Reflection of Life – I

We are the sum of experiences that we encounter as we go through life. Day to day struggles and triumphs are experienced by all of the world’s creatures. Life has a different definitions for every individual. We seek pleasure in life  not knowing its an illusion. We are deceived by the sweet melody of life yet we forget it is temporary.

 

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“Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart.” – Rumi
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“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion” – Rumi
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“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop” – Rumi
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“The Human flesh is a sack of mysteries” – Kashmiri Proverb.
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“What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi
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“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Rumi
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“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi
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“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children. ” ― Jim Henson
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“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi
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“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?” – Rumi

Shades of Life in Dal Lake

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Farmers assemble in their boats every morning at a particular place in the Dal lake to exchange their vegetables grown on the patches of land in he interiors of the Dal Lake. For this reason, this place is commonly known as vegetable market.
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A kashmiri boatman carrying vegetables to be sold in the vegetable market. Farmers assemble in their boats every morning at a particular place in the Dal lake to exchange their vegetables grown on the patches of land in he interiors of the Dal Lake. For this reason, this place is commonly known as vegetable market.
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A reflection of sunset over the waters of Dal Lake in summers. Dal lake presents a picturesque view during the sunset making it the best place to hangout during the Dusk time.
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A man walks over the Wooden bridge in the interiors of the Dal Lake. The interiors of the Dal Lake are connected by the waterways navigable by boats.
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A fisherman waiting for his catch during the sunset time.
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Women rowing their boat through the interiors of Dal Lake. The interiors of the Dal Lake are connected by the waterways navigable by boats.
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Boatmen row their boats in the Dal Lake after a fresh spell of snow during winters.
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A boatman offers Salah in his boat during the dusktime in Dal Lake.

 

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Boatmen row their boats in the Dal Lake after a fresh spell of snow during winters.
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The interiors of the Dal Lake are connected by the waterways navigable by boats.

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A Fisherman fixing his net in the Dal Lake. The fishermen keep their nets fixed duringthe night alongwith their boats and collect their catch the very next morning.
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Women removing weeds from the Dal Lake. Due to excessive pollution, the Dal lake gets covered with weeds.
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A Kashmiri Fisherwoman rows her boat early morning in Dal Lake.
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Boatmen row their boats in the Dal Lake after a fresh spell of snow during winters.
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Fisherman fishing in groups in Dal Lake.
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An old fisherman throws his net in Dal Lake.

 

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A fisherwoman calls her husband for lunch who is busy in fishing.
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An old fisherman waits for his catch during dusk-time in Dal Lake.
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A fisherman throws his net in Dal Lake.

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Colours of Bastar

Bastar District of Chhattisgarh state in central India is known as the land of tribes. About 70% of the total population of Bastar comprises tribals, which is 26.76% of the total tribal population of Chhattisgarh. The major tribes of the Bastar region are the Gond, Abhuj Maria, Bhatra Bhatra are divided into Sub Cast San Bhatra, Pit Bhatra, Amnit Bhatra Amnit Hold Highest Status, Halbaa, Dhurvaa, Muria and Bison Horn Maria. The Gonds of Bastar are one of the most famous tribes in India, known for their unique Ghotul system of marriages. Gonds are also the largest tribal group of central India in terms of population. A large number of Bastar tribals are still living in deep forests and avoid mixing with outsiders in order to protect their own unique culture. The tribes of Bastar are also known for their colorful festivals and arts and crafts. The Bastar Dussehra is the most famous festival of the region. The landscape of Bastar is full of the green lush mountains with plenty of Waterfalls. Chitrakoot Waterfall is the widest waterfall in Asia.
The tribals of Bastar were also among the earliest to work with metal and have expertise in making beautiful figurines of tribal gods, votive animals, oil lamps, carts and animals.

Known for it natural beauty, Bastar is famous for its cascading waterfalls.

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Teerathgarh waterfall is among the five major waterfalls of Chattisgarh.

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Visitors enjoying a stroll against the backdrop of Mahendri Ghumri waterfall.

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Chitrakoot, referred to as Asia’s Niagara is the largest waterfall in India.

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Tribal men posing for the camera. They are a friendly and jovial lot who are industrious and diligent.

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Female traders coming from many miles to trade and to socialise.

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Female traders keep under shade in the vegetable market, all the while giggling and feigning shyness.

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Female vegetable vendors joyfully posing for the photograph.

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A young girl carrying and indulging her crying brother.

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An air of intimacy hangs around the adivasi couple sitting at the entrance of their modest hut.

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Two tribal men going about their business but looking troubled. Perhaps my request for a photograph is to blame.

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Local women spread out beneath the tall trees and collect drinking water.dsc_5149

A local woman working arduously.

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A group of local men soaking in the morning sunlight after pouring rains.

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A local woman carrying drinking water towards her home as the early morning mist clings in the background.

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A cattle herder taking his livestock towards the grazing fields. He had a long day ahead.

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Young boys cycling and enjoying all the while as rain drenched air whizzes past them.

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A woman slightly smiles while her daughter-in-law peeks intimidatingly.

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A young girl adjusts her notebook towards the shaft of light that filters in through the window. Electricity is a distant dream.

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Years and experiences etched in her face as she decisively sits and confidently poses for the camera.

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A pundit worshiping the age old lingam after making a tick, fragrant paste of sandalwood.

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Famous Bastar Dussehra, a 75-day unique festival has nothing to do with Lord Rama’s triumphant return to Ayodhya but it’s all about nature and Devi Ma Danteshwari, the presiding deity of Bastar.

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The festival brings a great deal of ardour and enthusiasm among locals, irrespective of their caste. All presiding deities from chota mandirs around Bastar travel to district headquarters of Jagdalpur. A four-wheel chariot decked with flowers, the phool-rath, is pulled from the second to seventh day. Earlier, the king would sit on the chariot wearing a turban of flowers, but today, the chariot carries only the holy umbrella of goddess Danteshwari.

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Unique rituals more than 500-year-old festival, celebrated with all pomp and show, cuts across caste and creed, creating bonhomie between people from various castes and tribes in the region.

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On the 10th day of victory or Vijayadashami, an eight-wheel chariot makes an inner circuit, and on the 12th day, a thanksgiving ceremony is organized to celebrate the conclusion of the festival, offering prayers to Devi Kancha

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The hum of life seems to never cease as people go by their lives, making slight yet significant ripples across the ocean of time in their own way.