“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young Poet ( quote courtesy: Goodreads)

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Mr Velu Thampi and an iron fencing

Photo By Gireesh GV

In ‘Statue’ ( a landmark in Trivandrum) among the many statues these iron casted fencing and sculpture of Shri Velu Thampy Dalawa one never forget. Then the secretariat in Trivandrum where most of the political drama take place.

The Kerala Government Secretariat: Over 140 years old, the building’s foundation stone was laid by His Highness Ayilyam Thirunal, the Maharaja of Travancore in 1865 and was completed in 1869. The original structure was planned to accommodate Travancore Royal Durbar Hall where the King meet his council of ministers on monthly basis. It was designed and built under Barton, the then chief engineer of Travancore and incorporates elements of Roman and Dutch architecture.

Velayudhan Chempakaraman Thampi (1765–1809) was the Dalawa or Prime Minister of the Indian kingdom of Travancore between 1802 and 1809 during the reign of His Highness Maharajah Bala Rama Varma Kulasekhara Perumal. He is best known for being one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company’s supremacy in India. (Text:WIKI)

Street walks

Streets of Nizamuddin
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Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

Har Ki Pauri
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Welder on a rainy evening

A Welder working on an installation in New Delhi Photo by Gireesh GV
A migrant labor as Welder working on an installationwork in New Delhi,  Photo by Gireesh GV

Dressed up for the job

hanuman boy, dressed up for begging, Hampi, Karnataka 2004

A boy spotted begging in  Hampi, a  world heritage site in Karnataka, dress to look like a Hanuman is a Hindu deity,  a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana .

Taj Mahal

Taj-Mahal-02visitors at Taj mahal, Agra India

 

a night trail

walking on the corridors

The old streets: Pulliyaar Koil street, Bangalore

The old streets

Bangalore, also rendered Bengaluru,  is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka. Bangalore is India’s third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. Bangalore is well known as a hub for India’s information technology sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. As a growing metropolitan city in a developing country, Bangalore confronts substantial pollution and other logistical and socio-economic problems.

The old architecture and the narrow lanes inside the Bangalore are popularly known as commercial, avenue road, chicpet, ulsoor etc.  Also extremely impressive cathedrals, basilicas, chapels and churches which are important architectural symbols and landmarks of the city.

Blue Iron pillar, Chettinad

Brilliant blue cast-iron pillars imported from Birminghan in Karaikkudi, Tamil nadu

Chettinad is rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture. It is well known for its houses, embellished with marble , cast-iron pillars and Burma teak, wide courtyards, spacious rooms, and for its 18th century mansions. Local legend has it that their walls used to be polished with a paste made out of eggwhites to give a smooth texture. Also very well popular with variety of cuisines.

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