The Incredulity of Thomas

St Thomas the Apostle, Doubting Thomas, is said to have founded the Catholic Church in Southern India in 52 AD. There he toiled and tarried, preached and propagated, performed numerous miracles Had a number of hairy escapes from badmashes intent on  doing him a bit of no good And made himself useful in many ways. […]

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Gone Fishin’

A bit different from dropping a line over the jetty down the Bay. Legend suggests it was that famous travelling Irishman Marc O’Polo who bought these sci-fi insect like and strangely elegant devices back from China. The chant of the Keralan fishermen was compelling and beautiful and sounds like the song of working gangs all […]

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The Western Ghats

Beside the Konkan and the Malabar coasts a lush mountain range lies festooned with tea and coffee plantations, pineapple and rubber farms, speckled deer, giant bananas and tiny weeny monkeys, small towns on precipitous heights, wild elephants, stucco plastered churches that loom over you from atop seriously high hills. Statues of saints, gurus, priests and […]

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Kochi #2

Kochi is so very beautiful, so full of amazing tableaux that it could not be contained in one blog.  Thus…White ginger sifters, black Santa, Dhobi Wallahs, Ayurvedic massage recipients bearing uncanny resemblances to road accident victims, a Hebrew village, Bolsheviks, Catholics, Dutch Skulls and crossbones.

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Cochin

Street Art Kochi Kochi is a dreamscape of 18th century Dutch and Portuguese architecture floating on lush green islands in a tropical sea. It is the land of Kathkali, of pepper, all things ginger, fragrant spices and coconuts, ancient churches congregated by believers whose ancestors were evidently converted by St (Doubting) Thomas himself, and the […]

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Kathakali Kapers

Kathkali is an ancient and venerable dance tradition that sprang from the rich culture of the people of the Malabar Coast.  The Dancers are the direct hereditary descendants of dancers going back over many centuries. They are trained from early childhood in the language and symbols of the dance and in a muscle control so […]

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