Monday, September 17, 2018

Bapa


My father, in our barsaati in Calcutta, tying a rakhi on the child of a friend, 1964.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Aranyer Din (A Day in the Forest), 1962


The title is derived from Satyajit Ray's film, Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest).

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Loner


Red Hills, near Chennai, 1969

I am a traveller 
of that path
which has a beginning 
but no end


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Bhashwati wrote:

Distance and expanse is what i thought of
And how a human life is but a speck and how the distance between its beginning and end that is a human's journey from birth to death, which seems so momentous to us is of no import in the unfathomable expanse of the unknown which carries on with business as usual, regardless of all the lone travellers that come and go.

The composition is very humbling. 
Clouds, cumulus, the tree multi limbed and man all alone in the twilight zone straddling the light and the dark, the diabolic and the divine.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Home, Once Upon a Time


In the centre of the house was a six-sided atrium, lighted by a hexagonal pyramid-shaped dome made of triangular panels of wire brick glass in a concrete frame. The dome was so out-sized that all builders, contractors whom I contacted, took a look up and declined to undertake the installation. I had to finish the job myself, so that it would not rain inside the large area, which contained boulders, three small pools, an artificial waterfall, and plants, including palm trees which reached two stories high. It was some insane idea of mine, who designed that house, which actually worked. When the moon rose it lit up the whole space, and when it rained, the sound was like thunder.

As I aged, maintaining the house, its terraces, utility areas, a badminton court and 'whatnot' began to be difficult.  At the same time, it became popular, and evenings were full of people who gathered together to play badminton, listen to music, laugh, drink, and 'whatnot.'

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Night Window


night window
moonlight window
light on the outside
inner darkness
hidden
hiding