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Happiness Around

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by designldg

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…

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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

Carrying the Heaviest Burden

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

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“God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight.”
(Reggie White – Professional American football player, 1961 – 2004)

This is a picture of Ajeet Singh among happy children for whom he is fighting endlessly.
It was shot in the courtyard of 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.
Ajeet Singh and his wife Manju are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
Those modern heroes are 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.organd you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

Unto the Pure

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

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“Unto the pure all things are pure”.
(Bible, Titus 1:15)

This portrait was shot at 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.
This little girl would like to have a normal childhood like any other child in the world.
Behind her happy face lies hope for a better future…

Have a look to the other pictures of this file.
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 who are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

 

Terror strikes Varanasi

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by designldg

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“Terrorism should be outlawed universally.
We should have true international co-operation to combat terrorism.”
(French President Nicolas Sarkozy – Press conference in Mumbai Dec. 7, 2010)

Last evening (Tuesday) a bomb hidden in a milk container exploded at Sheetla Ghat killing a two year old little girl and left many people wounded among the thousands of devotees and tourists who came to celebrate Ganga aarti.
The ceremony is a daily ritual in Varanasi (Benaras), the holiest city in the Hindu religion, during which priests and others light oil lamps, ring bells and chant prayers to worship the Ganges.
The force of the explosion ripped away a metal railing and damaged stones up to 60 metres away.
The Police said they defused two more bombs in the city.
The terror group Indian Mujahedeen allegedly claimed responsibility for the blast in an email to several media outlets.
This attack clearly meant to coincide with the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition a day earlier.

After spending a long time with my friend Dwiraj at the place where the bomb was left we hopefully left a few minutes before the blast.
All of my friends and relatives in the holy city are safe even though I met almost everyone there before the tragedy.

It was the fourth bomb attack in Varanasi in the past five years but no one here seems to be panicking.
Life has to carry on, showing those terrorists that they are nothing but cowards, away from God.

Terrorism only discredits the purposes and expectations of those behind this.

I decided not to show any image of the place where this tragedy happened but to upload this picture shot a few hours ago in my street with happy children smiling.
Those smiles are our future and the best weapon in order to answer this ignominy.

Read more at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/I-saw-chunks-of…

The Spirit of Laughter

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by designldg

The Spirit of Laughter

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“The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.” (Bennett Cerf – American Author, Publisher, Editor and Founder of Random House. 1898-1971) This happy little girl lives in a village nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where ladies are making Chikan embroidery. In this peaceful place Muslim and Hindu families share a spirit of unity and a true sense of harmony. I could feel a real happiness everywhere, each face was offering me a smile, all those gifts are everlasting memories. This village was full of laughter.

Infinite and Eternal

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by designldg

Infinite and Eternal,

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“A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.” (Lyman Abbot – American Congregationalist theologian, editor, and author, 1835–1922)

This is one more picture of that very happy little girl who leaves in a little village nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This is a village were Muslim and Hindu families live together in harmony and I was truly touched to see how pure they are. I took many portaits, this one is only focused on the little boy in the background. It gives an impression of infinite enhanced by the light making a game of spirals.