<b>No doors</b> Ramakrishnan, Valsala at their half-house Evacuees from the war-torn Yemen arrive safely by passenger ship at Cochin Port. Kochi: Women perfoming 'Pinnal Thiruvathira' in Kochi. Kerala nurses evacuated from Yemen, upon arrival at the international airport, in Kochi. Kerala nurses evacuated from Yemen upon arrival at the international airport in Kochi. Kochi: One of the Kerala nurses evacuated from Yemen with her parents upon arrival at the international airport in Kochi. <b>The sainted nun</b> St Alphonsa’s church in Bharananganam, Kerala LDF members  march on Hartal day in relation with Kerala Budget issue in Kochi. Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani presenting the state budget amid a protest in the Assembly, in Thiruvananthapuram. A scene in the Kerala Assembly as MLAs protest during presentation of the Budget in Thiruvananthapuram. TV Grab: Kerala Assembly witnessed unprecedented and ugly scenes as opposition members went on a rampage destroying Speaker's podium and indulged in scuffle with the watch-and-ward staff even as Finance Minister K M Mani, facing charges in bar bribery scam, managed to present the state budget. TV Grab: Kerala Assembly witnessed unprecedented and ugly scenes as opposition members went on a rampage destroying Speaker's podium and indulged in scuffle with the watch-and-ward staff even as Finance Minister K M Mani, facing charges in bar bribery scam, managed to present the state budget. TV Grab: Kerala Assembly witnessed unprecedented and ugly scenes as opposition members went on a rampage destroying Speaker's podium and indulged in scuffle with the watch-and-ward staff even as Finance Minister K M Mani, facing charges in bar bribery scam, managed to present the state budget. Kerala BJP workers during a protest out side of the Kerala assembly in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. A Nigerian national, who was arrested in Goa for allegedly supplying cocaine was brought to Kochi, Kerala. '‘Theppotsav’ being conducted at Sreekanteswaram temple on the eve of Maha Shivarathri in Kozhikode. The Kerala team after winning gold medal in Women's Fencing (Sabre) event at the 35th National Games in Alappuzha, Kerala. The Dubai International Kite Festival in Kozhikode. Archer Rajat Chauhan of Rajasthan during the compound bow archery event at the National Games in Kochi. Sunder Singh from Manipur in action during the men's archery event during the National Games in Kochi. Satyendra Singh who bagged the gold medal at 50 meters three position shooting event during the 35th National Games in Thiruvananthapuram. Assam's Jameer Hussain wins gold medal in the 94kg category with a lift of 326kg in the Weightlifting event of the National Games in Thrissur. Sachin Tendulkar posted this photo on his Facebook timeline with the post: Enjoyed the idyllic beauty and delicious food of Kerala over the weekend. Wrestlers Jitendar Singh, Manoj Kumar, Suman Kundu, Ritu Malik, Raveender Singh show their medals at the 35th National Games in Kannur. CPM State Committee member M V Jayarajan, who was awarded four weeks imprisonment by the Supreme Court for his remarks, surrenders before the High Court in Kochi. Mizoram player B Zoramthara and West Bengal player Prosenjit Paul (L) during their football match at the 35th National Games in Kozhikode. India's first hand transplant patient Manu addresses the media at Amrita Institute of Medical sciences at Kochi. Social activist Jaison Cooper who was produced at Ernakulam district court on Friday in connection with the Maoist attack at NHAI office in Kochi, Kerala. Police officals collecting evidence from the office of National Highways Authority of India at Kalamassery, which was attaked by maoist in Kochi, Kerala. Zimbabwe (.zw)<Br>
<b>Natraj</b>, 53, Director, Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala</b> 
<b>In India:</b> 17 years
I was a small boy in Harare when my father introduced me to yoga. Later I became a paediatrician in London. But it wasn’t until I came to India that I tasted the true essence of yoga. My guru Swami Siva­nanda said, “If world is the body, India is her heart.” I find Indians welcoming. Unl­ike the westerners, Ind­ians don’t think India belongs only to the Indians. However, due to the Ind­ian laws, it is very difficult to immig­rate to India. Like everywhere else in the world, in India too there is good and evil. I believe in the Vedan­tic philosophy: there is neither good nor bad. The life we live is only Maya—an illusion. Germany (.de)<br>
<b>K.P. Gast</b>, 59, Architect in Trichatukulam, in Kerala<br>
<b>In India:</b> 19 years
In 1990, while doing my PhD in architectural theory in Vraunschweig, Germany, my research centred on Louis Kahn who had designed iim Ahmedabad, the reason why I came to India. I was specifically interested in Kahn’s Indian work. When I landed in Bombay, I sat closeted in my room for several hours, wei­g­hed down by a feeling of uncertai­nty. As night appro­a­ched, I was over­­w­h­elmed by the vitality of life in public spaces. In Europe, we do not see such sharing of public spaces. I fell in love with India. After four months of study, I came down to Goa and Ker­ala for a short holiday. The backwaters and the adjacent forests felt like the landscape of my soul. I went back and worked as an assistant professor but in 1996 with the royalty I received from my book, I bought a small piece of land and built my first home in Kerala. I had to take two major decisions to stay on in India. One was to give up on my pension in Germany, the other was to part with my partner. It wasn’t easy to establish myself. But today, I have around 20 projects in hand and have compl­e­ted 50. My designs rev­olve around timeless geometric sha­pes, there aren’t too many takers for it here. Switzerland (.ch) <br>
<b>Vanessa Meister</b>, 33, Clothes designer in Tripunithara, Kerala<br> 
<b>In India:</b> 4.5 years
