Monthly Archives: April 2011

SARNATH – A BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE

Malagandha Kuti Vihar Temple - Sarnath

Located about 13 km north-east of Varanasi, the holy city of India, lies another holy town – Sarnath. Sarnath is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage place and it is a deer park where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after he attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. The emperor  Ashoka erected a stupa in Sarnath when he […]

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STREETS OF OLD DELHI, INDIA

Need a ear digging service? No problem in Old Delhi.

The city of Delhi can be quite misleading. The name Delhi is often used to include urban areas near the National Capital Territory, as well as to refer to the better known New Delhi, capital of India. New Delhi, was created by the British and is the center for government and more modern mercantile activities. It is an […]

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FACES OF SPICE MARKET, OLD DELHI

Laborers taking a break on sacks

In the Indian metropolis of Delhi, where the fast-paced and chaotic streets of the city mobbed with all manner of traffic, horns honking at the slightest delay, filled with clouds of smoke and exhaust, we visited the largest spice market in all of Asia, the bustling Khari Baoli bazaar. Set in the bustling, crowded area of the […]

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A VILLAGE ON THE OUTSKIRT OF VARANASI, INDIA

Local village house

Having posted a number of articles on Varanasi, River Ganges and the Ghats (see my earlier posts), I decided to move on to a village on the outskirt of town. This village is called Rameshwar Village, approximately 15km northwest of Varanasi. Having tasted quite a fair bit of the town, riverbanks, burning of the dead and […]

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DOCUMENTARY – STREETS OF VARANASI, INDIA

Mother and Son with their makeshift home

Varanasi, once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi (which comes from the Kashia tribe, who first settled some 3,000 years ago), is a historical city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. Varanasi is among the most historic cities of India, and also among the oldest continuously inhabited human settlements in the world. Varanasi is a […]

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A CHANCE AT VARANASI TRAIN STATION, INDIA

Sad Lady

Having spent over a week in Varanasi, India, I wanted to tell more of India’s story in pictures through some of its unique places filled with characters. I decided to spend some time in the Varanasi Railway Station. The station is also known as Varanasi Junction or the Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station, serving the city in the […]

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LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY – AARTI CEREMONY IN VARANASI, INDIA

Wishing Candles Floating

Prelude: The Aarti Ceremony at the Ganga Ghats in Varanasi offers me an excellent opportunity to document the event in very low-light condition. The lighting condition was also difficult as there were a lot of bright orange spot lights all over the Ghats. I shot the ceremony without any flash during my two evenings at […]

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LIFE BY THE GHATS OF GANGA

Ghats Landscape

Varanasi’s riverfront is dominated by its Ghats. “Ghat” refers to a series of steps leading down to a water body, usually a holy river. In this case, it is none other than the holy River Ganges. The Ghats of Ganga at Varanasi are perhaps the holiest spots among all. I was told that there are close to 100 […]

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RIVER GANGES – THE RIVER THAT NEVER SLEEPS

Red Boat

Stretching a length of 1,560 miles, River Ganges (Hindus called it Ganga) is the second largest river on the Indian subcontinent by discharge. The source of the river comes from the Himalayas, at Gaumakh in the southern Himalayas on the Indian side of the Tibetan border. On any given day, you will find scores of Hindus stepping into the sacred […]

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MY MAIDEN POST

Finally, after such a long while, I have decided to set up a photography blog where I can relate everyday things that I shoot to people around me, and I hope, even to the people around the world. Notice that I call it a photography blog? Yes, as the name speaks for itself, it is […]

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