Category Archives: 6 Months

Cranganore, 16.01.2009

After doing a small search on the internet while in Kochi, I discovered that there was a festival in a nearby town. Along with elephants and the standard stuff, I found a small fun fair. The lady in the first photo is “Naga Rani”, the “Snake Queen”. Trivially, a woman is sitting under a table and her head is popping up. A fake snake is attached to her head. Under the table there is a mirror, so you have the impression to see through it. The trick is so easy that I was amazed how no one would see it. It’s how I discovered that faith and will are intertwined, if you want to believe you will.

An alternative to western rational thinking. I’m not sure I could live with it, but it makes people happy.

Cranganore, India, 2009

Cranganore, India, 2009

Cranganore, India, 2009

Cranganore, India, 2009

Cherai Beach, 18.01.2009

Cherai Beach, India, 2009

Cherai Beach, India, 2009

Kochi, 14.01.2009

Kochi, India, 2009

Kochi, India, 2009

Kochi, 13.01.2009

Kochi, India, 2009

Kochi, India, 2009

It’s the first time that I see so many tourists in India. Fake fishermen fake to catch fish and tell the tourists that they can also fake to catch it. In the meanwhile the fisherman takes a photo of the tourist (that’s a wonderful inversion of roles, so sorry that I didn’t take a picture of it) and everyone’s happy, until the tourist discovers that he might leave a donation for the fake fishermen.

I climbed on a tiny bamboo structure to reach a platform that was a little bit more off the coast. It took me some time, because I was afraid to fall and lose my camera, but the end I did it, thus allowing me to become a “level 2 tourist”.

Between Kozikhode and Kochi, 12.01.2009

Between Kozikode and Kochi, India, 2009

Between Kozikode and Kochi, India, 2009

Me: “this hotel is very noisy”.
Clerk: “thank you, sir!”