As a designer working in Tripuni­thara, Kerala, I had to learn that the tailor’s deadline is not necessarily my deadline. Coming from Switzerland, where everything keeps perfect time, I have to plan way ahead—every detail, factoring in all that can go wrong. Even if I have expl­ained everything to the tailor, the product may not be what I had envisaged. Sometimes, he may have found a solution to the problem but often it is a waste of my time, his time and the material. After doing this for four-and-a-half years, I have picked up key words in Malayalam, and tailors and shopkeepers now know what I want. Since I am not a tourist, I dress like an Indian and my body language too has become very Indian. I no longer look men in the eye while talking, like fellow Euro­peans; hence, I am not bothered. In fact, they hardly notice me. I met my husband Krishnan Varma, who was doing his master’s in architecture in Swit­zerland while I was studying design at Lausanne. I came with him to make my home in Kerala. Some of my designs spring out of local themes. I did a goonda collection based on the lungis and colourful shi­rts worn by goondas in Malayalam films. It is an exciting time to be in India because of the huge potential. You can see it in the energy of the youth who want to stay and work here. There is a lot happening in fashion. Even the online shops are encouraging young designers and are taking on their wares. School students take part in a procession Kerala State School Youth festival at Kozhikode beach. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy and Opposition Leader of Kerala V.S Achuthanandan during a meeting in North block, in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during a meeting in New Delhi. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor addressing a press meet in Guruvayoor, Kerala. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor participates in a cleanliness drive as part of Clean India Mission in Thiruvananthapuram Congress MP Shashi Tharoor worships in Guruvayoor temple, Kerala. M. P. Veerendra Kumar, Socialist Janata (Democratic) gives speech during the merger of SJ(D) and  JD(U)  at Thrissur. People dressed as Santa Claus created a new Guinness World Record when they assembled together, in Thrissur. TV Grab: Maoists attack forest offices, KFC and McDonald's outlets in Kerala. <b>Rolls it out</b> Kalyanaraman and sons at their corporate office in Thrissur <b>Outside the Pavilion</b> Art is everywhere, a graffiti sampling from Fort Kochi’s walls <B>Outside the Pavilion</b> Art is everywhere, a graffiti sampling from Fort Kochi’s walls <b>God’s the judge</b> N. Srinivasan at the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum Faithfuls hold cardboard cutouts of sister Eufrasia Eluvathingal and priest Elias Chavara in front of St. Peter's Basilica prior to the start of their Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. <b>Candles Alight</b>
A centenary is forever. And when one has dispensed justice, as well as governance, all his working life, thereby influencing millions of lives, a hundred years demands celebration. Admirers of Justice (retd) V.R. Krishna Iyer in Kochi rose to the occasion. M.V. Raghavan, 81, firebrand Marxist leader from Kannur, Kerala, and one of the
few to thrive even after being purged from the cpi(m). His rebel CMP in the doldrums now though. Wolfgang Theuerkauf, 66, German naturalist whose Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in
Wayanad, an iucn top 25 global biodiversity centre, led to the conserving of millions of plants endemic to the Western Ghats. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy flags off ‘Janapaksha Yathra’ lead by KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala in Kasaragod. <b>Sabarimala, September 2014</b> Pilgrim hotspot Sabarimala, Kerala N.C. John, N.C. John & Sons, Coir products, Alappuzha, Kerala A child touches the belly of an artist whose body is painted in the likeness of a tiger to perform the annual 'Pulikali' or Tiger Dance in Thrissur, Kerala. Pulikali is a colorful recreational folk art revolving around the theme of tiger hunting, performed to entertain people during Onam. A folk artist dressed as Lord Muruga waits to perform during 'Kummati Kali' as a part of the annual Onam festival celebrations in Thrissur, Kerala. File photo of Ex-CJI Justice P Sathasivam who has been appointed as Kerala Governor. Masimiliano Latorre, one of the two Italian marines jailed for killing two Kerala fishermen in 2012, could be allowed to go back to Italy after he suffers brain stroke Women activists present bouquets to Kerala CM Oommen Chandy after the new excise policy Bar at the 5-star Uday Samudra in Kovalam Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu (L) and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at a meeting in Thrissur. File photo of Sheila Dikshit who resigned from the post of Kerala Governor. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Governor of Kerala Sheila Dikshit at a meeting in New Delhi. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan admiring the Kerala's flower Rangoli competition in Mumbai. <b>Wake up your buds</b> A typical Mappila feast, biriyani, parottas and suleimani tea Muslims boy seen inside a bus at Malappuram Town Historian M. Gangadharan at home Shamshad at an LGBT rally in Kochi One of the 44 Kerala nurses, evacuated from Libya, on her arrival at the airport in Kochi. Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy at Parliament. <b>Lord’s Service</b>
We see him each year during Durga Puja, performing rituals at his ancestral village in Birbhum. Thus a visit at Padmanabhaswamy temple was overdue for President Pranab Mukherjee, seen here accepting a memento of Lord Vishnu, with Trivandrum MP Shashi Tharoor. President Pranab Mukherjee with Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and others during a visit to Sree Padmanabahaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. President Pranab Mukherjee during a visit to Sree Padmanabahaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala PDP Chairman and 2008 Bangalore serial blasts prime accused Abdul Nasser Madani after his release from jail in Bengaluru on health grounds. Madani was, on July 11, granted one-month bail by the Supreme Court while taking note that he is an under-trial prisoner who was already behind the bars for the last four years and was suffering from various ailments. Police lathi charge to KSU students during a protest in Thrissur, Kerala. Police try to disperse members of Kerala Students Union after the students tried to jump the police barricade while on a march to the Government office in Kochi. <b>The Dark Joke</b> C.S. Praveen and P.K. Shihab, editors of Name, <i>Litsokniga</i> <b>Speaking up</b> The SFI protests the arrests <B>Nude War</b> Women lawyers outside Kerala HC protest the attack on a woman judge in UP Young boys play in rain water in Kozhikode as monsoons hit southern India A fisherman arranges his nets as monsoon clouds hover over the Kochi beach in Kerala. Former food and civil supplies minister of Kerala, T.H. Musthaffa Narendra Modi meeting Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in New Delhi. Anita Pratap The sun sets over a kettuvallam on the backwaters A jovial resident of the Jewish Quarter, Mattancherry A kingfisher shopping for dinner at Lake Vembanad A proud fisherman with his prize-catch-of-the-day, Kochi Kerala’s famous elixir—toddy Karelman’s soliloquy at  a performance of Chavittu Natakam A coir weaver at Manchira village A traditional lunch served on the houseboat A boxer and his coach pray before a fight Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar with Kerala CM Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram. Decorated temple elephants participate in a Pooram festival procession at a temple in Thrissur. The SC-appointed amicus curiae points to major gold pilferage from the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple treasure find; gold-plating machine found, “highest echelons” of admn, royal trustees involved. