Places, People and Visual Stories

FUN and Games

 
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing – George Bernard Shaw
 
 

Catch me if you can - Manipur Martial art form, India
Catch me if you can – Manipur Martial art form, India

 
 
 
It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game – Anonymous
 
 
 

Bulls Eye - Archers taking aim, Kohima, Nagaland, India
Bulls Eye – Archers taking aim, Kohima, Nagaland, India

 
 
 
If you aren’t playing well, the game isn’t as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid – Thomas J Watson, Sr.
 
 
 

What do I look like? Naga Village, Kisama, Nagaland, India
What do I look like? Naga Village, Kisama, Nagaland, India

 
 
 
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play – Heraclitus
 
 
 

Magic Door - The door of Joy, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India
Magic Door – The door of Joy, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India

 
 
 
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father – Roger von Oech
 
 
 

Taking the flight, School children, IWS, Hyderabad, India
Taking the flight, School children, IWS, Hyderabad, India

 
 
 
There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lies happiness – Gelett Burgess
 
 
 

Will you play with us, Leh, Ladakh, India
Will you play with us, Leh, Ladakh, India

 
 
 
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground – G K Chesterton
 
 
 

Taking a break - Mandawa, Shekhawati, Rajasthan, India
Taking a break – Mandawa, Shekhawati, Rajasthan, India

 
 
 
Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions – Mark Twain
 
 
 

Frolicking - Eid, Jama Masjid, Delhi, India
Frolicking – Eid, Jama Masjid, Delhi, India

 
 
 

Leave me alone - San Fransisco, USA
Leave me alone – San Fransisco, USA

 
 
 
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation – Plato
 
 
 

What a fun - Disney Land, Calif, USA
What a fun – Disney Land, Calif, USA

 
 
 
Take time off every day to do something silly – Anonymous
 
 
 

Water fairy, Dubai, UAE
Water fairy, Dubai, UAE

 
 
 
All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination – Anonymous
 
 
 

Au Natural, Mahakhumb, Haridwar, India
Au Natural, Mahakhumb, Haridwar, India

 
 
 
Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience – Johan Huizinga
 
 
 

Crescendo - Musical 'Hair', Delhi, India
Crescendo – Musical ‘Hair’, Delhi, India

 
 
 
Games lubricate the body and the mind – Benjamin Franklin
 
 
 

Chau dancer movements, Surajkund, Haryana, India
Chau dancer movements, Surajkund, Haryana, India

 
 
 
Sports is human life in microcosm. ~Howard Cosell
 
 
 

Fascinating puppetry - Bookaroo, Delhi, India
Fascinating puppetry – Bookaroo, Delhi, India

 
 
 

children and water, Turkman gate, Delhi, India
children and water, Turkman gate, Delhi, India

 
 
 
It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans. ~Robert Lynd
 
 
 

Soaring high in the sky - Manali, Himachal, India
Soaring high in the sky – Manali, Himachal, India

 
 
 
It is not how big you are, it’s how big you play. ~Author Unknown
 
 
 

The morning warm up, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
The morning warm up, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

 
 
 
Sport is a preserver of health. ~Hippocrates
 
 
 

Games dancers play, Vibrant Kathak festival, Delhi
Games dancers play, Vibrant Kathak festival, Delhi

 
 
 
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair – Kahlil Gibran
 
 
 

Soul Project, Contemporary European Dance, David Zambrano
Soul Project, Contemporary European Dance, David Zambrano

 
 
 
You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body. ~Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
 
 
 

Preening moods, SPICMACAY convention, Kanpur, India
Preening moods, SPICMACAY convention, Kanpur, India

 
 
 
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use,
from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
– Thomas Aquinas

Streets are our playgrounds, Mumbai, India
Streets are our playgrounds, Mumbai, India

 
 
 
You must invent your own games and teach us, old ones, how to play – – Nikki Giovanni
 
 
 

bubbles piper, INDIA Gate, Delhi
bubbles piper, INDIA Gate, Delhi

 
 
 
No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called games – W. H. Auden
 
 
 

Tyring games, champaran, Bihar, India
Tyring games, champaran, Bihar, India

 
 
 

Water games - how far? Ghats, Varanasi, India
Water games – how far? Ghats, Varanasi, India

 
 
 
play just play
 
Oh do not rely on your intellect too much
reasons have failed me
not once but most of the time
destroying my heart
for not
considering my emotions
junking what i feel
like i am a stone
aloof in the river

what i do now is that i play
like a child
ruled by my instincts
dictated as i am
by my conscience
about my inner necessities

it is this creative mind
now
playing with the one
that i really love

this passion
for doing what i really love to do
to include
this poetry
and loving you

RIC S. BASTASA

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2 responses

  1. Beautiful pictures. I must visit North East soon.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    • Thanks Sosha for leaving your positive imprint.

      I missed responding to you, along with a few other comments. I apologize. I was reformatting the whole blog and I found yours. Thanks for being here.

      May 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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