The pillars (தூண்) that reminds me of old homes? The cooking pots (மண் பானை), once essential, now almost extinct? The firewood cooking (விறகு அடுப்பு) that itself feels so quaint? The flowers in the hair? The courtyard (வாசல்) and the play of light on the roof rafters? Look, look, there is even the little rain water drainage hole (ஜலதாரை) in the corner.
Whatever it is, this photo is striking a chord close to my own heart.
Alright, with Earth Day only two days ago, I probably should not feel so nostalgic for firewood cooking. ;-)
About the Photo: Painting by Vikatan artist Ilayaraja. Apparently, he starts with a camera (digital photo to set the model and scene) and ends with an oil painting. You can see the entire collection of which this photo is part of at artist Ilayaraja’s Picasa gallery.