Monday, September 15, 2008

India through my eyes


Outside the 17th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace in Madurai, a group of old women sweat it out to make a living. They sell a few knick knacks, some colourful bags and trinkets. I met these old women who were trying to sell me a few bags that I did not want. But I was caught by their warm smiles and their desperation to make a living at this old age. I took their pictures - one of them coyly smiled as she was just preparing to have lunch. We bought a few bags as well and a small trinket ..just to make their day

I am to Madras (Chennai )again for a couple of days and will see you all later in the week. I would like to thank Aaarti and Jeevan for giving me these awards. I give them away to everyone who take time off to visit my blog everyday and motivate me with their comments. Here are the two awards - the first one is from Aaarti and the second fron Jeevan . Thanks guys.

29 comments:

vishesh said...

congrats :)

skj said...

urs hv a great blog, man...visited first time today.
cheerss

Priyank said...

Cool stuff. They look, and I bet they are, so happy :) Congratulations for the award!

I am said...

Congrats girl ...how do ppl give awards, have to figure that out.. but you for sure owe ONE from ME :)

AND I LOVED your today's vision of India

I have a thing for collecting bags and trinkets..from all over :) !! someday hopefully i can visit this place in Madurai and buy them for myself :)

these bags looks like are made of saree borders. did they make it themselves or just bought the borders?

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Wow I so love the jewellery and the bags :)

Congrats on the awards!

Anu said...

Congrats on your awards.. btw i think my comments are disappearing :( !
Congrats on your 100th post again

ANWESA said...

nice trinklets!

ugich konitari said...

lakshmi,

The people you choose to photograph, besides having enormous style, have so much substance. None of the fancy people at counters in shops are a patch on these two ladies , trying to be happy with what they are doing, and making the best of what life offers them.

Any possibility of you doing a blog on Ganpati festival in Karnataka ?

YOSEE said...

The "aachis" look as colourful as their ware !

Wendy said...

Nice people shots!

Stephanie said...

Off again, you'll be back with more to share...

beautiful photos of these women, they must have been very pleased!

travelmuse said...

Congrats on your awards!! I love reading your posts.

Indrani said...

Great shots!
I too end up buying stuffs from such people.

Diana said...

Smile of that lady in the first pic is so nice.......

Sad their living is not secure....

Congrats for the awards.

AJEYA RAO said...

Nice pics...but at the same time sad that they have to work even at this age.

Pallavi said...

I like the first photograph

Vasanthan said...

i have bookmarked you blog. its very interesting read. nice pictures.

dintoons said...

congrats honest golden blogger! :)
lovely reading through your travel posts and reliving your adventures imaginatively... and such meticulously researched detail too!! loved your 100th post on the history of chennai/madras, am much knowledgeble and wiser about that wonderful city now!! thanx lakshmi, and don't ever stop travelling, shooting and blogging!!

Chaggoholic.... said...

Oh i loved the sweet Grandmas and their pitaaras(Magic bag)....

sukku said...

Nice!

Nomadic Matt said...

im glad your an honest blogger....otherwise this info might be wrong :)

Anil P said...

Upping 100 will have taken quite an effort. Hope you've enjoyed the journey as much as reaching a milestone.

Most importantly the blog will remind you of things once years pass by, there's nothing as important as this.

indicaspecies said...

Lakshmi, congratulations on the Award, and have a lovely time in Chennai.:)

mitr_bayarea said...

Congrats on the awards,well-deserved. Nice photos from Madurai.

HOBO said...

A smile is better than frown.
:)
Welcome to Mumbai...

GMG said...

Hi Lakshmi! After a short break but a long absence, I’m finally back to the blogosphere and found some time to enjoy your excellent blog!
Congrats on the award! Always love to see India through your eyes... ;))
Many thanks for your comments on Blogtrotter, while I was off. It’s now still in Kos on the way to Crete! Hope you enjoy and wish you a great weekend and a nice week ahead!

Jeevan said...

Realistic is what there lives, they still work hard to move life and living example for young/mid man who are more stronger than them. My wishes.

Lakshmi said...

Vishesh - Thanks

Skj - Welcome to backpacker . Thanks for the words and do drop in again

Priyank - The first one especially was quite happy..its nice to bring a smile on someones face

I am - Thanks.I think it is made by a group and these women were selling it..thats what i gathered

Sameera - they look quite ethnic ..my sis in law was saying the ankets were so beautiful and they didnt lose the shine

Anu - Thanks ..oops..guess its published now

Anwesa - welcome to backpacker and thanks..i gifted them to my dancer sis in law

Uk - You summed it so well..completely agree with u..didnt do a ganesha post as it sort of became a stereotype..maybe next year :)

yosee - welcome to backpacker and yes, they are very vibrant despite age

Wendy - thanks..people always make a place beautiful

Stephanie - :) people and places are so interconnected ...they were very happy . I also bought some stuff

Travelmuse - thanks for those words and welcome to my blog .Hope to see you more often

Indrani - Couldnt resist it

Diana - Thanks..I know, I felt exactly the same, underneath those smiles, who knows what they are really going through

Ajeya - true ...thats why I bought something

Pallavi - Thanks ..I liked her too

Vasanthan - Welcome to backpacker and thanks for dropping in..will visit your space shortly

Dintoons - Glad you liked reading my blogs and great to see you back again in the blogging world .Thanks

Chaggoholic - I guess they are everyone's favourites :)

Sukku - Thanks

Matt - haha :) thanks ..

Anil - The milestone is just a way to pause and say, ok..here I come again..the journey is always what excites me, not the destinations..Yes, Im already feeling that way. thanks for dropping in

celine - thanks ..chennai always makes me feel special

Mitr - Thanks..:)

Hobo - Will come to Mumbai soon..love that city

Gil - Good to see you back..Hope you had a good trip . I will be visiting your space shortly

jeevan - Thats so true..they are stronger than most of us living life the hard way

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