Things that matter…

365photos 2011, Life in India, photography, randomness, Self

there’s a Marathi (my mother tongue) song which goes ‘rakat desha, kankhar desha, dagdanchya desha’..
hard to translate in English but it’s a love song for the land we live in describing it as bold, strong and rocky ..as in literally full of rocks. It takes a special kind of love to describe something as rocky and yet mean it as a compliment.

This image is from the backwaters of a little mud dam located in a village some 100 kms from Pune. The landscape of India is what keeps me rooted here.. Because every time I spend 45 minutes in traffic for a 10 minute distance, get rudely called off by people on the road, face immense amount of resistance to good ideas just because of cultural attitudes or never get work done in public offices, when life is so busy that work days become 12 hour stretches with no time to spare for things I love.. I have to keep reminding myself that there is beauty here. It needs to be unearthed… Under the callous exterior there is tenderness somewhere. The scruffiness is brought upon by circumstance and not by choice. No matter how I hate the everyday life..I still love being here.. It seems to be a hard comparison to make. But how do you decide if you are happy even when days are spent in misery? Probably because at the end of the day, sleep comes with a satisfaction of being at home…
I don’t know.

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10 thoughts on “Things that matter…

  1. Well done ! Beautiful composition and choice of subject. It could just as easily be some place in Canada – we are all connected by earth, water, air, and the light of the heavens.

  2. Lovely photo. India does have many such treasures.

    And of course: “Probably because at the end of the day, sleep comes with a satisfaction of being at home…”

    Brilliance.

    Good to have you back, Dhaami. I missed you.

  3. Dhaami my girl, I echo every word that you said. There is beauty somewhere, underneath the scruffy exteriors of routine life. And that beauty is worth holding on to.
    The picture is lovely. How come I have never been there yet? 😦

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