About

  • Because the world is a beautiful place.
  • Because the life is an amazing phenomenon.
  • Because photography is pure fun.

Sharing photographs just for the joy of sharing !

New posts on Sundays and Thursdays.

Welcome to ‘Light Touch‘ .

utham

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  1. Wow, utham, that was fast. I just posted and I immediately got your “like” message. Thanks so much. Good to meet you. I share your short and sweet philosophy and photolosophy. Will enjoy looking around your blog. πŸ™‚

  2. Utham, I just gave you the ABC award for Awesome Blog Content. You present your work. That’s what you do. Your blog is not filled with extraneous stuff. The work speaks for itself. That requires courage. You don’t fancy up your photographs. They are good enough as you shot them. And they ARE good. I don’t visit as often as I’d like, but I love what I see here. You probably received all kinds of awards before, but I wanted to recognize you anyway. Pass the award along or not. It doesn’t matter. The award and the rules are on my blog.

    Thank you for giving us these beautiful memories of you and the places you travel.

    George

    • A big , really big THANK YOU ( in capitals ) , George.
      This is first nomination of this type, and that makes it sweeter.
      I just started this blog less than a month before and am not familiar with the rules. Shall check you website and do the needful.
      Your appreciation , suggestions and comments are equally valuable to me. Thanks , again

      utham

      • Utham, I thought you’d been doing this forever. You are GOOD. Your blog is good. And, I can see clearly that you are a good and humble man. Bless you.

        Have fun with the ABCs!

  3. Utham,
    I just came across your blog.
    Of course, I have seen some of your work before, and always admired the simple, uncluttered beauty it captured. Like many of your admirers, and most importantly, George Weaver has noted, you ‘present your work’. Simply!
    And that adds to the beauty.
    Congrats on the Award. (I loved the ABCD in your acceptance note!)
    Looking forward to seeing more from you..

    • Thank you, Heman.
      Prathap, Vinod, Harold … all of them have helped a lot in making of this blog.
      I am thankful to them.
      Please do visit it when you are free.
      And tell me , if something can be done to improve it.

      Thanks again !

      utham

  4. Hi, thanks for stopping by Postcards from Italy! I tried to see your pictures but am having trouble…please advise!

  5. Hello! Thank you for checking out my blog. I like your simple and uncluttered postings – very effective. Will be looking forward to more πŸ™‚ I just recently came back from India and I am completely under its spell… Good luck!

  6. Congrats uthamappappa on the award.. the pics are jus awesome.. showed dem to my friends who love photography.. dey jus loved it.. can i share this blog on my wall so dat my other friends can see it too..

  7. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my photo. I’ve viewed your blog and I like the photos I saw. I’ll probably be stopping by your blog to see what else you have photographed.

  8. Hi there, thanks for visiting ‘Gday Canucks’.

    You have some beautiful photos here. I notice that your hardware includes a couple of sigma lenses. I’ve always been a bit scared to move away from the canon lenses. How have you found them?

    Keep clicking
    Nicole

    • Thank you , Nicole , for stopping by.
      I went for Sigma lenses due to price factor – they are much cheaper than Canon lenses.By picture quality , I have not regretted my decision so far. They do work well.

    • Thank you so much , Rahul !
      Thank you for the kind words .
      I am a Keralite – from Kochi
      Delighted to meet a fellow Keralite in the world of blogs .

      Have enjoyed your impressive blog .
      Keep posting !
      Looking forward to your new posts

      utham

  9. Hi Utham:), just wanted to say a proper thank you for stopping by my blog with your β€œLikes” and β€œFollowing”, it`s very much appreciated and inspiring! I look forward to continue following your blog, I have enjoyed what I`ve seen so far, wonderful pics and good words, – and the idea about sharing photos just for the joy of sharing is just up my alley:)) Have a great day:)

    • Thank yo , Vibeke , for the kind words.
      Nice to know that you too are in the same field of healthcare as me.
      Have enjoyed your blog and its impressive photographs.
      You are doing some great blogging !
      Looking forward to the future posts on your blog .
      All the best !

      utham

    • I have found some amazing photographs on your blog !Congratulations !!

      It is , certainly , a great privilege to receive the nomination from such a wonderful photographer
      Thank you , Livia . Thank you so much for the nomination.

      Shall check the link.
      utham

  10. Thank you for checking out my humble little blog! How did you come across it? I decided I’m going to do a weekly pictorial post, and with each one highlight a different ecosystem/bioregion and my time in it =) I look forward to checking out your beautiful photography!

