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Call the Squirrel

Posted in The Jungle Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by designldg

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“And now, when comes the calm mild day, as still such days will come,
To call the squirrel and the bee from out their winter home;
When the sound of dropping nuts is heard, though all the trees are still,
And twinkle in the smoky light the waters of the rill,
The south wind searches for the flowers whose fragrance late he bore,
And sighs to find them in the wood and by the stream no more.”
( William Cullen Bryant – American Writer, 1794-1878)

There are many squirrels in north India and it is always fun to play with them.
This one was in front of the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus in Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, it was behaving like a character from an animated cartoon and striked several poses as if it was used to cameras.

Like a Squirrel

Posted in Caught up in a Mughal reverie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

“Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example – I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation”.
(Nâzım Hikmet Ran – commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet, Turkish poet, 1902 – 1963)

This was shot last Friday at the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus in Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
It was before sunset when people came to offer namaaz (prayer) and Ì was standing in front of the Sufi saint mazaar (tomb) which is a pilgrimage centre for both the Hindus and the Muslims when I saw this funny squirrel.

The Squirrel’s Heart Beat

Posted in Caught up in a Mughal reverie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

“If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence”.
(George Eliot – English Novelist. Pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans, 1819-1880)

This was shot last Friday at the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus in Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
I was sitting on the stairs of the entrance of the Mughal style building of the 16th century and I saw this funny squirrel behaving like a character from an animated cartoon and striking many poses as if it was used to cameras.

The Legendary Pashmina Goat

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by designldg

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This baby goat is a changthangi or a pashmina goat, a breed from Lakakhi Changthang raised for Cashmere wool, known as pashmina, the softest, most luxurious and the best wool in the world, once woven.
This goat survives in Ladakh at the altitude of 12000 feet where temperature drops below 40 degree centigrade and grows a thick warm fleece, a unique very thin short inner coat of hair which is the best insulation in the world and this is pashmina.
Pashmina fiber is 15 to 19 microns in diameter where as a human hair is 75 microns in diameter.
One Himalayan goat produce s 3 to 8 ounce s of pashmina per year.
The origin of Pashmina dates back to ancient civilizations and has been traced back to the times of Mahabharata.
Earlier in olden days this precious fabric was known as the “fiber for kings” and pashmina shawls found favor with emperors, kings, princes, rullers and nobles.
Kashmir was for centuries the only place the fiber could be woven into shawls, according to treaties that gave the Maharaja of Kashmir exclusive rights to Tibet’s pashmina supply.
The name comes from Pashmineh, made from “pashm” which means “wool” in Persian.
Several Buddhist monks whome I met in monasteries told me that they own a few animals on the Tibetan Plateau which allow them to keep a source of income.
I took this picture near the third-highest pass in the world, the Changla pass which is at 5,425 m (17,800 ft).

The Great Pulse of Humanity

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by designldg

The Great Pulse of Humanity

 

From Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Ron Fricke’s “Baraka” monkeys are used in order to deal with thematic elements of human evolution, technology and artificial intelligence.
Sometimes I feel that our “cousins” also carry the great pulse of humanity that we all share, even though they are not what we commonly call humans.
Then could the peculiar nature of humankind not be distinguished from man to other beings ?
Here in Varanasi (Benaras), monkeys are the symbol of the soul, they are also a representaion of Lord Hanuman and people worship them.
Anyway everyone is free to speculate about the philosophical meaning of Humanity…
I met this “lady monkey” early this morning as I was walking at Munsi ghat along the Ganges.
In her mouth she is keeping food for her baby.