A Photowalk Through the lanes of Kalpathy

A road trip to Palakkad for our little family had a very delightful consequence as we were able to explore the culturally rich lanes of Kalpathy. Kalpathy is an early bramhin settlement or village  known as agraharam in the city of Palakkad. many scholars, eminent IAS officers find their roots in this village along with many other Tamil Brahmins who migrated to Kerala a couple of centuries ago.

Many temples, rituals and scripts and interpretations of the vedic scripts are part of the soul of this historic village. The agraharam for most part is well preserved as the people maintain their way of life through rituals and strict codes of conduct. As we explored the village on a hot day just before afternoon we found women gossiping on the front porches, men returning from the morning rituals at the temple, grown up kids who had come for vacation leave for their own cities.

The village had sleepy look owing to the heat. Few groups of women were talking about the evening pooja and the next meeting as they walked back from the temple. The language has a unique quality as it is a pleasant mix of Malayalam and Tamil giving it a sing song quaility. Kalpathy village has a rich heritage of singers and it is said it be quite difficult to find a tone deaf person from this lineage.

Kalpathy has been named a heritage village and is one of the first in Kerala to be named so.There are very few places that have been unaffected by the passage of time and this is one such place which we must preserve. A few houses seemed to have been abandoned and held the stories of the family that had called it home once upon a time. The city of Palakkad itself is a laid back city with rivers and mountains encompassing the city and adding to its natural beauty.

Kollam in front of the house
Kollam in front of each house
A typical house in Kalpathy
A typical house in Kalpathy
An old gentleman outside his home
An old gentleman outside his home
A house that also operates as a press
A house that also operates as a press
A post office a site which is becoming increasingly rare
A post office a sight which is becoming increasingly rare
The sleepy agraharam
The sleepy agraharam
A goat getting ready for its siesta
A goat getting ready for its siesta
A board proclaiming heritage village Kalpathy
A board proclaiming heritage village Kalpathy
A woman sitting on her front porch
A woman sitting on her front porch
Kalpathy river
Kalpathy river
A water pipe
A water pipe

Pictures credited to Razor Rasu and a property of Traveling Noodles

The City Named after Garlic – Chicago

Chicago is known for its chilly winds and deep dish pizza but no one quite prepared me for the astonishing architecture of the city. Chicago is a photographers delight with its rivers, tall buildings and the wide expanse that is Lake Michigan.

We visited Chicago during autumn when the leaves were golden and the air had a fine nip in it. The city was a hive of activity and adventure. The restaurants, theaters, cruises and parks formed only the tip of the entertainment and activities the city had to offer. One of our most memorable tour in Chicago was the architecture boat cruise. We had our doubts before embarking on the tour as the name sounded pretty dry and we wanted more encouragement for looking at buildings in the cold winter air.

The architecture tour was a pleasant surprise as it dwelled on the past, the making and the present of the city of Chicago. They even provided great tid bits of knowledge on the Great fire of Chicago and origins of the name Chicago. The word Chicago has its origins in Native American languages and means either an onion or garlic (I have found sources saying either or) but for a city that is named after a smelly root Chicago was an amazing city to travel and explore.

Here are the sights and sounds of Chicago through our lens.

The city connected by bridges
A city connected by bridges
Each building has a unique story
Each building has a unique story
Some heights achieved by architecture
Some heights achieved by architecture
Columbus Drive
Columbus Drive
A Glimpse of the Chicago marathon
A Glimpse of the Chicago marathon (need a better zoom lens)
The iconic Bean
The iconic Bean
The Bean from a different point of view
The Bean from a different point of view
A Sparrow fattening up for the winter
A Sparrow fattening up for the winter
An O
An O. I am sure it means something in modern art
A Boat Cruising on the river
A Boat Cruising on the river
The Pier
The Pier
The boats docked on the pier waiting for the lake to freeze
The boats docked on the pier waiting for the winter
The giant wheel at Navy Pier
The giant wheel at Navy Pier
One should always know which direction home is
One should always know which direction home is ?
Navy Pier
Navy Pier
The Windy city
The Windy city

Pictures credited to Razor Rasu and are a property of Traveling Noodles