LEGACY REDUCED TO A TOY

During a visit to the ‘Gurdwara Gali’ in Abbottabad (Pakistan), at a toy shop, peering at the decrepit Gurmukhi panel above the gate, I could read ‘Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha’.   In that moment of intense gaze, I imagined my maternal grandparents visiting this site for their spiritual fulfilment. Since 1947, entire generations have remained deprived of free...

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Mirroring

  Two men, sleeping in front of the sleeping Buddha. Two merchants, sitting in front of the sitting Buddha. Two monks, praying in front of the praying Buddha.   Unknowingly, in thought and action, we end up emulating our role models. At the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Myanmar), I turned my camera to capture people who were unknowingly posed similar to the statues of...

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Multitude of forms, yet no form

Multitude of forms, yet no form.   This simple philosophy holds the key to all inclusiveness. It has the power to make one focus on living a value based lifestyle, moving away from the un-thoughtful practice of anchoring on physical phenomena as the gateway to self-realization.   It was in the year 1505 AD, Nanak (first Sikh Guru) visited Jagannath Temple in...

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New book “THE QUEST CONTINUES: LOST HERITAGE The Sikh legacy in Pakistan”

“THE QUEST CONTINUES: LOST HERITAGE The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan”, the sequel book explores Sikh legacy in 90 cities & villages across Sindh, Balochistan, West Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan Administered Kashmir. It’s inception started from a field research in Jan-Feb 2017 and by the time it is delivered by the press, it would have been a nine month journey!...

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I am a liar

During a photo shoot, where my focus was to bring out the intensity of her watchful eyes, I also had an opportunity to delve deeper into philosophy of Creation and Creators act of observing Himself through mortals eyes.   Ponder over the statement “I am a liar” – If I am really a liar, them I am telling the truth, so how can I be a liar? If am telling...

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Siachen – “Land of Wild Roses”

  Descending from 19,000 feet to 12,000 feet, over a length of 70 km, Siachen glacier (“land of wild roses”) is the worlds highest battleground since the year 1984. India controls its entire glacial length, adjoining peaks and the three passes, which are the gateway between Karakoram and  Ladakh. On the other hand, Pakistan controls its western glacial...

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Absurdity fuels creativity

In this world that is boxed in the path of replicating the actions of the masses, to look elsewhere is generally perceived as being ‘absurd’. However, it is in this absurdity of approaching a situation from an alternate angle where lies the essence of creativity!   In the caldera of Mount Merapi, I noticed the excitement of other visitors who were all...

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Mirror Mind

“Capture these moments”, exclaimed my wife, as we moved through Suru Valley in our journey towards Padum. I could sense the moment of disappointment when I chose not to pick the camera. I had a vision to showcase the beauty of Suru, not directly but through reflections in the still water clusters. That would mean, photographing the valley would have to be put...

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Waiting for Godot

So often we come across people who seem to be living a life of ‘nothing’. Observing them, I have often wondered, if they are the victims of destiny or circumstances? Is their existence reeling under the drama of ’cause and effect’, the law of karma – ‘As one sows, so shall one reap’? When the entire creation seems to have a...

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Thirty years in search of General Zorawar Singh

Not all who wander are lost! Hundreds of human skeletons, some with frozen flesh attached to them, can still be found around Roopkund (16,500 feet), a remote glacial lake in the lap of Trishul massif in Himalayas. The presence of these skeletons was first discovered in 1942 by the Himalayan ranger H K Madhwal.   Roopkund lake, India   Human Skeletons at Roopkund lake,...

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Decay & transformation

Decay, a journey to death Transformation, a journey of youth   As she played the violin, a shimmering candlelight  created the moment of ecstasy, proclaiming that the next phase of transformation is awaiting to happen.   Death is the least understood and most emotional phenomena, mostly cloaked in stories from our perception. When it happens to humans, we don’t see...

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Never without other

Bromo is a perpetual reminder that the beauty is transient and never without its other. Like any volcanic heap of earth, it is a story of fertility and death, tranquility and disaster.   A misty morning spent in tracing the tragic in the serenity of the Indonesian highlands reminded me of Nanak’s profoundness about life, as expressed in a simple verse.   Tis siu...

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Humps of Nubra

The journey from Singapore to Leh (Ladakh, India) meant going from sea level to 3,505 metres in less than 24 hours. I had not had time to acclimatize and my heart was pumping hard to maximize the intake of every molecule of oxygen in the rarefied air.     Early morning I drove in a multi-utility vehicle to one of the world’s highest motorable roads,...

