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The Desilusions Of Childhood

Posted in Mobilis in Mobile with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by designldg

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“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!”
(From “The Pickwick Papers” by Charles Dickens)

The windows of Fortnum & Mason in London were celebrating Christmas…
Once upon a time I used to stay at the corner of Duke Street and while going to work I missed the bus several times because of these windows… 

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Christmas To A Child

Posted in Mobilis in Mobile with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by designldg

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“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”
(From “I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression” by Erma Bombeck)

The windows of Fortnum & Mason in London are already celebrating Christmas…
And I feel like being a child again in front of all this…

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Sorrows

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by designldg

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“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions”
(From “Hamlet” – Act IV, Scene V by William Shakespeare)

This man was standing between Scindia ghat and Manikarnika ghat looking at the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
I took several pictures of him, it was early in the morning just after sunrise, it was still cold.
There was no sorrow in him but the quote from Hamlet was matching the expression on this portrait.

 

Guided to Realize a Mission

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by designldg

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“You will wake up every morning with a limitless reservoir of energy and enthusiasm.
All your thoughts will be focused on your definite objective..
You won’t have time to waste time.
Valuable mental power will, therefore, not be wasted on trifling thoughts.
You will automatically erase the worry habit and become far more effective and productive.
Interestingly, you will also have a deep sense of inner harmony, as if you are somehow being guided to realize your mission.
It is a wonderful feeling.”
(From “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma – Canadian born Indian Writer, b.1964)

This was shot in winter at dawn at Sheetla Ghat after the bomb blast which happened a few hours before during the evening.
Some people came along the holy waters of the Ganges in order to worship and to carry on their mission…

Stuff as Dreams

Posted in With Silver & Gold with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by designldg

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“We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, Rounded With a Little Sleep.”
(William Shakespeare – The Tempest)

The sun wanted to rise but the fog didn’t want to leave.
The mist was refusing to split the night and to disturb the sound of silence.
Or maybe I was still dreaming…
It was at dawn at Dashaswamedh (Main) Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).

 

Fog is Rising

Posted in With Silver & Gold with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by designldg

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“Let us go in; the fog is rising.”
(Emily Dickinson – American Poet, 1830-1886)

This was shot at dawn at Dashaswamedh (Main) Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) after one of the most freezing night of the year.
Those devotees were braving winter and walking in the holy water of the Ganges in order to worship.
There were a few floating candles burning, it was still quiet and as it was still very early the border between dreams and reality was not really settled so far…

 

Being Unwanted

Posted in With Silver & Gold with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by designldg

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“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”
( Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Albanian born Indian Missionary and Founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. 1910-1997)

This was shot at dawn while I was stepping down Dashaswamedh (Main) Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was freezing, there was a heavy fog and it was not possible to see the Ganges.
At this time lepers are already along the stairs waiting for devotees to give them food, charity or sympathy.
Leprosy is today curable and it is far less infectious than once believed — 95 percent of people are immune and it cannot be transmitted by casual contact, as many people fear.
Though its complete eradication is considered to be medically impossible, India officially “eliminated” the disease in 2005, after a targeted program reduced the level of incidence to fewer than one case per 10,000 people.
However the country still has more than a thousand leper colonies mostly because of ignorance and negligence.
India continues to record the highest number of new leprosy cases in the world (2.5 lakh in 2008).
Many people still suffer and live with the feeling of being unwanted…