Beach Shacks on Calangute Beach, Goa

Beach ‘shacks’ as they are called seen lined up at Calangute beach in Goa, India against a blue sky and golden sands of the beach. Shacks act as open air restaurants and bars on the beach serving great food and liqour. They are propped up right on the beach and thatched with palm leaves and have chairs and tables arranged. Perfect spots to relax and unwind, you will be at peace in these places far away from everything…

Lots of Colorful Bangles Lying on the Ground

A close up shot of a lot of colorful bangles lying discarded in a field. These banglesĀ are called ‘kuppivala’ (????????) in Malayalam, translating to ‘glass bangles’ though they are made of plastic and not glass. These were popular among all girls when I was growing up but today’s new-gen girls mostly prefer costly show-off branded stuff to these ‘traditional’ ones. Lots of colors around.

The “Grand” Velankanni Railway Station

The railway station building at Velankanni, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Velankanni is famous as a Christian pilgrimage center and the station building reflects the Gothic style architecture used when building churches. The station is relatively new, only three years old and is the end point of a small 10 km spur from Nagapattinam Junction. Only one daily express train to Chennai (of four coaches) and one weekly express train to Vasco, Goa via Bangalore service the station, in addition to 4 pairs of daily passenger trains to Nagapattinam and Karaikal. Velankanni is part of the Kaveri delta region of Tamil Nadu.

Ripe Banganapalli Mangoes!

Yummy ripe Banganapalli mangoes kept on display in a supermarket for sale. Banganapalli mangoes are said to have originated from Andhra Pradesh state in India and is the quintessential image and taste when it comes to mangoes in India and also the most popular commonly available variety. Also known as the “King of Fruits!”