Folks at work tease me for being from poor country. Well they do that ‘coz I don’t go out to party or spend money like they do. I have my own reason for that. I have seen poverty very closely and I know the happiness of being able to help needy or buy food for homeless. I don’t mind them teasing me for being from poor country. Nepal definitely is not rich country and our GDP is low but our heart isn’t poor. It bleeds for humanity and is sensitive.
I didn’t thought I would share this image from Fewa lake in Pokhara or the thoughts I jotted above. But this morning, one of my colleagues after seeing my laptop wallpaper asked “where did I shoot this beautiful and serene lake with mountain.” I replied “from poor country that I belong to”. He thought I was teasing him but I wasn’t.
This shot was clicked at Fewa lake in pokhara. I love Fewa Tal and I always am mesmerized by song called “fewa taal ko aagan lai lai macchapuchre ko chayya”. The reflecting mountain is Annapurna South (I am not so sure, ‘coz Annapurna is a huge mountain range). And on a clear day, one can see reflection of Macchapuchre (English name Fish Tail) and Annapurna Mountain Range at Fewa lake. That must be such a majestic view.
I am heading off for lunch ‘coz i will have to get my butt back to work ASAP. You guys enjoy reflecting mountain range at Fewa taal, and please don’t forget to drop your comments, feedback and advise.
I so wanted to be in Nepal to shoot Shivratri. As i could not, i sat down working on couple of images from my past trips to Nepal. Going through those photos from Nepal always makes me feel rejuvenated. Here i present “Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.”
As i was shooting at brick factory, i couldn’t help myself notice this kid. He was playing with mud which his parents used for make living out of. He stood up to see a long hair devil with camera shooting. He definitely was in the state of confusion and i was so overwhelmed by the still life that i was experiencing out there. If this kid could, he would start squabble with this long hair chap.
This frame reminds me of Garth Brooks saying “The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself.”
Right now, I am bickering with my own thoughts. Today being Shivratri, I wanted to go shoot Shivratri at Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu. I had chance to shoot Shivratri at Grinar Temple, Junagarh, India and i always dreamt of being able to shoot Shivratri at Pashupatinath Temple. But my sane brain said “nope Roshan, You don’t have enough money.” And my heart reminded me of a dialog from Saving Mr. Banks “Money, money, money, don’t you buy into, Ginty. It’ll bite you on the bottom.” And here i choose to let it bite me at my bottom; that’s the reason why i am sitting down here and jotting this post while my heart is aching to be in Nepal to shoot Shivratri festival.
Bless us with the happy & peaceful life with noble wisdom. May there be peace in every home!!! JAI SHIV SHANKAR BHOLENATH
When you view these shots of winters from your centrally heated cozy home or your work; don’t you feel the chilly foggy winter? I braved myself and went around with my camera to click these winterscapes to make you remind how cold winter can be. And how lucky you are to be able to warm yourself in centrally heated room, or by putting on layers of clothes. How lucky you are to be able to have warm food in your belly and be able to snuggle up in warm blanket? Feel blessed for having warm food to eat and warm clothes to wear and thank god that you are not one of those who are dying and shivering this winter because of cold and fog.
There are many homeless people who have very limited resources to protect themselves from cold. If you have extra warm clothes which you don’t use, why stuff them in your closet. Be human and donate them to these needy people. Don’t forget these homeless poor people are also human and they didn’t wanted to be poor; circumstance made them poor.
This is a story of lady who has wonderful golden warm heart and feels the pain. People call her crazy but I call her human. She was traveling to meet her friends when she saw this tiny kid trying to eat some bread and get some water to quench his thirst. She went forward and asked him about where he was heading etc. This kid explained that he was heading to beg some food so he can feed his family back home. As the destination of my crazy friend was coming closer, she was having intense conversation with this kid and had almost skipped that her friends were waiting for their outing. She discovered that this kid went to school and was trying to feed his family. This crazy friend of mine; she went forward and took him to grocery store and bought him food and told him to go home and never leave study and gave him fare to return back along with her personal number to call if he ever needed any help. Not only that she also given him piece of advice of not leaving school.
She never brags about what she did and I know she won’t even like to be quoted in this story. But she shared her story about this kid with me and told me she felt good. She also told me that this kid reminded her of someone she knew whom she is close too and was a self – made man. She told me this kid will be another self made man. She felt good that she was of help to another human. All I could say is “Mate I am proud of you and thank you for being human”.
For us 500 Rs or 1000 Rs is not a big deal, we spend that money over coffee or drinks with friends; But then when it comes to help these homeless poor people, we start finding change in our pocket. Why are we so inhuman?
While i was framing this image, it was very hard. I was high with her thoughts and idea of romancing her. All i wished was to have her in my arms while viewing this gorgeous sunset. I have borrowed the colors of love and warmth from her to craft this frame and i hope you guys will love it.
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This weekend i didn’t had much time to sit back and work on processing image ‘coz i spent time on sleeping and watching “Saving Mr. Banks” movie; seems like i am being movie buff. Don’t you think so ??
But as i was going through my gallery, i found this portraiture which i shot in Nepal couple of years back.
This was shot during my first Poonhill Trek. Using Canon 30D and 90-300 Non IS lens, i tried to capture childhood and innocence. Please do mark your critiques and advise / suggestions.