    Love and Liberation

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

    • Thank you , Jan , for the kind words. Enjoyed your blog and the photographs. It was as if I too was there in person. Amazing ! Keep posting ! All the best !

      utham

      • Thank YOU for the kind words =) Will be *following* your blog now. You’re a neurosurgeon, that’s so cool, my mom’s a psychiatrist (and musician). I could ask you a million questions about the brain and different chemicals/drugs!

        Love and Liberation

        Jan @ TheRewildWest

  11. Just wanted to say thank you for stopping by our blog and liking our latest entry on “I could have danced my way home”. It’s much appreciated πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post. You have a great collection of your work here. Enjoyed it.

    • Thank you , Renu , for the kind words.
      Enjoyed your blog.
      The sunset pictures were stunning – with beautiful colors ! Shall visit more often.
      Keep posting !

      utham

  13. Thanks so much for liking my Polished Moon post at LoveMore studio— I can’t seem to figure out where your posts are, so I’ll click around your blog a bit πŸ™‚ ~ peace, Jason

  14. It was a nice experience going through your posts. Looking forward to exploring your site more…. hence the ‘follow’.
    Have a nice time.
    – Manu

  15. Hi, many thanks for the follow-back. It is greatly appreciated. Your work is magnificent. You are an amazing photographer, with a wonderful eye for detail. I’m so glad I found you. Thank you. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

    • Thank you , Lizzie.
      Enjoyed your blog . Impressive photographs !
      Congratulations !

      I am following your blog .
      Shall visit more often.

      utham

  16. thanks for your like on my post “Monthly Challenge – Macro”. You have some very nice photos on your site. One suggestion – it is difficult to navigate through your site since you have to go all the way to the bottom of the page to get to a link for another post. If your theme allows it, you should move your recent post and/or archives widgets up to the top of the page unless you don’t want to reduce the area reserved for your photos. I think a lot of people are not taking the time to see all your good work because it is difficult to get to the pages.

    • Thank you , Eddie.
      Thank you so much for the suggestion. I have felt the difficulty in navigating myself. The problem was the restrictions of the theme.I tried all the tricks , I know, but failed. May have to change the theme . Shall try it soon , when I get some free time. Thanks again.

      Meanwhile , I enjoyed your awesome blog.I know I have miles to go to reach anywhere near your standards. I am happy I found your site . Shall regularly visit it. Keep posting ! You are doing some excellent blogging !

      utham

    • At last , I changed the theme itself Eddie.
      I too had trouble in navigation thru’ the posts, but have been trying with the settings of the theme to overcome it. Your mail was the last straw. Please see the new one. Let me know what you feel.
      Thank you for your valuable suggestion.

      utham

  17. I am enjoying your articles and photographs very much. I have nominated you for two awards – Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Thought Provoking Blog Award. If you wish to accept them, please visit my site for details Have a lovely day. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

  18. hanks for reading my story on My Favorite Things. I have enjoyed checking out your blog as well. I will follow your blog and hope you will consider following my blog as well.beebeesworld

    • Thank you , ‘Venom ‘ !
      Thank you so much !!
      I am delighted to be nominated for the award.

      Shall check the link .
      Thanks , again !

      utham

  19. Utham, I always enjoy your pictures, but this page of yours is the best thing I’ve seen in quite a while, anywhere. That’s a fabulous philosophy! I don’t know how I’ve missed this page until now – something must have inpsired me to click today and I’m still smiling. Thanks!

    • Thank you , Teju !
      Enjoyed your excellent blog !
      Love the lucid style of writing.
      Keep blogging !
      Shall visit your blog more often.

      utham

      • Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog as much as i enjoyed your’s! your blog is a sweet treat to the eyes.

  20. Thanks for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking my post “New Life.” I appreciate your feedback. … Since your philosophy is much like my own I’m going to follow your blog. Look forward to seeing more of your beautiful images. … Be well, Dorothy πŸ™‚

  21. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and liking “Something happens…” I’m so glad your visit brought me to your blog. You have some fabulous images! I am looking forward to seeing more of your work!

    Please stop by and visit my blog again soon!

    • Thank you very much , Teju .
      Happy to know that I am nominated for the award.
      Thank you , again , for the kind gesture .
      I accept it with humility.

      And CONGRATULATIONS to you for the awards.
      You deserve them all and more !

