Images by Joy Parker

Texts by Robert Leach

Gouache on paper, 50cm by 35cm

A Ferrari Through India
A Ferrari Through India
Step into my Ferarri (Kochi)
Step into my Ferarri (Kochi)

Auto-rickshaw drivers all across India often refer to their vehicles humorously as "Ferraris"...

Passage Way (Kochi)
Passage Way (Kochi)

The water waits In the dusk light In the ash light In the silver light There's no staying No home -Away

Divali (Kochi)
Divali (Kochi)

Divali is the Hindu festival of light associated with the goddess Lakshmi.

To Madurai (Tamil Nadu)
To Madurai (Tamil Nadu)

The huge temple at Madurai, dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi, is a place of pilgrimage for many Hindus

Ficus Religiosa (Periyar)
Ficus Religiosa (Periyar)

Ficus religiosa is the sacred fig, or bo tree

Theyyam (Kunnur)
Theyyam (Kunnur)

Theyyam is the traditional ritual performance of northern Kerala

The Kite in the Sky (South India)
The Kite in the Sky (South India)

Common birds of India include: kite, kingfisher, drongo, egret.

Who are you? (Sunderbans)
Who are you? (Sunderbans)

The Sunderbans is the delta at the mouth of the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers

City of Love, City of Dreadful Nights
City of Love, City of Dreadful Nights

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Nobel Prize winner for literature, was born near Kolkata in Bengal, where his work is still highly valued.

Knowledge (Kolkata)
Knowledge (Kolkata)

Krishna and Radha are the gods especially associated with the love; Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal; Lord Curzon was the British Viceroy of India, 1899-1905

Jai Ma Kali (Kolkata)
Jai Ma Kali (Kolkata)

"jai ma Kali" means "Victory to Mother Kali" Text translated into Bengali; World Mother And Kali danced