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Kashmir – The Afghanistan Frontier

Kashmir, the land of shawls, snow and sun, Was being eaten by Afghans like a bun. excerpt from “History of Sikhs (Vol V)” by Hari Ram Gupta   A little known fact is that if not for the ambition of Maharajah Ranjit Singh (Lion of Punjab, who ruled from 1799 AD – 1839 AD), to expand his empire into Kashmir, today this region would be part of Afghanistan....

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Tumult of existence

A journey across the salt range in Pakistan enabled me to reflect on the tumult of human existence, our daily battles between the realms of spiritual and existential desires!   From the abandoned remains of Choa Baba Nanak Gurdwara (left picture), where Nanak spread the message of spiritual love, as I looked towards the Rohtas Fort, it’s past use as a military might...

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White Cloud

A white summer cloud once arose, in harmony with heaven and earth, to freely float in the blue sky from horizon to horizon following the breath of the atmosphere. It abandoned himself to the breath of the greater life, allowing it to lead him beyond the farthest horizons to an aim that was already present within him, though yet hidden from his sight.   In the...

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Mind Horse

Mind is a stubborn horse. It always does what it is supposed to do, leading naturally to the path of least resistance. This mind horse can however be directed on a constructive path by riding the saddle of self-reflection, holding the reins of patience and balancing on the stirrups of experience.   Observing the Tengger horsemen riding at ease on the volcanic ash of the...

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You are not

I have wandered in search of your existence! In the midst of the glamour of this world to the fringes of solitude but you have remained a mere perception!   I have been taught to believe that you are a reality and this worldly existence a mere perception! However in your elusiveness, I now perceive that “YOU ARE NOT”.   The believers hail me a radical but I still have...

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It is ME

In Pakistan at Mansehra, as I peered into the hall of the Mansehra Municipal library, in front of the marble structure in which once the scripture of the Sikhs would be kept, now there were tables placed with newspapers! In the hall where the community would once attentively sit on the floor to hear the verses from the Guru Granth Sahib, now the people were seated on...

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Illuminate

Nanak sang the songs of love to ‘illuminate’ the hearts of mortals! However today, ironically, at a short distance from the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan where Nanak breathed his last, a barbed wire along the Indo-Pak border remains ‘illuminated’ with high powered lights even during the bright daylight! Nanak’s lamps to ‘illuminate’ the souls are...

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Kafir

If we all can passionately advocate that this world is a bouquet of coexistence then differentiating words like ‘Kafir’ that breed one-upmanship can hopefully lose relevance? ‘Kafir’, a derogatory word has its origins in the Arabic culture and applies to anyone who holds a different view about the Creator and the Creation!   In search for the remains of the Dera...

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Rear view

One’s who forget history are destined to relive it! While the past can’t be changed, but it can serve as a rear view mirror to guide us into the future, to not repeat what could have been avoided. At Rawalpindi in Pakistan, with a heavy heart, I gazed into a humongous Pipal tree, whose roots have engulfed the walls of an abandoned mansion of a Sikh noble. He had forsaken...

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Heights of Depth

During a visit to Pakistan in October 2014, I had an interesting encounter with a Fakir, who in a moment of smile had said, “Climb the heights of depth!” For years, I was focused on scaling the ‘Heights of Height’, and am now attempting to climb the ‘Heights of Depth’. So during my return in 2017, I tried to search for the Fakir! Unable to trace him, I have found solace...

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Frog salvation

On a dark moonless night, the perfect stillness of the Borneo Forest was being interrupted by the croaks of the aquatic frogs. As we walked through the swamp, our untrained ears were trying hard to locate the direction of the echoes.   We finally spotted them, an army of frogs in all colors, shapes and sizes!   My thoughts meandered to Kabir, who beautifully ridicules...

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None Behind, None Ahead!

        On the plateau, Vastness of heaven and earth. None behind, None ahead. Joy and sorrow within, I, the only companion,   On the Leh – Kargil road in India, fifteen kilometers east of Fotu La pass, at a height of 11,500 feet lies the Lamayuru monastery. While driving to Lamyuru, at a distance I saw a solitary old monk, twirling his prayer wheel, peacefully taking...

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Elusive

Elusive, Yet we remain adamant!   Is He a figment of our imagination?   Among all concepts of His existence, acceptance or rejection, the common thread is that humans are fixated in search for something! For most it is materialistic, while others look for beyond for the subtle. However all searches soon transform into a desire to experience something new! In this...

