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Solitary : The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself

 
 

“As soon as we are alone,…inner chaos opens up in us. This chaos can be so disturbing and so confusing that we can hardly wait to get busy again. Entering a private room and shutting the door, therefore, does not mean that we immediately shut out all our inner doubts, anxieities, fears, bad memories, unresolved conflicts, angry feelings and impulsive desires. On the contrary, when we have removed our outer distraction, we often find that our inner distraction manifest themselves to us in full force. We often use the outer distractions to shield ourselves from the interior noises. This makes the discipline of solitude all the more important.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Making All Things New and Other Classics

 
 

Alleys and stories within - Varanasi, India
Alleys and stories within – Varanasi, India

 
 

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 
 

The introspective, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
The introspective, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir, India

 
 

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
― Aldous Huxley

 
 

In Varanasi, India, I have always had interactions with the most enlightened in solitude
In Varanasi, India, I have always had interactions with the most enlightened in solitude

 
 

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

 
 

Many a times you are in public, crowd, or even on a busy street, yet alone. Volvakode, Kerala, India
Many a times you are in public, crowd, or even on a busy street, yet alone. Volvakode, Kerala, India

 
 

“I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

 
 

Many a productive pursuit is often accomplished in solitude, offcoast, Pondicherry, India
Many a productive pursuit is often accomplished in solitude, offcoast, Pondicherry, India

 
 

“Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.”
― Aristotle

 
 

Solace in solitude, Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra, India
Solace in solitude, Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra, India

 
 

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said ‘I want to be let alone!’ There is all the difference.”
― Greta Garbo, Garbo

 
 

Greatest of the pursuits are mostly solitary. Bharatanatyam Danseuse, Geeta Chandran. India
Greatest of the pursuits are mostly solitary. Bharatanatyam Danseuse, Geeta Chandran. India

 
 

“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.”
― May Sarton

 
 

An eighty-six year young, renouncing the business empire, works for betterment of blind. On train, India
An eighty-six year young, renouncing the business empire, works for betterment of blind. On train, India

 
 

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

 
 

The solitary source of light, brightening the lives of 300 young and mindful girls, Motihari, Bihar, India
The solitary source of light, brightening the lives of 300 young and mindful girls, Motihari, Bihar, India

 
 
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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

– Indus Art Gallery, Campus – Indus World School of Business, Greater Noida

Display / Collections

– At my Alma mater : Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

– Various schools of Indus World School chain

– Private collections

Recent Publications featuring my work and in Media [know more]

– 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

– Photographs featured with poetry in the book Hindustani Poems ‘Shayad, Yaheen kaheen se ho’ by Satya, April 27, 2012

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26 responses

  1. That’s a beautiful and thoughtful exploration of the theme, Sreeni. I particularly enjoyed the tension created by the diverse range of the quotes you used to direct the conversation, and your very Indian responses to them. 🙂

    September 25, 2012 at 6:37 am

    • Thanks Meredith for your continuous encouragement. Yes, I have become a fan of the kind of narration that Steve McCurry uses. At times I tend to go beyond the quotes if they are very relevant issues, with some more data. The last posting of mine on water (https://sreeniviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/water-the-lifeline/) is a case in point. I look forward to your feedback. Love.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

  2. As always fabulous street photography!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

    September 25, 2012 at 7:05 am

    • Dear Mark, your work is an inspiration. At such an young age, your visioning and felicity is remarkable. Thanks for your encouragement

      September 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

  3. amazing shots

    September 26, 2012 at 12:09 am

    • Thank you very much for your kind appreciation. Looking forward to more interactions. love

      September 26, 2012 at 1:37 am

  4. Glad to meet a thinker-photographer.
    “Photographs featured with poetry ” – that must be something!

    September 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    • Thanks Andrej for your invigorating blessings… love

      September 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  5. Wonderful photos, all – love the Thoreau quote!

    September 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    • Thanks TRS for your kind words. I am sure you are more busy now that you are retired…. the curve is going to go up. Love.

      September 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  6. Wonderful photos – I have to say, some of the “wonderful” is because they’re from places that are “exotic” to my eye – places I’ve always wanted to go, like Varanasi & Dal Lake. But they are better than snapshots of cool places because you have a keen eye for the moment (the alley shot, behind the gates, the train). And then you add a few words to bring more meaning…making it even better. Your effort bears fruit; thank you.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    • Dear Lynn, I loved going through your website of artworks and galleries and I am really inspired. Thank you very much for visiting and sharing your impressions. I am going to be a student of yours and will seek your continued feedback and advise. Love and regards.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    • Very kind of you. How did I miss this comment. I invite you to visit our country and I shall take you around. Love and regards.

      September 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  7. Lovely images!

    September 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    • Loved your canvases of colorful odyssy. Thank you very much for embellishing my solitary pursuit! Love.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:29 am

  8. Wow! Wonderful photo’s of Solitary. I enjoyed the quotes. Thank you for sharing. 😉

    September 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    • Very inspiring to wade through and get wet in your blogoexploratorium. Looking forward to your continued companionship on this journey. love and regards.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:06 am

  9. Wonderful images and quotes to accompany them. Thanks for visiting me so I would come and see your blog!

    Nancy

    September 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    • I loved flying from one flower to the other and ‘absorbing’ in your garden. Thank you very much for sharing your journey of life. looking forward to your continued visit to my garden and the watering that you can do to enrich me! Love…

      September 27, 2012 at 12:24 am

  10. Wonderful quotes and evocative photos. Thank you.

    September 27, 2012 at 1:53 am

    • Thanks Jennifer for your kind pat! love and regards.

      September 28, 2012 at 4:08 am

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  12. Amazing photos! Great job!

    September 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    • Thanks Maggie, for your exhilerating feedback! Love.

      September 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      • I am touched by these photographs. They do need any words, yet the quotes add a special flavour making the whole post a splendid blend.
        I had never been to India… until I saw your images.
        Y am really thankful to Andrzej Dąbrówka – without his recommendation I would not find this profoundly philosohical poetry in pictures.

        September 30, 2012 at 6:50 am

      • Dear Aleksandra,

        Thanks for your precious feedback. I am inspired by your interest in musical heritage as I went through the article. Will continue to follow your works.

        I have started separate blogs for performing and fine arts, and heritage travel, as I felt every tangible and intagible heritage needs our investment. kindly bless me by visiting and leaving your precious imprint there too.

        http://sreenionstage.wordpress.com
        http://sreenionroad.wordpress.com

        September 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

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