Thursday, 15 October 2009
is a new way of production of rice. It is a ray of hope for revitalising the current declining production of rice from the Konkan area. It reduces labour, saves on water and of course costs. Upalpada, Tal. Dharampur, Dist. Valsad.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Very few regions in Konkan were part of the princely states at the time of British rule. Dharampur, Dist. Valsad is one of them. Structures like this entry gate give this small town from southern Gujarat a unique charm.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Rain pattern becomes sometimes irriegular, which is a regular feature of monsoon, Konkan being no exception. It creates such scene, openly saying, "I am coming, but I am not sure when I will really arrive." Clicked at Kalamkhet, Dist. Dangs, Gujarat.
Friday, 5 June 2009
काटखेळी- हा नृत्यप्रकार कोकणातील आहे. नाचताना छोट्या काठ्यांचा उपयोग टिप-यांसारखा केला जातो म्हणुनच त्यास काटखेळी म्हटले जाते. हे नृत्य कोकणातील अंजनवेल गावाची खासियत असून शिमग्याच्य़ा सणावेळी (होळी) खेळले जाते.
Friday, 22 May 2009
When non tribal parts in Konkan are loosing on its diversity of crops, tribal parts are gaining incomes by cultivating them. Varai (Proso millet) fetches high price amongst fast fancied Maharashtrians. Location Sarvar, Dist. Dangs
for tribals of Konkan region. Extracting sap from the palms, (in this case Shindi palms) is first step of the process. Whether it remains Neera (unfermented juice which was a favourite of Gandhiji) or it becomes liquor to be consumed in huge quantities is matter of choice of the owner. Umarkui, Dadra and Nagarhaveli
Ghodebav (Well for horses), this is said to be constructed when trading caravans carried goods from ports on Aronda creek to upghat destinations in Maharashtra. Near Malewad, Tal. Sawantwadi, Dist. Sindhudurg
Thursday, 21 May 2009
This site was also a part of Gandhiji's salt march movement. It was good business once. Nowadays it is threatened by pollution, constructions on creekways, labour scarcity and many other things. At Shiroda, Tal. Vengurle, Dist. Sindhudurg
Trees turn green in the monsoon, water turns white on the slopes.
Beware! It is not a common waterfall, it is a roaring river falling off the cliffs of Sahyadri .
Straight Rocks, Freightening Heights and Green Surroundings make it a marvellous mix in Malshej Area, Tal. Murbad, Dist. Thane
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
is taking its toll on Konkan seacoast. Mass death of many sea creatures like this dead jelly fish found at Dahanu beach, is common site all along the coastline. Loss of Mangrove forests, entry of untreated chemical wastes in the creeks, over exploitation of fish population and many other reasons can be given. People from the region are paying for all these deeds any way as the prices of sea fish are becoming higher as the time passes.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
With diverse flora, there is scope for development of diverse fauna as well. Colourful grasshoppers make their presence known in the rainy season. Location: Amboshi, Tal. Dharampur, Dist. Valsad
Giant Tasar Moth, with about 0.5 ft of wing spread is common site all across Konkan in the rainy seasons. Location: Lacchakadi, Tal. Vansda, Dist. Navsari
Rice crop, when matures, creates a golden hue all around itself. Location: Lachhakadi, Tal. Vansda, Dist. Navsari
Palmyra palms dot the landscape in coastal plains of Northern Konkan. Near Mahalakshmi, Tal. Dahanu, Dist. Thane
Giant Kapok tree, the age of which is not surely told by even the oldest person of the village, might be about 150-200 years old. Such trees are being fallen down as deforestation is on the agenda of new age of Konkan developers. Location: Dinbari, Tal. Kaprada, Dist. Valsad
Konkan is rich with diverse flora for human use. Okboki, as it is known in Ratnagiri district or Penkul as it is known in Sindhudurg, is a wild fruit which can be eaten by humans. These types of fruits are certainly not for city bred folks with bland tastes. One has to be open while exploring not so known aspects Konkan. Location: Vetore, Tal. Vengurle, Dist. Sindhudurg
Coconuts and arecanut palms crowded on the hill slopes do allow some space for the sky. Location Anjanvel, Tal. Guhagar, Dist. Ratnagiri
Kapok tree, known as Savar in the local language, is a pleaure for eyes when in full bloom. Location near Rajapur town, Dist. Ratnagiri.