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:

Thursday, 29 January 2015

On the road to Bandipur - Part 2

We saw many great sights on the road to Bandipur some could have come straight out of a Paul Raj painting.
We saw oxen ploughing on the part of our journey and the view was not rare in this photo you can see two ploughmen at work, amazing!
There were many Banyan trees as well and I took plenty of photos not knowing if we would see such sights later on our trip.

A man with a bicycle had set up his stall selling coconuts under a large Banyan tree to benefit from the shade.
Herds of goats were also common place, this herd was just leaving the road heading for some green pasture.
This sign advised that we were now entering the National Park and should no longer stop and get out of the car because of a variety of wild animals.  We were booked in  for an evening safari so more to follow.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

22 November 2014 on the road from Mysore to Bandipur

We set off on the morning of 22 November 2014 for Bandipur National Park, intending to go on a jeep safari and could even see a tiger.  Road got quiet the further away. from Mysore we travelled.
Fruit stall on the road to Bandipur.
Road due to be widened at some point but they were having to cut down the old Banyan trees.
Old hand cart.
Stopped to take some photos of this great bullock cart at the side of the road.
Bullock cart on the dual carriageway towing a third cow behind.

Monday, 12 January 2015

More from Mysore

Adding a few more photos from my visit to Mysore.
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple at the top of Chamundi Hill overlooking Mysore.
Another Big Bull part way down Chamundi Hill.
Coconut refreshment stall.
Another from Mysore Palace.

Sunday, 11 January 2015


Set off to do some sight seeing in Mysore and went to the Palace first which was very very busy with school trips.  The room stewards had whistle sand used them a lot to keep people moving and to stop them doing anything wrong.

Tower above the palace.
School trip having their photo taken in front of the palace.
Brother and sister at a viewpoint above the city of Mysore.  We were staying at a brand new hotel which had only been open two weeks and only one floor of the hotel had been commissioned.  We gave them plenty of feedback without being too critical as we knew it was brand new when we booked.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Lalbagh Botanical Gradens and heading for Mysore 21 November 2014

Photo follows of a great big tree in the Botanical Gardens in Bangalore.
The next morning we set off to drive from Bangalore to Mysore a distance of 148kms about 3 hours and 30 minutes and on the way we passed a convoy of carts loaded with sugar cane but it was parked up at the side of the road no cattle in sight to pull the carts.
Also on the journey we noticed a number of unusual rocky outcrops.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Bangalore 20 November 2014

After resting in Mumbai overnight we then flew down to Bangalore to meet our driver and car for the next two weeks.
Big Bull temple Bangalore.
Big Bull.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens.
The routine that developed in the next two weeks was breakfast, pack, check out meet the driver at 9:30am and drive to the next city collect out guide and sight seeing after lunch.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Return to India the start 18 November 2014

I left Darlington by train on the morning of 18 November 2014 to meet my sister in Sheffield and then to continue the journey to Manchester International airport.  We had planned a holiday to return to India after 40 years.
We were flying on Emirates via Dubai airport it took 7 hours to get to Dubai and then 2.5 hours waiting for our connection to Mumbai.  The second leg to Mumbai took around 4 hours.  We were met by my daughter's partner Rajiv who took us on a quick excursion to see the Gateway to India and the Taj Hotel, however we were both quite jet-lagged and found it hard to stay awake.

 The temperature on our first night was around 30C which was quite warm compared to the UK where it was under 10C when we had left Manchester.
I took a few photos but was out of practice using my camera at night!

Friday, 2 January 2015

Tree House Calcutta 1966

Just came across another photo of my tree house in Calcutta this is taken a lot nearer than the one posted in August 2014.