a knock at my window, then started hearing more knocks…  Err not the rain – hail AGAIN! This was the third time for the week. I opened up my curtains to the view of my my dogs running into their kennels. To my surprise two of my dogs who are /were arch enemies, sitting in one kennel as if they were long time buds. It was an ‘uncanny’ situation for both my dogs and I.

Say hello to my rottie and the shepherd.

Can these hail stones get any bigger? Well, of course they can. I wonder how many cars were damaged in the open parking lots. How many garden weddings were ruined? 😛 Uhh life goes on..

The look of it was beautiful. My garden was filled with white crystal pebbles.

The stones might have been a disturbance to my sleep but loved the view of it. Now, the sun is shinning so bright as if nothing has ever happened.

Enjoying the afternoon with a cup of tea and Romany creams biscuit.

Prad

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Cricket match part 2

While Felix was doing his jump thing from space, I was watching cricket in the stadium of Wanderers. I have snapped some photos for your view.  Chennai Super Kings Versus Sydney Sixers… I didn’t even realise myself getting sun burned as the game had captured my senses. It was a good game.

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Cricket Match part 1

I am very excited at the moment. My hubby and I got tickets to watch a T20 Match. Chennai super kings VS Sydney sixers. Eventhough it is my second match at the Wanderers, it is my hubby’s first match there, and our first match together, so am overly excited for tomorrow’s match. Cricket is one of my favourite sports. I remember playing mini cricket with my brother in our back yard. As I named this part 1. Part 2 with more photos will follow soon.

To all the cricket fans out there, enjoy the match!

See you soon.

Prad

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Dravidian kinship

I will be writing about Inter-family marriage. While I was studying at school, many people were awed by my traditions and culture. Getting married within family especially such person as cousins or uncles, were some what normal in my culture but for others it was awkward. Getting married to cousins were ridiculed and were questioned and frowned upon. I would like to put out the term “Dravidian Kinship”, which is a book as well, written by Thomas Trautmann .

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Thoppukarnam AKA Super brain Yoga

Hindus have been doing “Super Brain Yoga” for ages in front of temples devoted to Lord Ganesha. In fact, You can observe that while crossing a Ganesha temple on road, most people stop, take off their footwear, perform “Thoppukaranam”, and then resume their journey. Lord Ganesha is associated with Knowledge/Memory, a point which is now proved by this research. It is called Thoppu Karanam in Tamil. It is nothing but a dynamic utkatasana (Yoga).

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The evolution of Jhumki (earrings)

I don’t know about you but when I think about Jewelleries the first thing that pops up in my head is Jhumki. Not many people can relate to that term. Jhumki is an earing that has a shape of a bell. I remember ever since I was young, during any traditional events my amma used to put the Jhumki on for me. This Jhumki is a traditional golden jewellery which looks something like this.

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Quack Quack

This evening, I went out to my garden to take a peek at the moon and to my surprise found this creature in my pool. It looked like an alligator in the beginning (I didn’t have my lights on) but ended up being a swift bird…See for yourself!

As swift as a swan (they say). I love the “glow in the dark” eye.

Haha, duck or swan, it shivered me timbers 🙂 🙂

Prad

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Home is where the heart is

A wise man once said “Home is where the heart is”. Being a South African in Toronto was a tough task. Many terminologies were alien’s tongue to me. Such as:

  • Shovelling the snow
  • Snow storm
  • Taking the subway to work
  • Buggie (we say trolley) shopping cart
  • Penny, dime, nickel and so on

They confuse their metric system and English system. They do not use just one of the two. For travelling they use kilometres and direction. For weighing they use pounds and not grams or kilograms. I was stuck in this Continue reading

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Modhakam on Ganesha Chathurthi

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Joyful Ganesha Chathurthi!

Modhakam/ Laddukam – Sanskrit terminology for this sweet meat. We chant Laddukapriya ya Namaha!

Kollukattai – Tamil

Mooshika Vahana Modhaha Hastha – This manthra is chanted to Lord Ganesha, it defines Lord Ganesha.

Mooshika Vahana – The rat (Lord Ganesha’s vehicle)

Mothaha Hastha – Holds the Modhakam in one hand (as seen in the above photo)

 

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