This online shoebox contains random pictures, notes, whatever. I've been a professional writer-photographer for so many years now. It's a damn good excuse to carry a camera around.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Thaipusam devotees from Singapore and Malaysia display their ritual piercings on this holy day:

 

TP1

 


TP2

 


TP3


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Narani is Singapore's last practitioner of parrot astrology. I first met her 10 years ago on the streets of Littlie India. That time there was still two of them in the neighborhood. A few years later she was the only one left. Now I can't find her on the streets anymore.

Kili Josiyam


I guess that story I did on this dying trade didn't help.

 

However, you can still have your fortune told by a virtual parrot here.


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
.. along with smoke, speakers and a DJ, and the Ratha Yatra becomes a huge, open air party:

Rathayatra

Come to think of it, this is THE party of the year for devotees of the Hindu lord Jagadnatha. It comes with free food, lots of dancing and revelry - and three wheeled carriages bearing a Hindu lord each :)

 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
The photo-editors at National Geographic have an unabashed dislike of "cheap" optical tricks like this:

Fish

I wonder what these two guys think...


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
If you happen to live in Little India, they'd be these folks:


The Indian Auntie
Auntie

The Achagar, or temple priest
Achagar

Carrom Players, at an alley near Desker Road:
Carrom 
Player

The Temple Devotee:
Temple 
Devotee

The Mamak Man, who runs a mamak shop along the five-foot way:
Mamak 
Man

More Mamak Men:
More 
Mamak Men

The Flower Vendor:
Flower 
Vendor


 


 
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