Framed in Blue

Pattern, an essence to creativity.   Creativity, is generally thought to be an intrinsic skill. However, behind any creative work is hours of effort to create a skill to recognize structures, which is mere mechanical. It’s this aspect of replicating which ultimately results in development of a sense to discern and manipulate patterns. Creativity is ultimately...

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Winter sets in

Summer lies behind, Winter has set in. Bare branches hold a promise,                                   but mind remains shaky. Winter brings dormancy with incessant clouds and snow. Time comes to stand still. Nights appear to be long. While trees have shed their leaves but in these bare branches lies a promise to sprout at the first instance of spring. They know the...

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Tradition

 Tradition was once a path   Why do we shy from it today?     There used to be living traditions that people proudly associated with. Today these survive in pockets, dimmed by onslaught of desire to be contemporary. In modern world, its materialism that holds the attention.    Associating with tradition can be a path to self-discovery. Holding to it...

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Bridge of life

Built by the architect of destiny, a bridge between heaven and earth. Narrower than hell, treacherous to cross,                            No one will accompany,                             alone you will have to cross.   Life, a bridge across “where we came from” and “where we are to go”, is thinner than hair. Razors edge unfolds the drama...

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Tiger’s nose

I now realize, it was a strange quest that had made me a pilgrim without God, a wanderer from Himalayas to New York, seeking a place where the mind could rest. I have gazed into faces hoping to hear the mysterious echo that would satisfy me!   One such journey, performed a few years back in the remote regions of Ladakh (India), I had positioned it to myself as a...

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Exclusive Interview: Amardeep Singh ~ Photographer

My interview on Sikhnet.com dt 27/3/2014 Was there a point in your life which you could say started you on the path of photography? I am a born wanderer. Wanderers don’t need a point of deflection to find new inspirations. It is my innate nature to always look at my surrounding with an explorers vision, which has enabled me to pursue divergent activities in my life. I...

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Bhang Grinders

Bhang, an intoxicating beverage prepared from the leaves of cannabis plant, has a  history of use across the Indian subcontinent. In Punjab, the Nihangs (military order from the time of Guru Gobind Singh) use it freely. They call it Sukha, the peace-giver. Nihangs have been using Sukha since 17th century, when they had to fight against the Afghan invaders to protect the...

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Hola Mohalla – Saddle of Self Reflection

Today, 17th March 2014 is the the day of Hola Mohalla celebration.   Holi, the Indian festival of colors becomes Hola Mohalla in Punjab. Hola being the masculine representation of Holi and Mohalla implies an organized procession.   Holi is celebrated across India by throwing colors at each other to celebrate the victory of good over evil, associate with the...

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The Doon School Old Boys Society

It’s an honor that 29 years after graduating from The Doon School (Dehradun), my article “Thirty years in search of Zorawar Singh” has featured in the front page of “The Doon School Old Boy’s Society (DSOBS)” website. The screen shot of website homepage is taken on 1st March 2014 and by clicking it you can access the article on DSOBS site....

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My interview – PicsArt Monthly magazine

My interview has featured in February 2014 issue of PicsArt Monthly magazine. Click images below to view the pages as featured in the magazine. For ease of reading, I have also provided the text in typed format. Amardeep is a photographer who was born in India but is based in Singapore. His education background, is mixed with an engineering degree from Manipal Institute...

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I found Gandhi !

On the streets of Jaisalmer, I found a Frenchman bearing stark resemblance to Gandhi. He even dressed, walked and talked like him.

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Panjab – Hari Ram Gupta

Panjab, the land of five rivers, today stands divided across Pakistan and India. Fragmented by religious division, fuelled by paltry politics of the British empire in India, it’s language and culture caught in a downward spiral. History of Panjab, from the perspective of historians of the bygone era, is the only way to keep reminding us of the great frontier it...

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Nanak meets Buddha

Borobudur Temple at Yogyakarta is a magnificent architecture from the era when Buddhism flourished in Indonesia. The three tiered temple design represents man’s internal progression from worldly to blissful state of formless, as taught by Buddha.                                                      Kamadhatu represents engagement in worldly desires. It displays...

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Moment of nothing

A moment exists In one place , at one time!   Anything we experience, exists only in a moment. Experience emerges from nothing and merges into nothing. We may strive for a meaning but in reality there is none. So just do what you can for the moment.   I try to apply this essence to my photography, looking for a moment, at a place and at a time. Shutter aims to capture...