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy campaigns for Congress candidate Rizwan Arshad in Sarvagnanagar in Bengaluru. People queued up in a polling booth during Parliament elections at Taliparamba in Kannur. BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting in Kasaragod, Kerala. After 18 years and SC intervention, the Kerala HC finds 24 of the 36 accused in the Suryanelli rape case guilty, prime accused Dharmarajan gets life. State to appeal. Octogenarian CPI(M) leader V.S. Achuthanandan can still enthral the crowds. Here in Chalakkudy. Defence minister A.K. Antony with senior UDF leaders Congress's Shashi Tharoor doles out wisdom, affection (can it be benediction?) to next-gen worker. Night falls at The Wind in Munnar A view of the rolling tea plantations of Munnar Pods hang from a cocoa plant A view of the cottages at The Wind The multicuisine restaurant at the resort Comfortable rooms at The Wind A local bus makes its way through a tea plantation Colourful murals adorn a tea shop in Munnar <b>Anita Pratap</b>, AAP, Ex-<i>Time</i> reporter, who had done ’80s Lanka on a cycle, is standing in Kochi Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, Manjula Chellur administers the oath to new Governor Sheila Dikshit at a ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram. <b>Peace, Bro</b>
They were two faces of the Gujarat riots, one a victim, the other the aggressor. But 12 years is a long time, and tailor Qutubuddin Ans­ari and cobbler Ashok Par­mar ‘Mochi’ made peace in Kannur, Kerala, of all places. The two were participating in a seminar, ‘A Decade of Genocide’, organised by our Leftist buddies, the CPI(M). The occasion also saw the launch of the Malayalam edition of Ansari’s biography. Parmar, still tangled up in court cases, blamed the media for “demonising” him, but added that nowadays he devotes much of his time to “promoting Hindu-Muslim amity”. Anyway, apologies done, the event went off well. And Ansari’s bio, which had a print run of a 1,000 copies, sold out on the first day. Congress President Sonia Gandhi receives a memento from Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala during the inauguration of 'Nirbhaya' project for empowerment of women, in Kochi. Union minister KV Thomas and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy are also seen. Dark clouds are seen over Saputara Hill Station around 400 kms from Ahmedabad on July 30, 2011. LDF workers hold a protest march against the Centre's direction to the state to implement the recommendations of the Kasturirangan Committee on the Western Ghats conservation A special court in Kerala finds 12 guilty, three of them cpi(m) local area leaders, in the sensational 2012 murder of T.P. Chandrasekharan, a rebel who started a parallel outfit. Ayyappa devotees perform Karpoorazhi at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on a jeep participates in the Yuva Kerala march organised by Youth congress in Kayamkulam. Kochi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh receiving a memento from Kerala Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb at a function in Thiruvananthapuram in the presence of Governor Nikhil Kumar and CM Oommen Chandy.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Governor of Kerala Nikhil Kumar, Chief Minister Oomen Chandy, MP Shashi Tharoor, Minister for Industries and IT P.K. Kunhalikutty and CEO and MD of TCS N Chandrasekaran during the foundation stone laying ceremony of TCS Global Corporate Learning Center in Thiruvananthapuram. Devotees attend Sunday Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady Ranson ( Vallarpadath Amma) church in Ernakulam Devotees clean the yard as a penance or offering—the church stocks plenty of brooms <b>Narendra Modi</B>, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
Narendra Modi went all the way down south, to the temple with a treasury, after being declared PM candidate this year. <b>S. Sreesanth</b>, Poornathrayeesa Temple, Kochi
To compensate for all the banana skins pacer Sreesanth stepped on during the IPL, this just might have worked—no harm trying anyway. A thulabharam at the Sree Poornathrayeesa temple near Trippunithara. <b>Running Colours</b>
Kerala Congress (M) vice-president and chief whip of the UDF governm­ent in Kerala, P.C. George, has always had a penchant for getting into all sorts of unsavoury situations. But this time, he’s really stirred things up when with unsuppressed glee he inaugurated the Kerala section of the Narendra Modi campaign’s we-love- Sardar-Patel move, ‘Run for Unity’, organised by the BJP in Kottayam. He even unfolded a T-shirt with Modi’s image on it and held it against hims­elf while the flashbulbs popped away. Of course, all hell broke loose soon after with his party and even Cong­ress leaders frothing in the mouth. An unperturbed PC, though, was soon back on TV and he even had a plausible explanation: “For Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, I would even inaugurate a function held by the Naxalites.” So there. At the wedding reception of cricketer S. Sreesanth and Rajasthan Royal Bhuvaneshwari Kumari Shekhawat, a.k.a. Nain by friends, a jewellery designer, who stuck by him through the IPL spot fixinng controversy etc. No cricketer went for the wedding or the reception. The reception was at Sreesanth's native place Kothamangalam, Ernakulam district, slightly south of Kochi city. It became a joint function as today also happened to be his father Shantakumaran's 75th b'day.
At the wedding reception of cricketer S. Sreesanth and Rajasthan Royal Bhuvaneshwari Kumari Shekhawat, a.k.a. Nain by friends, a jewellery designer, who stuck by him through the IPL spot fixinng controversy etc. No cricketer went for the wedding or the reception. The reception was at Sreesanth's native place Kothamangalam, Ernakulam district, slightly south of Kochi city. It became a joint function as today also happened to be his father Shantakumaran's 75th b'day.