      Shall check the link.

      utham

  22. Wow! I am so impressed with your photography! I would never have guessed you as an amateur if you hadn’t said so! Thanks for your visit to my blog — I’ll definitely be back to yours again!

    • Thank you , Robinson , for the kind words .

      I did enjoy your blog that ‘ speaks ‘. :)!
      Impressive stuff ! Keep blogging !
      Shall visit more often.

      utham

  23. Hello, my name is Henckel. I have a blog on Word Press called Dough and I am creating an app for the blog. I was wondering if you could view my blog; it would mean a lot to me. If you want to check out the blog directly here is the link, http://garipla.wordpress.com/ . I also have a Facebook page by the same name. If you dont like my blog enough to follow or my Facebook page at least you have looked.

    • Thank you , Jennay for the nomination and the award Thank you for the kind words , as well.

      Congratulations for the award for you.
      You really deserve it !

      Liked your interests and hobbies.
      And the way you started following your dreams !
      All the very best , Jennay !

      Shall check the link .

      I am grateful .

      utham

  24. β€’Because the world is a beautiful place.
    β€’Because the life is an amazing phenomenon.
    β€’Because photography is pure fun.
    Sharing is fun………..

    Excellent I love that expression.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, be in touch with my blog browse through the categories, u will find it interesting

    • Thank you , Ajaytao , for the kind words.
      Have been impressed by your blog . Or by you , to be more precise.
      I am glad to the positive outlook in you.
      I am sure it will bring in rich rewards .
      Hold on to Hope and Faith .
      Stay positive .

      Keep posting !
      Will visit your blog more often.

      I am glad I found YOU in blogging world.

      warm regards,
      utham

      • thank you sir. nothing to be impressed about me just a ordinary person as any body else.

  25. And you call yourself amateur?! your photos are amazing and very professionally done! you inspire me to work hard on my photography….but anyway thanks for visiting my blog (maedetera.wordpress.com) and liking some of my photos. I feel honored to be appreciated by a fellow photographer (a very good one!). Keep on shooting!

    • Thank you for the kind words.
      My total experience with DSLR is less than 3 years.
      I learn from web sites , photoblogs , books and of course , from my own mistakes.
      ‘Gasm travels ‘ really impressed me.
      You are doing a good job .
      Congratulations !

      utham

  26. Utham…thanks for liking the post from the NY Times. I thought it was an interesting video. I really like your work and look forward to seeing more of it. Virginia

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  28. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your photos. All the best, Stephen.

  29. Thanks for reading my recipe blog-Im having trouble finding blogs I haven’t read on your site-do you have a home page with a calendar of when you wrote articles?beebeesworld

    • Thank you so much for checking my blog.

      This blog is only of photographs.
      I don’t write articles here.Just pics, that’s all.
      The older pictures can be seen in the archives section
      and dates of posting in the calender at the footer area.

      Thanks again .

      utham

  30. I will have to look a bit further-the only ones I can get to are the three listed with your comment. I would love to see yur photography-it is one of my interests too! beebeesworld

    • You can click on the names of months in Archives – in footer area. Or there are two buttons ‘ older entries ‘ and ‘newer entries ‘
      below each photograph , before the comments. You can click on older entries and navigate backwards. It is simple. There are 116 posts so far .

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      utham

    • Thank you , Akanksha, for your kind words.
      I am impressed by your blog as well .
      You are certainly a good writer . No doubt.
      Will read your posts more often.

      Thanks again

      utham

  31. Namaste…thank you for visiting and following my blog. I look forward to following yours too πŸ™‚

  32. Utham, thank you for liking my post on Starlight Affinity.
    “Because the world is a beautiful place. Because the life is an amazing phenomenon. Because photography is pure fun.” ~ I couldn’t agree with you more! Life IS amazing, and we live in a beautiful world, and being able to capture a little bit of that in a photograph is a thrill. I look forward to seeing more of your photography in the future. Namaste.

  33. hi utham, i just want to thank you for liking my entry to 5th RPC of Rodposse.. i’m truly grateful.. btw, you have a beautiful blog πŸ™‚

    • Thank you , KM , for the kind words.
      In fact , I was impressed by your blog for informal style of posts as well as the nice pictures.
      Keep blogging !

      utham

  34. Uthamz, Sorry for taking so long to do this. I wanted to say thank you for checking out some of my work, I’m glad you enjoy them. More importantly I wanted to say that I’m finding your photographs quite stimulating.

  35. Hi, thanks so much for checking out my blog, hope you will continue to read my posts…:)
    your blog is really awesome, I love the pictures… and the layout of your blog….!!

