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Dreaming the Past

Posted in Ethereal Dreams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by designldg

Dreaming the Past

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“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time.
It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”
(Virginia Woolf – English writer, 1882-1941)

This is a view of the Chhota Imambara, also known as Hussainabad Imambara, which is located in the city of Lucknow, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Built by Muhammad Ali Shah, The third Nawab of Avadh in 1838, it was to serve as his own mausoleum.
It is also known as the Palace of Lights.
Thousands of labourers worked on the project to gain famine relief.

This picture was shot at the time of sunset, the monument was reflecting in the waters and there was a kind of magic all around the place, it was easy to feel how the past could have been beautiful in the City of Nawabs.

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A Tear Drop in the Face of Eternity

Posted in Ethereal Dreams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by designldg

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Since many years I wanted to take a few pictures of the Taj Mahal from the other side of the Yamuna river and a few days ago I could at last do it while I was going by car from Delhi to Lucknow.
Rabindranath Tagore once said that this wonder of the world was “A tear drop in the face of eternity”, those words allow me to fly away with the birds and to open a new ethereal dream, under a mysterious moonlight…

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Dreaming With Eyes Wide Open

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Dreaming with eyes wide open

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This is the main entrance of the tomb of the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great (1542-1605).
It is located at Sikandra, in he suburbs of Agra, on the Mathura road (NH2).
I always saw this architectural masterpiece by night as I often use this road in order to go to Varanasi from Delhi and last week I decided to stop there during daytime and to take a few pictures.
Once again it was a dream with eyes wide open…

Akbar considered all faiths to be equal, and felt that they all taught of the same divine truth.
He invited missionaries and teachers from many faiths to visit his court, and teach their beliefs.
The grandson of Babur encouraged everyone to get along, and to be tolerant of one another with the will of strengthening his kingdom by bringing peace and stability to his land.
It was he who wanted both Hindus and Muslims to be united.

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“What’cha Wanna Do?”

Posted in The Jungle Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2010 by designldg

“Buzzie: Hey, Flaps, what are we gonna do today?
Flaps: I dunno. What’cha wanna do?
Ziggy: I’ve got it! Let’s flap over to the east side of the jungle. They’ve always got a bit of action, a bit of a swingin’ scene, all right.
Buzzie: Aw, come off it. Things are right dead all over.
Ziggy: You mean you wish they were. [all laugh]
Dizzy: [seriously] Very funny.
Buzzie: Hey, Flaps, So what are we gonna do?
Flaps: I dunno. What’cha wanna do?
Buzzie: Look, Flaps, first I say, “What are we gonna do?” Then you say, “I don’t know. What’cha wanna do?” [rapidfire] Then I say, “What’re we gonna do?” Then you say, “What’cha wanna do?” LET’S DO SOMETHING!
Flaps: Okay. What’cha wanna do? [Buzzie sighs]
Buzzie: There you go again. The same notes again!
Ziggy: I’ve got it! This time, I really got it!”
(From the movie “The Jungle Book” released by the Disney Studios in October 1967)

Those vultures were flying at sunrise on the top of a mountain in the wildlife sanctuary of the jungle of Bandhavgarh which is located in the Indian state Madhya Pradesh.

Banarsi Chicks

Posted in Hands of Grace with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2010 by designldg

“I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.”
(Isaac Bashevis Singer – Polish-born American writer 1904-1991)

There are a few stores in the street where I live in Varanasi (Benaras) where people can buy chicks.
Each time I walk there I can hear them peeping inside their boxes.
A few days ago I took a few pictures of those baby birds and I felt happy that I am still a vegetarian…;)

Contemplating the Name

Posted in Ethereal Dreams, Sikhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by designldg

Contemplating the Name

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“Contemplate the Name yourself; inspire it to others;
By attending to it, discoursing of it, living by it, obtain liberation.
The true essence, eternal is the Lord’s Name:
By spontaneous devotion, says Nanak, chant the Lord’s praise.”
(Guru Granth Sahib Adi Granth)

This image was shot last Friday at the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib which is located near Connaught Place in Delhi.
It was at sunset, those two young men were praying facing the Temple.
I took several pictures that I showed them after.

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The echo of God on the human wall

Posted in Ethereal Dreams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by designldg

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“Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect.
Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we execrate and a sublime aspect which we venerate.
So great a subject for spiritual contemplation, such measureless dreaming — the echo of God on the human wall!”
Victor Hugo (French romantic Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, 1802-1885)

I shot this picture a few hours ago as I was passing by this mosque which is located nearby Sigra in Varanasi (Benaras).
My Indian dreams have oftenly been under the influence of those bulbous domes with slender minarets and cupolas…

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