Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Vanakkam, 2009!

Raised hands, with palms joined in greeting - the traditional gesture that goes with saying 'Vanakkam' in Tamil Nadu, (or 'Namaskaram' / 'Namaste' in other parts of India). On the Marina beach, this marble representation of the greeting welcomes the sunrise every day, as it will tomorrow, too - one of the first spots of Chennai city to see the sun rising in the New Year.

Here's wishing everyone around the world a happy, prosperous, peaceful, healthy and fulfilling time in 2009!


bitingmidge said...

Indeed, I hope the new year brings you all you desire as well.

Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

LVISS said...

I thought the resemblance to vanakkam was accidental.
Happy New Year.

Ham said...

That's a great image - the very best wishes for you and your family for the new year. Maybe 2009 will be the year I make it to India.

Shantaram said...

@ Midge: Thank you!

@ Ravindran: Not entirely... that's something new for you in the New Year! ;)

@ Ham: Thank you! Hope you do make it to India - and to Chennai. Let me know if you need any help in preparing for the trip!