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After a dip in the beach waters

Dogs in general seem to get fascinated by the forward and receding movement of the waves accompanied by the roar of the water as it connects with the shoreline. Either they simply don’t understand the continuous movement or mistake it for an invitation to play. You can see them racing along the beach barking loudly at the waves or digging away holes in the sand or rolling on their back. This dog seemed to particularly enjoy its time in the water and time and again would shrug off the excess water and sand,  only to get back into the water again.

Surfing @ Mahabalipuram, India

Surfing is an recreational sport for the bold and the adventurous. India with its 3000km odd coastline is a dream destination for most people who love water sports like rafting, scuba diving and sea surfing. Surfing basically involves riding your surf board on the crest of the wave. Attention must be paid to safety measures at all times. Surfers always wear a leash or tie a leg rope that is attached to the surf board. Proper clothing is required to keep allergies at abeyance and there are precautions to be followed while falling of the surf board to protecting the ears and head from injury. Photographing Surfers is a challenge since they are constantly moving at a good speed and lighting  needs to be perfect to get the best details out of the click. Here excellent use of  back lighting has enhanced the freeze beautifully.

Beaded Delight

Beads come in various shapes, size and colors and are generally sold in strands. They also come in a huge variety of materials like wood, plastic, ceramic and glass.They can be worn as a single strand or as multiple strands of the same color or contrasting colors intertwined and  held together by a clasp. Beads are also used in embroidery in  dresses and as embellishments on hand bags and sling bags. Breathtakingly beautiful, these colorful strands are a visual treat.

Auspicious Accompaniments

The beetle leaf [ Vethalai], coconut covered in turmeric paste and the bananas that you see in the picture are harbingers of auspicious tidings and are part and parcel of any happy ceremony/ occasion/ pooja  in India. No ceremony or function  can begin or  is complete without them and they occupy pride of place. overriding all other expensive articles. The selective coloring technique used here to high light these items along with the gold bangles perhaps speaks more on this point.

Conch

Conch generally refers to the  shell of  Sea Snails that are generally large in size with a siphonal canal and a high spire. Conch shells are used as wind instruments by cutting a hole at the apex and blowing into it like a trumpet. According to  Hindu scriptures blowing of the Conch is considered auspicious.