Monday, March 8, 2010

Views from the Taj Mahal

That marble mausoleum is likely one of the most photographed structures world over, and deservingly so. Here are views as seen from that world wonder... the River Yamuna, and a few souls that depend on the river

Some more unusual views -

Love your world, and appreciate plenty of other lovable worlds!

Monday, March 1, 2010

A temple for Sant Surdas

"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision"
(Helen Keller)

You would know absolute peace, were you to visit this temple for the sightless 15th century poet Sant Surdas. His life story makes humbling reading. Very aptly, a school for the blind is co-located with this monument for the saint.The poet-saint is said to have composed 100,000 songs on Lord Krishna. Listen to one of the 8,000 existing devotional lyrics -
Recently, after we came across the adaptations of the Braille script for other languages, we participated in making this school project (associated with a lesson on Helen Keller) - it shows a few letters of the Devanagari script as depicted in Braille. I closed my eyes to try to make out the letters - but failed. Pre-formed mental images were poor assistants to overcome the challenge. My salutations to Sant Surdas, Helen Keller and my grandmother.

Visit many more awe-inspiring worlds.