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The Impact of Attitude

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The Impact of Attitude

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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.
It will make or break a company… a church… a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
(Charles R. Swindoll – American Writer and Clergyman, b.1934)

I met this lady in her little village located nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
It is a place where Muslim and Hindu families are living together in harmony.
Everywhere I could feel a real spirit of happiness coming from the impact of attitude on life decided once by the elders of this amazing place.
This beautiful lady ensures the perspective that aging can be a simple and wonderful thing.

Patience and Prayer

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Patience and Prayer

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“Seek assistance through patience and prayer, and most surely it is a hard thing except for the humble ones”.
(Quran – The Cow 2.45)

This was shot last Friday at the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus in Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
A few people came to offer namaaz (prayer) in front of the Sufi saint mazaar (tomb).
It was quiet and peaceful, I was alone walking in the galleries inside this Mughal style building of the 16th century and I saw that bowl where was reflecting a carved lattice.
From the central dome a man was singing verses from the Quran, I stayed there till the begining of sunset enjoying this timeless moment.

Curiosity

Posted in Poetry in Fabric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2010 by designldg

“Let’s just say I was testing the bounds of reality. I was curious to see what would happen. That’s all it was: curiosity.”
(Jim Morrison – American Poet and Singer. Member of The Doors. 1943-1971)

I was working in one of our handloom workshops which is located in an old area of Varanasi (Benaras) and I saw this teenager peeping through the window from the street.
I took this picture before he realized what I was doing.
In a way curiosity is the secret of creativity and allows to open new doors and to do new things so I didn’t mind that he was listening and watching what was going on there.

The Light in the Heart

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2010 by designldg

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart”
(Kahlil Gibran quotes – Lebanese born American philosophical Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1883-1931)

One morning I asked Anand to drive his boat to Ramnagar at the opposite side of the Ganges in order to take a few pictures with my friend Rajesh who came with his son and his nieces.
The river was very quiet and with the morning light it was providing a perfect set for taking a few portraits of our group.
This is a portrait of my friend’s niece who has a classical beauty reminding Hellenistic statues.

Antonymous Indifference

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2010 by designldg

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
(By Elie Wiesel in Oct. 1986, when he was awarded the Nobel Prize).

I took that picture of Chai Baba where he usualy stands during daytime along the Ganges.
I know him since many years now, he is a well known character of the ghats in Varanasi (Benaras) who appears in several books and movies.
He is a Chai wallah, he makes and sells cups of tea there.
Sometimes we meet by chance at my friend’s restaurant nearby and then we share dinner together.
We talk about many things, he is a nice man and he contributes to what makes the Eternal city so special.
Once we spoke about the indifference of some toward people of his condition and this is the reason why I connected the words by Elie Wiesel to this portrait.