Eyes do speak


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Priya (Photo: Karthik Muthuvali)

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I fell in love with the photograph of this girl.

My student Karthik Muthuvali had captured her eyes that convey many nuances, and I could not resist commenting:

“பேசாமல் பேசும் விழிகள் சொல்லாமல் சொல்லிவிடும் சேதிகளை மென்மையான ஒரு பார்வையில் சொல்லிவிடுவாள் பெண்.

With her tender reticent eyes, a woman can indeed convey subtle implied messages.

Yes, the eyes speak.

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Poor in United States


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj
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Elkridge, Maryland, USA.

January 30, 2012

Yesterday it was sunny and cloudless; and my son suggested that we go shopping at IKEA at College Park and WALMART.

From your and my point of view, the way it looks, everyone in US seems to be having enough resources. On our way this image in my mind of an affluent US was shattered.

The temperature outside the car was 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) and freezing.

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Do you see the woman in the center of the photo standing in the middle of the road holding a placard?

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Since we were in the third lane.I could not read what was written. So, I zoomed in with my camera, and was shocked. I read:

“Family in Need
Due Lay off
Any help Appreciated
Thank ypu
God Bless.”

- Elkridge, Maryland.

While in India, I thought America was a land flowing with milk and honey. But now I see, that this country is no different from any country in Asia.

Yes. United States of America too has its quota of poor people.

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Photos taken while travelling by car in US.


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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj
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I took these photos on 14 and 15 January 2012 while travelling in my younger son Subas Raj’s car.

Initially, occupying the front seat while my son drove his Honda CRV smoothly between 60 and 70 mph, I felt a bit jittery being not used to left-hand driving.

I really admire the clean streets over here in the United States - not a bit of paper or piled garbage could be seen. The roads are smooth devoid of potholes – no bumpy roads and so, no backache.

No town busses. So, everyone has a car or two. The drivers are road conscious and polite towards other drivers and stop and give way to pedestrians crossing the road. No harsh driving, no unnecessary road hogging and no rash overtaking; and everyone obeys the road rules. All use the fantastic GPS for guidance and direction.

Spacious non-congested landscape with houses built with light materials, looking bleak and drab outside. Almost all houses look alike with mostly painted – no vivid or vasthu colours that we see in India.

Since it is winter not much of green foliage could be seen.

Though the sun is shining, the outside temperature chills the bone. Here I give the lowest temperatures in degrees Celsius for the past 4 days: 13th: 2, 14th: -3, 15th: -4 and today (16th) it was -7 at 8am (it would have been colder outside while we slept) and now at noon it is -1. Inside the car we need the heater for warmth. Inside the house a steady temperature of 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit is maintained throughout day and night.

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Flight from Chennai to Washington


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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj
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My wife Assuntha and I flew from Chennai to Washington via Doha on January 11, 2012.  I used my Nokia XpressMusic 5220 to take the photos displayed on this page.

Flight from Chennai to Doha

Our flight QR277 left Chennai at 4:30 am.

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It’s me on board QR277.

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My wife facing the camera.

Sun rising in the horizon.

Flying at 30,000 feet there is nothing to see down – only a carpet of clouds resembling an immense flock of sheep.

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After flying for almost 5 hours from Chennai we landed at Doha International Airport.

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At Doha International Airport waiting for security check.

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At Doha International Airport waiting to board.

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On board QR 51 – Doha to Washington.

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Flight route of QR 51 – Doha to Washington.

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Arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport after 15 hours of flight from Doha.

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At Washington Dulles International Airport – Jetlagged

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