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Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Evening at the Beach and Story of Sree Ramajayam

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Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Day 2 – Dt 30 May 2020 – Evening at the Beach and Story of Sree Ramajayam

An evening at the beach is a fantasy and joyous thing to do for many.
Let me share the quote of McLachlan and Erasmus (1983)

” What sight is more beautiful than a high energy beach facing lines of rolling white breakers? What battle ground is more ferocious than where waves and sand meet? What environment could be more exciting to study than this sandy interface below land and sea? And yet how much do we know about sandy beaches?”

Beaches in Kerala, particularly in our region are beautiful with rough seas and wild waves. Along with rain, dark cloud, wind, lighting and thunder, the beauty is beyond one can explain.

Today’s presentation is from a set of photos taken during one of my holidays in July 2007. My father was with us and was writing out Sree Ramajayam in Malayalam and enjoying the way, the waves washed them out, each time he wrote it!. (Unfortunately, 10 years later, it was at the same place we immersed his ashes as part of the rituals associated as per our custom).

For those who wish to know, the Story of writing Sree Ramajayam take us to the epic Ramayana and if interested, a weekend challenge for you to attempt.

Faced with the dilemma of how to cross the ocean to Lanka, where his kidnapped wife Sita is held captive by the demon king Ravana, Rama (an Avatar of Vishnu) performs a penance (tapasya) to Varuna, the Lord of Oceans, fasting and meditating in perfect dhyana for three days and three nights. Varuna does not respond, and Rama arises on the fourth morning, enraged by the God’s arrogance. With his bow and arrow, he angrily begins attacking the oceans with celestial weapons – burning up the waters and killing its life and creatures. The Vanaras (Monkeys) are dazzled and fearful at witnessing the enraged Rama demolish the oceans, and his brother, Lakshmana, prays to calm Rama’s mind. Just as Rama invokes the brahmastra, considered the most powerful weapon capable of destroying all creation, Varuna arises out of the oceans. He bows to Rama, explaining that he himself was at a loss to answer Rama’s question. Begging him not to destroy the oceans with the missile, he suggests that Rama re-direct the weapon at a demonic race that lives in the heart of the ocean. Rama’s arrows destroys the demons, and establishes a purer, liberated environment there. Varuna promises that he would keep the oceans still for all of Rama’s army to pass, and Nala constructs a bridge (Rama’s Bridge) across to Lanka. Rama justifies his angry assault on the oceans as he followed the correct process of petitioning and worshipping Varuna, but obtaining the result by force for the greater good.

It is thus believed that when someone writes Sree Ramajayam on the sand at the seashore, the sea (i.e. Varuna) get intimidated and tries to clean it as soon as possible.

Try it wherever you are – write Sree Rama Jayam in any language, a little further than where you expect the waves normally come, and watch the fun of it being cleansed by the waves.

See the video of it: https://clicksandwrites.com/2008/03/07/story-of-fight-between-sree-rama-and-varuna/

Photo Speaks – A Clean Environment

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DSCN6630-1_InPixio#NoChoice but to #StayAtHome. Many things done passionately every day are put on hold. Among them is photography. Finding objects near and far within the comfort zone  to photograph safely has become my new passion now. During a #WorkFromHome break, I looked through the window outside. Streets are quiet except for a few vehicles. I Started looking more deep and close to the farthest objects. I was surprised!. I could see #SheikhZayedMosque  which is about 16 kilometers from my home very clearly. Didn’t want to miss taking a photo of it!

#AbuDhabi is of course a clean city. It has become more beautiful now.

#Covid2019 – is bringing out a lot of changes to our personal self and also to the environment we live. Of course, less pollution is one positive thing that is happening now.

Do not miss out on observing these small things happening around us during these difficult times.

