The Black Monkey. Protected Resident in Thekkady Forests.

‘Karim Kurangu Rasayanam’ (Black Monkey Potion) was touted as a health enhancer and sold to those seeking health many years back.

A definition on rasayana says:

‘Rasayana therapy enriches rasa with nutrients to help one attain longevity, memory, intelligence, health, youthfulness, excellence of luster, complexion and voice, optimum development of physique and sense organs, mastery over phonetics, respectability and brilliance’.

It sounds good but this particular one had the beautiful innocent monkey as ingredient.

That’s pathetic, humans used to kill these beautiful creatures for cure of sins out of bad living habits and seeking better health.

Thankfully it’s all changed. Co-existence is the norm, warmly embraced by all good people and forced on those, if any living, with the evil intentions.

I found about 20 of them visiting the beautiful nature resort ‘Spice Village’ in Thekkady, Kerala.

And one can see them moving effortlessly from branch to branch on the forested shores of Periyar lake while taking the magnificent boat safari through the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary.

By the way, it’s said that the black monkey, when cornered by the gun pointing wicked hunter, used to fold their hands pleading for life before the trigger was pulled.

Ashamed of such cruelty.

The Black Monkey. Protected Resident in Thekkady Forests.

Photography, The Other Side Of The Lens!

What’s in photography! Usually the great photos are reflections of the skills of the photographer.

The camera, of course, plays a part. And like in a great painting, the object or the model also play a significant part.

Here’s an example of that third aspect. The photographer is me, and I know more than anyone else that I am not a great photographer.

I like my camera and it has good features of a gift when my daughter decided that I needed an upgrade.

But here the star performer is the Oriental Darter posing beautifully, perched on top of the driftwood in the beautiful lake through the Thekkady wildlife sanctuary.

Ready for a perfect hug.

Photography, The Other Side Of The Lens!