Monday, September 7, 2009


This is a classical dance performance by Malayalam film actress Navvya Nambisan in connection with the Onam feastival. I am posting some photos for your viewing pleasure.

This post is in honor of my youngest friend, Linnea, aged 14, from LIFE IN THE WORLD. She is an amazing writer with fantastic clarity of thought, deep insight into life, abiding trust in God and a spell binding faith in her own capabilities.

In one of her comments on my comment, this is what she had to say:


Hello Joseph!

Thank you for your kind words to my blog. It is very uplifting. As to the quote you posted by A J Cronin, I agree completely. Life is EXACTLY like a maze. Each turn or twist is different and unique Either leading you to a dead end or another fork in the road. But one thing they have in common is the fact that each one is your choice.

I am an excessive video game player and in the game I am in now,
there is a helper who uncovers hidden obstacles for you. Click on something using her and she tells you about it. Just like this character, God is our guide showing us things that we cannot see. Helping us decide which is bad and which is good.

The only thing predictable about life is it's unpredictability.

When I lose sight of God's love, I have but to close my eyes and free fall into the abyss of my worries to see that he has already caught me.

Needless to say, I was immensely delighted with this reply.

Kindly visit Linnea. Your words of encouragement, words of wisdom, support, motivations, and advice will surely help her to become a great success in life.

God bless you all.


Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Beautiful. 14! Incredible.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Trish and Rob:)

I am thrilled with your lightning response. Many, many thanks my friend:)

magicpolaroid said...

wow Joseph this is abs. amazing traditional dance!

Mitr - Friend said...

Why Bharathanatyam..??? Why no Mohiniattam..???!!!!!
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A New Beginning said...

Mr Joseph,
your comments are so enlightening that each comment feels and highlights the fact that you care about the posts and give ur view after indepth study.
Thanks and those are lovely pics!

Brian Miller said...


Thanks for the beautiful pictures and a little more insight into the Onam Festival. Wonderful intro as well to only 14, impressed....hope you have a great day!



Hello Joseph, What lovely pictures?
I was completely bowled over by the comment you wrote from the 8 yr old.If she can write like that at her age I predict a bright future for her.

Take care.


Creativity!! said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic Comment from that 14year old girl :) Will Surely Visit her blog :)

Valerie said...

Beautiful dancer, I wish I could have seen the real thing. It's wonderful that a 14 year old has so much wisdom.

Amrita said...

Sir Joseph, its wonderful to see that you have friends of all ages and all over the world.God bless you Lennea.

I love the dance pistures.

Celeste Maia said...

What a beautiful dancer she is. When I was in Kerala I attended a dancing show and I was mesmerized by the movements and the beauty of the dancers.
Thank you very much for this wonderful gift.
Your 14 year old friend is really smart, I will go visit her blog. Take care, my Friend.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful dancer, I love the photos Joseph!

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
I too have to chime in on this wonderful post. The thoughts of Linnea are so thoughtful. The pictures of the graceful dance and beautiful ethnic clothing are spell-binding.
God bless,

Margie said...

Indeed, her reply was amazing!

Wonderful pictures of the dancer here...thank you for sharing them, Joseph.

As always

Celeste Maia said...

God bless you!!!! A thousand times thank you for your help! Thanks to your precise instructions I was able to do it.
Also thank you so much for liking my work, it means a lot to me.


Hello Joseph, Many thanks for the visit and the most lovely comment.
It's very encouraging for me.
Yes I am lucky to live near the beach and it makes walking all the more purposeful. I hope you do go for your walk, I'm sure you'll feel all the better for it.
As for fitting into my wedding dress I don't somehow see that miracle
Take care

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Celeste:)

You are most welcome. It is my pleasure:)

Have a nice day:)

Rajesh said...

The snaps of the dance performance are beautiful.

Trudy said...

She is beautiful and very talented and inspired! Thank you for sharing Linnea with us here dear Joseph. I am heading over to visit her now. I have met so many wonderful people through your tributes to them!

I pray God is blessing you and your family richly my dear friend.

Joyfully His!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Yvonne:)

I'm glad you liked my comments and you felt happy about it.

Best wishes:)

Rhapsody B. said...

Namaste Joseph....
How are you my friend? I hope you are well and happy. I am still disoriented with this new style of blog without your photograph and name. I kept looking and asking myself, is this Josephs? alas I decided to go to comments in hopes that someone will call you by name so that I know its you...haha, you see how you have me confused?

Love the photographs.

Have a fabulous weekend.....!

Anonymous said...

Lovely pictures as always.
Very mature 14 year old. ~Mary

Linnea said...

Hola Joseph!

What gorgeous pictures! So much grace, beauty and life. I loved them. Thank you so much for sharing my comment. It was a truly unexpected and a tremendous gesture. One of my main goals in life is to be heard. So many thoughts and feelings that I want the world to hear. But, alas, if one little voice of just one little teenager is all that is being heard, the world will overlook it. So, thank you for adding to my voice. I am eternally grateful.

peace and happiness,

-and again I LOVE the pictures...

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi LinneaL:)

You are most welcome:)

You are an amazing writer. You are brilliant with your thoughts and words. I take my hat of to you.

Have a nice day Linnea:)

Rema said...

It is written so beautifully. G8 thoughts – I have no words to explain. At this age such powerful thoughts and words – fabulous. God bless her.
It was possible for me to read this - through your blog so thank you sir!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rema:)

You are most welcome:)

Linnea is a fantastic writer. I am lucky to be her friend.

Best wishes Rema:)