Cricketer S Sreesanth exchanging wedding vows with Bhuwneswari Kumari, hailing from a royal family in Rajasthan, at Sri Krishna temple in Guruvayur. <b>Planet Terre</b>
No, we won't labour the science-vs-religion trajectory taken every time one of our scientists visits a temple and a photo-op lands up. The Mangalyaan well on its Marsward path, ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan took time out to pray at Sabarimala and take part in Punyam Poongavanam, a daily clean-up carried out during the pilgrim season. A particiapant at ‘Kalapootu’ (oxen race) competition at Keezhisseri in Malappuram. <b>Waning Mound</b> High labour cost, weather vagaries hit pepper production Houseboats gang up at a Vembanad dock <b>Inward flow</b> Counting time at a Kerala temple The Padmanabhaswamy temple People throng around the Sanctum Santorum on the second day of Mandalam at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple, Kerala

<b>Buy, buy</b> Kochi airport, where dreams take flight <b>Transformered</b> Inside Lulu Mall The Kochi HOG club out on a ride Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his wife present a momento to Britain`s Prince Charles at Kottayam. Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla , the Duchess of Cornwall coming out from the Mattanchery Palace in Kochi. Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at a handcraft shop in Kochi city, Kerala. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy receives complaint from a woman during the state-wide mass contact program in Thiruvananthapuram. File: Actress Shweta Menon was allegedly molested by an elected representative from the area at a function in Kollam, sparking strong protests from the Malayalam film fraternity and women outfits, which demanded stern action against the politician. <p><strong>Thrissur Pooram, Kerala </strong></p>
<p>Raja Rama Varma IX, the legendary Sakthan (‘the powerful’) Thampuran began the tradition of the biggest temple festival in Kerala. It was born of controversy—an alternative for those who couldn’t make it to the Arattupuzha Pooram in the rainy year of 1798. The Thrissur Pooram is now a seven-day celebration in the Malayalam month of Medam (mid-May), begin­ning with a <em>kodiyettam </em>(hoisting of cere­monial flags), rounds of fireworks, divine music, and magnificently caparisoned elephants leading poorams (processions) to the Vadakkunathan Temple to Shiva at Thrissur. <a href=http://keralatourism.org target=_blank>keralatourism.org</a><br />
 </p> CPI (M) leader V S Achuthanadan meets Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at Medical College Hospital at Kannur. Chandy sustained injuries after he was attacked by LDF workers who were protesting over solar scam. <p><strong>Waterworld</strong><br />
<span class=fsppicturecaption>Kerala </span><br />
‘God’s Own Country’ is renowned for its backwaters. Take a lazy cruise on a houseboat down one of the lagoons and you’ll be at peace. <a href=http://keralatourism.org target=_blank>keralatourism.org</a></p> Police try to protect Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s vehicle during stone pelting by LDF workers in Kannur Vijitha K.R., Attapady <b>Athirapally Falls, Kerala</b> They call it the Niagara of India. The falls at Athirapally drop a more modest, but confident, 80ft into the Chalakudy River below. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Mata Amritanandamayi (L) during a function to celebrate the latter's 60th birthday in Amritapuri near Kollam in Kerala. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi seeks the blessings of Mata Amritanandamayi during her 60th birthday celebrations at Vallikavu, near Kollam, Kerala. Vagamon's grass-covered slopes. A cottage at Vagamon Heights. The shrine of St Mary at Pattumalai Church. Around Vagamon Heights. Marking the end of Onam celebration at Thrissur in Kerala with “Puli kali” (Tiger Dance), a traditional Kerala art form. Italian marines at the central prison in Thiruvanathapuram Students with their tablets which they received from Union Minister for Communication and IT Kapil Sibal under 'Vidya Jyothi' programme in Ernakulam, Kerala. <b>My grain, for free?</b> Annamma in front of her paddy field Members of all Kerala trade unions taking out a rally against hike in petrol prices in Kochi. MPs from Kerala shout slogans during a protest against solar scam at Parliament House in New Delhi. A bus moves through flooded street outside Cochin International Airport at Kochi. The Kochi airport was shut down today for 24 hours after water flooded the runway and the parking bay.  <b>Mouthful</b> A tribal family in Attappady <b>Night After</b>
The Left Front ‘rapakal samaram’ (day-night agitation) has, literally, run into rough weather in Kerala. Sen­ior leaders had vowed to agitate day and night in front of the Secret­ar­iat in Thiruv­a­n­­an­tha­puram till solar scam-plagued CM Oommen Cha­ndy resigned. Unfortun­at­ely, the rain gods had other ideas. With the clouds pou­ring down, our comrades found that protest speeches under all those bobbing umbrellas wasn’t getting them anywh­ere. So a pandal came up, a sumptuous lunch was served and then at night, they sett­led into their beds. But bra­ving the Kerala monsoon out on the road is no easy task. After shivering through the night, the next morning the comrades decided unani­m­ously to move the rapakal samaram away from the Sec­retariat and take it “to the smaller cities”. But the monsoon might chase them. <b>Cheerakadavu Ooru</b> 
<b>Vijaya</b>, 27, wife of Chinnaswamy, has two children. She’s very anaemic and has been given blood twice in the recent past. With daughter Ranjitha, 7, and three-month-old son Rajeesh, who is severely underweight. <b>Plamarachodu Ooru</b>
In January, <b>Vasanta</b>, 25, gave birth to a still-born at home. Husband Murugan has been unwell and jobless for months. And Murugan’s blind grandma, Marathi, hasn’t got her old-age pension for awhile now. <b>Kakkathode</b>
In the Konni forest, another man, Ayyappan carried his wife Sudha and walked for a day to reach the nearest road and then to the district hospital. The baby died. Ayyappan’s father here at their ramshackle hut. <b>Pallur Ooru</b>
Mallika, 29, had four abortions before Bhavani was born. She was eight when she died of internal infections. “I can’t bear to sit in my house. I keep hearing her voice, I don’t want to live,” says Mallika. Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy Valli, with one-year-old daughter Binish, crosses a river en route to her house in Thazha Bhoothayar Devotees take part in Aanayoottu (feeding of elephants) at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur on the first day of the Malayalam month Karkkidakam. <b>Call Me, Let’s Meet</b>
In Kerala, everyone and his uncle in the ruling UDF seems to have called up alle­ged conwoman Saritha S. Nair, of solar power scam fame. Some during the day, some at night. Congress home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan says he called her because he saw a missed call. Some politicos like the in-your-face chief whip P.C. George took pre-­em­ptive measures. At a press conference, he let everyone know that he was in touch with the lady...but it was to discuss her personal problems. Some MLAs have defe­nded themselves, saying they called her to discuss constituency problems. Hop­efully, these burn-the-midnight-oil ‘discussions’ have led to changes in the lives of the constituents too. <b>Heat wave</b> The CPI(M)-led opposition is seeking Chandy’s removal Kochi: Left Democratic Front workers take out a procession to demand resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar scam issue in Kochi. Madakkal bridge, longest hanging bridge of South India, which was recently inaugurated, collapsed in Kasaragod, Kerala. <b>In the net</b> Saritha Nair, who with her partner duped investors of crores The traditional 'dhara' treatment at Kalari Kovilakom The Poomully Aramthampuran at Kuttanad, which counts Rajinikanth among its patrons 