  36. Uthamz, your work is just phenomenal. I love all of it. I haven’t been here for awhile, and I enjoyed catching up with you. I hope you are well and happy! It is always good to see your kindly face! πŸ™‚
    Best regards,
    George

    • Thank you , George , for your visit and kind words.
      I am fine . Hope you are fine as well. You have always been a source of inspiration for my blog- from its infancy period , when there were hardly any regular visitors .
      I am thankful for your encouragement . And will remain to be so.

      utham

  37. Glad to find another soul from India in this web galaxy.
    Thank you sir for dropping by my meek blog. Feels great to connect with you.
    And you have a lovely blog with some great snaps.
    Keep visiting. Cheers! πŸ™‚

  38. Utham, I really enjoyed looking at you photos. Thanks for visiting my site. I am new to the blogging world and enjoy photography, sketching and watercolor painting.

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  40. Just popped over to say thanks so much for liking my post ‘The Origins of MM’ and I hope you will like some of my pother stuff on my simple wee blog. I very much like the sentiments that have been expressed on your blog and look forward to hitting the follow and seeing what comes next, MM πŸ€

      • Thanks for your comments. Didn’t see the point in spending on cheap lenses – whats the point of a DSLR if you buy crap lenses? May as well stick to the bridge camera. Look forward to following your posts. MM πŸ€

  41. Nice meeting you Utham. Whenever I click ‘like’ in the blogs I follow,I see your gravatar most of the time.Finally,I visited your blog.You have an wonderful blog with full of lovely,refreshing,stunning and unique photographs.I am lost for words to praise your work.Looking to forward to read more :)Happy weekend !!!

    • πŸ™‚ ! Nice meeting you , too , Praveena . Meeting bloggers from India in WP is something special ! Thank you for all the kind words . I admire blogs with photographs and paintings , but I envy bloggers who can write , especially poetry. Your blog has everything – prose, poetry ,photographs and even drawings ! Rare combo , indeed ! Keep going ! You have immense talents !You have a delightful blog ! Shall visit more often. I am following you ! Best wishes ! πŸ™‚ !

      utham

  42. thank you for stopping by my blog and I’m glad you liked my photos for the ‘arch’ word of the week challenge. I liked your picture of scotland. I thought it was ireland at first, it reminds me a lot of that country. you have a lot of nice photos πŸ™‚

  43. Thank you for visiting “theshadesblog” and liking my post. Glad that you like it. You have an impressive gallery of images too

  44. Thank you for liking my post on Mostly Harmless Science! I started looking through some of your photography and just couldn’t stop! The moments you manage to catch are absolutely gorgeous.

  45. I’ve been popping in every now and again to see some AMAZING photo’s and need you to know HOW MUCH you “Brighten” my days when come here. I suffer from depression with Panic & Agoraphobia, so it is very hard to get out my front door days or a few weeks at a time. So your Beautiful blog here brings the outdoors to ME! So THANK YOU! *Author, Catherine Lyon* πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  46. you’ve been following my blog for sometime and am ashamed to say this is the first time am browsing your site 😦 and i am BLOWN away! your photography is OFF THE HOOK! definitely visiting each Tuesday and Friday! πŸ˜€

    • Thank you , Manoj !
      Your Theyyam pix were great.And colorful !!

      I too , sometime will follow your steps and shoot a series on Theyyam- just at dream- stage now ! πŸ™‚ !

      Keep going !

      utham

      • Dear utham, thank you for the sweet words. Theyyam is an amazing art form, there are lot of opportunities. Theyyams usually start in the month of October and season ends by December – January,

    • Thank you very much for the kind words.
      Thanks a lot for following the blog.
      Shall certainly try to improve the quality of the posts.

      utham

  47. Hi Uthamz,
    Many thanks for stopping by and following back Soulfulchitra.com. I found out by your page is on photography but could not see one single picture .. where i can see the photos?

    Would also love to have your ideas sharing on my efforts at soulful. thanks much.

    • Thank you , so much , Theresa !
      I am glad you liked the images.
      Please do visit the blog when you have some free time.

      Have a nice day !

      utham

  48. Thanks for the follow! Hope you enjoy the site and I look forward to seeing more of your photographs!

  49. Hi there, I just bumped into your blog and it’s fantastic! You have some amazing pictures πŸ™‚ All the best, Irene

    • πŸ™‚ ! Thank you so much for the kind words , Irene .

