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North Sikkim road journeys are long but you come across so many waterfalls on the way. The hours spent on the road were the highlight of the trip. I don't think there is any other place with this high density of waterfalls.
This is because the drive to North Sikkim is all uphill and this is the east Himalayan region, where it either rains or there is melting snow coming from many hills, to form tributaries which further form local rivers like Lachen River and Lachung River, which further connects to Teesta River which further connects to the great Bharmaputra River.
I captured this shot in the streets of Old Delhi near Jama Masjid - The famous mosque in the capital city of India - New Delhi.
I saw these parked scooters and bikes on the street. and was lucky to spot one of the Masjid's tower in a rear view mirror. Now it was more about the possibility of having something in other mirror. I noticed a few pigeons and eagles flying and waited to see if I can get one in the mirror. In the next 10-15 minutes I waited there, I got a few shots of pigeons, but the best was this reflection of this eagle.
Lord Ganesha is our favorite God in our family. And it is a common faith among many people in India to offer prayer to Ganesha first before starting any new, work, project or business. And ths picture of Ganesha was so appealing to me as a fine art and colours. I chose to post this image on the New Years day with my greetings and wishes.
I was rushing to the window every now and then to see if the Mom would lift her bum and let me take a shot of her eggs. No chance! !Was I disappointed? Yes.
But surprise of all surprises, I heard faint "cheeps" and I started rushing now to see the lil one. And lo! It came out and I took a few quick shots. Very soon the Mom sensed the human presence near by and ushered the kid under her wings! Aw!! Thank Heaven for small mercies. The zoom did not disappoint me !!
The mirror shows the real you. The real you that is compassionate, helping, not judging, loving , caring and all other human qualities. But at times, out of obligation, out of expectations we try and become what we are not, and its then that the mirror becomes a necessity to see the real you.
Change yourself - Be the real you.
What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror? (Captured near Yamuna Ghat, Delhi, India)
This happened in the winters. I and a few others were on a photowalk in the streets of old delhi, when suddenly I realised that I was walking alone.
I turn back, and find everyone clicking a goat :) And then I did the most important thing - Clicking them back :)
Street capture of a nihang sikh, easily recognizable by the striking colour garments, extended head turbans & long unshaven hair & beards. The nihang sikhs or akalis (literally mean immortals) are warriors carrying swords & spears & are guardians of the sikh religion & places of worship.
Lachen is a small resort village in the state of North Sikkim, India. This is the view from our hotel balcony from our family vacation in April 2022.
The weather was cloudy, rainy, and chilly (7 deg Celcius in April). Sometimes these combination creates wonderful photo opportunities like this.
It is a very colorful village with every building (most probably a hotel) very well decorated from the outside. It is very enjoyable to take a walk over here with snow-peaked mountains on one side and a river flowing down.
This town is at an altitude of 8,500 ft and is used as a stopover to acclimatize before tourists visit Gurudongmar Lake at an altitude of 17,800 ft. Reaching Lachen takes almost a day (6-7hrs drive) from Gangtok which is the capital of Sikkim.
Foreigners don't usually visit this village. They are not allowed to travel farther north to the lake as it is very close to India-China international border.
As I was coming out of this Temple, this lone woman talking to some one at the top of her voice attracted me. I decided to take a shot. She was asking someone to hurry up, as the Temple would close soon.
Sure, they did come running- a young mother dragging a little boy and carrying a baby in her arms.
I shot this series of photos (five posted here) showing stacks of harvested rice plants in the fields at sunset. I came across this scene quite unexpectedly while visiting a village in West Bengal, India and instantly remembered Claude Monet's "Haystacks" series of paintings with a similar subject. So I went back to the place everyday and shot these photos as a tribute to Monet.
This photo and others in this photo series show different stages of idol-making in the dingy lanes of Kumartuli (clay-workers' colony) in Kolkata, India. These idols are then carried to different locations all over the city for different festivals, most importantly the festival of Durga Puja, which is the five-day worship of the Goddess Durga in October. Visiting Kumartuli at this time fills one with awe and respect for the artists skill, as well as with joy for the approaching festival.
This is 3000th post today.
It started with a humble beginning on 16th October 2010.
It has been a wonderful experience all along.
Thank you my dear friends in Aminus3 for your kind support, guidance and encouragement.
Aminus3 is a great community and so much to learn from everyone one of you every day.
I am ever grateful to everyone of you here.
And I thank my son Dr Sunder who encouraged me to join this wonderful community.
This Laughing Buddha was captured at Kalpana Eye Care, C
This reminded me of a conversation from the amazing movie Nebraska.
He - What is it that you want?
She - Let's get married, or lets split up. But lets do something !!
It's important - doing something. Like talking, just share the concerns, the doubts, the conflicts, and rest assured it will end the problem. But what do we mostly do ? We start avoiding any conversation, go back to our cocoon and suddenly all the negative thoughts surround us, making the situation all the more worst.
Captured in Farukh Nagar, one of the villages near the millennium city and IT hub of India - Gurgaon. I and a friend were a little bored of street photography in the city, so this time went a casual photowalk to click some rural views. We were driving around in the car when we saw fire in this field.
On getting close and asking the farmer standing in the field, he said he is burning the crop stubble. Although restricted by the government in India, the farmers still practice burning the stubble, that remains after harvest of grains like wheat. He was a little skeptical and thought we were reporters, but agreed and allowed us to click some pictures. My intent was to get the fire against the evening sun, when out of nowhere this person with two horses happened to cross the field.
I like the image for its elements - evening sky, fire, a man and his two horses. Together they raise this curiosity - what's happening here, why's there fire, what is the man doing in the field with horses
The concept of Lord Krishna & Radha!
From 'Bharatanatyam' performance "Radhamadhavam" on 2nd of Sep.2019 at Tripunithura Koothambalam, Kerala-India.
Bharatanatyam is a major form of Indian classical dance style which is noted for its fixed upper torso, legs bent or knees flexed out combined with footwork and a variety gestures of hands, eyes and face muscles!
The 'Snake boat' race in Kerala Alleppey backwaters.
Seen here is a 'Snake boat' with more than 100 oarsmen on board.
Team spirit is the main power here!
The selected team have been on a 'camp practice' for more than 3 months before the race, which comes every year.
In the farms of Haryana and Punjab, April is the month of harvesting wheat. Its sown between late October till December and harvesting it starts from April onwards. This was captured last week, in a farm just outside the millennium city of Gurgaon.
Belief gives us strength. It has the power to allow us to stand and win against something that our mind would otherwise surrender to.
Yet, sometimes there is a choice that we need to make, between beliefs and facts. And polluting our rivers is one such belief, in fact the most pressing one, that we should stand against
My daughter is now almost 7 yo and growing fast. Time files like an arrow for it seems only yesterday when I was posting our less than 1 yo pics :)
Clicked this impromptu using my camera phone while she was trying to grab a book from the shelf in a nearby coffee house.
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