Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

Again to the north of central Chennai, this time in the Kasimedu Fishing Harbour of Royapuram. It is early morning and already hundreds of boats have brought in their catch from the Bay of Bengal for the fish auction held each morning. The shapes and colors, the crowds and smells and energy of this place engulf the senses without pausing for considerations of like or dislike, pleasant or unpleasant: pure excitement! Still even the busiest fishmongers, cleaners and helpers seem to have both time and inclination to welcome the foreign visitors.

Kasimedu Fishing Village, Mamallapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

Even looking

thru your camera

it is me you see.

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

You!

Hey!

Look everywhere!

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, Royapuram

 

 

 

 

Published in: on November 21, 2016 at 5:34 pm  Comments (20)  

South India and Sri Lanka, First Glance

Chennai

Tamil Nadu, the South Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, includes Chennai, Mamallapuram, Chengalpattu and Kanchipuram. Here marked the start of my 18 day visit to South India and Sri Lanka with Stalin,

Stalin V

a magnificent guide, and six truly experienced travelers. Our trip, so abundant in its events and aromas, its sights and tastes and textures, goes well beyond my ability to document or encapsulate it. One blogpost will certainly not do.

I’m not going to begin with the beauty shots or even the exotica. I’ll start with just a few images and a very few words taken from Chennai’s George Town, an area of dense and intense wholesale, retail and distribution activities. More than the sounds or the smells or the jostling I experienced here, the attitudes–yes! attitudes–I encountered here foretold all my subsequent interactions with folks I’d met or just rub up against in the rush of life in this remarkable tropical world. Everywhere–even in Kerala, the Upper West Side of South India–people were simultaneously humble in their lives and proud of what they did, determined to get things done but willing to pause when pausing was the only–or most desirable–option.

Yes, I’d return in a minute.

Georgetown, Chennai

100 kilos

balanced above his grin–

“I work in George Town!”

 

Georgetown, Chennai

 

Georgetown, Chennai

Age–

and I hope it is not you–

is not me.

 

Georgetown, Chennai

 

 

Georgetown, Chennai

The English drive on the left

Americans drive on the right

We drive wherever we can.

 

Georgetown, Chennai

 

 

Georgetown, Chennai

 

 

Georgetown, Chennai

 

 

Georgetown, Chennai

 

 

Georgetown, Chennai

You travel so far

to watch me work—

I am honored.

 

Published in: on November 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm  Comments (25)