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Blessings for Every One

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Blessings for Every One

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“You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet and writer, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This was shot before sunset at the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus in Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh as I was walking in the galleries surrounding the Sufi saint mazaar (tomb).
The building, built in the late 16th century in the typical Mughal style, is enclosed on all sides by delicately carved lattices over which rises a large dome.
This place is a pilgrimage centre for both the Hindus and the Muslims and this is why I selected this picture in order to celebrate the happy coincidence which makes today Eid-ul-fitr, Ganesh Chaturthi and Rosh Hashanah happen in the same time.
This place of devotion is a symbol of brotherhood to my eyes, this is where anyone can express his faith.

– Eid Mubarak, I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Eid. May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and ease the suffering of all peoples around the globe.
– Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah! I wish good luck and good fortune to every one on Ganesh Chaturthi.
– Shana Tova, wishing you all a New Year blessed with new biginnings, new hopes and joys…

Upon the Fabric of Time

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Upon the Fabric of Time

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“There was a man who lived a life of fire.
Even upon the fabric of time,
Where purple becomes orange
And orange purple,
This life glowed,
A dire red stain, indelible;
Yet when he was dead,
He saw that he had not lived.”
(Stephen Crane, Scorpio)

Under Nepali ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu where a few priests come in the evening in order to perform a water-pouring ritual.
Some also have a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges, like this man who was drying with this orange fabric, a colour indicating thoughtfulness and consideration of others.

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Beyond The Golden Rule

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Beyond The Golden Rule

 

“No man is a true believer unless he desireth for his brother that which he desireth for himself.” 
(Azizullah, Hadith 150)

Of course it is pretentious to claim that we are true believers however I think that there are no better words than this quote by Prophet Muhammad in order to explain the relationship that I am sharing with mere bhai (my brother in Hindi).
This universal moral principle is called “The Golden Rule”.
I took this picture of my brother Manish in front of Aurangzeb Mosque where there is a terrace over the Ganges with an amazing view of Varanasi (Benaras).

The Thirsty Dragonfly

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The Thirsty Dragonfly

 

Until monsoon defenitely comes, those days are the hotest of the year in North India and it’s too darn hot in Varanasi (Benaras).
Next to the police station which is in the chawk, there is tap on a wall.
If you don’t read Hindi you might not be able to know that there is a pure cold water waiting for you there.
It says “shoudh (pure) sheetal (cool) thanda (cold) jal (water)”.
It is a mix of Hindi and Sanskrit which dwells with emphasis in order to insist on the freshness of this water.
This wall which looks a theatre set keeps the most precious treasure of the city, many are coming there, even the dragonfly is thirsty…