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Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth

The Himalayas – Between Heaven and Earth

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Homeless, but owns a Washing machine?

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Washing machines made their entry in India around the mid 80’s giving relief to maids who until then washed clothes by beating them on a washing stone!The first washing machines were the semi-automatic ones with separate washer and dryer and was replaced many years later with the fully automatic one. Today, every middle class household in India boasts of owning a washing machine, though the poor still use the traditional method -washing by hand.

So, I was mighty surprised when I saw this lady (coming out from my sons’s basketball class), who lives in  a shack in a corner of a playground, but owns a washing machine! Times are a changing?

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Frizztext’s Story Challenge : Letter W

Who really benefits from tourism?

With the surge in economy and disposable income, there’s been an exponential increase in domestic tourism over the last decade. As a result, the tourism industry in India has expanded in an unregulated fashion without considering the environmental, social and cultural impacts.

I recently interviewed Aditi C, a lead member of EQUATIONS, a research and advocacy organisation that studies the impacts of tourism, particularly in terms of the rights and benefits of local communities in India.

It has just been published here:

http://thealternative.in/travel/interview-with-equations-who-really-benefits-from-tourism/

Nubra Valley

The Nubra valley, at an altitude of about 10, 000 feet, is a valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Mountain ranges, located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The 5 hour drive from the city of Leh, took us through the Khardungla pass, which at 18,500 ft, claims to be the highest motorable road in the world.

The  Shyok River that originates from the Rimo Glacier, flows through the valley and is a source of irrigation in the otherwise arid, desert region.Braving the icy-cold waters of the river, we dipped our feet in along with an impromptu photo-shoot. The banks of the river were layered with round and flat pebbles of various hues which enticed a few of us to collect some as a memoir!

The main tourist attractions of the Nubra valley are the beautiful sand dunes, which we explored riding on the two-humped Bactrian camels, with majestic snow-capped mountains in the backdrop.

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa is ‘Silhouette’ and Jake’s Sunday Post theme is ‘From a Distance’.

The first and last photos were taken by friends travelling with us on the jouney.

Weekly Image of life: Colors

The word ‘colors’ evokes happy hues in one’s mind.India is a country filled with vibrant and vivid colours. There is no dearth of color on any  street- city, town or village. People dressed in a myriad of colorful attire, different vehicles in various sizes and colours and sometimes even animals (cows) and houses are painted in lively hues. There’s even a festival of colors- ‘Holi’, when people get together with their friends and families and smear coloured powder on each other .More popularly, the colors are mixed in water and using water guns the colored water is sprayed on each other.

My favourite image though is the colorful art work of my children

And my collection of favourite silk sarees:

Here’s another perspective on color.

This is a Poem written by an African kid, which won the United Nations Best Poem award in 2006…( no offence to anyone!)

 When I born, I Black,
 When I grow up, I Black,
 When I go in Sun, I Black,
 When I scared, I Black,
 When I sick, I Black,
 And when I die, I still black..

 And you White fella,

 When you born, you Pink,
 When you grow up, you White,
 When you go in Sun, you Red,
 When you cold, you Blue,
 When you scared, you Yellow,
 When you sick, you Green,
 And when you die, you Gray..

  And you calling me Colored?

You can see other’s interpretations of colors here

Sunday Post : Silence

“…See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. “

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The Great Himalayan Mountain Range . “If there is a heaven on Earth, it is here, it is here it is here”, so said the Moghul Emperor Jehangir in the early 17th century when he set his eyes on the Kashmir valley. It holds true even today. Ladakh, one of the districts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is located between the Kunlun Mountain range to the north and the Great Himalayas to the South. Stunning landscapes and high passes define this sparsely inhabited region.

There’s miles and miles of Silence… Manna for the soul and mind. It is said that the great Indian sages meditated  in the Himalayas for years to attain salvation or achieve tremendous powers, While we didn’t achieve any of that, we  did come back with rejeuvenated souls and tranquil minds. And now, if I ever need to get away from the hustlte and bustle of city life, all I need to do is tuck into my memories  and find this image of the mesmerising mountains for a few moments of silence!

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For more images of silence, do visit the Sunday Post

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Movement of the five elements of life :  Water, Air, Fire, Earth and Sky..

Movement of water, Kanyakumari, India

Movement of air, Row of windmills, Enroute to Thekaddy, Tamil Nadu, India

Movement of Earth, Sand Dunes, Nubra Valley, Ladakh,India

Movement of Sky, Lalbagh Garden, bangalore, India

Movement of fire ; Kalaripayatu martial art, Kerala, India

Thanks for stopping by! You can view other’s perceptions of movement here