Dr Jouhar demonstrating an oil therapy technique Its masseurs and therapists 'in action', practising kalaripayattu Quaint interiors of the Kalari Kovilakom Twilight at the Perumbayil Ayurveda Mana A day’s work at the Poomully Aramthampuran Corridors of history at the Kalari Kovilakom An Ayurvedic raw material supplier at Thrissur and his magic wares Cauldron-lined, modern manufacturing unit At the Oushadhi factory, where women outnumber men A trunk call at the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary nearby Offerings by the faithful at the Guruvayoor temple The ancestral home of Dr P.K. Warrier, a descendant of the founder of Arya Vaidya Sala and, currently, its chief physician Tranquil waters by Kozhikode’s Kappad beach, where Vasco Da Gama first dropped anchor Lush greenery of a tea plantation Family-style dining at Grassroots; and the A view of rolling tea estates and misty mountains from the resort The dining area at Grassroots displays traditional Kerala architecture Its entrance Cycling excursions are one of the many actvities the resort offers Mountain scenery as seen from the property Open-air seating lends charm to the property A luxury tent Amway CEO W.S. Pinckney in Kozhikode Amway India Chairman and CEO William S. Pinckney, and company Directors Sanjay Malhotra and Anshu Budhraja who were remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a court in Kalpetta in connection with three fraud cases. Haritha V Kumar who got the first rank in Civil Services Exam- 2012, conducted by the Union Public Services Commission in Faridabad. <b>No mean affair</b> Ex-forest minister Ganesh Kumar, left, with Kerala CM Chandy Gujarat CM Narendra Modi lights a lamp at Sree Narayana Mutt at Sivagiri in Kerala.   Narendra Modi with sanyasis at Sivagiri Mutt, Kerala. Elephants lined up for the Thrissur pooram festival in Thrissur. In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, the Suryanelli girl named for the beautiful, hillside village in the southern state of Kerala that was once her home, stands at the doorway of her house in Kottayam. Seen in this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, is the Suryanelli rape victim as she speaks to The Associated Press at her house in Kottayam. Pictures of the Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, detained in India to face trial in the deaths of two fishermen, and the colours of the Italian flag are projected atop the Colosseum during a demonstration organised by the Rome municipality to ask for their release, in Rome. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy look on as actor-politician K B Ganesh Kumar talks to the media after resigning as the state forest minister in Thiruvananthapuram. Students celebrate Holi after the end of their 10th standard examinations in Kozhikode. Artists perform Agni Khandakarnan Theyyam, a ritual dance of north Kerala, as a part of the annual festival at Sree Krishnaswami Temple in Kochi on Tuesday. President Pranab Mukherjee with Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal and Kerala CM Oommen Chandy releases postage stamps during the inauguration of the quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary of Malayala Manorama in Kottayam, Kerala. Bitti Mohanty in custody in Kerala Italian marines at a govt guesthouse in Kochi Italian marines at the central prison in Thiruvanathapuram Italian marines meeting relatives Italian marines with the Italian PM <b>Only words</b> Daniele Mancini at the MEA A torchlight procession in Rome in 2012 demands the release of the marines Protests in Thiruvananthapuram Lawyer Unni with Doramma Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini arrives at Ministtry of External Affairs office South Block in New Delhi. The Italian Ambassador to India was summoned after refusal of Italian government to send its two marines back to India where they are facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen. ‘Kathakali Panini’ KalamMandalamM RramMankKutty Nnair, 88, whose Parasuraman in Sita Swayamvaram and ‘katthi’ (villain) roles are legendary. Kerala Kalamandalam ex-head, subject of a major Adoor docu. Bitti Mohanty, rape accused on the run for six years, taken into custody by Kerala police in Kannur. Bitti Mohanty, the son of a former top cop in Odisha, was convicted in March 2006 for raping a 26-year-old German national in a hotel in Alwar, Rajasthan. Mahouts try to tame an irate jumbo in Kochi Sudheena, gored to death last month <b>Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary:</b> One of the best jungles to spot vipers and pythons, 70 km from Kollam, Kerala, set in a deep green valley by the Shendurney river.  
<b>Kanniamalai Bungalow</b>, Eravikulam Colonial-era tea estate bungalow that offers tranquility, great views and a taste of Brit planters’ lifestyle. Restored in 1912. The CPI-M's women wing All-India Democratic Women's Federation protest outside state Assembly in Kerala, demanding a fresh probe into the Suryanelli gangrape case in view of the charge levelled against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien by the victim.   ‘Islamic Violins’, Ibrahim Quraishi’s homage to the Fluxus movement David Hall, one of many charming venues for the Biennale A visitor peers into the attic at Pepper House. A jolly mural at Pepper House Art aficionados at the entrance to Moidu’s Heritage Vivek Vilasini’s ‘Last Supper—Gaza’ Anchor as art The Mailoor Estate bungalow is tucked away in a private tea garden overlooking the Nilgiris The reading corner at Red Lynch Bungalow, an English-style country home near Kodai Lake, has ample nooks for bookworms, complete with views of the sprawling lawn and garden Kanniamalai Bungalow's red roofs are bright amidst  the trees beyond Eravikulam National Park, in Munnar The Akkamalai Tea Factory in Valparai sits at a spectacular point on the threshold of Grass Hill Forest Setting for an easy life, at Hill House, Peermade The daily wage earners of Coonoor take a break to smile for the camera Michael Kallivayalil and his wife represent the legacy of a family that has produced prominent tea, coffee and spice planters in Peermade for over fifty years Carrots being sorted for wholesale trade in Munnar A friendly family of gaur at Mailoor Estate, Coonoor Twilight hour at the Red Lynch Bungalow Contemporary planters enjoy an evening at the Mundakayam Club Dining tables fit for a king are set out at Ferrnhills Royale Palace, Ooty Rubber tapping on a plantation in Mundakayam An interesting blend of bold colour, antiques and Kerala carpentry salvaged from Alleppey houses furnish Hill House The traditional woodfired kitchen at Evergreen Estate Cinnamon-flavoured noolappam (string hoppers) and egg curry make a typical Syrian-Christian breakfast at Evergreen Estate Bungalow, Kuttikal The fishing hut at Gravel Banks, Munnar The Ropeway Bungalow on Waterfall Estate, Valparai, is an eclectic fusion of colonial and Tamil architecture Kerala tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Actor-director Kamal Haasan's controversial movie Vishwaroopam, facing a two week-ban in Tamil Nadu due to its alleged anti-Muslim content, was released in more than 80 theatres in Kerala today. The silenced Women in Ernakulam protesting against Soumya’s rape Police trying to control Ayyappa devotees at Sannidanam in Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple in Kerala.