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A warrior’s epic crossing

My article “A voyage – A warrior’s epic crossing” has featured in January 2014 issue of Asian Geographic. Unfortunately, the editor has truncated the story, probably to fit in a centre-fold page. The full length story has earlier featured on my Blog titled “Thirty years – In search of General Zorawar Singh (1786 – 1841)”. Click...

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Nature’s Perfection

 Life stooped with years of learning, Is no comparison to a glance at nature’s perfection.   Engrossed in the journey of life, mankind remains passionate about advancing it’s learning. We remain fascinated by our accomplishments and egoistic in showcasing them. Yet, a mere glance at the nature and we can see another order of beauty and intelligence in life....

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Mount Bromo in Jeep

The Caldera of Mount Bromo is a constant reminder that beauty in nature is not without its other. In this volcanic region lie the stories of death and regeneration, tranquility and disaster. For years, the Tengger Hindu people of Indonesia have lived in the fringe of this volcanic mountain. In fear of eruption and also it’s acceptance in providing a living from the...

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The Kingdom of Guge – A lost Tibetan Civilization

My article “The Kingdom of Guge – A lost Tibetan Civilization” has appeared in January 2014 issue of Asian Geographic. Little explored by adventurers in the past, Tibet today is strictly controlled by the Chinese government and travel within the region has been restricted ever since the Dalai Lama’s flight from Tibet in 1959. Only recently have...

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Nyalam

Nyalam, literally translated as “Gateway to Hell”, is a town in Shigatse prefecture of Tibet, bordering Nepal. Till ten kilometers before Nyalam from Tibet side, at an average height of 12,300 feet above sea level, the plateau is just a flat land with huge snow clad Himalayan mountains rising above 20,000 feet in the South. Nyalam offers the navigation pass...

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Avilokiteshvara (Quan Yin)

Yesterday I visited the Chinese temple of Quan Yin (Chinese), also known as Avilokiteshvara (Tibetan) at Bugis in Singapore.   Avilokiteshvara means, “the Goddess who looks upon the world with compassion”.   Quan Yin means “the hearer of the worlds cries”.   Avilokiteshvara is a feminine bohisattva – an enlightened being who is eligible for nirvana (liberation from...

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Photo Art

Datti Kaur, our younger daughter, a 9th grade student is passionate about art. Getting bored at home yesterday, in response to a sudden creative bout, she selected a photo of a Nihang from my photography blog and has adapted it in her own creative water color art form. Here is the water color art form created through her strokes. The photo below of Nihang that I had...

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Seeing beyond Seeing

“Seeing beyond Seeing”, one gets blinded by the experience, reminded at summit that it is not the end but just a start of journey to other side of the mountain, taking one right back to the world.   An early morning walk in Borneo (Malaysia) at Kalimantan Indonesian border, one had to be in state of “seeing beyond seeing” to spot a tree emerging...

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Paradox

Within light there is darkness. Within darkness there is light.                                     Each has its own value.                                 Absolute is only understood with relative.   It is a paradox, impossible to resolve intellectually, that one needs a point of reference to understand something else.   To bring out beauty of this models head-shots, I...

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Do you know?

Do you know where you are heading?   Journey of life is a river whose goal is the ocean. The future will always be uncertain, so use wisdom of men who have been around before us, as the guiding map.   Click first photo below and scroll to view series in slide show....

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Reputation follows to grave

Very early in my career, an experience with Mr. Chandrasekhar (General Manager) of Higginbothams Bookstore in Chennai, taught me the importance of being mindful of one’s conduct as reputation takes a long to build and can be destroyed in an instance.   Year 1994, as a 27 year young executive with a multinational, I was based at Chennai (India), responsible for...

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Renunciation

In Myanmar, faced with young children being trained into the order of monkhood, one is left wondering if renunciation is the solution to preparing the young for facing worldly challenges?   Would it not be better if children are skilled in their youth to become active contributors in the society, leaving the choice to be made by them as adults?    Click first photo below...

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Discovery of General Zorawar Singh’s pistol

Normally I only blog thoughts centered around my photography. However, for a discovery like this one, linked to one of my earlier blog posts, it is worth sharing even though it doesn’t carry any photo created through my camera.   On 24th September 2013, I blogged about my personal photographic journey over thirty years, in search of General Zorawar Singh, which can...

