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2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with

Photo story - Fishermen in the rain at Cherai

On our recent summer vacation, we woke up at Cherai to heavy rains. These weren't the usual summer rains where it rained now and then, but the skies opened up with a vengeance, and made it impossible for us go explore the area. I opted instead, for exploring the resort, and enjoying the peace, since most people were enjoying the cosy comforts of the resort, indoors! Walking towards the backwaters, the sight of these lone fishermen made me stop and watch them for a while, appreciating their hard work, and their perseverance.

This isn't a black and white photo, but the dark clouds and the fog make it appear so

These were the only two men, out in the backwaters in the rain, doing their job....


Even while I struggled with my umbrella, which threatened to blow away every moment, and my camera, trying to keep it safe from the rain, I tried to capture them at work - one busy rowing, the other, throwing the net out, reeling it in, and emptying it of the fish caught in it, and repeating the process over and over again. In the midst of all this, one of them noticed me, and waved out! 


I don't think this story needs any more words... I will leave you to enjoy the photos....














And before I end, here is one last photo, one I think is my best capture of the lot! What do you think? 


I must have watched these fishermen for about an hour, but they would have been out in the rain, for hours, and hadn't finished by the time I left. It really makes you appreciate them, doesn't it?

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  1. first of all beautiful picturesssssss... and yeah they are working harddd...


    Bikram

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  2. simple images that tell a compelling story of perseverance. great capture! first time here and already liking it!
    good work!

    stop by our blog Aalayam - it's a fun space that features a ton of inspirational ideas.

    ~deepa

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    1. Thank you so much, Deepa, and welcome here! Hope to see you here regularly now!

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    1. Thank you, Niranjan! well, the monsoon hasnt set in here yet, so making the most of my pics!

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  4. you are doing really good job...

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  5. nice shoot, especially the last photo click is awesome

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