Tranquil Reverie

Monday, July 20, 2009

On An Indian Beach

You can feel the pulse of a coastal city or town on its beaches. Like stars that pepper the sky on a clear night, clusters of people swarm the beach on a clear day. Its a riot of colours, of people, of contrasts. Its amazing how each one seems to find their own space amidst the chaotic crowd. The peddlers on the beach tempt the crowd to buy the mouth-watering savoury snacks that tickle the taste buds. As the heat dies down the beach turns into a special economic zone. It is a unique experience to wade through the multitude on a beach in India.

Here are some snapshots from the Besant Nagar Beach in Chennai.

Fresh corn being roasted. The corn is dabbed with a mix of salt, chilli powder and lime.

Sad but true. A little girl made to perform stunts on a thin rope.

A bundle of joy. This is a pretty little girl who obliged to pose for my camera.

Chilli bhajjis. Its hard to go past this stall without grabbing a few steaming hot bhajjis.

The best seat. Not quite sure who was drawn towards the ice-cream stall...

Waiting for customers... Flutes on sale.

Hand in hand... A family enjoying the waves caressing their feet.

Can't beat this! Raw mangoes with a spicy masala.

Electric. A game of beach volley ball.

Take your pick. Masks for sale on the beach.

This is called "Kili Josiyam" in Tamil. The parrot will pick a card that predicts your future.


Blogger Dew Drop said...

Looks like you've had a great time in Chennai :)

Classic pictures :) Thanks for bringing back some chennai memories to me at the moment :)

3:37 PM  
Blogger bhanu pratap said...

You have captured all the aspects of an Indian beach in your magic box. These are the things which identify our beaches. Good post and Nice pics!

9:03 PM  
Blogger cyri said...

YOu have made an ordinary Indian beach come alive through your lenses.The maze of electric arcs of the first frame is captivating.What was the shutter speed used? great attempt


10:55 PM  
Blogger Sudha said...

cool!! you covered the best part in chennai! any time, beach is my way to chill out!
glad you caught Venya, my niece with her beeming smile :-)


4:15 PM  
Blogger SHUJATH said...

Wt a photography... Masha allah.. very good.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Samson Daniel said...

I liked all ur pics. very well taken... but a small suggestion. couple of pics were out of frame. other then this. ur capture sense is really cool.

12:54 PM  

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