Ramzan

© Gireesh GV
© Gireesh GV

“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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Habit of reading

Photograph by Gireesh GVIt doesnt concern whether where you are, if one wants to read. Yesterday during my walks around the streets of Nizamuddin , I found this woman standing for long and indulge in reading some urdu publication. Occasionaly i meet such book lovers in Nizammudin, also a place for many activities. I love wandaring around this place, am always invisible to them.

Mr Velu Thampi and an iron fencing

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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)

Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

Har Ki Pauri
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Red roses and Rain drops

© Gireesh GV
© Gireesh GV

Yoga at 1,343 m height ASL

Yoga practitioners doing a photo shoot at the peak in Kodachadri. Photo by Gireesh GV
Yoga practitioners doing a photo shoot at the peak in Kodachadri. Photo by Gireesh GV
Woman descending after her visit to "Moolasthan" Kudachadri temple.
Woman descending after her visit to “Moolasthan” Kudachadri temple.
The family from Thalassery who ride with us to Kudachadri from Kollur
The family from Thalassery who ride with us to Kudachadri from Kollur

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Plastic bottles and papers as major disturbance for envirnment
Plastic bottles and papers as major disturbance for envirnment
visitors at the sunset point, Kudachadri
visitors at the sunset point, Kudachadri
Karnataka police Wireless tower at the peak
Karnataka police Wireless tower at the peak

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This trip is after 19 years of gap. I been there with friends several times, now with my family. We took a jeep ride because not enough time to trek. Its also given me a different experience. Driving through the ghat road can take only 4-wheel drive jeeps and only locally trained drivers. Kudachadri always given me a enchanting experience. Remember my first trip with friends in 1989-90,  we trek to Kodachadri from Kollur.  On the trekking trail one has to pass through Gopalan’s tea shop. Only one who served the essential food like idli, bread, biscuits and bananas (from his farm). Gopalan is a Keralite and living inside the forest for many years…  Now i am not sure whether he still run that shop or there are more people opened shops. In Kudachadri there many vendors now. Place is getting littered. The many who dare to go to the peak are malayalees.

Kodachadri is a mountain peak with dense forests (elevation – 1,343 metres above sea level) in the Western Ghats in South India (Shindig Dist., Karnataka State). It is declared as natural heritage site by Government Karnataka and it is 10th highest peak of Karnataka

My Camera still works !!

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IS DMRC an unfriendly to ‘differently- abled’ passengers?? Yes Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Sandesh a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He standing in the ‘Q’… hardly help. Photo by Gireesh GV

IS DMRC an unfriendly to ‘differently-abled’ passengers?? Yes

Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station,  Sandesh  a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He neither got any help from guard on duty. When I saw him struggling to draw a token from the machine, I offered a help.  He got the token. Then he wishes to recharge his card because have to travel back tomorrow morning on rush hours for work. There he find another problem, machine accept only single notes. He don’t have it, neither I. I try to contact the person at counter, they refused. I said he is differently-abled person and can’t you find a solution. They said we are not supposing to. Then I took out my camera to shoot.  Suddenly he got a single 100 rupee note from the counter also requested me that “ I am on a daily wages and may loose job, please don’t trouble”.  So job and money/ salary is only for him (DMRC staff).  .  I never expect from the guard on duty who refuse to help because he is rushing for dinner. Everything solved in 5-7 mins because of  my camera.

IS DMRC a unfriendly to ‘differently- abled’ passengers?? Yes Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station,  Sandesh  a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He neither got any help from guard on duty. When I saw him struggling to draw a token from the machine, I offered a help.
IS DMRC an unfriendly to ‘differently-abled’ passengers?? Sandesh a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He struggling to draw a token from the machine, at Rajiv Chowk metro station, New Delhi. india. Photo by Gireesh GV

{ From DMRC’s guide book,Facilities for the differently-abled:  Delhi Metro is perhaps India’s first public transport system with adequate features for differently-abled persons. These include extra-wide automatic flap gates for wheelchairs, lifts with buttons installed at a low level, tactile paths for the visually impaired, reserved spaces for wheelchairs in trains, etc. In addition, station staff constantly monitors passenger movement and provides personal help to any differently-abled person who needs assistance.”}

taking a break after busy Diwali work.

Children in Chawri Bazaar

children on streets

children on streets

Girls playing on the streets at the Bangladeshi colony in Seemapuri, Delhi Uttar Pradesh border, This is from my three year Workshop on documentary photography as part of WPPH workshop series In Asia which held in 2001-2003