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They Died For All Free Men

The British empire under the banner of East India Company, in the early 18th century, controlled the entire Indian sub-continent, except for the “Sikh Empire” under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The western boundaries of the British Empire ceded at the banks of River Sutlej in Punjab, while the Sikh empire continued to expand into Afghanistan, Kashmir, Ladakh and...

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Gods, Demons & Consciousness – The allure of Mount Kailash

There are many lakes and mountains around the world, though only a few have an aura and character that can continue to attract people over the ages. In the remote western region of Tibet lies a triad formation of Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal, possessing a unique magnetic force that has for centuries attracted the followers of Buddhism, Hinduism,...

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Nihangs

When destruction prevailed, “Nihangs”, an armed Sikh order, offered their lives to protect the rights of the common man in the North West state of Punjab (India). Today it remains a ceremonial  order within the Sikh community but during the period 1699-1849 AD, they were the first line of martial defense.   Every year, during the annual celebration of Hola...

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Maru

Maru is a word representing sandy areas of Thar desert in Marwar (Rajasthan, India). This region experiences high wind velocities, shifting sand dunes, absence of water and salinity, posing challenge for sustained human living.   In spiritual traditions of North India, Maru also depicts the thirsty state of the soul that has failed to establish a link with Supreme...

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Pravritti and Nivritti

        Life is a constant transition between two extreme states of Pravritti and Nivritti, challenging us to discover our balancing sweet spot. These two states of life are integral to the Indian philosophical systems.   Pravritti – A state of attraction, physical or mental, whereby observer identifies with worldly entaglements.   Nivritti – Total withdrawal...

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Remembering Bagan

Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar dates back to the 9th century. Over 10,000 Buddhist pagodas were constructed here in the 11th century, of which 200 survived to the present day. Unfortunately, the earthquake on 25th August 2016 is reported to have damaged over 200 of them.   In this series, I remember my visit to the region in the year 2012. We perched ourselves atop...

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Expression

      Expression appears in the first moment!   Nature continues to express through constant flow.   Perched on a crag in the mountain, watching the expressions emerge in the morning sunlight. This series is an interplay of mist formation in the caldera around the volcanic Mount Bromo.    Photo : Morning mist over the valley around Mount Bromo    Photo : Morning...

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Death in Varanasi – ultimate liberation?

      A stone I died and rose again a plant; A plant I died and rose as an animal; I died an animal and was born a man. Why should I fear? What have I lost in death?                                                         ……..Rumi   Photo : River Ganges at Varanasi is the last stop for many.   In the ancient Hindu scripture, Matsya Purana, Lord Shiva says,...

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An early morning at Inle Lake, Myanmar

  As long as we can witness sunrise, there remains a possibility.   As dawn breaks, fishermen at Inle Lake (Myanmar) make their way through the mist. Though visibility at this hour is zero but they remain hopeful their nets will catch their daily livelihood.   Photo : Mist at Inle lake, Myanmar   Photo : Mist at Inle lake, Myanmar   Photo : Mist at Inle lake, Myanmar  ...

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Dhammapada in Yuanyang

    “Dhamma” – The path of righteousness   + “Pada” – Steps  =  “Dhammapada” – to tread on the path of righteousness through steps aimed at training the mind.   The region of Yuanyang (China) offers a unique self-sustainable eco-system, humidity and rainfall, optimal for rice cultivation. Expanse of rice terraces...

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Hunderman Brok & Brolmo

A dusty, non-descript Himalayan village that once provided resting ground for travelers on the historic Silk Route between Kargil and Skardu, now lies shelled by the two warring nations, who very well know their hips are welded with common culture, language and religion but choose to live in absolute denial, scratching each other from time to time. The effects of...

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Time, the healer

Fury, old patriarch demonstrating an autocratic force. Sprouts, testimony of an era before the instigation. Today, they come and go…tourists, explorer, bread earners.     In the sea of volcanic ash, one can see stray horses, roaring jeeps, sprouts of grass and amazingly shaped rocks. This is the caldera of an active volcano – Mount Bromo in Indonesia....

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LOST HERITAGE VIDEO PRESENTATION

    “LOST HERITAGE – The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan” authored by Amardeep Singh, releases in December 2015. Here is a video that shares the motivation and journey in making of this book.     A deep-rooted desire to connect with the land of our ancestors propelled me to visit Pakistan and delve into the vestiges of a community, which was impelled to...

