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The Beauty of the Morning

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by designldg

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“Earth hath not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! The very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!”
(“Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802” by William Wordsworth, 1770-1850)

This view of Gwalior was shot from a window of the Karna Mahal, the palace next to Man Singh Palace, which stands on an isolated rock overlooking the city in Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

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With Gratitude

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by designldg

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“Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and hearing the good Dhamma, this is the best good luck”.
(Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

This is a view of the city of Gwalior located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, it was shot from the Small Sas Bahu Ka Mandir (temple) built in red sandstone during the 10th century and dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

According to local tradition, Gwalior owes its name to a sage of former times.
Suraj Sen, a prince of the Kachhwaha clan of the eighth century, is said to have lost his way in the jungle.
On a secluded hill he met an old man, the sage Gwalipa, whose influence almost took him by surprise.
Upon asking the sage for some drinking water he was led to a pond; the waters not only quenched his thirst but cured him of leprosy.
Out of gratefulness, the prince wished to offer the sage something in return, and the sage asked him to build a wall on the hill in order to protect the other sages from wild animals which often disturbed their yagnas (or pujas).
Suraj Sen later built a palace inside the fort, which had been named “Gwalior” after the sage who had given him the gift of a new life; the city which grew around the fort took the same name.
The city became, over the centuries, the cradle of great dynasties and with each, the city gained new dimensions from the warrior-kings, poets, musicians and saints who contributed to making it a capital renowned throughout the country.

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The Last Quest of Man

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2011 by designldg

The Last Quest of Man

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“There is an allurement inherrent in subjectivity of thinking.
This leads us to reflect on the interplay of belief and faith.
In its turn, this again comples thought to determine the role of values in seeking a peaceful life.

Varanasi still assures and guarantees peace, the last quest of Man.
Amidst all these contradictory but absorbing facets Varanasi, the Eternal, retains her undying virtue of continuity.
It emanates a message that still lures the sick and the spiirited, the demented and the meditative, the dispaired and the reject, the scholarly and the religious, the idealist and the cynic.

This is why Varanasi still continues to be the most attractive and compulsive ‘must’ in a tourist’s calendar and a pilgrim’s itinerary.
It is simultaneously a retreat for a recluse and a hermit, and a diversion for the eccentric and the pervert.”
(Varanasi redicovered by B. BHattacharya)

This was shot along the Ganges from Nepali ghat .

Valuable Lives

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


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“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion.”
(Simone de Beauvoir – French existentialist philosopher, 1908–1986)

This is a picture of the first house made by Guria in Varanasi (Benaras) in order to shelter children.
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 andfacing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.
This house is located in the red area of the city, it allows the mothers to be close to their children.
I took this shot from the upper terrace of the new house which should be finished very soon.
This place is bigger and has a real comfort for those kids.
They already have lunch and dinner there.
This is a place of happiness and hope…

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

Those lives have value, they belong to the future…

“Prayers for Leh which has lost all contact”

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2010 by designldg

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Sad news, there were hundreds of people killed in flash floods and thousand of houses washed away in Leh.
Over 500 people are still missing tonight (Sunday).
The cloudburst, flash floods and mudslides that hit Leh town around midnight on Friday washed away government offices, paramilitary camps and residential homes.
Among the worst hit are the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), many local hotels and shops.
With road and air connectivity disrupted and phone lines down, Leh has been cut off from rest of the world since Thursday night.
The disruption in communication system has affected the rescue work undertaken by the Army as well as other paramilitary personnel.
Over 6,000 army men and troopers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are involved in the massive relief and rescue operation and are assisting the local administration.
Airtel whose network is still operating in Leh, has issued SIM cards to the local administration for setting up helplines.

I never thought that this could happen in such a place which was a piece of heaven.
The Indus River there, called Sênggê Zangbo, the “Lion River” in Tibetan, is so narrow that I keep on wondering how such a thing is possible…
All my prayers are going to the wonderful people of Leh, I have their smiles and happiness in mind forever…

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This is a view of Leh, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh which is in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was shot from a terrace at Leh Palace, a former home of the royal family of Ladakh.
Leh is at an altitude of 3,524 meters (11,483 ft), it is spread over 45,110 sq. km, and comprises the main town and 12 adjacent villages..
For centuries it has been an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China.

The Good Shine from Afar

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by designldg

Eternity at Dusk

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by designldg

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This is a glimpse of Eternity, shot at dusk from a platform which is located at Ahilyabai ghat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), the Eternal city.

I thought that the music of Gustav Mahler, in particular the Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony, would frame this picture:

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