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Elevation

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2013 by designldg

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In Varanasi (Benaras) there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva between Scindia ghat and Manikarnika ghat which doesn’t look like any other in the city because of its amazing sculptures with angels which are all around the shrine playing different music instruments.
This place is a kind of gate to after death as the cremation ghat is underneath with funeral pyres burning day and night.
It is not easy to climb the high and narrow staircase plunged in total darkness.
However each stair allows to ascend towards the light and to take the time to elevate oneself…

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The Road Toward Freedom

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by designldg

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“I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning.
It seems to me to be the road toward freedom…
Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.”
(Jim Morrison – American singer & poet, 1943-1971)

This man was bathing before sunset in the holy waters of the Ganges at Shivala ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
He smiled and laughed at my joke regarding his untied langot…

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A Leitmotiv

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by designldg

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“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.
The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.”
(Henri Cartier-Bresson – French photographe, 1908–2004)

This chai wallah was leaving Bhonsala ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) and was stepping towards the city…

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Day is Come

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

Day is Come

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“Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle.
It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

Those Rajsthani villagers came a long way in order to worship in Varanasi (Benaras).
I saw them leaving a small boat on the holy waters of the Ganges nearby Manikarnika Ghat where all earthy lives are ending, it was at dusk.
Suddenly the words of Tagore are giving deeper colours to the souls living in this image…

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There is a Superstition

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2009 by designldg

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“The oldest living city in the world”.

One early morning this lady came from far away to worship here, it was a Monday, Lord Shiva’s day and as Shiva is the God of the city I believe that it was an auspicious day for her.

I took this picture on a ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) just after that she took a deep in the holy waters.
A friend of hers was standing a few stairs underneath in order to help her to strech this pink sari.
They were washing many clothes.
By the amount of items which were drying under the sun, I understood that they were pilgrims who had a long journey.
I stayed at their side for a long while and they didn’t mind that I took many pictures.

This woman reminded me the “ageless” lady who is taking care of the place where I am living.
We never call her by her name because the respect we have for her doesn’t allow us to do it, so we call her “Sita’s ma” as her daughter’s name is Sita.
Once I was washing my laundry in the bathroom away from her eyes in order that she doesn’t feel bad that I wasn’t allowing her to do it.
Later when she saw my kurtas drying she became really mad at me because it was a Thursday and there is a superstiton in Benaras which doesn’t allow people to wash their clothes on Thursdays.
I didn’t know about this belief and the situation became a kind of drama in a supernatural dimension.
This happened a long time ago and ever since I asked people to explain me what could have been the reason behind it but no one really knows.
Now we have a washing machine and this problem is over…

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