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EID Mubarak

A woman offers namaz during Eid celebrations at Jama Masjid in Delhi, India

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a night trail

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a pilgrim at Mandakini river

a pilgrim taking a snan (bath) in the holy river Mandakini  in Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh

Chitrakoot  is a town of religious, cultural, historical and archaeological importance, situated in the Bundelkhand region,  in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The town lies in the historical Chitrakoot region, which is divided between the present-day Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is known for a number of temples and sites mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

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Drinking Water crisis in Delhi… regular in every summer.

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Juice vendor

 
Delhi experiencing a heat wave at the Max 0f  41°C
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Hatu peak @ 11152 feet height ASL

 
Its an amazing experience the moment we reach Hatu peak to view this. Hatu peak is situated above 1152 ft from sea level. 8 km from Narkanda, the road is surrounded by pine and spruce trees. On top of the hill, ancient Hatu Mata temple is located. The peak offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, snow clad mountains and in depths are the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. 
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The old streets: Pulliyaar Koil street, Bangalore

Bangalore, also rendered Bengaluru,  is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka. Bangalore is India’s third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. Bangalore is well known as a hub for India’s information technology sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. As a growing metropolitan city in a developing country, Bangalore confronts substantial pollution and other logistical and socio-economic problems.

The old architecture and the narrow lanes inside the Bangalore are popularly known as commercial, avenue road, chicpet, ulsoor etc.  Also extremely impressive cathedrals, basilicas, chapels and churches which are important architectural symbols and landmarks of the city.

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Offering: Oil lamp in a monastery

Monastery in McLeodGanj, Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh,India

Mahayana material offerings might be imbued with the following symbology, the lighting of a candle or an oil lamp represents the light of wisdom illuminating the darkness of ignorance.

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Trissur pooram (from my 2005 photo story)

remembering Trissur pooram on a rainy day in 2005

It was after a long time I went to cover the world largest ritual performance  called Pooram, it performed in Vadukkumnatha temple in Trissur, Kerala. As per my plans i found the wonderful position to shoot. Its an Asias biggest event perform annually.

The moderate showers that started around 2 p.m. on Wednesday could not dampen the spirits of the scintillating percussion concert `Elanjithara Melam’ held around that time.

Later when heavy rain, accompanied by gusty winds lashed the city just after the beginning of the `Kudamattam’ (exchange of parasols) in the afternoon, they went on dancing, cheerfully yelling and waving their hands each time a set of parasols were exchanged by the friendly rivals of the Pooram, the Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu Devaswoms.

Blue Iron pillar, Chettinad

Brilliant blue cast-iron pillars imported from Birminghan in Karaikkudi, Tamil nadu

Chettinad is rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture. It is well known for its houses, embellished with marble , cast-iron pillars and Burma teak, wide courtyards, spacious rooms, and for its 18th century mansions. Local legend has it that their walls used to be polished with a paste made out of eggwhites to give a smooth texture. Also very well popular with variety of cuisines.

chettinadu iron pillar

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the ‘gallies’ of Dilli

Nizamuddin West , The neighborhood surrounding the dargah is named after the saint, and is divided into two parts along Mathura Road: Nizamuddin West where the Dargah complex and a lively market dominated by vendors, the streets and cluster residential complexes are.

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Kalamandalam Gopi

a living legend in Kathakali: kalamandalam Gopi ashan

dressing up for the performance in green room the shadow of one of his disciple

Hanumman statue

Hanumman statue by Gireesh G V
Hanumman statue, a photo by Gireesh G V on Flickr.
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Rain after the Holi ….. in Dilli

Was raining yesterday in Delhi…  just after our Holi festival
 
and the very pretty morning 
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a year back, at India Gate

Budha says “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”  

just remembering the last summer, in 2012 where in Delhi waiting for my family to join me. Lots of things todo? all pending.. nothing is working out the way we planned. And had left little money , no tickets to go, friends are having busy schedules…… That summer was too heat for me in many-ways. Can’t forget

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the Eastern Spot-billed Duck (A. p. zonorhyncha)

sighted in Bharatpur bird sanctuary

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Happy Holi…. a colorful clouds above Taj mahal

A cloud formation with strange colors seen above the Taj- Mahal on 26th March 2013 on the eve of ‘Holi’ . Happy & Colorful Holi

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after Shivrathri….., a barber’s mirror

Man,  sitting for a hair cutting/ shaving with a footpath barber , a scene from New Delhi streets

“Self-realization is the knowing – in body, mind, and soul – that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.” :- Yogananda Paramahansa

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Jogging is Muse

Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed.Charles M. Schulz 

a man jogging in CP, Connaught Place, New Delhi

CP: Connaught place still beautiful

gireesh GVConnaught Place, built in 1931, is one of Delhi’s most popular shopping centres. There is nothing that one cannot buy here. It also has several eating-houses. The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist. The complex, popularly referred to as CP, is an important meeting point for all sections of people and is something. Even tourist don’t miss it for nothing else then for its architecture and the humdrum of everyday life. But today the place is dusty with filth corners due to ongoing renovations for long.

 Cp Connaoght circle

night near Rajpath; New delhi

Gireesh G V photography
shot last night after hearing the twin blast killing 13 innocent people in Hyderabad. As usual Delhi under High Alert !!

Birds fly over the winter

gireesh g v photography
a flight and birds flying over the Munirka village today morning. Fog and cold days still continues in New Delhi

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” 
― J.M. Barrie,

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PAL… Premier Padmini

found in Dwarka parking lot…. Just liked the color and the model. Dwarka Sector 10, New Delhi

Premier Padmini was an automobile manufactured in India from 1967 to 2000. Premier Automobiles Limited, erstwhile flagship company of India’s Walchand Hirachand Group, assembled Fiat’s Fiat 1100 cars from the 1950s until 1997.

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10° @ 6am Saket

“Timeless thoughts of a winter’s stare; eyes gazing over a landscape bare. 
Memories drift on a blustery breeze; dying light ushers in the freeze. Reaching out for a grasp on the present; stillness sets in, alone, and desolate. Future unknown, outcome uncertain; brilliance shadowed by a drawn curtain. Path now set, laid before me known; closing light now emanating from home. Enter my homestead, heart filled with glee; two eyes of the future peering upward at me. Trusting in him to forge forward until fulfilled; Basis of strength, values I have instilled. A wary mind at last permitted to rest; reflecting on the realization of how I am blessed. 
:-  Michael A. Barron, Winter’s Epiphany 

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“ all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking”- Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” Vincent VanGogh

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Di.Na.Ni.

from Madangir, South Delhi
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique.
All artists, if they are to survive, are forced,
at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” 
― James Baldwin

V day

FROM AN OLD DIARY ……  

from Delhi's park; an old story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photograph from 1997 B&W series…. shot in South Delhi parks with ORWO 125 ASA film.

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Presence

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present.
And every time you go there and recognize
a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Silences

Silence is a source of great strength. : Lao Tzu 

Never be bullied into silence.  Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.; Harvey Fierstein


After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.; Aldous Huxley

                    All other knowledge are only petty and trivial knowledge; the experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge. – Ramana Maharshi