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Self Sufficiency

 Self Sufficiency is an opportunity! Sociability is the essence of humanity. However it’s through self-sufficiency that one is able to connect Self with Cosmos. It does not mean that being with others is of any less importance but self-sufficiency does help overcome one’s shortcomings.  Society and self-sufficiency need to be the two stirrups of life. These...

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Bum La pass

About 37 km ahead of  Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh), at the height of 16,500 feet lies the Bum La Pass, where runs the historic McMahon line, defining the line of actual control between India and China.   Bum La is a very remote pass where only a few travelers reach in the summer months. In winters, it receives 36 inches of snow, at an average temperature of -24 degree...

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Opportunity will find you!

  Remain focused, opportunity will find you!   Many times we stand at crossroads, not knowing the path to choose. If a choice is made then not knowing if it will take us to the destination.   Ambiguity in life is the chariot, while the sixth sense is the chariot driver.   On return from Siachen Glacier base camp in remote north-western Ladakh region, we came across...

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Empty Canvas, Artist’s Fear!

 An empty Canvas, An artist’s fear!   Ask an artist to describe the feeling, as one looks into an empty canvas, not knowing what to create.   God, the supreme artist, has been forever creating beauty on the canvas of creation. So what is his fear?   I believe, as an artist, God too resides in the domain of fear.   The difference being that he is...

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Evon Tan

      Photo shoot with Evon Tan.   Click first photo below and scroll to view series in slide show....

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Diversity

The clay is the same, but the Fashioner has fashioned it in various ways. There is nothing wrong with the pot of clay – there is nothing wrong with the Potter. From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? Says Kabir, my anxiety and fear have been taken away; I see the Immaculate pervading everywhere. Travelling across India,...

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Infinite

Infinite is a circle with a circumference lying nowhere, but the centre lying everywhere. My pursuits end in a circular centricity, bound by egocentricity.   Centre of universe lies within our self-ego, while the limitless creation is beyond limits. All through our being, we desire to attract materials to us, never making an effort to merge “I” into the...

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Reviving a tradition

Music is a double edged sword, it’s effective use can create emotions that help evolve the individuality of the being. On the other hand it can also be instrumental in arousing destructive feelings. It is for this reason that the Sikh Keertan (devotional spiritual singing) was historically done within a prescribed framework. Unique stringed instruments were adopted...

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The Dards

My article on the Dards has featured in July 2013 issue of Asian Geographic magazine. The relevant pages from the magazine can be viewed by clicking on the images below and scrolling. I have also provided the article content in text format for ease of reading. The Dards The Greek king of Macedon, Alexander the Great, having conquered central Asia, in the year 327 BC...

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Domes of Golden Temple

The entire architecture of the Golden Temple (Harmandar Sahib), the apex institution of Sikh faith at Amritsar, is an epitome of universal brotherhood.   It’s foundation stone was laid by a spiritual leader (Mian Mir, the follower of Islam) of another faith, signifying that spirituality has no boundaries.   It has four gates for entry, signifying that people from...

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Nakedness and Aberration

  In the summer of 2010, I visited Tsomoriri lake in Ladakh (India), at a height of 15,000 feet. With snow covered high altitude roads, the region remains inaccessible for most of the year.   In harsh weather conditions, the Changpa tribesmen continue to live in harmony with the environment. Their homes are a small tent, barely insulated and their means of livelihood are...

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Keep going

The spectrum of my learning spans across engineering, music, management, philosophy,  photography and writing.   Learning engineering and management was tough but a relatively easy journey. I stayed on course, memorized the postulates and just applied them to situations. Same with music, where having learnt Raags (combination of notes) and Taals (Beats), it was then a...

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Limitation

Every river has a bank, Every culture a geography.   In times of floods, the banks of rivers are breached, creating an uncontrollable flow of water but it soon falls back to it’s course. Similarly, in the past, there was a limit to how much a civilization could expand beyond it’s natural domain.   In the last century, a flood of scientific advancements have...

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Shwe Yan Pyay Temple, Myanmar

Tried understanding reality through mind… Dropped the mind, and it became clear!   Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery is located at Nyaung Shwe town, in the Shan state of Myanmar. At the monastery, young monks are being trained in the Buddhist way of life for the past 150 years. The ones who get nearer to the art of controlling, graduate to the discipline of monkhood. Next to...

