Once the abode of the Dutch and the English, and witness to many battles and power games, the ruins (Dutch ruins as they are called) at Bheemunipatnam, near Vizag, India present a picture of desolation and decay.
The tribal population, understandably, takes no notice of their existence. In the picture, a local fisherman walks from the beach towards the highway on the other side of which is Hollanders Green, a 15th century Christian cemetery.
Bheemunipatnam was a major Dutch settlement and one of the trade centers of the Dutch East India Company, which was established in 1602. It is has been often considered as the first multinational corporation in the world and the first company to issue stock. It was also arguably the first mega-corporation, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies. (Wikipedia)
Were the colonial merchants fair? Were the rulers kind to the locals? I don’t have the answers but the dilapidated structures - on the brink of obliteration – left me with a sense of lingering despair.
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pajaran (59129) 2014-01-10 11:25
Interesantan tekst o naselju, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, lepo pokazana stara arhitektura i trenutak sa ljudima ...
Ostala je rusevima i secanje.
Dobar rad i kontrast, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the settlement, with a history and description of the ...
Good shot, nice old architecture demonstrated moment and the people ...
Remained ruins and memories.
Good work and contrast, beautiful colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
jhm (150858) 2014-01-11 0:31
Nice daily life picture with the ladies in foreground.
Nice view about these area.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS
Have a nice weekend,
wolf38 (31296) 2014-01-11 0:49
Hi Satya. Rest of the ruin. An interesting photo. Excellent text. When I see the photo, I think of an old Dutch paintings. Good gresehen and präsentiet. However, the photo is a little too dark (on my monitor).
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
Cricri (117365) 2014-01-11 1:54
Belle image de vie avec les dames sur l'avant plan, intéressante vue sur ces ruines envahie par la végétation, belle présentation
dekanski (5040) 2014-01-11 4:18
Compliments from me!
Nice photo, great note!
imageme (1790) 2014-01-11 17:27
Hi Satya, Great notes along with this amazing picture of the ruins of Dutch settlement in Bheemunipatinam.
The plants grew over the structure with the sign of the weathering really gives one feel despair. Wonderful colours with great angles. Thank for sharing
ourania (43672) 2014-02-03 11:58
your note is extremely interesting and your presentation of the ruins quite fascinating. The creeping greenery and the colours and textures of decay are captivating. There's a great sense of mystery, accentuated -in my opinion- by the dark colours. The ruins consist now a setting for a daily life that doesn't look happy or promising. Your picture has great sharpness and perspective. I find the figure of the fisherman who's walking away very intriguing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Miguel82 (27670) 2014-07-21 11:57
These ruins are the remains of the Dutch and the English presence on the east coast of India many centuries ago Sathya, good view of the building where climbing plants are growing nowadays, regards