      You have an impressive blog .
      Though I am from India , which is close to Maldives ,
      I have never been there .
      Your blog inspires me to visit it.
      I am following you.

      Keep blogging !

      utham

      • Ahhh, I thought so! I spent about 5 days in Kochi. A lovely, charming place!!!!! Spent 3 months in total in India and hoping to return very soon. My favorite country in the world πŸ™‚ Please enjoy your delicious food on my behalf tonight πŸ™‚

      • πŸ™‚ ! πŸ™‚ ! πŸ™‚ !
        Shall , certainly , do ! πŸ™‚ ! Thanks a lot !

        Please do visit again. India has a rich , ancient culture , as you know, and many a lovely place to visit .

        utham

      • I would live in India if I could πŸ™‚ !!!!! Maybe one day. And honestly, I adore your food, from north to south, everything πŸ˜‰ From curries and thalis to biriyanis and parsi food…

        Are you originally from Kochi? Lucky you living in that beautiful place πŸ™‚

        I have not written much about India in my blog mainly bc as you said yourself, there are so many places to visit. To write about them feels a bit overwhelming: where to start?

        What are your favorite places in India?

      • πŸ™‚ ! To be frank with you , I have seen very little of my country. I have been visiting other countries to see the world , but have largely ignored my own country – may be because it is easy for me to travel anywhere in India ( after all I do not need a visa ) , may be I have postponed it to be done during my old age , may be because I thought seeing the world means seeing other countries. πŸ™‚ !

        I have been to India’s 4 metro cities – Mumbai , Chennai , Kolcutta , and the capital Delhi . But – it is shameful to admit – I have not seen Taj Mahal which symbolises India.

        Since you love food , Mumbai is a good destination , it is India in miniature. Since you like Hinduism , Varanasi in North India , may be good to visit. Agra , for Taj Mahal , is another favorite destination. A different landscape ,culture and food can be seen in Jaipur , in western India .

        There are hundreds of other beautiful places. Try to see some , at least . I think , I will visit them after another decade when I would be in my old age ! πŸ™‚ !

        Stay in touch , Miia .

        I am really impressed by ‘ ABOUT ‘ in your blog .
        Shall visit your blog more often .

        Enjoy !

        utham

      • Thanks πŸ™‚

        I understand what you say about seeing the world. Your home country kind of always stays where it is –for good and for bad…

        I have a good friend (local) in Bombay so I think I am lucky to have got to know the best parts of Bombay with him and his family.

        But as you say, India is so, so rich. My recommendations to you, if I may, would be Udaipur & Jaisalmer, Kochi :-), Theyyam performance near Kannur, Ayurveda treatments in Sth Kerala, Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu, Tirumala for pilgrimage, crazy Hyderabad, Mamallapuram, etc.

        This makes me “homesick” πŸ™‚

      • I have been to Thirumala and Mamallapuram.
        Kannur – I will be visiting this year.
        Certainly , I have the rest in my wish list .

        Thanks a lot , Miia ! πŸ™‚ !

        utham

    • Thank you , so much Merridy , for the kind words.
      Your blog is quite interesting ,unique and special in content and style.
      Keep going !
      Shall visit more often.

      utham

  50. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Of course I had to come right over and do the same β€” your photos are gorgeous. Looking forward to poking around some more on your site when I have a bit more time.

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    • I am really grateful for your constant support and encouragement , Jackie !
      The greatest benefit of my blogging , I think , has been the opportunity to know and interact with a few good , talented friends like you .

      Thank you.

      utham

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    • Thank you soooooo much , Paritosh .
      I am happy that you liked the pictures.
      Please do visit again , when you have some free time.

      Regards,

      utham

  53. Isn’t the world just a wonderful place and the joy in life is there for us to experience if we choose… thanks for coming to my blog and liking my post… maybe we can enjoy each others journey enjoying, experiencing…. take care Barbara

  54. Hello Utham… I am new to the blogging world and I came across your blog..!! πŸ™‚
    You have a wonderful blog I must say..!!! πŸ™‚
    Will see you around..
    Till then take care n keep smiling πŸ™‚

  55. Thank you for stopping by and joining my blog. I hope you enjoying reading it as much as I enjoy sharing my recipes and travels with you. Welcome aboard.

  56. HI Uthamz, thanks so much for following the wisdom cartooning of The Happy Rat! I really look forward to reading your philosophical posts as well! Best wishes and thanks so much again, Sarah (aka The Happy Rat)

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