Women participate in ‘Thiruvathirakali’ as part of mothers day celebrations in Kozhikode. Devotees crowd at Sannidanam in Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple. Italian marines Salvatore Girone, left, and Massimiliano Latorre arrive at a court in Kollam. The marines returned to Kerala after visiting their homes for Christmas celebrations in Italy. The two were detained after they mistook two fishermen for pirates and fatally shot them. Combo image from left, Italian marine Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre leaves for Italy from the Kochi airport on Friday. Salvatore and Latorre are accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast, has been allowed by the Kerala High Court to go home for Chritsmas. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, centre, with his lookalike and cast members celebrating the 900th episode of <i>Cinemala</i>. A scene from <i>Vodafone Comedy Stars</I>  A fisherman throws his fishing net at Kozhikode beach. Oysters and mussels at the Oyster Opera resort A woman from the region’s farming community on Bekal beach A floating cottage at Oyster Opera A little girl at Bekal Fort The boat ride to Sandwich beach Bekal Fort A Theyyam performer Drying coconut on Sandwich beach in Padanna Oyster shells Fresh prawns and squid at Oyster Opera A view of the sea from Bekal A fabulous spread at the resort Pearl spot and toddy Fresh fish for the table Children gathered at a local temple for a Theyyam performance Devotees sleep near Sannidanam at Lord Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Sunday night.  Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama (C),former President APJ Abdul Kalam (R) and  Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during the Catholicate centenary celebrations in Ernakulam. Devotees perform ‘Vavubali’ rituals on Diwali at Varakkal beach in Kozhikode.  The PM inaugurating the Kochi Metro President Pranab Mukherjee planting of a sapling at Kerala Legislative Assembly in Thiruvanthapuram. Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, second from right, entertains fans in Kannur, Kerala. Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, center, entertains fans in Kannur, Kerala. Maradona arrived on Tuesday on a two-day private visit. <b>Early bird</b> Kerala CM Achuthanandan joined the Communists at age 17 Legendary singer K. J. Yesudas visits an exhibition of caricatures on him in Kochi. <b>Cloud in a glass</b> A toddy shack in Kochi <b>Ahoy! Yacht club brigade coming ashore</b> Syrian Christian families find their moorings outside a boating club in Kochi Periyar National Park is a rare instance of local communities being involved in tourism work Participants row boats during a boat race at Ayroor village in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Artists perform Puli kali, a traditional Kerala art form, to mark the end of onam celebrations in Thrissur. Snake boats at the 60th edition of Nehru Trophy boat race at Alappuzha. Participants at the 60th edition of Nehru Trophy boat race at Alappuzha. The entrance to the stately palace A royal portrait in the master bedroom Athangudi tiles grace the first-floor balcony The modest 'palace' with its terracotta-tile roof The master bedroom Townspeople in Udaipur A nun at the Little Flower convent in Narakkal, Kochi Sister Mary Chandy Father Shibu Kalamparambil <b>Big bully</b> St Mary’s church, Narakkal People take part in snake boats race at the Champakulam Lake in Alappuzha, Kerala. Police use water cannon against agitating SFI workers who were protesting over the conversion of unaided schools into aided schools by Kerala Government in Kannur.  Old women appear in the 4th standard examination, conducted by Kerala Literacy Mission at a village in Kochi. Kerala Armed Police cadets at their passing out parade on a rainy day in Kottayam on Sunday. A Theyyam performer Italian marines Salvatore Girone, left, and Massimiliano Latorre arrive to report before the police commissioner in Kochi. The two marines are accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen off southwest India. They were granted bail on Wednesday, 30 May, but they cannot leave Kerala without the permission of the court. <b>Kill, kill</b> M.M. Mani at a Marxist rally A member of Kerala Student's Congress pierces his tongue as he protests with others near the Parliament to seek government intervention in resolving the issue of Mullaperiyar Dam which has long been a matter of discord between the southern  Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in New Delhi. People march past the Unknown Soldier's monument during a torchlight procession to ask for the release of the Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, in Rome. Latorre and Girone, detained by an Indian court, are accused of having shot to death two Indian fishermen from the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie, off southwest India, mistaking the fishing boat for a pirate ship. The banners read Give us back our Lions, left, and Free Now. People try to tame an elephant who ram amok in 'Arattupuzaha Temple pooram' procession in Thrissur district of Kerala. Italian Marines Salvatore Girone, right, and Massimiliano Latorre (C) being produced in a court in Kollam. The two marines are accused of shooting two Indian fishermen in February, 2012. Kaalapoottu, a kind of ox race, being conducted at an agricultural field of Pantheerankave in Kozhikode. The Italian government will pay `1 cr each as compensation to the families of two slain Kerala fishermen. The latter will withdraw court submissions; criminal case to continue. Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre, second right, hugs his nephew Christian D'Addario, as fellow marine Salvatore Girone, behind Latorre, comes out from central prison, where the two marines are detained by Indian authorities, to meet their family members in Trivandrum. Italy has agreed to pay nearly $200,000 to each of the families of two dead Indian fishermen allegedly shot by Italian marines who mistook them for pirates, lawyers for the victims' families said. Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa (L) prays at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. Italian Marines Salvatore Girone, center left, and Massimiliano Latorre, center right, are escorted by Indian police following a court appearance in Kollam, Kerala. The two marines are accused of allegedly fatally shooting two Indian fishermen in February, 2012. The marines were part of the cargo ship's security team, and India accuses them of mistaking the fishing boat for a pirate ship. Italian marines Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre are escorted after being produced at a court in Kollam. The two marines are accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen from the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie off southwest India. Police carry a box containing arms, seized from Italian merchant ship Enrica Lexie, involved in killing of two Indian fishermen, to a court in Kollam. A policeman with the members of the navy security team of Italian vessel Enrica Lexie, Salvatore Girone and Latorre Massimiliano, who were involved in the killing of two Indian fishermen, at a government guest house in Kochi. Police officials carry sealed box containing materials seized for an ongoing investigation from the Italian cargo vessel, the Enrica Lexie anchored at the Cochin Oil Terminal, at the port in Kochi. Two marines of the Enrica Lexie were involved in the killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast. Italian marines Latore Massimiliano, second from right, and Salvatore Girone, rear behind Massimiliano, are escorted by police officials after an appearance in court, in Kollam. A court has extended police custody of the two Italian marines accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen off India's southwest coast, as India and Italy wrangle over the case. Italian Marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone who are kept in police custody for allegedly shooting two Indian fishermen to death from the Italian cargo vessel the Enrica Lexie, leave for a court appearance from a government guest house in Kochi. The shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates sparked diplomatic wrangling over their arrests, and some maritime experts are questioning the use of armed guards on merchant ships. Also seen is Consul General of Italy in Mumbai, Giampaolo Cutillo. <b>Under watch</b> The two Italian marines Latorre Massimiliano (left) and Salvatore Girone Ruins of the 1523 Portuguese-built Kottapuram fort on the Periyar Dutch missionary Philip Baldeus’s parchment of Cranganor, 1752 Kerala Governor MOH Farook dies at a Chennai hospital following a brief illness. He was 74. Farook, a senior Congress leader and former Puducherry chief minister and MP, is survived by son and two daughters. He was sworn in as the 19th governor of Kerala last September, prior to which he had occupied the gubernatorial post in Jharkhand. He had also served as Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry thrice and was a Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Tourism between 1991 and 1992. He was elected to Lok Sabha for three terms from 1991 from Puducherry and had also served as Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. <b>Rupee signs</b> Migrant workers at a construction site in Kochi Members of Delhi Tamil Sangam hold placards during a protest over Mullaperiyar Dam issue in New Delhi. An all party delegation led by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy meets with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Mullaperiya Dam issue, at Parliament House in New Delhi. A boat ride for ‘relay dinner’, a concept unique to Vaamika Island The Vaamika pool Spices in Kochi St Francis Church A fine local spread Papaya ice cream An Ottanthullal performance Members of Kerala Assembly Committee visit the Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandi (center) meeting with MPs of the state protesting over Mullaperiyar issue at Parliament house in New Delhi. Water overflowing through the spillway of the controversial Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki district in Kerala. <b>Watery Fears</b> Kerala MPs protest outside Parliament as A.K. Antony walks by <b>Too old?