One of the things that makes evenings so special in Kerala is the velvety obscurity. May it be on the shores of a lake, in the hills or even here in Kochi, when night falls it's not flashy lights everywhere, but instead moody, dramatic lighting piercing the darkness. The evening above was no exception. As the musician started to play, they began to pour oil in those giant candlesticks, lit the wicks and let the magic happen. That doesn't sound too safe by our western standards, but in India it's pretty clear that it's better to be spectacular than to be safe
______________ The scene is happening at the Malabar House hotel, in Kochi. Awful neon-lit places happen here too of course, don’t get me wrong!