I have been keenly following the story of women’s ban on entering the inner sanctum of Haji –Ali and as when the ban was lifted I planned a day out to shoot without any physical or mental barrier.
For Koli women the tattoos are considered to be a mark of recognition by God. They believe that after death , at the gates of heaven, a woman is asked “do you bear the mark of God or are you sneaking in?”
The sunshine yellow Portuguese houses still stand strong to foretell the golden history of Goa, a beautiful confluence of culture, art and religion.
Bright colours were used on the exterior of Portuguese houses to draw attention and make a sensational statement. The colour washes used originally were made from natural dyes.
Huge wooden ships were lined up at the harbor. Some were hoisted from the sea and resting on the shore after a long, tiring sail. The muscular fisher men were yet not released from duty and they were scrubbing the ships to remove the green layers of seaweeds.
When you are not time bound by plans or travel itinerary, then you are likely to walk on the paths less travelled. You might discover something pure and original, unsullied untouched and un-altered.
These tiny droplets on the windowsill- Oh! I miss the mountains and the mist all around there, now even more. It has been raining incessantly last few days, but now I realize how much I miss the far away Mountain rains which can only quench my travel thirst and ensnare my soul with its magical spell.
Key Gompa or key monastery is no lesser than a miracle which is now more than 1000 years old. Being sacked, attacked by different warriors and nature repeatedly, the monastery is still standing strong in its full glory.
In the evening, the fort was completely transformed like a bride and embellishing with the jewels of flowers and lit up by the lamps.
I got the opportunity to photograph the organization ‘Women Weave’ run by Sally Holkar, a great woman who was the co-founder of Rehwa Society in 1978 and then ‘Women Weave’ in 2003.