Some immediate take away actions that we could easily adopt, when the situation normalises:

  1. Working from home at least 1 or 2 days per week.
  2. Increased Car pooling and Less Vehicles on Road Day

Give it a thought and share it with me with photos and ideas.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

@rameshmenonauh

#StaySafe #StayAtHome

 

Young ADIPEC Photography Competition 2017

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ya-photography-comp-flyer-3-_88efbbf5-0a08-4783-a384-6494253b9984_1.jpgThe 2017 Young ADIPEC photography theme is announced as Sense of Community, in line with the UAE’s 2017 Year of Giving.
Under the theme Sense of Community, young photographers are encouraged to express their feelings and sense of belonging to the community across 4 elements including:
• Membership
• Influence
• Integration and fulfilment
• Shared emotional connection
ENTRIES CAN BE SUBMITTED ACROSS 4 DEDICATED CATEGORIES:
1. Boys 11-14 years
2. Boys 15-18 years
3. Girls 11-14 years
4. Girls 15-18 years
The Young ADIPEC Photography Competition is open to all students between 11-18 years who live in the UAE.

ENTER THE COMPETITION IN JUST 3 EASY STEPS:

1. Take one or more photos that fit the theme. You can use only 
your camera, photos taken by a mobile camera are not eligible for entry.

2. Download the submission form: www.adipec.com/youngadipec (a maximum of three entries per person are allowed).
3. Fill in the form and send it, along with your photos to  Email: youngadipec@dmgeventsme.com by Sunday 15 October 2017.

The judging session will take place on Saturday 28 October and winners will be notified shortly afterwards. Winning entries and Runners-up of each category will appear on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and in the Photography Competition Zone at the Young ADIPEC stand, during ADIPEC 2017 (13 – 16 November at ADNEC).

WINNERS AND RUNNERS UP CAN COLLECT THEIR PRIZES ON TUESDAY 14 NOVEMBER AT 16:00 AT THE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ZONE.
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Weekend Cycling #InAbuDhabi

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Weekend #inabudhabi – #cycling is a good way to explore the beauty.. — at Abu Dhabi,Uhited Arab Emirates.

Monsoon thoughts

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മഴയിൽ കുതിർന്നു കിടക്കുന്ന ഈ മൈതാനവും…അവിടെ കളിച്ചു വളർന്ന കുട്ടിക്കാലവും എത്ര പേര് ഓർക്കുന്നു… പന്ത് കളിച്ചു, ചേറിൽ കുളിച്ചു വീട്ടിലേക്കു മടങ്ങിയിരുന്നു ഒരു ബാല്യം… ഓര്മയുണ്ടെങ്കിൽ പങ്കു വയ്ക്കൂ

എന്റെ ഓർമയിൽ വരുന്ന പേരുകൾ….
Franson, Pradeep, Suraj, Nandakumar, Vincent, Nandan, Satheesh, ……………….many more (vayassayi……)19989421_10154714893261088_2737325647468188339_n

ANORA men perfects Thiruvathirakali

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Thiruvathirakali is a traditional dance performed by women in Kerala, in order to attain everlasting marital bliss, on the Thiruvathira day in the Malayalam month of Dhanu (December- January).

Today, Thiruvathirakali has become a popular dance form for all seasons.

As innovation is key for the success of any event, a group of men from the ANORA association (Ananthapuram Non Residents Association) based in Abu Dhabi practised and perfected it to perform on the day they celebrated at the India Social and Cultural Centre main hall.

This form of dance is a celebration of marital fidelity and the female energy, for this is what brought Kamadeva (the god of love) back to life after he was reduced to ashes by the ire of Lord Siva.

The sinuous movements executed by a group of dancers around a nilavilakku, embody ‘lasya’ or the amorous charm and grace of the feminine. The dance follows a circular, twirling and roating pattern accompanied by clapping of the hands and singing.

As the men performed, the women keenly encouraged them from the backstage watching each step eagerly.

Well, they did excellently well, considering the fact that it was for the first time some of them taking the centre stage!.

Team members (from left to right) Raghu, Joseph George Anicattil, Nahas, Manilal, Parbhu, George,Godfrey Antony and Shamnad.

Choreography was done by Mini Joseph George Anicattil

Watch the video and encourage them with your comments.

Source for narration: keralatourism.org
Photos and video by: Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

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When Passion meets Profession

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Photography guru Radhakrishnan Chakyat‘s new baby on the road. An extremely useful addition to have for a professional like him, who likes to drive, travel, click and then continue to click… Congratulations and what I can do is to just complement with him with a Passionate Photographers signage…. with wishes from www.clicksandwrites.com too, where one clicks to writes or writes to click. Both ways it is passion personfied.