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Why Not ?

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by designldg

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“You see things; and you say, ‘Why ?’
But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not ?'”
(George Bernard Shaw – Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)

It was early in the morning and my camera was most probably still dreaming when it took this picture of two goats having a conversation along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Anything is possible in this city for anyone who allows his imagination to be free…

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There is a Santa Claus

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by designldg

There is a Santa Claus

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“Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus!…
There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence”.
(Francis Pharcellus Church in the New York Sun, Sep. 21, 1897 – American publisher and editor, 1839-1906)

For those who want to see poetry and romance in the Eternel city, they will meet Santa Claus along the Ganges and, if they are lucky they might even see many on Christmas day…
This picture was shot a few hours ago at Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
Merry Christmas to all of you…!!!

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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).