Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence, Tingmosgang Monastery

This week’s photo challenge wants us to showcase an image that evokes a sentiment of silence. Tingmosgang Monastery is located in Ladakh in the Himalayas. It has been built on a hill that is nestled by tall mountains on all directions. The impression isn’t quite unlike the feeling you get when you’re watching the movie…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

As the title indicates this week’s photo challenge asks us to find inspiration from curved structures- either natural or man-made. My mind immediately went back to my visit to Ajanta and Ellora Caves (in Maharashtra, India) earlier this year. The photographs below are from Cave 10 at Ellora. What is really special about these caves…

An adventurous lunch out alone- Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong

There are probably research studies out there that show that one of the things that people find most difficult doing alone is actually eating out. Not travelling, not shopping, not even living alone but actually going out to a restaurant and asking for a table for one. Something about our social structure dictates that someone eating…

P for Paintings in Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves (I had the fortune of visiting them just this last week) are a set of rock cut Buddhist caves that were excavated and decorated from the 2nd Century BCE until roughly the 6th Century CE. One of the most spectacular aspects of these caves are the murals that still survive centuries later. These…

The Curiosity of Monks

To be absolutely honest, it isn’t a great photograph. The composition is all wrong- the sun coming into the photograph silhouetting the subjects rather than coming in from behind them and illuminating them. But could it have been otherwise? Probably not. First, I am not very comfortable photographing people whom I don’t know and second…

Two Cities, Two Lives, Two Deaths

“Does history repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce? No, that’s too grand, too considered a process. History just burps, and we taste again that raw-onion sandwich it swallowed centuries ago.” Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters. One of the main reasons that people often…

The Railway Man

Why do some stories stay with us while others slip away? Why shed tears? I guess in a way it is because these stories touch us and associate themselves with our feelings in the same way that trees spread their roots- ever so slowly, but persistently going deeper grinding even the toughest rocks to their…

Three Wise Trolls?

We all know of the tale of the three wise monkeys and the maxim ” See no evil, hear no evil. speak no evil”. But three trolls? I guess these trolls were so caught up in their monkey impersonation, they forgot to notice the sun coming out and turned to stone. Poof!

The Call of the Mountains

My first visit to the Himalayas- with Darter Photography (This article is a synopsis of my visit to the region of Ladakh in India. Most of you would have already read a few or most of my blog posts on the subject. At the start of the new year, I thought it would be nice…