The pictures below are clicked during the boat ride in the Periyar Lake, in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, Kerala. It was amazing to click the birds that were perched up high at the edge of the dried tree branches that we saw right in the middle of the lake. As we took the boat ride in late afternoon, the light was not quite adequate in some parts of the lake to click perfect shots with the camera that we had. The pictures are from our 2011 Kerala tour.
This is the iron Handi that was part of my paternal grandmother’s belongings when she and dad settled in the city in his youth after selling away all the farmland and property in our ancestral village. This rare family heirloom that was once a part of our family and always seen in the courtyard is no longer with our family as it was sold away very recently while the house was sold and brothers moved to other cities. It was shifted to the backyard when the property was being sold away, and above is seen as a cropped part of a bigger picture, as this is the only picture of the Handi that I have now.
The picture below was clicked last year when I had gone to dine at the Handi Indian Restaurant at the Taj Palace Hotel, Dubai.
It is a nostalgic feeling to see these big cooking vessels or Handis, they are a rare sight nowadays, not seen regularly in the place where I reside.