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New dawn

Dark night followed by a new dawn We strive for happiness till eternity but even with our best efforts, cannot escape frustration. In the night of life, demons of doubt find a home. Swooping down and perching momentarily on the branches, Sparrows find their new flight path. It really doesn’t matter how dark the night may be, it will be followed by a new dawn. Today...

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It was just a tragic incident!

Decades have passed since the massacre of Sikhs was organized by a few criminal politicians across India. Cases have been opened and reopened but not a single politician has yet been punished. The recent acquittal of Sajjan Kumar is yet another blow to India’s justice system.   While for the common man, the faith in Indian justice system has been punched hard but the...

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One or third eye?

    In Hindu religious tradition, the third eye is a mystical reference to an invisible eye, that helps perceive beyond reality, and can be opened through spiritual discipline. Men of religion can be seen applying colored paste on their forehead as representation of having evolved the senses of the third eye. At Varanasi, I saw a man of religion with the symbol of third...

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Eyes sing, though mute!

In them lies the story of past; the power not to be blinded by the veil of future. Eyes sing, even though mute.   Eyes hold the stories of past and future. Walking the streets, I had my photographic eye focused on eyes of people that could be captured singing a song. This series of five pictures were created in split seconds as I crossed the subjects during...

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Namo Nangi

Opposites are part of the whole. To define white, one needs to first define black.   It is therefore not a surprise that Mount Kailash in Tibet, believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, finds it’s feminine form in the nearby Mount Namo Nangi, the abode of Parvati, his wife. Both these mountains are in the vicinity of Lake Mansarovar, a holy lake at an altitude...

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You are me, and I am You!

To my curious mind, a journey to understand the various schools of Indian philosophical system, has led me to one and only conclusion that the whole is too large and at best can only be seen in parts, through our own limited senses.   Non-duality between the Self and Divine, is the pinnacle of spiritual wisdom but the journey to this stage of understanding requires the...

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Stick & Sword

“Nihangs”, the Gurus warriors, still maintain the traditional ways of the eighteenth century, not out of it’s necessity of the 21st century but for their love of their past. Even today, young boys in Punjab are found to join the existing few groups of Nihangs and dedicate themselves in the training of traditional warfare. At Anandpur Sahib, a young boy...

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Don’t rush – Roadside beauties

Don’t rush. Don’t search. It lies in front of you. When spring arrives and snow melts, nature reveals on it’s own.   The creative process is dependent on establishing a link between the artist and the subject. Once you have a strong feeling to capture a subject, it is important not to be rushed. The simple act of being close, observing them subtly,...

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Hear Light, See Sound!

 In solitude, I hear light and see sound! Science has taught us how to see light and hear sound in more than obvious ways, depriving our senses from being able to hear light and see sound! Some succeed in reviving the senses in solitude. For me, the act of observing people by themselves in the vastness of the desert was a reminder of the possibilities. Click first photo...

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Golden Temple

  In search, I have been to many places. Through you, I was reminded HE lives within.   During a visit to the Golden Temple at Amritsar, I tried to photograph it through uncommon angles.   For years I searched everywhere, making myself the viewer, trying to find him as my object of experiment. All experiences were only relative to limitation of my perceptions. Then...

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Why make me live in Cenotaphs?

Detached, I am living dead. In death, why do you make me live in Cenotaphs?   Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer is a complex, about 6 km in the outskirts. The city of Jaisalmer is in the Indian Thar desert, deprived of water. In 17th century, the king undertook a project to build a water tank, using creative water storage techniques, turning this to a green area. On his death,...

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Tengger Horsemen

The vastness of milky way and ambiguity of space was etherized by the chillness in air. In the distance I could hear the clatter of hoofs. It was 4 AM and time to start walking towards Bromo, an active volcano. Being at the caldera in the early hours gave me an advantage to capture the Tengger people with their horses in the harsh barren environment of the volcanic ash....

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Adaptability

Unevenness of horizon is embraced by sky with full conformity.   In the back alleys of Pushkar in Rajasthan (India), I saw a crippled man sitting between his stirrups. He seemed content, enjoying the song beamed from a very old radio, his only valuable material possession. While he had a beggars bowl in front of him but he was not soliciting for alms. There was...

