Monday, April 27, 2009

Shivagange Pictures (Part II)

The second set of pictures of Shivagange as promised..















A folk singer at the foot hills at Shivagange

When asked her age, she was not sure and said 'around 100' in local language and said singing is her energy and inspiration. What an amazing Grandma she is. At this age she sings and some of the pilgrims offer her money which she obediently accepts. Though we have a system in place, here in India, to protect these age old artists, still there are many unanswered questions.......Anyway let Lord give her the strength to sing more and more songs till the last pilgrim leaves the temple premise......God Bless!

(note:a temple premise will never be empty)














The 'dark side' of a so called 'Sanyasi' up the hill

Unfortunately the word Sanyasi is been the most misused and distorted word and like-wise is the (mis)use of saffron attire by people from all sects of the society. Some use it as a 'cover' and a few others likes to cuddle inside the saffron clothes to get 'protected' by the religion.

Sad to admit that people from different culture mistakes and fails to understand the difference between real and the fake one.

An awareness campaign is very much required against the mis-use the saffron color which was once used by great saints like Adi Shankara and Swami Vivekananda















The 'Wunder kid' ....ooops i mean the Vendor's kid.

This kid keeps smiling all the time....though his dad kept him in a basket nearby and was busy selling drinks and biscuits to pilgrims and trekkers....













Creating 'Stepping Stones' for others

These are many skilled artisans and sculptors who work in stone and wood in many parts of India, particularly in southern states which are famous for its architectural brilliance. And yes, these centuries old skills are been taught in many colleges and schools which train those who are interested in Sculpture (various medium).















Yes here we go..... the 'Stepping stones'













'Rest in Peace'........Oh No!! Sorry!!...I mean.....'Peacefully Resting' on top of the hill ;-)














And here comes my favorites....'The Joint Family'














The naughty young one trying its best to come out of the 'Family Framework'














'Living on the edge'














Well!! the sky looks clearer and the tree blushing with her pink and red pimples also looks happier than ever.........Hope the coming days are so......



















A small snake pit at the foot of a tree



















No escaping from the tough routes that comes and creeps in, at the most unexpected of times........



















Just wondering why no Political party has chosen this as their symbol. A very apt symbol for many.
Hope this time, the chameleon will not keep changing colors, after this Election














The Chameleon's view of sky from inside its small cave.
Yes when we step in their shoes, there is no color at all....Its a black and white world altogether...Just Black Inside........and White Outside.......

Thank you all....
Nara

44 comments:

Strawberry Girl said...

I can see why these are your favorite Nara, since they are dealing with more of the human aspect. There is so much that we can learn from others... thanks for sharing. (Plus, what are saffron clothes?)

Sheila said...

I especially loved these set of photographs and the story of the folk singer. Thank you for sharing! Saffron clothes refers to that beautiful organic orange wraps that are worn, no?

Rush said...

great pics and thoughts

Tina said...

that is one amazing woman. i wud never have said she was 100! wow!

those monkeys are so sweet too.

what a great cultured adventure you had

ARUNA said...

nice clicks and descriptions!!!

Swapna said...

nice pics..very simple pics but taken iin a gud way and u made it perfect with ur descriptions..:-)
cheers go on...

deepazartz said...

Hi
I should say yours is an uplifting blog. When people are speking abt no-no of every single, good facet you are trying to project the good & the positive. I like that spirit:) I myself try to believe in the goodness of heart coz as they say no one is born evil. A greener tomo' is what we all long for. Very nice to have 'met' you.

Have a Wonderful & Green Day!

deepazartz said...

Forgot to mention, I stumbled upon your blog from Cathy's.

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Annie, Sheila, Rush, Tina, Aruna, Swapna and Deepa.....Thank you all for your lovely comments...and these comments are always an inspiration....and yes Sheila you are right...i was mentioning about the color of his dress...

Sandy said...

Hi Nara,

By far this is your best entry yet! Just love it! Thanks for the Gyan :)

Greener Bangalore said...

Oh Thank you so much Sandy and yes i take it as a compliment..(the word gyan ;-))

Charles Gramlich said...

