Posts tagged ‘kerala’

October 2, 2016

High rise living in Cochin

This is our home in Kochi, a city in the southern state of Kerala in India. It’s a 1650 square foot newly built apartment. After living in rentals for 11 years, this is the first home we have owned.

We love the plentiful light, breeze and sweeping views of the city from the 23rd floor. Everything in our home brings back memories of the different places we have visited or lived in – India, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Istanbul…

Every object in our home has been collected over the years from all these different places. Rugs from Istanbul, paintings by a New York street artist, curtains from Indian textile shows, a much used IKEA kid’s chair which has been travelled with us from California to Kochi.

Our home has an eclectic collection of antique hand-me-down, custom-made, straight off-the-shelf, and even discounted floor-model furniture. The decor is inspired by our love for Indian fabrics (indigo, block prints, ikat), books, simple functional furniture and an attempt to avoid clutter as much as possible.

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September 12, 2014

Athachamayam

Athachamayam

July 19, 2014

Munnar

Munnar has been on my destination wishlist for a very long time. After much planning, we set out on a weekend hoping that the monsoons don’t ruin our much anticipated trip.The light rains had washed away the dust and fresh green sprouts had turned the hills a lush emerald green. I have never before seen a brighter deeper greener ‘green’. It was nature at its best.

We stayed in a beautiful room at the Club Mahindra Resort, with a big picture window overlooking the never ending hills and the winding roads through them. An elephant ride for the kids, a drive up the hills to a reservoir lake, a trip to the local market for tea leaves and fresh local vegetables – there was much to be done before we got back to the grind and grime of the city.

Hope you enjoy these photographs, a beautiful reminder of a beautiful place…

Munnar

November 12, 2012

Athirapally waterfalls

A few weeks ago, we found time for a weekend getaway to visit the Athirapally Falls in Kerala. Located just a few hours away from Kochi, it was a quick and refreshing weekend spent in a beautiful hotel surrounded by the unspoiled green forest and the thundering waterfall .

We stayed at the Rainforest Resort – a boutique hotel set on a hilltop with 180 degree views of the powerful Athirapally Falls. I was skeptical about the ‘eco’ tag they proclaimed. But it didn’t take me long to realize that everything was very thoughtfully designed, and lets nature be as it is, as much as possible.

Every morning we woke up to the beautiful sight of the misty spray from the falls set against the verdant green forest; the silence of the early morning broken only by the roar of the water. It is the perfect place to just be and do nothing.

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All pictures taken on the Canon 5D MK ii and iPhone 4S. Processed on Aperture and VSCO app.

November 4, 2012

Sights from Fort Kochi and Mattancherry

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June 26, 2011

Beautiful Vagamon

Here is link a to more pictures from Vagamon



June 14, 2011

Jews and Mallus….

a very unlikely combination…history says otherwise. Cochin has the oldest group of Jews in India. There is a street in Cochin by the name Jew Street. Last week my brother in law and I went on a photo tour of this place. From a photography perspective, it was a treat for me – this place is just brimming with colors and texture. You get to see shops selling antiques, clothes, furnitures…all set up to cater to the tourists. Jew Street also has the ‘Paradesi Synagogue’ – a synagogue built in 1568. Sources say that the ticket-seller at this synagogue, Yaheh Hallegua, is the last female Paradesi Jew of child-bearing age.
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June 12, 2011

Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi – has got a rich history dating all the way back to the BC era. A classic postcard representation of Fort Kochi is the Chinese finishing nets. These nets were installed by the Chinese in the 14 century (they are still functional..:-p). Once (and even now to a certain extent) a hub for spices trade, this fishing town is now a popular tourist place for visitors to God’s Own Country. Now you can see lots of cafe’s and old bungalows converted into resorts…

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