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LOST HERITAGE

Seven decades after the searing partition of 1947, the Sikh community continues to yearn to experience its glorious heritage abandoned across Pakistan. For those fortunate few able to visit the country, they remain confined to a handful of functional gurdwaras. Would the heritage of the land where Sikhism was born and the Sikhs had created an empire have been limited to...

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Colors of Rajasthan

Through flush of colors, the Creator makes his presence felt in the Creation.   It requires an elevated sense of realization to understand that the use of vibrant colors by mortals, is their unaware expression of the search for the ever elusive Master. But the worldly colors are transitionary, like the temporary dye shades created from the extract of Safflower, unlike...

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Stillness

Sometimes it feels I am constantly in search for something! Though mostly the search is not far, as the answer always resides in the proximity of observations.   I have found that stilling the mind and driven by a passionate desire, an indescribable energy always manifests to naturally gravitate towards culmination of the search. Muddy water becomes clear if allowed to...

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Choice

        Chasing happiness, shying suffering, I experienced suffering in the back alleys of happiness. Failing to isolate the two, I wondered how can I see both as one?   When I chased happiness, it soon transformed into dissatisfaction. On the other hand, looking at life from a lower state of being, made me ecstatic. The pigeons of happiness and suffering, the two...

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The perfect moment

Prepared through self-effort, as observers we need to be able to spot and leverage positive situations being created around us. This is the principle for attaining positive growth in any aspect of life.   With this mindset, before dawn we positioned ourselves at a vantage point to capture the spectacle to be created by the morning sun over the ocean of Buddhist temples...

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Mystery of Beauty

Beauty is that which does not reveal itself in totality. It holds an element of mystery, the undescribable that links to transcendence. When beauty surrounds itself by mystery, inviting to find it through an experience, it can create a sense of enlightenment, leading to silence.   The weather at Yuanyang in Yunnan province of China, along the Red river, famous for its...

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Sikh soldiers in Tibet – Year 1904

Close to Gyantse fort in Tibet, at the Palkhor Chode Monastery, an old Chinese man approached me with curiosity. I reciprocated with a smile to help break the ice.   Old Chinese Man : “You are wearing a turban. Are you a Sikh?”   Me : “Indeed and I am surprised you are able to recognize a Sikh in this remote part of the world.”   Old Chinese Man : “Sikhs...

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The more I learn, the less I know

The process of learning also feeds the Ego, creating a mist around our subtle faculties that perceive the world. It sometimes leads us to believe that we know everything. Therefore as part of our development, it is important to remain humble and associate with people who are more knowledgeable. Here I was standing in the cold Himalayan night at Syalsur in Uttarakhand...

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Berm the Mind

From vantage points spread across Laohuzui, observing the meticulously crafted rice terraces, I was reminded of the process of internal growth as I have understood.   The internal faculties of our subtle body comprising of Mind, Ego and Intellect are preordained with specific functions, which they faithfully perform, resulting in experience overlays on the Self that...

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Peiku Tso, Tibet (Large Panorama)

            If my body were frozen in the Himalayas even then my mind would not be free of disease. Guru Nanak, page 62 of Adi Granth   For ages, Himalayas have signified asceticism. Needless to say, it is more than coincidence that certain practices are associated with a place. A visit to higher reaches of Himalayas, still reverberate...

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Operation Bluestar – Let’s not forget!

        That alone is a temple, where He can be known. Through contemplation in human body, one understands His omnipresence. Don’t look for him outside, He dwells within the Heart. The ego-willed cannot appreciate this fact, in mere worldly pursuits he wastes his life. He pervades everywhere, discover Him through reflection....

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Kalari

Kalari (कलाड़ी or کلاڑی) – “mozerella cheese of Kashmir”, the taste of which is still fresh on my palette from the servings made by my mother during my upbringing at Gorakhpur, a place far away from Kashmir. This special cheese is indigenous to Kashmir region of India and Pakistan. Since my ancestors belonged to Muzaffarabad, a region now in the Kashmir...

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Allah

During a visit to Jamia Masjid, the largest mosque in Old Delhi, India, on the roof I found two boys engrossed in their prayers to Allah. Photographing them, I was reminded of the verse below by Saint Kabir on page 1349 of Guru Granth Sahib, the spiritual scripture of the Sikhs. O people, O Siblings of Destiny, do not wander deluded by doubt. The Creation is in the...

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Mount Batok

Sometimes beauty is overshadowed by popularity! Mount Bromo (2,392m) in Indonesia is popular because it is an active volcano, constantly throwing hot gases. In it’s distant horizon lies the larger Mount Sumeru (3,676m), which is also active. Mount Batok (2,470m), though lying adjacent to Mount Bromo, is overshadowed by the latter. With a perfect triangular mountain...

