Places, People and Visual Stories

Dualities of Life …..1

I often come across things that are contrasting and diametrically opposite – Modernity weds tradition;  Raw vs Refined; Two ages juxtaposed;  haves and have-nots;  Out of place and context;  Progression vs Stagnation…

It evokes emotions, surprise, shock, consternation and much more. I keep wondering…
 
 
 
SCHOOLS of CONTRAST – of that of haves and have-nots.

A spartan school in a remote village of champaran, Bihar while the school in Noida has abundance!

A school in Champaran, Bihar, India

A spartan school in Champaran, Bihar, India

     
     
     

  • “Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.”
    — William Allin

 
 
 

School of Abundance, Noida, India

School of Abundance, Noida, India


 
 
 
The inequities in resources, facilitation, opportunities do affect self-esteem that makes all the difference. How do we really bridge this gap and facilitate every child excel, is the key question each one of us has to address honestly.
 
 
 
Traditional night Madarasa for girl child - one source - Majhoulia, Bihar

Traditional night Madarasa for girl child - one source - Majhoulia, Bihar


 
 
 

  • “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
    — Mark Twain

 
 
 

Wonderment! Stoking imagination... government school, Motihari, Bihar

Wonderment! Stoking imagination... government school, Motihari, Bihar


 
 
 

  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
    — Albert Einstein

 
 
 
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LIVELIHOOD

While a few make big millions on the sly, in the name of carrying their responsibility spending billions of people’s money, there are billions who work really hard to have a fair square meal!
 
 
 

The games of common man with no wealth!, New Delhi, India

The games of common man with no wealth!, New Delhi, India


 
 
 
The whole world descends on Dubai to fulfill their dreams, only to end up in the scorching sun of fifty degrees. The dream they chose never realized, most wane away tethered and withered!!

Dream Dubai! Really? Workers in scorching 50 degrees!
Dream Dubai! Really? Workers in scorching 50 degrees!

 
 
 
“There is no easy formula for determining right and wrong livelihood, but it is essential to keep the question alive. To return the sense of dignity and honor to manhood, we have to stop pretending that we can make a living at something that is trivial or destructive and still have sense of legitimate self-worth. A society in which vocation and job are separated for most people gradually creates an economy that is often devoid of spirit, one that frequently fills our pocketbooks at the cost of emptying our souls.” – Sam Keen

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TRADITION and Modernity

Tradition and Modernity are not contradictory or exclusive. They are merely two different classes of things that can however interact beneficially. Tradition is still very often considered as a “thing of the past” without any contemporary legitimacy, and modernity is often mistakenly considered as modernism.  In fact, they are in confluence and make new connections and meanings all the time.

 
 
 

Staying connected : Different ways
Staying connected : Different ways – Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India

 
 
 

The Royal Pious Ride - Khumbhmela, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, INDIA
The Royal Pious Ride – Khumbhmela, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, INDIA

 
 
 

The Time Warp - Where is my chariot : Aakhyan Festival, New Delhi, India
The Time Warp – hail chariot : Aakhyan Festival, New Delhi, India

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Sartorial dualities

The traditional clothing in India varies with region, religion and community. The geographical, social, cultural environment influences the attires. Formal attires have been influenced over time due to Western occupation. But this shift has been dramatic over the last two decades due to media explosion that exposes the urban and rural alike. The youth in the urban India more or less imitate the west to a great extent.
 
 
 
“The body is the shell of the soul, and dress the husk of that shell; but the husk often tells what the kernel is.”
Anonymous Quotes
 
 
 

Barbie and Baba's mother- Sekhawati, Rajasthan, India
Barbie and Baba’s mother – Sekhawati, Rajasthan, India

 
 
 
“If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare.”
William Arnot Quotes
 
 
 

Baby and Bhabhi, Saath Taal, Uttara Khand, India
Baby and Bhabhi, Saath Taal, Uttara Khand, India

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Beauty and Beast : Beast in beauty and the beauty in beast!! Humans are usually wild inside while the wild are mostly humane! How inhuman can human be when dealing with the humanly beasts?

The indifference

The inhuman, Turkman Gate, Old Delhi, India


 
 
 

What do animals dream? by Yahia Lababidi
Do they dream of past lives and unlived dreams
unspeakably human or unimaginably bestial?
Do they struggle to catch in their slumber
what is too slippery for the fingers of day?
Are there subtle nocturnal intimations
to illuminate their undreaming hours?
Are they haunted by specters of regret
do they visit their dead in drowsy gratitude?
Or are they revisited by their crimes
transcribed in tantalizing hieroglyphs?
Do they retrace the outline of their wounds
or dream of transformation, instead?
Do they tug at obstinate knots
inassimilable longings and thwarted strivings?

Are there agitations, upheavals or mutinies
against their perceived selves or fate?

Are they free of strengths and weaknesses peculiar
to horse, deer, bird, goat, snake, lamb or lion?

Are they ever neither animal nor human
but creature and Being?

Do they have holy moments of understanding
deep in the seat of their entity?

Do they experience their existence more fully
relieved of the burden of wakefulness?

Do they suspect, with poets, that all we see or seem
is but a dream within a dream?

Or is it merely a small dying
a little taste of nothingness that gathers in their mouths?

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– The India Idea, Wisdom Tree publications for Ministry of External Affairs, Public diplomacy division, Aug 2011

– Penguin India, Top 5 “India through my Lens” 2011

– Femina Magazine, Anniversary issue, October 14, 2011

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2 responses

  1. Wonderful, the pictures and the comments. Bravo.
    D.Ramakrishnan.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

  2. vjoshi

    amazingly awesome…words can’t express

    January 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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