The Chinese net

The Chinese net

The Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets.They are mostly found in the Indian state of Kerala. Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20 m or more across. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.
The picture is from Fortkochi Beach,Kerala India

The smiling robbers from India

The smiling robbers from India

There was this robbery in Kochi,kerala, India the robber shouted to everyone: “All don’t move, money belongs to the state, life belongs to you”.
Everyone in the bank laid down quietly.
This is called “Mind Changing Concept –> Changing the conventional way of thinking”.

One lady lay on the table provocatively, the robber shouted at her “Please be civilized! This is a robbery and not a rape!”
This is called “Being Professional –> Focus only on what you are trained to do!”

When the robbers got back, the younger robber (MBA trained) told the older robber (who is only primary school educated), “Big bro, let’s count how much we got”, the older robber rebutted and said, “You very stupid, so much money, how to count, tonight TV will tell us how much we robbed from the bank!”
This is called “Experience –> Nowadays experience is more important than paper qualifications!”

After the robbers left, the bank manager told the bank supervisor to call the police quickly. The supervisor says “Wait, wait wait, let’s put the 5 million Rupees we embezzled into the amount the robbers robbed”.
This is called “Swim with the tide –> Converting an unfavorable situation to your advantage!”

The supervisor says “It will be good if there is a robbery every month”.
This is called “Killing Boredom –> Happiness is most important.”

The next day, TV news reported that 100 million Rupees was taken from the bank. The robbers counted and counted and counted, but they could only count 20 million Rupees. The robbers were very angry and complained “We risked our lives and only took 20 million Rupees, the bank manager took 80 million Rupees with a snap of his fingers. It looks like it is better to be educated to be a thief!”
This is called “Knowledge is worth as much as gold!”

The bank manager was smiling and happy because his loss in the TATA shares are now covered by this robbery.
This is called “Seizing the opportunity –> Daring to take risks!”

The Dutch Cemetery

The Dutch Cemetery

The 282-year-old Dutch Cemetery in Fort Kochi,Kerala,India is considered to be an authentic record of hundreds of Europeans – both the Dutch and the English – who arrived in India to expand their colonial empire. It is the oldest European cemetery in India. Consecrated in 1724, the cemetery has 104 tombs. It is now being looked after by St. Francis CSI Church, Fort Kochi, which has the tomb of Vasco-Da-Gama. Though the cemetery remains closed for most of the day , it is opened on requests made by visitors.
The 104 tombs in the cemetery are a record of prominent Europeans who changed the history of the land. The interest among tourists from Europe to visit the cemetery is so much that constant requests are made to church authorities to open the gates. With passage of time, the layer of plaster over the laterite stones in many of the tombs had withered away. Preventing further destruction of the cemetery, the tombs were replastered with a mix of lime mixture which cost a fortune but helped give the tombs back their old look. As of now, the church shells out money to pull out weeds and ensure the cleanliness of the place.
Tombstones of important personalities buried here have been preserved in the church.
What welcomes visitors to the cemetery which is tucked away behind the end of the walkway running parallel to the beach, is its heavy walls. The original calligraphic inscription `1724′ at the entrance pillar has been preserved to date. The unique feature of the tombs is that none of them carry a cross, unlike in modern tombs. Both the big and small tombs resemble the Dutch architecture of the period. The inscriptions on them are in the old Dutch script. A record of persons buried here has been maintained in the church.
(The photograph taken by me,on the way to the Fortkochi beach with Dr.Murugesh)

The weekly photochallenge: Good morning

The weekly photochallenge: Good morning

The lotus grows in the muddy water of still ponds and lakes. The magnificent blossom unfolds gradually, one petal at a time, till full-bloom in the morning when the sun’s rays touch the flower. As the lotus awakens and blooms at the first rays of the morning sun, the interdependence between the lotus and the sun is a symbol of love.
(The photograph of the lotus from my roof garden)