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Blessings of Love

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“A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.”
(Andre Maurois – French author, 1885–1967)

This picture was shot along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) where a new-married couple was getting the blessings from the groom’s mother.
This ceremony happens the day after the wedding, early in the morning when the couple is coming to seek blessings from the Goddess Ganga.

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Love Binds Everything Together

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Love Binds Everything Together

“In this universe it is love that binds everything together.
Love is the very foundation, beauty and fulfillment of life”.
(Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi), Indian Hindu guru known as Amma “Mother” and the “hugging saint” – Born 1953)

This afternoon I received darshana from Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi), “the hugging saint”.
I was kneeled and I touched her feet then she opened her arms, grabbed me and hold me tight for a while as she was blessing me with prayers.
I believe that it is too early for me to explain what occured and I might need a few days to put words to this amazing experience however I can say that while she was hugging me I felt a kind of infinite energy, an unlimited love and happiness, just as what happens between a mother and her child.
I couldn’t take any picture at that time and this is why I am uploading this shot done along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) showing a mother’s love.
After having a bath in the holy waters this lady was combing her son’s hair, he was happy.
Hugs, energy and Happiness to everyone…

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Crocodile Tears

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Crocodile Tears


“It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.”
( Francis Bacon, Sr. – English Lawyer and Philosopher, 1561-1626)

One Sunday afternoon I was sitting at the ghats nearby the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) and I was taking a few pictures of people who came to enjoy bathing there in order to forget the summer heat.
I couldn’t focus on anything as a child was screaming and crying so much at my left side.
He came with his parents who wanted him to dip a little in the river but the child refused and started a drama which embarrassed his family.

I came closer and started to take a few pictures.
He was grabbing his mother’s arm and I could see that all this was crocodile tears only.
I made a few jokes in order to make everyone feel easy and I was showing them the pictures.
His mum loved them and when he saw his attitudes in my screen he stopped crying and step down toward the water where his dad was wating for him.

Bestowing Blessings

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2009 by designldg

Bestowing Blessings


I met this lady at Hemis Gompa which is a secluded Tibetan monastery in the Himalayan hills of Ladakh. she came with her husband and their new born baby. We visited several temples and rooms together and we met again later in an old temple where some lamas and priests, in the presence of the oracle, where performing a ceremony. They asked blessings for their child, it was done with oil and water. According the Buddhist point of view, this first function is a way to celebrate a great occasion, a human rebirth who has the great potential to do something for others. They allowed me to take as many pictures I wanted and I even did several videos with my camera. I didn’t speak much to them but we shared many things with our eyes and many smiles that I might keep in a corner of my mind forever…

Dignity of Sentiments

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by designldg

Dignity of Sentiments


This woman is a Ladakhi villager who came from far away to Leh in order to meet her young son whome she didn’t see since a long time.
I met them in front of a Dharamsala after an important ceremony which gathered many Tibetan nuns and monks from many places.
She was waiting for him outside the temple, she could be with him for a short moment only.
I found this situation sad however she was happy.
She was happy because she knows that in those Himalayan hills having a child becoming a Buddhist monk will spare him from a tough life, it will also allow him to have a good education.
Most of the Ladakhis have a child who becomes a soldier therefore his salary will help the family, and oftenly another child becomes a monk.
I realized that it was very similar in Europe a long time ago.

Anyway I was happy that they accepted to spend those few minutes where they could be together in front of my camera.
She was very proud of her son and to tell me their touching story.
She couldn’t stop hughing him until he run away toward a yellow bus where all the other kids where waiting for him.
She never stopped smiling, I felt that she didn’t want her son to see the tears that she was keeping inside…there was such a dignity of sentiments.

Turning Sunsets into Sunrise

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Turning Sunsets into Sunrise


“The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise”.
(Titus Flavius Clemens (c.150 – 215), known as Clement of Alexandria)

I have been taking this picture at Munshi ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
I was standing at a lower platform which was at the same level as the holy river and I heard this happy family who was laughting.
This young couple was enjoying the morning breeze with their son, the lady removed the veil from her face.
I was not expecting that silhouette effect, it came naturally as if I had to observe her faith and not be allowed to reveal her features to rest of the world…
It was early on a Friday morning, once “the Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise” in the oldest living city in the world…

The Total Mother

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by designldg

The Total Mother

Indian mothers see excess as a sin…but only in others !
You’ve never met a more “Jewish mother” than an Indian mother. 
All they want to do is feed you, mother you and take care of you.
The Indian mother is the total mother.

This lady in the picture leaves in excess, she is extra-loving, she is extra-caring for others, she has extra-happiness, she is an extra-dreamer, she is an extra-fighter for any cause, she has an extra-young spirit, she has extra-energy, she is extra-creative and she is an extra-Bollywood-drama-queen among many other extra-extravagant things…

Once upon a time she decided to become my Indian mother and ever since she takes me as her elder son and I respect her as such.