Image

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Solitude

nature, solitude, alone, greenery, lachung, sikkim

“Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.”

~ Paul Tillich

I feel lonely when I am in the crowd. I enjoy being alone amidst the nature.

We were driving to Lachung from Gangtok. On our way, I saw this woman sitting alone under the trees. It looked like she was contemplating, fully absorbed in the nature and greenery all around. And this is exactly what “solitude” means to me.

Well, I know it could have been a much better, clearer picture, but I took this shot from a running car. Hence, not a very clean shot. Hope you don’t mind that! 🙂

greenery, solitude, nature, sikkim, mountains, woods

Published in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Solitude.

Image

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Graceful

minarets, asafi mosque, lucknow, footlooseforever

These graceful minarets of Asafi Mosque silently dominates the skyline of the ‘City of Nawabs’, Lucknow for ages.

asafi mosque, lucknow, architecture, bara imambara

A postcard from Lucknow.

Published in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Graceful.
Indian Bloggers

Image

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ambience

udaipur city palace, interior, queen's room

This week’s theme “ambience” instantly reminded me of the elegant interior of the City Palace, Udaipur that creates a warm, inviting ambience. I thought I should dedicate these pictures to this week’s photo challenge.

interior, city palace, udaipur, royal, rajasthan

interior, royal, rajasthan, ambience, city palace, udaipur

Published in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ambience.

Image

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Relax

waterfalls, north sikkim, lachung, himalayas

Imagine, you are riding through rugged mountain roads. It’s almost noon and you are tired of a long, bumpy ride.  As you take a U-turn, you see a waterfall and discover a small pool at the bottom. With warm sun above the head, taking a plunge in the cool water would be the best way to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Do you agree? 🙂

In North Sikkim, you will find plenty of such waterfalls with naturally formed pools. Although I didn’t get a chance to take the splash, the sight of local boys playing in the water was pretty relaxing, too.

north sikkim, lachung, waterfall, pool, water, swim. relax

relax, swim, north sikkim, lachung, waterfalls, pool

Published in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Relax.
Indian Bloggers

Image

My Quest for Spirituality at the Holy Lake of Pushkar

pushkar, holy lake, rajasthan, twilight, temples

“If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.” 

~ H. P. Lovecraft

I have never been a religious person. I never go to the temples to worship or to pray. However, I am not an atheist either. I believe in God my own way. My quest for spirituality has always been focused towards nature. I find the divinity in the unspoiled beauty of nature. But a few years ago, during my stay in Pushkar, a small town in Rajasthan, I felt that spiritual connection right at the Holy Lake of Pushkar.

silhouette, birds, pushkar, lake

It was a spectacular sunset by the lake. Standing on the ghats (steps) of the lake, hearing the sound of temple bells, watching the orange fireball sinking into the horizon, the temple structures fading into the twilight, and the silhouettes of the birds ‘contemplating’ amidst the still waters (perhaps, they were still in search of food…   🙂  ), I felt eternity in those magical moments.

Published in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Quest.

Image

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Edge

edge, colocasia leaf, raindrops

Have you seen raindrops on the edge of a Colocasia leaf?

It’s a pure delight to see…

rain drops, water green leaves, monsoon, colocasia leaves

Gloomy sky, incessant rains, muddy streets, and high humidity are some things very common in India during monsoons. But every season has its own beauty. Lush greenery and rain-washed branches of trees bring a freshness that makes the season special for me. 🙂

Published in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Edge.

Image

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Rare

sunset, sky, orange, sunset photo

“Beauty is one of the rare things which does not lead to doubt of God.”

Jean Anouilh

A sunset is a common phenomenon we see everyday. In the rush of our busy, day-to-day activities we rarely find time to watch the sunset and enjoy its beauty. But today’s sunset was something special. From June to September it is monsoon in India, and the sky is covered with dark rain clouds most of the time. In this season, a fiery sunset sky like this is rare to see. So, I didn’t waste a moment to capture the beauty with my new Nikon D53oo. 🙂

sunset sky, sunset, colors, orange sky

sunset, sky, purple, orange

sunset, sky, sunset sky, orange

Published in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Rare.