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Life Itself

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by designldg

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“And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself ?”
(From “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera)

This picture was shot at Scindia ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) where a few young men were enjoying the freshness of dawn in the holy waters of the Ganges.

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With A Sprinkle Of Golden Dreams

Posted in Reflections in a Golden Eye with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2013 by designldg

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“Are you looking for gold, friend?
Look around you; anything useful to you is pure gold, pure silver!”
(Mehmet Murat ildan – Turkish author, b.1965)

This picture was shot at Scindia ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
Two friends were finishing their daily yoga exercises in the river.
It was at dawn when reality is still foggy with a sprinkle of dreams and allows the holy waters of the Ganges to become gold…

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Ticket To Success

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2013 by designldg

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“Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.”
(Audrey Hepburn – British actress and humanitarian, 1929–1993)

This is a recent portrait of my childhood friend and “soul sister” Valerie in order to celebrate her
birthday.
It is funny that she is sharing this day with my brother Manish, maybe those things don’t come by chance…
During all our lives we kept on supporting each other with pride and no judgment like brother and sister do.
Time goes by and nothing changes between us.
Valérie is an author, director and filmaker based in Hollywood.

(This year is YOUR year where you’ll be enjoying a well-deserved success…Joyeux Anniversaire…Love you…!!!)

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Golden Hands

Posted in Reflections in a Golden Eye with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by designldg

Golden Hands

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“A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike.
Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
(Unknown)

This picture was shot from the balcony of a Shiva mandir (temple) near Manikarnika ghat, in Varanasi (Benaras) from where I see any kind of people walking along the Ganges.
Those friends were walking holding hands, it is a common gesture in India which doesn’t imply any other overtones whatsoever.
However physical demonstrations of affection in public between opposite sexes, even between husband and wife, are frowned upon.

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Golden Alliance

Posted in Reflections in a Golden Eye with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by designldg

Golden Alliance

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“We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog has made an alliance with us.”
(Max Depree – American businessman and writer, b.1924)

On a cold afternoon of winter, this man was walking near Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
I took this picture when he came under the balcony of a Shiva mandir (temple) where I often spend some time.
He was eating something wrapped in a newspaper and a dog was following him so he stopped and shared his food with this unexpected companion.

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Salaam Namaste

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by designldg

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“We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
C.S. Lewis – British Novelist, 1898-1963)

I often take several pictures of those two boys whenever I go to the chawk in Varanasi (Benaras).
After school, Abdulaim doesn’t take the time to get rid of his tie as he is rushing to meet his best friend who is waiting for him in order to play at the upper terrace of his father’s shop.
One is Muslim and the other is Hindu.
Those boys mean so much to me, they are like a symbol for now and for the future and I wish them to cherish this precious friendship forever.

I wanted to upload their portraits now, at a few hours from the final verdict which will be delivered by Allahabad High Court concerning the Ayodhya Judgement.
The Ayodhya debate is a political, historical and socio-religious debate that was most prevalent in the 1990s in Ayodhya, a city located in the Faizabad district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The main issues revolve around access to a site traditionally regarded as the birthplace of the Hindu God Rama, the history and location of the Babri Mosque at the site, and whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished or modified to create the mosque in 1527 by order of Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India.

Before the 1940s, the mosque was called Masjid-i Janmasthan (“mosque of the birthplace”) acknowledging the site as the birthplace of the Hindu deity, Lord Rama.
The mosque was little used by the Muslim community of the district and Hindu worshippers’ of Rama gained access to the site.
However the Babri Masjid (or Mosque of Babur) was destroyed by hardline Hindu activists during a political rally involving 150,000 people which turned into a riot on December 6, 1992.
More than 2,000 people were killed in ensuing riots in many major Indian cities including Mumbai and Delhi.

The final verdict will be delivered on September 30th at 3.30 pm.
There is a palpable tension across the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Most of the schools are closed, stores and offices will be closed during the afternoon as well, fearing communal flareup.

Nevertheless our office will remain opened in order to shelter anyone in case of trouble, may they be Muslims or Hindus.
UNITY shall prevail whatever happens…!!!

(“Salaam Namaste” is a Bollywood film of 2005, using Urdu and Hindi greetings, respectively).

“My India is Great”

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2010 by designldg

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Happy Independance Day….!!!
I love my India…Unity in diversity…Jai Hind…!!!
Bharat Mata ki Jai…;)

Today is India’s Independence Day (स्वतंत्रता दिवस) it is celebrated on August 15 to commemorate its independence from the British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947.

Indian National Anthem composed by Rabindranath Tagore, performed by AR Rahman and the most popular Indian artists:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZi3fwP09zw

This is the back of a rickshaw which was driving on Vidyasagar Setu Bridge in Kolkata (Calcutta), the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal which is also considered to be the cultural capital of India.

“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…

www.dailymotion.com/video/xec0tk_leh-floods-omar-visits-h…
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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.

With Heart and Soul

Posted in Some of me with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2010 by designldg

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“Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul”
(George Harrison – Member of The Beatles, 1943-2001)

I didn’t upload any picture of me since a while even though I used to do it in order to celebrate each time you were 10 000 new more viewers on my photostream.
Today you have been 301,546 Flickr viewers, 204,622 Worpress viewers and 79 033 Ipernity viewers to visit my photostreams.
Once again I want to thank you all for your kind comments and mails.
I really appreciate your support even if I can’t answer you as much as I would like because of the bad internet connection in Benaras, the many power cuts that we have to handle during summers and the lack of time due to all my activities.
However I read everything you write which gives me an amazing energy to carry on my work in photography and which brings me strength to fulfill my commitment to those causes for Human Rights where I am involved.
Thank you all for those gifts.
Thank you, Dhanyavad, Shukriya…

This picture was shot recently by my brother Manish Gupta in the ruins of a Madrasa from the fourteenth century which stands at Hauz Khas village in South Delhi.
It was at the end of the afternoon and the weather became cool with a few raindrops, auspicious signs of the end of summer and the forthwith begining of the rainy season.

Secret Places of the Soul

Posted in Music, the Universal language with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

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“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”.
(Plato – Ancient Greek Philosopher, 428 BC-348 BC)

Into the ruins of a Madrasa from the fourteenth century which stands at Hauz Khas village in South Delhi, I met Jatin who was playing guitar with three of his friends.
They were sitting at a window in front of the large water tank.
Their music was echoing in several rooms of the Mughal building and bringing a pleasant atmosphere.
There was a storm like those we have at the end of summer forthwithing the begining of the rainy season.
I took several pictures, it was a nice break in my busy day, this place is so peaceful that I almost forgot I was in Delhi…