A Picture is Worth 5000 Years!
13 / Jun / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

It’s a bond that has endured over 5000 years, through epochal moments in history and eras of relative calm that lay between the seismic cultural faults that defined human civilization. In fact, Eric Scigliano, in his iconic tome on the ‘man-animal’ bond, has propounded the theory that elephants may have been ‘nursemaids’ to human evolution, […]




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Man and Elephant, Kabini | Posted in Culture, Kabini, Mammals | 14 Comments »

First You Have to Row a Little Boat…
2 / May / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

Long before Richard Bode’s bestseller on life’s little lessons, the boatmen of Kabini had learnt the selfsame ‘art of living’ in their little floating classroom: the Coracle! Living, as they did, on the banks of the Kabini, the Coracle was their friend, philosopher and guide: a constant companion as they went about the business of […]




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Coracle, Kabini | Posted in Culture, Kabini | 6 Comments »

Coffee by the Meter!
2 / Nov / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H Shankar

The measure of a good coffee in South India is often a function of the ‘lengths’ to which the coffee maker is prepared to go to mix his concoction. The man seen here, nonchalantly drawing a meter-long string of decoction and milk, from one arm to the other, is a minor celebrity of sorts in […]




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Meter Coffee, Coorg | Posted in Coorg, Culture | 12 Comments »

A Conversation with God
17 / Nov / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

When you wish to speak to a god, you need a language so elevated, it beseeches Him to listen. For the Kurubas, followers of the Hindu god Shiva and the original tribal inhabitants of Kabini, there can only be one medium of communication: dance! Shiva is the cosmic dancer of the Hindu pantheon, and while […]




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Kuruba Dance, Kabini | Posted in Culture, Kabini | 11 Comments »

The Macedonians of Madikeri
27 / Jan / 2010
Photographed by Balan Madhavan

Legend has it that they are the remnants of Alexander’s army, who stayed on in India, when the conqueror marched back to Macedonia. The Puranas claim that the Kodavas are the children of the river goddess, Cauvery, whose waters irrigate the very soul of Coorg. Whatever their provenance, these hardy sentinels of the hills are […]




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Kodava Couple, Coorg | Posted in Coorg, Culture | 15 Comments »

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