Here is my take on forefathers ideas and questioning self why they did this?

I am sure most of you know what this is? IMG_7173_s  but do you know what for?


was it to drive evil spirits – hell not.

It was to drive lizards, files. The bright color made it look venomous and smell of citric acid to keep away flies.  

By the way where is the righteous place to place this, that I leave it for you to answer.


Now you may ask why place on the truck



OK, Ok the lemon and green Chilies are missing. Our Kollywood actor Vivek makes fun of this. Any guess?
People are easily associated with fear, If evil spirits are driven away for home why not for the truck. Hope you get it. BTW where is the Lizard and flies near the truck. ;)
Either our ancestors where worried about trade secrets or lazy enough to communicate through generations

Chennai – Thanjavur Road trip No:1 – 2013

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Photos are in random, you can have a larger view of the photos here 

This is the first time I started later part of the day for a trip, usually I start by 5:00 AM just that I had to pick my in laws from Railway station and they too where joining our trip. We started around 9:00 AM. Here is what the plan

  1. Chidambaram temple
  2. Kumabakonam lots a lots, wanted to see at least one
  3. for sure the Big temple at Thanjavur
  4. And for the large shrine at Velankanni  at Nagapattinam

that was my bucket list for 2 days. They say it takes 5 and half hours of journey to Trichy by road, and I heard the route to Kumbakonam was bad, Chidambaram route i.e the ECR was dangerous. So finally deviated from our Chennai – Trichy toll road to Panruti and all the way to Kumbakonam. But on the way, we realized that all temples would be close and open only at 4 PM so we drove down to Thanjavur

Just before I forget, let me tell you about the roadways, On the way Kumbakonam, Panruti was a nice place, village where awesome sight, green, greener & serene. The roads where bad that it woke up the passengers at sleep when a pot hole was hit. My average KMPH reduced from 80-20 KMPH. I was wasting lot of time, PETROL and my effort in driving

The very view of the temple from the road side was so huge that I realized it would take a minimum of an hour to see the temple site. True it took that much time.

My experience on the temple

The Brihadeeswara temple also called as the Big Temple is true sight which would gasp your breath, sculptors and the vastness of place with well-balanced space between temples of worship. It was peace when you look at the Nandi and the Lingams placed around the main shrine. By the way there are awesome paintings on the walls, few faded but still it was a feast for eyes.

I sure missed the Thanjavur Palace, also called as Maratha palace it is in close proximity of the Brihadeewara temple. But time was running out. We had to reach Karikal the same day, had accommodations there, so started from the Brihadeeswara temple i.e the Big temple of Thanjavur at 5:30PM. When we where at Karikal it was 10:00PM 

Will post things about Velankanni in the next post, till then take care watch this space.


What Chennai means to me as a Photographer?

This post is a part of an initiative by Chennai Bloggers’ Club; a Facebook community for like-minded bloggers. Around 30 odd bloggers are writing about, What Chennai Means to Them.
This tag was before taken up by Jothi Vel Moorthihttp://jovemac.blogspot.in/ Who says “who never blogs :-)” fortunately he does blog occasionally like me.

Mera Bharat Mahan. <3

How I got interested in Photography ?

Photography is my passion now my livelihood. I have faint remembrance of yashica electro 35 a range finder, film camera which was a proud and prestigious possession of my uncle who had just returned from gulf. The best part is that very few camera owners knew about the working technology. Most of them flaunt by taking few clicks of their relatives,friends and soon on. Finally when they are broke would sell them off.

I own one such vintage camera after my marriage. My father in law, who was a proud owner, never sold it nor gifted it to me or rather say that i forcibly took it from him for the love of photography.

For my 1st son’s birthday I bought a Olympus sp 500uz power shot type camera which was slightly better than the point and shoot. That marked the end of film rolls at my place. What I loved this camera was the macro shots and manual controls which a dslr has but had to dig in to menus to get the right settings.

When my 2nd sons was born I was still hanging around with my Olympus, a colleague brought a canon 1000D he took few photos of us. The picture quality and the results prompted me to buy the Dslr.

So I bought my canon 500D been shooting since 2007.

I always wanted to set out early in the morning for my photo shoots. Learnt that I had to kick two of my bad habits

  1. Smoking cigarettes
  2. Consuming alcohol

The side effects of late night alcohol consumption is that, if you tend to wake early you have bad head ache, yes I meant the hang over. Were as for the Cigarettes, if you smoked early morning, you know what happens, Nature call you first. lol.

Now I pass the blog tag to

VJ Eshwar, Loves to write a lot but fails to print the publish button :P

Reaching God’s Own Country

In the recent times, I have traveled by car from Chennai, TamilNadu to Thrissur, Kerala. For sure an unplanned trip to unavailability of train tickets had forced me to take my car.

The travel had helped my family to rejuvenate, healthy debates to long family conversations & plans for future to avoiding disasters.

Now to story, What I love about the road trip?
Of course it is the roads and road side scenery.  It is those broad and almost safe roads from Chennai till Salem, after which few developments on roadways, all the way till Coimbatore. The only feeling is that we pay more tax and still continue to pay whopping toll fees.

Once you reach Walayar, for sure you know that you have stepped in to God’s own country. Your car which was skimming on a buttered roadways at high speeds finally sees a narrow lane, filled with potholes, some patched and dangerously brushing buses which slide on the opposite side of the road.

Your average speed drops from 60 to less than 20KMPH.

