EAST OR WEST ,SADHUS AT THEIR BEST

Sadhus are both fascinating  and Intriguing.

Sharing a few pictures of Sadhus.

The Angry Priest from the Eastern part of  India is smoking a Bidi  ( an Indian cigarette rolled in a tobacco leaf) and reading a Bengali Newspaper.

Angry ?

Somewhat Angry ?

He is busy making Samosas ( a delicious friend snack ) and the signage on the left reads Chaha  (  Tea in Marathi) ..

The toys and the umbrella in the frame make it an interesting picture.

Chaiwala Sadhu
                                                                           Chaiwala Sadhu and his makeshift Tea Stall 

A somber sadhu at the Kumbh at Nashik in Western India.

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                                                                         The world behind him

Were you fascinated as well?

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CELEBRATE LIFE

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 ?

Red Carpet Entry
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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.

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Lord Ganesha

A blue archway permits you to  enter the Hall of the Wishing Tree.

Blue archways
                                                                                        Blue archway

The Hall of the Wishing Tree has an excellent selection of coffee table books on India. Have a look. I have a favourite too.

Selection on India around the Wish Tree
                                                                                  Selection on India 

Having been to the bookstore on several trips, I find the selection and display very Impressive.

India section around the wish tree
                                                          India section around the Wishing Tree

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 first look
                                                                                              The first look

The bookstore makes for very interesting shopping too as they have many articles such as Umbrellas . Do have a look.

Books Galore

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.

Workshops
                                                                       Workshops

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 ?

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                              Whoopie G.  having a blast

Soak yourself with JOY and CELEBRATE LIFE.

WOMEN : RULERS OF THE THREE WORLDS

Street Art is increasingly playing a vital role in reeling out social messages.

While you travel within India keep a sharp eye for Graffiti and Street Art, I would even  do a Street Art Tour.

The series of artworks that follow were captured near the Middle Circle of Connaught Place in New Delhi.

They reflect the ever changing landscapes, paradoxes and social reality of  a metropolis weighed down by old baggage and striving  to be a Smart Modern  City.

Women and their place in any  social system is often a great indicator of the state of a society, system and civilization.

This picture shows the skyscrapers in the background,youngsters leaving the metro with backpacks and in sharp contrast a semi clad vagabond on the extreme right.

In the centre is the colourful street art of a women speaking of violence sitting on a Tiger. She represents the Women  ruling the Middle World, Earth.

There are many elements in this picture, so do give it more than a passing look.

Please share your thoughts as well.

Women Rule the Earth

Women Rule the Middle Kingdom,  Earth

The following picture symbolizes that women rule the Seas as well, The Nether Worlds.

Do observe the change in attire and skin colour when compared to the first picture. The body language of the Woman is noteworthy as well.

The rundown brick wall and the bill board marked Internet on the left , reflect the change brought about by this Installation of Art.

RULING THE SEA
                                                                                  Ruler of The Nether World

The last in the series is the largest and what caught my eye first in the short walk from the Metro Station to Cha bar.

Here the Woman Ruler of The Skies is represented by a Thumbelina look alike  Girl .

She soars above a passerby on an Eagle with quite an EYE.

IN THE AIR

Soaring above

Do comment and share your thoughts. It could be the Forum of am interesting  debate.

THE KING WHO LIVES IN A BASKET

The King Cobra under the thumb, literally.

The King and his tiny basket
                   The King and his tiny basket

Do notice the tattoo , the ring and the thumb which enforces the KING COBRA to live in a small, very small basket.

Literally under the thumb
                          THE HAND OF…?

Do notice the chipped nail and the coins under the King.

chipped nail as the king leaves his mark
           chipped nail as the King leaves his mark

THE KING and his now drastically reduced Kingdom, THE BASKET.

the basket is now the Kindgdom
The basket is all that is left of his Kingdom

A closer look at the MAN behind the hand which  keeps the King in a basket.

the snakeman?
The Snakeman?

He will open the basket , then push the basket and even whistle to get the attention of potential donors and the KING.

a push and a whistle to arouse the King
a push and a whistle to arouse the King

The pictures were taken during the Mahakumbh in Allahabad .

My life now
My life now

The King now lives in this basket under the thumb of the hand.

Have kept all doors open for comments and views and intentionally skipped any personal views.  Please discuss.

Do revert and comment with views/ comments/opinions?