Admirer of Paul Raj Paintings

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Paul was born in Kodaikanal on 22 September 1914 and died on 2 October 1979. G D Arulraj was born in 1925 and died in June 1972 while visiting India. Arul worked at Laguna Beach in the 60's and 1970's. G D Thyagaraj might have been born in 1922 and I am told that he probably died sometime before 1981. He moved to northern India as a young man. I lived in India as a child and spent a lot of time in Calcutta. My mother purchased several paintings directly from Paul Raj while living in Madras and this got me interested in his works. I then discovered he had two brothers Arul Raj and Thyaga Raj who were both fantastic artists. I could not find much information on the internet so decided to set up my own blog. Subsequently a Facebook tribute site has also been created to the memory of the three brothers. Contact me at:

Friday, 29 November 2013

G D Thyagaraj - Temple and tree

Watercolour by Thyagaraj showing a very large Banyan tree with a small temple in the distance, in the foreground is a small pond.
A very impressive tree I wonder if you can still find such large specimens?

Friday, 22 November 2013

B.O.A.C. and Air India

When I first flew to India I went with B.O.A.C. (British Overseas Air Corporation) which eventually became British Airways (BA).  We sometimes would fly Air India or even Japanese Airlines (JAL) and Qantas.

Today I found on old drinks coaster from Air India it was part of a series covering many different destinations.  I can only find one and this is from Nairobi.
I also used to own a selection of gifts provided by BOAC including a junior size flight bag, larger versions were also available as well.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Taj Mahal 30 July 1971

I was looking through an old scrap book when my family did a tour of India (July 1971 only 42 years ago!) and came across this colour photo of my parents, sister and I sitting on the famous bench on the viewing platform on the approach to the Taj Mahal.
My youngest daughter is actually on holiday in India at this very moment and was visiting the 'Taj' yesterday and it looked very crowded by comparison.  I assume we asked another visitor to take our photograph?

Friday, 1 November 2013

G D Paulraj - Fetching water from the river

Water colour painting recently sold by G D Paulraj.  It some some women carrying water from a river with a large orange tree in the centre of the painting.
I think it may have sold for around $110.00 US dollars.