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12 August, 2017

Food photography workshop and Yoga retreat in Kerala, India

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Imagine  rain  outside,  a  hot  cup  of  filter  coffee  and  a  bunch  of  foodies  together.  Now  add  an  idyllic  setting  with  traditional  architecture,  excellent  service  and  oh-so  delicious  food.  I  recently  spent  a  few  days  at  the  Kumarakom   luxury  resort  in  god’s  own  country,  Kerala,  India.

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I  have  always  loved  light  airy  photographs,  until  I  came  across  the  photographs  of  Rakhee  Yadav,  in  her  most  beautiful  blog  ‘Box  of  spice’.  The  more  I  spent  time  gawking  at  them,  I  knew,  this  is  what  I  would  love  to  learn.  Imagine  my  excitement  when  I  found  out  that  she  was  organising  a  workshop  and  Yoga  retreat  the  same  time  I  was  visiting  India.

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The  resort  was  out  of  a  fairy  tale  setting.  It  was  of  little  surprise  to  see  the  photographs  of  Prince  Charles  celebrating  his  65th  birthday  there.  Built  with  teak  wood,  the  villas  were  actually 16th  century  homesteads  from  Kerala,  transported  to  the  resort  and  then  reassembled.  Exquisite  carvings  adorning  each  wall.  A  meandering  pool  running  around  the  villas,  open  air  shower,  coconut  trees  swaying  in  the  breeze  bordering  the  Vembanad  lake,  second  largest  in  India.

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The day started  with  yoga  by  the  lake.  We  practised  Pranayama,  settled  ourselves  into  Vrikshasana,   paid obeisance  to  the  founding  sage of Yoga,  Patanjali.

Rakhee  @boxofspice  and  Aimee  @Twiggstudio  discussed  the   basics  of  camera  settings.  I  admired  their  patience  as  they  did  not  stop  until  each  and  every  questions  had  been  answered.  Post  lunch  we  were  given  to  style  some  action  shots.  ‘Sifting  flour’,  ‘Pouring  milk’,  we  giggled  like  teenagers.

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The  next  few days   we  made  notes,  new  friends,   as  we  styled  curries  or  ingredients.  Human  element  in  shots  were  practised,  as  we  modelled  our  hands  for  each  other  and  learned   how  to  tackle   social   media.

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The  memories  will  be  there  for  a  long  time,  the  friendships  made  even  longer.  It  was  a  pleasure  to  know  you  guys,  Shareen  Arora,  Hetty  Lavrijsen,  Marie-Gon ,  David  and  Jacienta.

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6s COMMENTS

6 thoughts on : Food photography workshop and Yoga retreat in Kerala, India

  • August 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Beautiful pictures! It sounds like an amazing experience. And meeting the people in person we connect with online has to be the best thing about blogging.

    • Ratna
      August 17, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      True, meeting the people in person was the highlight, I must say. So glad I could make it .

  • David
    August 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful account of our time together Ratna. It was an incredible experience made even better by a lovely group of foodies 🤗🤗

    • Ratna
      August 14, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Welcome to Cookingsutra David. So nice to see you. As I said here the memories will last a looong time. Travel safe and enjoy your time off. Do keep in touch.

  • Ev
    August 12, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Oh wow Ratna how fantastic, I am so envious . What a wonderful experience. Maybe we should meet next time you decide to go on another workshop – perhaps Italy – as I know we both have such a love for it. Beautiful pictures.

    • Ratna
      August 12, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Wouldn’t that be exciting Ev? I will absolutely keep a lookout for anything like this and then we can plan. Have a great weekend my friend.

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