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Crawl, Triumph, Renounce

Crawl to begin. Triumph to complete. Renounce to leave. I was born at Gorakhpur (India), a small but spiritually important town, located at the crossroads of a few places of spiritual importance. Lumbini, where Buddha was born, lies about 126 km to the North West. Kushinagar, where Buddha left his worldly body, lies about 54 km to the East. Maghar, where the great Indian...

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Close today, on horizon yesterday

Close today was on horizon yesterday. What was cast on me had a source. I unfurled it one step at a time.   Life sometimes appears to be a tapestry of confusion. It’s a feeling that is an outcome of looking at events from a low vantage point, limiting our ability to see the steps that lie ahead.   A shadow is cast because objects come between sun and...

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Veiled beauty

Beauty, hidden in the veil. Chanced encounter, reveals it. “Look”, what an attitude! “Smile”, a sense of cooperation!                                                         Now was the moment.   Mesmerized by their bright colored dresses and eye catching jewelry, I was cautious not to offend them.   This is the family of a Muslim potters...

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Life – A song to be danced to!

Purpose of life? performance of daily chores, or a song to be danced to?   For the tribals living in the vicinity of sand dunes of Rajasthan, song and dance for the entertainment of travelers is their only source of living. Performance of this daily chore in the scorching desert heat, as means to fulfill their stomach, left me wondering if life is really a song to...

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My interview – “The photography of Amardeep Singh”

Following my previous blog writing on Indian Sikh soldiers who went to Tibet in the year 1904, under Francis Younghusbands advance to Gyantse fort to nullify potential advances by Russians under the “Great Game” that could have moved them closer to India, it was picked up by a few organizations and has revived interest about this long forgotten historical...

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Datti makes us proud

Our younger daughter, Datti Kaur was assigned a challenging assignment by her Art teacher to transform a match box. We were impressed with what she finally created. A replica of Canon EOS 1100D digital camera. In the recent parent-teacher meet, her Art teacher summarized her art effort as “WOW”. Datti makes us proud and we encourage her to continue to grow...

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Asian Geographic – Jan 2013

My article on Wildlife in Tibet has featured in Jan 2013 issue of Asian Geographic magazine. The relevant pages from the magazine can be viewed by clicking on the images below and scrolling. I have also provided the article content in text format for ease of reading.   MOVING WITHOUT A MIND My photography pursuits are intuitive. I look for an experience, that can...

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Subtle moments of creativity

In the process of expansion to excel in our day to day pursuits, we generally forget to reflect and contemplate, which is the most important ingredient for the holistic growth of individuality. It is therefore, from time to time, I look at the pictures I have clicked and contemplate to visualize the situation in which these were created. It is this subtle linkage between...

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Stories – Essence of our nature!

Stories are the essence of our existence.   While not everyone may be gifted to capture the moment that reflects a story but no one can deny being part of a story. It is our choice if we want to see a story unfold around us. Such opportunities exist in every moment.   Constant daily flow of volcanic ash from Mount Bromo (East Java, Indonesia) has created a...

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Welcome back, Tarni!

Tarni, our daughter returns home tomorrow, having been away for a semester at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Last week she shared with us her personal reflections. As parents we see in these words an Eagle that is learning to majestically face the world, flying directly into the storm but leveraging the turbulence to learn how to soar even higher. Tarni,...

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Reality & Spirituality!

            Over there… On the other side… Where the sun sets… Or maybe… The moon…that rises… Veils of twirling simmering smoke… There are shades of You… Even in your anger…one reaches out… To feel you…where you reach out… To heal them…seal them….  (poem by...

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Walking the volcanic ash

          “To the plateau they come and go – mountain climbers, pilgrims, discoverers, volcanologists, tourists, storytellers. They speak of broken heights and transformed terrains – of eruptions and calamities long, long time ago: an immense volcanic memory remembered only by some deathless stones. Once in a while, daybreak...

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Panorama of Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Mt. Bromo is an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. It lies within a 16-km wide caldera, known as the Tengger caldera. On the northern tip of the Tengger caldera lies another active volcano, called Sumeru. The Tengger caldera is a large depression in the land, formed through a volcanic activity about 820,000 years ago. In this large panorama, the large flat land is...

