Children are always charming and in Ladakh the Charm is heightened to the Power of Infinity.
Do read up the blog titled “The 3 Idiots” on the Rancho School located near Leh,Ladakh.
This sweet charming kid rests against a colourful wall in the Monastery . His expression changed once he became aware of the camera.
The Coy Girl was shy and kept covering her face with the white stole till patience paid off and I captured this image within the Hemis Monastery outside the Upper Residence of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa.
This charming and extremely young Buddhist Child is on his way to becoming a Monk.
I was fortunate to sit amongst children near Leh, Ladakh and capture some delightful moments which I am sharing in this blog.
Mountains of Food resembling the Himalayan Hills in the background were lined up before His Holiness during the Winter Festival at Rancho School,Shrey, Ladakh. ( do read the previous blogs titled EMPTINESS,SEA OF MAROON and THREE IDIOTS)
Banner reads”Live To Rejoice”
The Food was Blessed by the Spiritual Leader His Holiness and then distributed amongst the Devotees at the End of Each Day.
Many Monks were seated on the Dias and chanted from Buddhist scriptures. Mountains of Biscuits and Food are Piled Up High in front of them.
Graceful Dance performed before His Holiness, the Spiritual Leader of the Hemis Monastery, seated on a High Pedestal.
The entire festivities are part of the Birthday Celebrations of His Holiness.
The attire and form of Worship are Unique to the region and has probably mutated over centuries to adapt to the way of Life in Ladakh.
Let me share a wonderful ocean of calm and fun in the bustling horseshoe shaped Connaught Place ( now renamed as Rajeev Chowk).
I share locations and destinations to CELEBRATE LIFE. Am not paid to write or blog ( sounds crude) .
The Oxford Bookstore is located on the first floor of Pratap Building, N Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
An extremely nostalgic entry as it takes me back to when I was 12 years old. How things change ?
An innovative bookstore , it exudes warmth and happiness. A joyful place to soothe your feathers, read and have a cuppa tea.( Cha bar shares space with the bookstore) Do check out my blog http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com to read about it as well.
A large lifesize Ganesha blesses you at the entrance . The birthday Of Ganesha is celebrated with great festivity across the country in the month of September.
A blue archway permits you to enter the Hall of the Wishing Tree.
The Hall of the Wishing Tree has an excellent selection of coffee table books on India. Have a look. I have a favourite too.
Having been to the bookstore on several trips, I find the selection and display very Impressive.
I loved the way books are displayed on carts. The creativity in the layout of the Bookstore is amazing . Was impressed with the importance given to Vernacular Languages ( most boostores pretend such languages do ot exist) .
The bookstore makes for very interesting shopping too as they have many articles such as Umbrellas . Do have a look.
Books and Knick Knacks Galore
A special area for children to play in and delightful Story telling sessions over the weekends makes this a very special and HAPPY BOOKSTORE.
So enjoy yourself at this FUN BOOKSTORE. Take the kids too, lots for them.
There are no QUIET PLEASE signs or stern DO NOT TOUCH glares. This place is HAPPINESS.
This picture is the cover of a VERY large book. Can you spot a corner of this book in any of the pictures above ?