</B> The Mullaperiyar dam <b>Road show</b> An anti-dam protest in Kochi <b>Hold it</b> A fruit vendor is alone in business during a traders’ bandh against FDI in Kochi on Nov 29 <b>Down with FDI</b> KVVES members protesting in Kochi Union  Ministers K.C.Venugopal, K.V.Thomas Vayalar Ravi, and E. Ahamed talking to Kerala Congress MPs protesting against the Mullaperiyar Dam and demanding the water level to be lowered to save Kerala at Parliament House in New Delhi. Activists stage an indefinite fast demanding decommissioning of the Mullaperiyar dam at Karinkulam Chappathu in Idukki. Kerala Congress MPs protesting against the Mullaperiyar Dam and demanding the water level to be lowered to save Kerala at Parliament House in New Delhi. UDF workers burn an effigy of MDMK leader Vaiko at the Kumili check post during a protest over Mullaperiyar dam in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy listening to the problems during his statewide mass contact programme in Kozhikode. Senior BJP leader L K Advani addressing a press conference during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Opposing the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, Advani said nothing should be done that weakens the armed forces' position.
<b>Good as gold</b> Women in Kochi flash the 1 gm gold card from Muthoot Fincorp Chief Ministers Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Sadananda Gowda (Karnataka) and Oommen Chandy (Kerala) during the '56th National Development Council' meeting in New Delhi. Kerala MP P T Thomas (L) with Sarpanch of Anna Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi, Jaisingh Sadashiv Mapari (3rd from left) and his team members in New Delhi. Upset over not getting an appointment with Rahul Gandhi, the sarpanch of Anna Hazare's village and his colleagues decided to return home saying now even if they get an appointment, the village will decide whether to meet the Congress leader or not. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy (centre) at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Smart City Project in Kochi. <b>‘Nuts to that’</b> Coconuts go untended People gather on the banks of  Kerala river, where a school van carrying 23 children plunged into a river near Thiruvananthapuram.Three children were  killed in this accident. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, former judge of supreme court of India in a program for handing over the report of the right and welfare of women and children commission in Kochi. In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, artists with their bodies painted wait to perform at the annual Pulikali, or Tiger Dance, in Thrissur, Kerala. Participants with their bodies painted to resemble tigers and leopards roam the streets during this festival which falls on the fourth day of the harvest festival Onam. Artists with their bodies painted dance as they make their way through the streets during the annual 'Pulikali' or Tiger Dance in Thrissur, southern Kerala state. Men with their bodies painted to resemble tigers and leopards roam the streets during this festival which falls on the fourth day of the harvest festival 'Onam'. Snake boats compete for Chief Minister's trophy for the race, at Kandasankadav in Thrissur. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy serving feast at an old-age home in connection with Onam in Thiruvananthapuram. It is of little consequence which side of the ‘Who does it belong to?’ debate you prefer. That India still has wealth to be divined is a mite reassuring. <b>The shopping habit</b> Lining up for liquor A Kathakali performance in Kochi Visitors at Alleppey Beach The exterior of the Padmanabhapuram Palace Fort Kochi’s iconic Princess Street A boat on Periyar Lake The Kerala Folklore Museum, Ernakulam <b>Keepers Of The Gate</b> Policemen provide security to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple <b>Boat rocker</b> The late T.P. Sundararajan The Padmanabhaswamy temple complex Police reviewing security at the temple Devotees leave the 16th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum. A vast treasure trove revealed in recent days has instantly turned the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple into one of the wealthiest religious institutions in India. A police officer stands guard outside the the 16th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. A vast treasure trove of gold coins, jewels and precious stones unearthed at the lightly guarded Hindu temple was expected to grow further in value as the last two secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years were opened. The government has increased security since the treasure's discovery in recent days, which has instantly turned the temple into one of the wealthiest religious institutions in the country. A Malabar grey hornbill Loading bamboo at the Edamalayar reservoir A golden silk orb-weaver spider Cricketer S Sreesanth performing 'Sayana Pradakshinam' (the devotional rolling around the shrine) at Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Two women cross a water-logged road after heavy rain in Kochi following the arrival of Monsoon in Kerala. Farmers sow groundnuts with the aid of a pair of bulls at Aakodara village near Himmatnagar, about 85 kilometers from Ahmedabad.Monsoon rains, crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people, arrived over Kerala , two days before the forecast date of May 31. Defence Minister A K Antony is briefed about the proposed plan of the Indian Coast Guard Academy after he laid its foundation stone at Azhikkal in Kerala's Kannur district. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy arrives in New Delhi. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy being welcomed by the supporters on his arrival in New Delhi. Congress leader Oommen Chandy (L) is sworn in as Chief Minister of Kerala by Governor R S Gavai in Thiruvananthapuram. Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy with RS Gavai and four ministers after the swearing in ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala opposition leader Omman Chandy (C) along with his supporters, celebrate after Chandy's victory from the Puthuppally assembly constituency. Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan arrives at the Palakkad counting centre on after he was declared elected from Malampuzha assembly constituency. A high-tech theme park with a mammoth statue of 'Jatayu' as its core, at Chadayamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram in South Kerala. Members of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) during a protest march against endosulfan in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan participating in a day-long fast in Thiruvananthapuram to press for a countrywide ban on endosulfan. A participant dances atop an autorickshaw prior to the flag off of the Rickshaw Run, at Kochi. 180 adventurers from 19 countries in flimsy autorickshaws, took off for the ride of a lifetime from India's southern tip to its northeastern edge. The Rickshaw Run, a five-year-old charity event is expected to cover nearly 5,000 kilometers. People wait in queues at a polling station to cast their votes during the assembly elections in Alappuzha. Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and his wife Vasumathi arrive at a polling booth to cast their votes during assembly elections in Alappuzhza. A polling official marking the fingers of Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and his wife Vasumathi as they arrive at a polling booth to cast their vote during assembly elections in Alappuzhza. Artists paint their bodies with the CPI symbol to perform the Pulikali dance during an election campaign in Thrissur. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP candidate CK Padmanabhan and Kerala BJP President V Muraleedharan at an election campaign rally in Kozhikode. AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi waves at the crowd during an election campaign rally at Payyoli in Kozhikode. Congress President Sonia Gandhi waves to crowd as Kerala PCC president Remesh Chennithala  and UDF leaders look on during an election meeting at Haripad in Alappuzha. Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party leader Oommen Chandy during an election meeting at Haripad in Alappuzha, Kerala. CM meets voters in Palghat, north Kerala Kerala assembly elections. 