What people of Kerala and it politicians have to know and understand?
Infrastructure, road developments & Power i.e Electricity. If Kerala starts to understand and even puts in 10% of the effort of what TamilNadu and Karnataka have been doing. They can make progress. I am sure the future developments will be bound to happen to Kerala after the much saturated neighboring states. For sure Kerala and its people will probably feel that pinch later for their unplanned developments in the State. Well for sure, Tamilnadu is feeling that pinch for every 2 hour power cut daily in the Chennai city, While Kerala seems like heaven for a scheduled split power cuts of half an hour in morning and night, for a consolidated one hour power cut in the state.

From Chennai to Coimbatore, I could reach for lunch in to day’s road conditions, for sure if Kerala thinks about infrastructure developments, I can make it up to Palaghat ;) There is lot more to read in between the lines, Chennai – Bangalore 6 hours, their future developments could be just 2 hours. It means business.

Meet Ganesha

Ana Thavalam

Ana Thavalam

Ana Thavalam

Ana Thavalam

Ana Thavalam

Ana Thavalam

From the above pictures, can you find Ganesha. I found him in this condition at Ana Thavalam, Kerala. The white patches what you see is bird droppings.

Here is one more photo, the lively Ganesha is also not spared, Trust me they take good care of all Ganesha’s very well, I shot this before his bath.

Ana Thavalam

Ana Thavalam

16 kids, 9 Men, 9 Women @ MGM Resorts

25th of December last year we had been to MGM resorts for lunch, So this time we decided to have a get together at their resorts. It was a one day trip.

What I liked at MGM resorts?

  1. The beach, well not that clean, for the guest area it is clean
  2. The rooms, and their service. Liked it very much

Why MGM resorts doesn’t deserve to have families as clients

  1. Awful bar and its bartender, for the size of a resort like that, it should be big. The Chennai City has much bigger bars. Trust me this place is so so crowded, The attitude of the bartender is like “we are free loaders”.
  2. The children playground is good and decent play area, hope they don’t mind cleaning up the rust.
  3. The food, last year’s lunch made us to stay, this year they are loosing all the nine families.

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VinodVV Photography

Photography table top set up shared

Two days ago there was a power failure at my locality, I knew it was regular 2 hour power cut, so I had to kill time or rather make it creative.

Now for the set up
My room was dark, Things I had

  1. Canon EOS 500D
  2. Canon 18-55MM F3.5 – 5.6
  3. Canon speedlite 580EX
  4. Cactus wireless trigger
  5. brown carton box
  6. small table
  7. tripod
  8. Wireless remote
  9. incense

Let me start from the table, I placed the brown carton box on one corner and placed Canon Speedlite 580 EX inside the box along with Cactus wireless receiver attached, placed the incense before the box for the smoke

Now on to the camera, attached Cactus transmitter and mounted on the tripod, framed the scene, set the camera in manual mode, Aperture F9, shutter 1/125, Don’t forget to set the lens auto focus to off, and try to focus on the edge of the box. One more thing on the camera you need to set up for remote control.

Check the Cactus wireless and transmitter are in sync, try trigger the transmitter while the Flash is turned on.

Move to your position and trigger via wireless remote.


  1. If your face is getting bleached i.e over exposed, try to move little further away or decrease the flash power
  2. The brown box did a wonderful job of warming up the smoke.
  3. A tap on the box triggered the dust, It was in dust for a long time.

Spot your train on Google maps – Indian Railways




Trust me, the site is unusable. Reasons stated below

  1. Why would a user want to know 1000+ Active train running currently? Why load all the data, making it slow
  2. Like the search option, Ajaxified, Well after a click on the result the blue and red arrows don’t mean any thing to a user, Why confuse the user
  3. Click on the train Icon, You get details about the train, Stops don’t mean any thing to an user on a Map and neither it is too interactive, just points out stops with station name
  4. Finally Clicked on the hyper link 10 points size Check “here” for latest status, A new window opens up with relevant data. Which makes little sense.

Search for a station is currently useless. Just displays lots of arrows around, clicking on them reveals the train number etc.


Overall a nice effort with little bit of usability the site could help millions of travelers in India. I still don’t understand How google maps solves this problem.

Don’t meet with an Accident

It just happened that while traveling on DLF lift from 8th floor, I had to over hear an interesting conversation, the lift stopped at 6th floor 2 ladies stepping in.
Lady1: My husband was picking up and dropping her on his two wheeler
Lady2: Hmmm…n imagine the speed breakers and nasty roads
Lady1: I don’t mind that, He could have told me that he has been dropping her.
Lady2: Lucky that both escaped with a scratch.
Ting- The lift stopped at 4th floor. They both got down.

I couldn’t stop laughing at the conversation.

So what is the learning.

While traveling with a Girl friend drive slow, and be safe.


Why I love Facebook pages integration with profile

Remember my last post, I did say about Desktop software and SAS. Here is my personal experience with Facebook on what things went well, silently and I am happy about it.
If you need to feel the similar experience, of course  you need have a profile on Facebook and one more page like the one I have on photography

Here is the experience
On the old facebook pages, When I posted few photos on my photography site and shared the album on my profile. What happens is that people click on likes and comment on them, but two version as such, meaning. Let me say I share my photography page album on a friends wall, presumably photos pertaining to him. His friends make comment on his wall, as a photographer, The likes and comments don’t get passed to you, meaning it doesn’t get highlighted on my photography page album and photos.

The new facebook pages are seamless integration, Just love that. I get to earn the likes and Comments. As a photographer I get to know the feedback instantaneously.

As said SAS gives you a good user interaction, updates, feature rich, but on the other hand people like me who are worried about security is a big question.