Amazing photos

Rajesh said...

Very nice pictures.

I found similar old man (artist) in Jaisalmer singing and playing an instrument.

Varsha Vipins said...

Really an amazing Granny..I have seen so many old ladies like this..brimming with energy n zest..Loved all the pics ,with a trues touch of India n nice thoughts as well..:)
Thanks for the visit n comment..:)Pls keep visiting..:)

Alexandra Garland said...

Great photo tour!!! Thanks for sharing. Love the Chameleon comment...
-Alex

Lilly Jones said...

Superb pictures as always.
Maybe one day you might try making a short documentary on The Sights & Sounds of Bangalore?

Ciao
-LJ

Viji said...

Hey, lovely pictures....It brings in the spirit of the place!

I particularly liked the singing granny and her story:-).

Cheers!

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Charles,Rajesh,Harsha,Alex,Lilly,Viji...thank you all for your comments...and yes wish i cud make one Lilly....just in search of a producer...lol ;)

Jen said...

wow. Your photos are really great, and the commentary/information was very interesting.

I think the documentary idea is a great one.

Vishali said...

wow u have got an interesting blog! thanks for sharing all these lovely pictures. I miss India so much :(.

Also, thanks for dropping by my blog.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Gorgeous pictures!! Thank you for sharing!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Dude.......these are awesome snapshots!!! WOW!!!
Are you shooting for this Friday's Shoot-Out??? Oh please say yes. Hit me up at my blog so I don't miss your answer.
Loved this post :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Brilliant shots! Expressions captured very well!

Fish Whisperer said...

You have a great blog and I will be following. Thanks for the comments.
Cheers

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Jen,Vaishali,Mary,Midlife,Rakesh,Fish...Thanks a lot for all your valuable comments.....

Regards,
Nara

CathM said...

Fab photo stories :) The wizened lady does look about 100 yrs... I hope I look that good when I get to that age (lol)!

jenny said...

Hello Greener Tomorrow, Sandy was right, you have a interesting blog,i am Jen a friend of Sandy's she gave me the link to your blog.

Jen

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Cath...long time no see ?.....yes thank you so much for you valuable comments as usual...and...yes 'looking good' is directly proportional to the 'purity' of ones mind...hence...never mind you will look wonderful at 100....:D

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Jenny...Welcome to my blog and thanks a lot for your comment.....yes Sandy......she has one wonderful blog too..Natural Medicine(you can right click and open in a new window)

Kelly said...

...varied and interesting. I enjoyed reading your blog.

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Kelly Thanks for your comments and visit....keep visiting and expecting more of your valid inputs..Thanks again....

Kelly said...

...I will definitely keep visiting. I'm a yoga teacher and enjoy seeing the Indian architecture, art, and scenery.

Ken Conger Photography said...

What an interesting blog. Great series of images! Enjoyed the read. Blue Skies.

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Ken Thank you for you comments and visit...and yes i visited yours too....just amazed and dumb struck at your photography skills....great going....will be visiting you more often....as i can learn a lot from you.....Thanks again....

echunks said...

intresting and inspiring posts.

nsiyer said...

Amazing photos! You hae a great sense of capturing rare photos. Keep going!

June Saville said...

Hi
I agree about the education campaign re saffron robes et al. There are some people who combine them with falsities to do much harm.

shankari said...

First time here

Enjoyed the pics.

:)

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi echunks, Shankari.....thanks for you visit and comments......

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi nsiyer....thanks for your valuable comments as usual....and yes June we need more stringent laws here..thanks again....

OLY said...

Man!How did u get those picture? these pictures are BOSS!!!!!!!!!
KEEP VISITING MY BLOG & remember me...................
THANKS for ur sweet comment.

Greener Bangalore said...

Hey Thanks maan OLY....and your blog is window to your nation...great going.....Thanks again......

anudivya said...

You have captured the essence of the place and people beautifully. Amazing pics. Keep up your great work.

Preetha Nair said...

Awesome Pics!!!!
Next time plz do post some pics from ur native place.I love to see those places through the lens of ur camera which will make it more beautiful!

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