A painter paints CPI(M)'s symbol on a wall ahead of the assembly elections at Vadakkumchery in Palakkad district of Kerala. <b>Lal salam</b> CM Achuthanandan at a CPI(M) rally West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan (R) comes out after worshiping at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala. Former Minister and Kerala Congress (B) leader R. Balakrishna Pillai being taken to Poojappura Central Jail at Thiruvananthapuram after he surrendered in a court. The Supreme Court on February 11 had sentenced Pillai and two others to one-year jail for corruption in the award of contract for a hydropower project. <b>INDICTED</b> Ex-Kerala power minister R. BALAKRISHNAN PILLAI of the Congress gets one year RI in the Rs 2-crore Idamalayar dam hydroelectric project case. The SC verdict comes 20 years after the case was registered. Cricketer S Sreesanth sings during an event in Kochi on Sunday evening. Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch) S Surendran, who is spearheading the Sabarimala stampede inquiry, at the incident site in Pullumedu, Kerala. Belongings of victims at the site of Friday's stampede in Sabarimala, Kerala. M Papplamma cries as she informs a family member on a mobile phone about the death of her son in Friday's stampede while returning from a pilgrimage, after identifying his body at a mortuary in Kochi. Anjana, wife of Srinivas Shetty, who died during Friday's stampede at Sabarimala, breaks down after her husband's body is brought home, in Bangalore. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi arrives at Alapuzha helipad to visit Sabarimala stampede site, in Kerala. Gandhi, however, could not visit the site as bad weather prevented the landing of his helicopter. BJP President Nitin Gadkari greets party workers as he arrives to take part in the Kerala Raksha Padayatra, a campaign for the upcoming Kerala Assembly election, at Mangalore airport. Malayalee artistes take out a rally during the inaugural ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Calcutta Malayalee Samajam at Kolkata. A policeman carries out the task of identification of dead bodies at Kumili Thaluk Hospital in Idukki district of Kerala a day after a stampede near Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. In the worst pilgrim tragedy that struck south India, 104 Lord Ayyappa devotees were killed and 50 injured, seven of them seriously.    People trying to know the conditions of their friends and relatives at a 'Help Desk' at the Kumili Thaluk Hospital in Idukki district of Kerala, a day after a stampede near Sabarimala Temple. An injured is rushed to a hospital after a stampede near Sabarimala Temple in Idukki district of Kerala. Bodies of Ayyappa devotees loaded in vehicles after a stampede near Sabarimala Temple in Idukki district of Kerala on Friday night.  A man cries after identifying the body of a relative, died in a stampede near Sabarimala Temple, outside Kumili Thaluk Hospital in Idukki district of Kerala.  Houseboats on the backwaters of Alleppy The St Sebastian Church at Arthunkal Houseboats on the lake Views of the interiors An exterior view of the Purity resort the launch from Kottayam to Alleppey A Bison The Shola forest The view from Cloud Farm Ezhara Beach House Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pays homage to the mortal remains of former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran, who died on Thursday, in Thrissur. A man clicks picture of a sand sculpture of senior Congress leader K Karunakaran who died on Thursday, at Kozhikode beach. File photo: Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran passed away at a Thiruvananthapuram hospital after an illness. Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran passed away at a Thiruvananthapuram hospital after an illness. CPI(M) MPs from Kerala shout slogans as they stage a protest demanding rail coach factory in Kochi, at Parliament House during the ongoing winter session in New Delhi. UNESCO inscribes
in its Intangible Heritage list
three vulnerable performing
arts forms—Kerala ritual
theatre MUDIVETTU, east
India’s CHHAU dance, KALBELIA
folk songs of Rajasthan. <b>Hay Maker</b>
Two literary fests in two months...well, Kerala is writer’s own country. The recent Hay fest saw the likes of Bob Geldof and Sting. MP Shashi Tharoor used the pitch for his anti-Arundhati tirade with wife M’me Sue the event’s neon sign. The Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram inaugurating the ' Global Community 
Policing Conclave' at Cochin, Kerala. Forty years after the crime, former Kerala IGP K. LAKSHMANA, 75, gets life for the fake encounter killing of Naxal leader A. Verghese, in what was the extremist hotbed ’70s in the state. May 2004<br><b>Bench Markers</b> Strike’s a familiar chord in Kerala. It may not be hartal day today, but then a lazy afternoon is excuse enough to strike work. <b>Hot Cuppa:</b> Women pluckers at work early in the morning in the Kanan Devan hills Asian Elephants, Periyar National Park, Kerala <b>Kozhikode, Kerala:</b> 43-year-old Abdul Razak has taken the judgement in his stride, saying “it has averted communal clashes. Just imagine what would have happened if the verdict was different”. Ex-padre Shibu Kalaparamban T.J. JOSEPH, the Kerala prof who lost a hand to radical Muslim outfit PFI for allegedly referencing Mohammed derogatorily, is now sacked by his college. <b>What’s the prize</b> A lady vendor selling lottery tickets on the roads of Kochi Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor weds Sunanda Pushkar at his ancestral home in Elavanchery village at Palakkad district in Kerala.  K.M. MATHEW, 93, media mogul and the chief editor of Kerala daily, Malayala Manorama. Under him, the Manorama group became one of India’s biggest cross-media titans. College prof hacked for hurting sentiments in Kerala: Joseph in hospital with severed limb