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Guge Kingdom – The lost civilization

“vivid colours, chiseled forms of rocks and mountains stand out in brilliant clearness, divested of any trace of vegetation, like the world on the first day of creation, when only heaven and earth were facing each other in the primal unity.” by Govinda, Lama Anagarika from The Way of the White Clouds.   In search of the lost kingdom, the earliest European...

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Why fight it?

Why should one fight a challenging situation? Rather working with it, one can capitalize to an advantage.   At Tawang Monastery, watching a group of Monks dance, photographically it created a challenging situation. The camera was directly facing the setting sun, creating dark silhouettes.   So I decided not to fight but make the situation work for me. Dropping the...

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Muzaffarabad (Pakistan) : In search of roots

Postman to my father, “Sunder Singh, this is a strange postcard and I believe it is for you.”   With a two line address that just read “Sunder Singh, Gorakhpur,” it could only be a divine intervention that the postcard sent from Rawalpindi (Pakistan), found it’s way to my father in Gorakhpur (India).   In a crippled handwriting, it’s content was nothing else but an...

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Mount Everest – North face from Tibet

An evening spent in the lap of Mount Everest (29,029 feet) at the remote Tibetan village of Tingri (14,107 feet), offered us an opportunity to admire the world’s highest peak from close quarters. The near vertical north face of Everest in Tibet is the reason why expeditions to the top of the world are undertaken from its south face in Nepal.   Our journey in Tibet...

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Guns of Nihangs

Nihangs, the last guardians of the Sikh martial spirit, roam freely across the Punjab (western state of India). Their nomadic lifestyle is dedicated to praying the almighty and practicing the Sikh martial arts. They maintain these traditions from the time of the 10th Sikh Guru, who left this world in 1708 AD.   A description of them from an ancient text (Prachin Panth...

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Janet Amrit at Labrador Park

Dressed in a red victorian, complementing the blush, dramatically contrasting against the environment, a photo shoot with Janet Amrit.          

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Exhibition – Naam Ras 2014 @ Singapore Expo

Today was the third day of my photo art exhibition at the Naam Ras 2014, hosted at Singapore Expo Hall 7. Many viewers congratulated on the unique perspectives of the Golden Temple and Nihang series, some asking to give personalized round of the exhibits.   A few years back as I struggled, trying to inculcate my passion, I would despair at ever being able to reach the...

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Tso! Tso! Pangong-Tso!

“I felt so baffled and excited that I called out to my companions, fearing to be a victim of a hallucination : ‘Look there! What is that? Look!’   ‘Tso! Tso! Pangong-Tso!’ they shouted, and threw their caps into the air triumphantly, as if they had conquered a mighty pass; from which the first glimpse of the great Pangong Lake could be had,...

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Beauty of decay

      Between the banks of desires & reality, Faced with conflict, Life acquires a meaning.   Life is a series of conflicts between inner thoughts and external pressures. Coal must undergo deep earth pressures to become a diamond. Rice must undergo hardship of pounding to become white. Steel must endure forge to become strong. Without having faced adversity, ones...

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In death, man is of no use!

In journey of life, humans are in a constant race to “want” more, beyond what they “need”. Seldom do we share our hoardings and probably one in a million, ever reflects on the essence of being.   Animals are far better than us. Even in death they offer their body to be used in many ways. Flesh as meat, skin as leather and bones for medicinal...

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An event that led to the Turban

It was today, 339 years ago, that Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Guru of the Sikhs displayed an act that no other prophet had ever done. He sacrificed his life to protect the right of any individual to practice a faith of his choice and to not be pressurized into conversion. His was a sacrifice to protect the right of Hindu Pandits of Kashmir to be allowed to wear Janeau...

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Dance of celebration

When opposites collide, it results in conflict and hostility. In their embrace, there is love and friendship.   The law of creation is nothing else but a dance of celebration!   Mount Merapi, is the most active volcano in Indonesia, with a history of regular eruption since 1548. It last erupted on 25 October 2010, causing a large scale devastation for...

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Rai Bahadur Lal Singh

When “The Great Game” (political aspiration to control Central Asia) was being played in Central Asia between political powers of Britain, France and Russia, it was Sir Aurel Stein (1862 – 1943) a Hungarian adventurer, who led an expedition to Taklamakan desert (present day Xinjiang, Uyghur Autonomus Region of China).  Prior to this it was believed that...

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He will take care!

