Waterside, Kochi

Waterside, Kochi

The history of the trade that India had with the outside world is a long one and here in Kochi in Kerala and similarly in Goa, the architecture clearly shows the strong influence of Portugal in these former warehouses along the waterfront.

In my early visits to North India I was amazed to discover carved Roman swags decorating the architectural detail and later was intrigued to discover the Hellenistic drapery on carved figures that wouldn’t have been out of place in Greece. At one early stupa I suspected that the columns supporting the porch of a small temple shrine showed evidence of Egyptian influence but have never seen or read of this as a recognised architectural source in India. You never know what you might come across as you walk around a corner in this wonderful melting pot!

 

Street Scene: Agra

Street Scene

Agra in Uttar Pradesh is rightly famous for the magnificent Taj Mahal but I found the streets of the city just as fascinating. The contrasts couldn’t be more extreme of course but then the history of cultures is founded on the striving of the masses that enable the achievements of the culture. In every back street you come across the artisans practicing their craft and at every level you see a common appreciation of beauty and refinement. Out of chaos comes order. Even the masses aspire to higher ideals…..

Strange contradictions here. There is beauty even in chaos.

 

Pickering

Pickering

A slightly different view of the steam train standing at Pickering Station recently on the basis that you can’t have enough pictures of such subject matter particularly as it recreates one of the joys of my childhood, that of standing at the side of the track waiting with growing excitement as the sound of a steam engine grows into a thunderous roar as it hurtles past with an express……… yes!