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In The Silver Singing River

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“There’s beauty in the silver singing river,
There’s beauty in the sunrise in the sky,
But none of these and nothing else can match the beauty,
That I remember in my true love’s eyes”
(Bob Dylan – American folksinger, b.1941)

This child was bathing in the holy waters at sunrise when the Ganges sings a lullaby and kisses with silver drops…

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Peace and Serenity

Posted in Buddhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2011 by designldg

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“And once we have the condition of peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation.
Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our peace and serenity.
The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some peace in our heart.
Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us.”
(Thich Nhat Hanh – Vietnamese Monk, Activist and Writer, b.1926)

This young monk was under the Bodhi Tree behind the Mahabodhi Temple which is the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment), in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar.

– This picture is dedicated to those suffering from the Himalayan earthquake –

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Good Morning

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“Good morning,” said the little prince.
“Good morning,” said the merchant.
This was a merchant who sold pills that had been invented to quench thirst. You need only swallow one pill a week, and you would feel no need of anything to drink.
“Why are you selling those?” asked the little prince.
“Because they save a tremendous amount of time,” said the merchant. “Computations have been made by experts. With these pills, you save fifty-three minutes in every week.”
“And what do I do with those fifty-three minutes?”
“Anything you like…”
“As for me,” said the little prince to himself, “if I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I should walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water.”
(From “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French writer and aviator, 1900-1944)

This happy little boy asked me to take a picture, he was standing at Lal Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He could be a perfect “Little Prince” if there was an Indian version of Saint-Exupéry’s most famous novella…

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The Basis Of All Morality

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by designldg

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“Compassion is the basis of all morality.”
(Arthur Schopenhauer – German philosopher, 1788-1860)

This young boy belongs to Guria in Varanasi (Benaras).
He would like to have a normal childhood like any other child in the world.
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children and facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website, www.guriaindia.org and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

A special dedication to my friend Benu Mohanlal who filled my car one morning with clothes, toys and books for those kids as I was on my way to Varanasi.

Revolutionary Behaviours

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by designldg

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“To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being.
You have to care about people who have no power.”
( Jane Fonda – American actress and political activist, b. in 1937)

Those kids stay at Guria in Varanasi (Benaras) where they are trying to have a normal childhood like any other child in the world.
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children and facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website, www.guriaindia.org and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

A special dedication to my friend Charles Trabuchet, a French young man who came to India in order to give some time to Guria and to help those children during several months.

Assault of Laughter

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by designldg

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“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
(Mark Twain – American Writer, 1835-1910)

Laughter is the spark of the soul, it is impossible to forget the happiness of this little boy met at Bhonsala ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
His expression is a gift of life.

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Happiness Around

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Happiness Around

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“And children to be by his side. ”
(From the Quran, سورة المدثر , Al-Muddathir, Chapter #74, Verse #13)

As I was leaving one of our weaving workshop in a Muslim area of Varanasi (Benaras) I met those children who were playing with a rickshaw.
When they saw my camera they called me and asked for a few pictures.
They enjoyed watching the results on the screen of my camera, they were laughting and there was a real flow of happiness.
Then more people came in the street, everyone wanted me to take their portrait, it was a beautiful moment…

Stolen Childhood

Posted in Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by designldg

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A few days ago I saw this little boy at the vegetable market which is at the end of Dasaswamedh road in Varanasi (Benaras).
He was selling green beans sitting on a wooden cart for several hours.

Child labor in India is a human right issue for the whole world.
According to the statistics given by Indian government there are 20 million child laborers in the country, while other agencies claim that it is 50 million.
The Indian government has tried to take some steps to alleviate the problem of child labor in recent years by invoking a law that makes the employment of children below 14 illegal, except in family owned enterprises.
However this law is rarely adhered to due to practical difficulties.
People using children usually find loopholes and circumvent the law by declaring that the child laborer is a distant family member.
In villages there is no law implementing mechanism, and any punitive actions for commercial enterprises violating these laws is almost non existent.

Anyone who sees or knows a case of childlabor and doesn’t interfere becomes a sinner of complicity…

 

In a Grain of Sand

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by designldg

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“To see a world in a grain of sand And heaven in a wild flower,
To hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.”
(William Blake – English poet, painter, and printmaker, 1757 – 1827)

This boy was on a boat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
I don’t know anything about him, I liked the colour shades provided by the early morning light of winter, there was something reminding me pictures from the 70’s.

 

Courageous Souls

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by designldg

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“Ajeet Singh and the GURIA organisation work to end the trafficking and forced prostitution of women and children in India. He organises protest marches and has carried out raids on the brothels to rescue children.
The pimps and the brothel owners and the police who protect them see him as a threat to their profits.
On March 25th, 2010, a group of people entered the centre and said that they would break the legs and hands of anyone who attempted to continue teaching the children there.
Ajeet Singh was one of the shortlisted nominees for the 2005 Front Line Award, which is given each year to a human rights defender who has shown exceptional courage.”
(“Courageous souls who risk all to defend human rights”, The Irish Times – Friday, December 31, 2010)

This is a picture of Ajeet and Manju Singh with some of the Guria family.
It was shot from the balcony of the small house which belongs to GURIA in Varanasi (Benaras).
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
They need any kind of help (money, food, toys, clothes,…) in order to carry on their task.
They are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.
Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website, www.guriaindia.org and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com