Carved Ink

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What: A part of a ‘Pattachitra’ scroll on palm leaves from Odisha
Where: India
When: July 2014

Photo credit: Poonam C
Camera: MotoX (phone)

Traveller’s Tale: Pattachitra is visually depicted stories on cloth/ palm leaves. This is an age old form of story-telling in parts of eastern India where artists painstakingly sketch or paint stories from the epics or folk tales, keeping the story alive. I came across this piece and the artist at an exhibition venue. He told me that it took him around 4 months to complete this piece (approx 2ft in length) where first the lines are finely carved into the palm leaf & only then inked. This scroll details stories of the Hindu God Krishna.

Forming (cotton) castles

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What: Travertines and hot springs
Where: Pammukkale, Turkey
When: June 2014

Photo credit: Steshia M
Camera: HTC One (phone)

Traveller’s Tale: The literal meaning of Pamukkale in Turkish is ‘Cotton Castle’. I now know why. Beneath Pamukkale and Hierapolis is a vast source of water heated by volcanic lava. The water dissolves calcium, becomes saturated with it and carries it to the earth’s surface, where it bursts forth and runs down steep hillsides.

Dawn breaks over the hills

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What: Sunrise over the Himalayan foothills
Where: Mussoorie, India
When: May 2014

Photo credit: Rimi D
Camera: iPhone 5 (phone camera)

Traveller’s Tale: A breathtaking view of the hills on my morning walk. The roads cut into the sides run off into the horizon making me wonder what other beautiful lands lie over the hills and beyond. One of my favourite authors, Ruskin Bond, has made these hills his home and stomping ground. He describes life in these parts, oh so beautifully! Here’s a sample.

Wine, liquid lunch and shamanic tribal date

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Wine, liquid lunch and shamanic tribal date

We That Travel:

One among a series on the beautiful tribal hinterlands in Eastern India by Maverickbird. The breathtaking photographs and descriptions of her experiences brought the peoples and the places alive for me. Do read the other pieces in the series on her blog, if you can. It’s enlightening.

Originally posted on maverickbird:

svetlana baghawan maverickbirdThe Dunguriya village was tucked away in the heart of Niyamgiri hills and clusters of huts clung to its gentle slopes. Clean, swept dirt alleys lead inside the village and a mini procession of curious villagers followed us. The houses were made of mud, brightly painted with thatch or tin roofs, and were spotlessly clean. Several roofs held reed trays of wild ginger set out to dry, huge mud plastered reed containers held rice inside the rooms and reed baby baskets swung inside the little verandahs. Electricity had reached that village and several homes proudly displayed obtrusive dish TV antennas and shiny motorbikes. Women came out with babies straddled on their hips to smile and wave and they were bejeweled and made up as if going to a party.

Dunguriya women were exceptionally pretty with bold dark eyes, vivacious smiles and elaborate style of dressing. Beaded coral necklaces fell in loops and hollow aluminium…

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Gorgon’s gaze

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What: Medusa’s head supporting a pillar in the Basilica Cistern
Where: Istanbul, Turkey
When: June 2014

Photo credit: Steshia M
Camera: HTC One (phone)

Traveller’s tale: Medusa is the Gorgon from Greek mythology who is depicted as having the face of a hideous woman with live venomous snakes in place of hair. Their origin here is unknown, though it’s speculated that they were brought here after being removed from a Roman building. Tradition has it that the blocks are oriented sideways in order to negate the power of the Gorgon’s gaze.