South India 2008
Photos by Adam Jones
These photos were taken during two-and-a-half months in South India
(states of Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala) from June to August 2008.
Gallery 18: Mamallapuram
The scene now shifts to the other side of the subcontinent, to the town of Mamallapuram
-- south of Chennai (Madras), which I escaped as quickly as possible for calmer climes.
Mamallapuram was hit quite hard by the tsunami of December 2004, but has recovered and
is again drawing tourists to its beach and its remarkable stone carvings (see next gallery).
This photo and following: along the beach; the famous (but to my mind not
particularly impressive) Shore Temple visible in the distance.
This photo and following: street scenes and people in Mallapaluram.
My student at UBC Okanagan, Jill Mitchell, likes this photo and writes as follows:
"A kind soul on a message board I frequent translated the Tamil text on the image you sent me.
He tells me that it reads 'Kadavulai Mara Manithanai Ninai'/'Forget God. Think about people.'
The statue depicts Periyar E. V. Ramasamy. Quite a beautiful sentiment, I think."
Somehow I don't recall bulging musculature being a major theme of the Harry Potter
series, but I can't say I'm an authority on the subject.
Local artist R. Karem at work on something kind of weird.
All photos copyright 2008 by Adam Jones, unless otherwise indicated. These images may be freely used for educational and other non-commercial purposes, if the author is credited and notified. For commercial use, please contact the author.