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A Song, A Dream, A Whisper

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“You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered.
You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.”
(From “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks)

Early in the morning this lady lit up a diya (candle) at Dasaswamedh ghat and let the holy waters of the Ganges carry away her prayer as if it was a song, a dream, a whisper…

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In God’s Hands

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“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess”
(Martin Luther – German Priest and Scholar whose questioning led to the Protestant Reformation, 1483-1546)

Three ladies were performing a puja at Gay ghat at the feet of the big statue of Nandi which stands in front of several Shiva ligams.
We were alone and they smiled at me, the day was rising up among a heavy mist.
I didn’t want to disturb that moment but they insisted that I took some pictures, they seemed to be happy.

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The Beauty of the Flower

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“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

At sunrise many women spread their sarees along the Ganges after washing them.
They look huge petals of extraordinary flowers which bring life to the awaking ghats.
This festival of colours and patterns becomes a treat for the lense of a photographer and a tribute to femininity…

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Blessings of Love

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“A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.”
(Andre Maurois – French author, 1885–1967)

This picture was shot along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) where a new-married couple was getting the blessings from the groom’s mother.
This ceremony happens the day after the wedding, early in the morning when the couple is coming to seek blessings from the Goddess Ganga.

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Frozen Time

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“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
(Henry Van Dyke – American Writer, Poet and Essayist, 1852-1933)

A young lady was standing along the holy waters of the Ganges at Dasaswamedh Ghat, in Varanasi (Benaras).
She was keeping the golden watch of her father while he was worshiping in the river.
It was after sunrise and the light was already bright.
I took several portraits of her but I thought that her hands holding that watch was showing more about who she was, I could feel all the tenderness and respect she had for the most important man of her young life.
I showed her those pictures and she smiled at me with modesty.
My camera allowed me to freeze this moment in time as if it was possible to stop time running…

 

In Your Hands

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“What can you ever really know of other people’s souls – of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles?
One soul in the whole creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands”.
(C.S. Lewis – British Scholar and Novelist, 1898-1963)

This is one more picture shot at Gai ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (benaras) of a man receiving an ayurvedic massage treatment from one of his brahman friend.

The Infinite Between Two Souls

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“Music fills the infinite between two souls”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This picture was shot last afternoon at Hauz Khas village in South Delhi.
In front of the large water tank there are the ruins of a Madrasa from the fourteenth century where I met Jatin who was playing guitar with three of his friends.
It was at the end of the afternoon and the weather became cool with a few raindrops, auspicious signs of the end of summer and the forthwith begining of the rainy season.
Jatin’s music brouht an uncommon atmosphere to the place with a few colours reminding me some of the Eagles.