7th December 2021 Dr Beena
Hello everyone😊. Today I have the privilege to introduce the artwork of Mr N Nandakumar. He has exhibited his work at Chitra Santhe, a vast art exhibition held annually in Bengaluru, India. His passion for painting began at an early age where he was attracted to the natural beauty of Kerala. When he retired, it gave him more opportunities to paint, and he gave his artwork as a gift to friends😊. His friends must feel very fortunate.
Today’s work is a line painting using a pen depicting the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala. The drawing appears simple but he has captured the fine details very well. The temple’s history goes back to the 18th Century. The architecture of the building based on the Chera era took into consideration the direction of the wind and sun😊. I wonder how many modern structures do that? ☹ You can read more about the s history of the temple online.
I love clocks, and hence am going to describe more about the Temple Clock that is just outside the temple. I used to find it fascinating. It is called Methan Mani. This unique clock has many features. It has a man’s face above the dial with two rams on either side of his cheeks. In the 1840s, the design of the historic clock was on a complex pulley system. I often wondered how precisely the rams would strike the cheeks of the man!!. These clocks do not need battery change but need constant and careful maintenance. They convey not only time but can be quirky too😊. Like this clock, after we finished our prayers, I would tell my mom that I wanted to listen to that sound of the clock. For every fifteen minutes, I remember it made a single sound, and when it is for the hour, it will produce the number based on the time. It was always perfect😊. That was my thrill. I felt I could catch when there was an error, silly me😊😊. I have never been successful.
Would you please share your story if any of our readers have had similar experiences? I find clocks and watches charming. Besides showing time, we can gauge a person’s taste by the clock or watch they have 😊. Have you ever wondered about that? I would love to read your views😊. When you see a clock, study it; there may be a story to it😊. Till the next musing tic tock.