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Spontaneity

Spontaneity is the essence of creativity. One needs to go beyond the controlling nature of mind, drop inhibitions, be free. In this childlike state, we become a mystic. Here I was at the Namgyal Lhatse Monastery in Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh, India), and the weather with constant raining, was clearly not in my favor. Having traveled for three days, I had no choice but to...

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Thought catalyst!

Sometimes the act of photographing a simple object can be the catalyst to a thought! At around 23 km from Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh – Eastern India) lies the serene Penga Teng Tso (PT Tso) lake, at a height of 12,000 feet, surrounded by snow capped mountains. This lake has a spiritual importance for the local buddhist community and therefore one would expect...

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My daughters – What they have taught me!

Children acquire many genetic traits from their parents but in my life, it seems to have worked the other way around.   My two daughters do have a strong creative bone, which is definitely passed to them from their mother. As I have watched them grow, subtly and sub-consciously this aspect has started manifesting within me.   Through these pictures of my two...

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Polynesians in traditional dresses

At the Polynesian cultural centre in Hawaii, there was an abundance of opportunity to interact with men and women from the polynesian islands of Hawaii, Taihit, Samoa, Fiji, etc. This series presents the Polynesians in their cultural attires. Click first photo below and scroll to view entire series in slide show....

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A horse in the Air

Catching the moment! A Tengger (ethnic Indonesian Hindu tribe living around Mount Bromo) horseman was speeding on the volcanic ash in the caldera surrounding Mount Bromo volcano and I was fortunate to capture this shot right when the horse had all the four legs in the mid air. Click photo below to view in larger size.

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Walking on the rim of an active volcano!

One third of the world’s active volcanoes lie in Indonesia. One such active volcano, a three hour drive from Surabaya in East Java, is Mount Bromo (Javanese for Brahma, the Hindu god of Creation / fire). Mount Bromo is actually a fuming crater lying within a much larger crater (caldera). Caldera is generally referred to a crater with a diameter extending over a...

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Yamdrok Tso lake, Tibet

Yamdrok-tso (Yamdrok Lake) is located about 110 km southwest of Lhasa in Tibet at a height of 14,750 feet. The lake has a distinct azure blue color, which accentuates due to reflection of the sky. It is 638 sq. km in size, extending 130 km from east to west and 70 km from north to south. Click first photo below and scroll to view entire series in slide...

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Madakaripura Waterfalls

Madakaripura Waterfalls are located deep inside the valley in the foothills of the Tengger range in Sapih village, Lombang district, East Java, Indonesia. In a compact area of about 50 meters, there are many waterfalls dropping from the thick mountain forests at a height of about 200 metres. To reach the main waterfall, one needs to walk under many other waterfalls in...

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Hawaii Landscapes – Part 1

Just because one is in a perceived exotic place like Hawaii, it does not mean the camera can easily capture the perfect drama of clouds, beaches, mist, sun, etc. Being surrounded by natures interplay, may still mean one is not able to see beyond seeing. It doesn’t mean one can snap a great picture of it! Here is a part 1 of a two series on Hawaii landscapes. Click...

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Snorkeling in Hawaii

I am basically a mountain lover. Water, swimming, snorkeling, etc doesn’t excite me. However I have often imagined and appreciated the experience of a person snorkeling in the crystal clear reefs. While in Hawaii. I had an opportunity to be standing at a very high vantage point, looking down on the reef and the snorkelers meandering above them. Here are two...

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Fairy Chimney rock formations, Turkey

The fairy chimney rock formations around Göreme, in Cappadocia, Turkey are nothing less than a fragment of another planet. These surreal rocky geological formations are a result of intense volcanic activities, around 65 million years ago! Experience the region through this series. Click first photo below to view entire series in slide...

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Poison lake, Tibet

Of the many lakes on the Tibetan plateau, some have a notorious image and go by the common name of “Poison Lake”. These lakes have high mineral content, which does not permit any life to flourish in them.   In driving westward from Lhasa to Guge kingdom, there comes a patch of land which is full of sand dunes around one such “Poison Lake”....

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Blue Hawaii

Oahu, is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. All around the island, the deepness of the ocean creates a rich blue colour. During the winter months, these waters are known as surfers paradise for their high rising waves. My visit to the island was not during the surfing season but still the blueness of the ocean was captivating. Click first photo below to view...

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