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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.

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Indulging in our memories of journeys far & wide. One caveat: photographic memories and tales to tell are a must. With the song from the Dixie Chicks playing in the background, hit the road! "Hit the highway in a pink RV with stars on the ceiling Lived like a gypsy Six strong hands on the steering wheel I've been a long time gone now Maybe someday, someday I'm gonna settle down But I've always found my way somehow By taking the long way Taking the long way around"

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