Dec 3, 2016

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Remembering people I met during my travels..

The veteran pot-maker of Hooli village in action. The lower half and upper half are spun on the wheel separately. Then the halves are joined together by rapidly patting with a flat wooden bat. It's a skill this old man has mastered.
Mallappa Shetyappa Kumbhar of Hooli
Shankrappa Megappa Kumbhar and Suresh Megappa Kumbhar are grandsons of Mallappa Shetyappa Kumbhar. I met these folks five & half years back. Read this post to know more about pot-makers of Hooli.
Mallappa with his gransons Suresh and Shankrappa
Ningappa, my guide to Hooli Fort
This boy was my guide to Badami fort. Initially I was sceptical if I would get along this guy. I was wrong, though silent and frowning (he'd just woken up when we met) we got along well. He not only showed the fort but another rarely visited rock-cut shrine on the same hill.
Avanesh, my guide to Badami Fort.
While checking out the less popular monuments of Aihole I happened meet these children. It was Saturday and schools closed by noon. They wanted me to take their pictures.. :)
bunch of kids at Aihole village
These boys are hostel-mates at Dodda Hunase Matha, Savanur. The second boy from left is Vinay, he and I became friends while I was taking pictures of the three Baobab trees in this campus. Vinay insisted me to visit the Matha office to see a fruit grown on one of these magnificent trees. I was in touch with Vinay for couple of months after this visit. I'd mailed them printed copies of their pictures and these four friends had fought over one extra copy ..funny kids :)
Vinay and friends
Lastly, in this post is Madiwala Erappa of Benakatti village however this picture was shot at Sri Ranganatha Devalaya, Devarahubballi. Erappa is a washerman by profession. his little laundry is at Dharwad and I know him since 2007. I admire his will to face difficult situations and carry on. I'd travelled to his village Benakatti to see the Ganapati idol. Also, he happened to take to Devarahubballi village to show Ranganatha temple. At Devarahubballi, I could see remains of a fort and moat. I guess a mud-walled fort existed at that village long time back.

This article is to continue in several parts..
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Nov 30, 2016

kneeling goat of Rajan Kollur

This picture was shot at the megalithic site of Rajan-Kollur on November 26, 2013. This picture remained in my archives unpublished. There was a herd grazing here but this particular goat was kneeling down while feeding. This probably was the first time I ever paid attention to a kneeling goat. I guess its nibbling at dry grass stalks. Loved its dark coat. Lovely creature!

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