Recent calamity caused by floods (Sep 2014) in Kashmir Valley has uprooted thousands.   We have closely followed this catastrophic event as large members of our clan reside in Srinagar. Good thing first, everyone has been rescued. For three days there was total information black-out. It was a tiring time for well-wishers of everyone who had someone staying in the...

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Discipline and Letting Go

At Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, photographing a man absorbed in Namaz (muslim prayer), my thoughts meandered to the complementary practice of “discipline” and “letting go”, as taught by Baba Sheikh Farid of Shakarganj.   Sheikh Farid (1175 – 1265) was a Sufi saint born at Kothiwal in Multan (Pakistan). He became a disciple of Khwaja Kutubdin...

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Fence of destiny

In our journey from Kargil to Padum (Zanskar, India), we took a night break at the only guest house, managed by J&K Tourism at village Parkachik. It’s a region, nested in the fertile valley of Nun-Kun mountain, a mile from the majestic ice mass, called the Parkachik glacier. The villagers are of Balti origin, a tribe from Skardu (Baltistan) region, which now...

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Shooting in the Graveyard

Shooting in a graveyard, my objective was to contrast the model against the gloominess of background.        

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Two sides of a coin

Two sides of a coin – such is the tale of independence. As India and Pakistan celebrate their freedom in August, one is forced to contemplate – “Freedom from whom?”. The British rule ended in 1947 and is indeed a reason to celebrate but for the entire Western front, Punjab, Rajasthan and Kashmir, it was a time when hate begot hate. Generations of...

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Conscious mind – Tip of iceberg

Associating only with the conscious mind, we limit ourselves. It is just the tip of iceberg. The true horse power lies in the sub-conscious.   The fishermen at Inle lake in Myanmar have a unique fishing style that is one of a kind in the world. Only one fisherman will be found on a boat and is always standing at the edge, somehow achieving the perfect balance. It’s...

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Symbolizing the supreme power!

The Sikh martial tradition that emerged in 16th century to defend  the society against persecution, is philosophically based on unity of God. The infinite formless is also seen in the finite, through names of weapons that symbolize the Supreme power.   Since the days of 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, the Nihangs (martial community of Sikh faith) have...

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Drang-Drung glacier

What flows, goes far. What goes far, must return. Panzila (14,436 feet above sea level), a mountain pass connecting Suru Valley to Zanskar, overlooks the 23 km long Drang-Drung glacier, flowing from Doda peak at 21,490 feet. Here begins the Stod river, a tributary of Zanskar, which later joins the Indus. Near it also lies the Panzila glacier, giving rise to Suru river,...

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Ashamed

Ashamed, she said “How can I show my face”? All my life I was looking forward to the day of my death. But now having killed my desires, what does the world have to say! I photographed this old lady outside Mother Teresa’s home for the homeless, in Calcutta. While no words were exchanged between us but the momentary look she gave, had the depth beyond...

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Fenced, but not in soul

Most tragic event in modern history of Indian sub-continent, year 1947, is a blotched epoch that forever divided communities across India and Pakistan.   The Indo-Pakistan region has always fascinated me. While I have been able to explore many border locations within India but I remain desirous of traveling in Pakistan to explore our roots of which I have only heard...

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White Village

          Ocean in the mind beckons a white village in the mountain.     Driving from Leh to Lamayuru, we diverted on a road less travelled and found ourselves in the cradle of a valley with snow capped peaks, nestled above us a village painted in white. It was beckoning us to walk its alleys.   As I made photos of the white village, my thoughts...

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Shungatser – The landslide lake

  Nature, Sculpts daily.     Shungatser lake is situated at 14,500 feet, about 42 Km from Tawang, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It was originally a grazing ground but the massive landslide of 1950 transformed it into a large lake, submerging the entire forest.   This lake is a testimony that nature never tires from sculpting. Daily it makes an...

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Framed & Overlaid

  Pleasure, Intoxication, Obsession, Cravings never cease.   We emerged from nothing and will merge in nothing. Few years of worldly complexities that we get involved in as reality, can actually be disruptive, if not lived with balance. Our cravings continue to expand the net and only through contemplation, is the uselessness of the tangle appreciated. Duty is...

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Marketplace

Anchor in your heart daily, do not wander in confusion, World is a mere illusion, people passing in confusion.   Today, while reading the above prose by Kabir on page 727 of Adi Granth, I was reminded of my walk in the narrow alleys of Bara Bazar in Shillong (Meghalay, India). In the disorder, existed a perfect order. People appeared to be walking around in...

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