Wednesday, July 22

Landscapes: The Brown hues of Arabia vs the Greens of Kerala

Every land has as a unique charm to itself, a sense of identity and among them, oft not noticed but subconsciously enjoyed, are the varied hues of color, light playing along with the terrain and climate.

Each place or country as a unique charm to it, specially the colors that come out due to the landscape.. .
Sands of Arabia
My Love for shades of brown, the color of dry earth, clay and sands got a boost during my recent visit to Dubai. While known for its extravagant display of wealth, there is a great deal of life happening in the vastness of desert and arid wilderness beyond the city. Within the city, the older streets, mosques and entire vistas do offer an exotic assemblage of Arabian architecture and Art featuring alluring shades of brown.

Back in Mumbai, it was already midway through monsoon, all fresh growth, a sort of restart of life. Vibrance of fresh leaves, the fluorescent greens, offered such a contrast to Middle East that, I felt addicted to green.

Konkan Railway  - muat travel during Indian Monsoon
Konkan Railway  - must travel during Indian Monsoon

With my sudden love for green, I chose to return to my homeland Kerala via Konkan rail. (listed among the top must see rail routes). Konkan offered all possible combinations of green and by the end of my trip, I am like, oversaturated with green!

Kuttanandu, Kerala. Famous for its endless paddy fields, once the rice bowl for Kerala
Kuttanandu, Kerala. Famous for its endless paddy fields, once the rice bowl for Keral

Now, back at home, I again long for the browns of Arabia, the darker tans of Marrakech, Morocco or even the play of browns in Kargil, India. 

Water canals at alapuzha, kerala - Palms of Kerala
Palms of Kerala #visitkerala
Palms of Sahara
Palms of Sahara
The palms and colors, above, each have its own charm. Let the heat loosen its grip over Dubai, I need to take in a lot more of desert beauty to kill my addiction to brown.

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