Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Night


Night is the time to weep,
To wet with unseen tears
Those graves of memory where sleep
The joys of other years.
Author: John Florio
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

For those who have experienced this, no words are required.
And for those who havent experienced this, no words can explain it.

- Dheepak Ra

Statistics for June 05

Unique visitors: 3858
Page Loads: 6899

No of Pictures: 22
No of Comments: 347

Total No of visitors since 05 March 05: 10701

Wednesday, June 29, 2005



Quote: The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
Author: Chanakya
Photographer: Srinivas

This quote was to be sent by sms to my friend but then I changed my mind and decided to share it with everyone.

- Dheepak Ra

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Train


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus."
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

This toy train between shimoga and talagappa, gives me an opportunity to post another of Emerson's quote.

This picture was shot on the way to a bloggers meet. This "train-bus" had stopped in one of the stations for a break. We not only took chai leisurely but we chit chatted with the train's guard. And we lazed around, cracking jokes and passing time - all along the train waited for us. When even ministers find it difficutlt to make a train wait for them, we achieved it. Its a special feeling isnt it?

- Dheepak Ra

Monday, June 27, 2005



Quote: Don't pray for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs
Author: Unknown
Photographer: Kalesh Mahendrakar

A routine scene frozen by Kalesh is the base for today's post.

- Dheepak Ra

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Break Free

Quote: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding
Author: Kahlil Gibran
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

Let me start this week, this snap to bring you out of your shell - to which you must have sneaked into during the weekend.

Dheepak Ra

Friday, June 24, 2005


Today we have crossed two milestones:
10000 unique visitors and 16000 page loads.

Very few would have known the circumstances under which I started this blog. When I sit back and think about it, I have to agree that "Everything happens for our own good". If it werent for that, I wouldnt be here, sharing a cup of coffee everyday with you.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for having been with me through the ups and downs of this series. Starting from my first Model Shakeb to the last reader of this site, thanks a lot. I am sure you will accompany me in the long journey ahead.

My writings are bland at the best and ******** at the worst. So let me curtail this post here.....

- Dheepak Ra

Hard Work

Hard Work

Quote: If you don't scale the mountain, you can't view the plain
Author: Chinese Proverb
Photographer: Damodaran Shanmugam

Its not often that I serve "coffee" in the night but then I have never worked so hard for the last two years........

- Dheepak Ra

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

No Smoking

No Smoking

Quote: Looks cool? Remember looks can kill..... Literally !!!
Author: Dheepak Ra
Photographer: Vildan Uysal, Turkey via

I just missed the no smoking day. So to make up for it, let me declare this week as no smoking week. To commemorate it, we have this "poster".

- Dheepak Ra

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Optimism Pessimism quote by william
Quote: The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.
Author: William Arthur Ward
Photographer: Hariprasath Manivannan

Looking at this island, I am tempted to remain as a pessimist ;-)

- Dheepak Ra

Monday, June 20, 2005



Quote: Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.
Author: Clare Boothe Luce
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

I am sure you must be tired of my snaps from Hyderabad (atleast I am). So today's picture is a preview of some of the snaps to come - the result of my trip to Honnermadu (I hope I got the spelling right - it never sticks in my mind)

To add to this shot, this is in Talagappa - 16 kms from the venue of the blogger's meet. We were waiting for the bus and I couldnt resist a quick stroll to the near by fields.

Will update you all soon - right now I am stuck in some work.

- Dheepak Ra

Sunday, June 19, 2005


quote on man effect on nature photoblog flower show

Quote: Man is a complex being who makes deserts bloom and lakes die
Author: G.B. Stern
Photographer:Suma Jahagirdar

Let this snap from Keukenhof, flower show, Holland by Suma begin our week.

- Dheepak Ra

Thursday, June 16, 2005


Abandoned car photographed for dailyblog

Quote:The road to positivity is strewn with the abandoned vehicles of the faint-hearted.
Author: Peter McWilliams
Photographer: Ashok Narayanan

This abandoned car was shot by Ashok near Budawang National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Its interesting to say the least.

Have you come across such vehicles before? Next time when you pass through a civilian court in India, keep your eyes open. Most of the confiscated (for small crimes) are left to rust while the case drags on........

As usual this weekend too, I will be out of Bangalore for vacation. Will catch you on Monday.

- Dheepak Ra

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


photograph from munnar and quote about echo gaze

Quote: If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Photographer: Anindito De

Doesnt Anindito's snap reveal the peace and calmness which is all prevailing in Munnar?

This snap also reminds me about my munnar trip. I need to complete that trip soon.....

- Dheepak Ra

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Stand Tall

photograph of Stand Tall with quote

Quote: A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child
Author: Unknown
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

Thanks to all of you for the numerous snaps which are being sent for this series. Now I have enough photographs to last a month. In order to reduce the backlogs, I have started to cut down on my snaps (which you might have noticed). However once in a while, I will be intruding with snaps like these from Ramoji film city to remind you that I still exist.

- Dheepak Ra

Monday, June 13, 2005


photograph of island with quote about Honor in daily blog

Quote: Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; once we have left it, we can never return
Author: Nicholas Boileau
Photographer: Dhanalakshmi

A photograph from the incredibly tempting Singapore brought to you by Dhanalakshmi. I took the liberty of merging it with the French critic's quote.

- Dheepak Ra

Sunday, June 12, 2005


photoblog photograph and quote on Ambition

Quote:Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.
Author:Peace Pilgrim quotes
Photographer: Shanmugapriya

Is it a coincidence that the previous snap by Shanmugapriya was also used by me for "ambition"? This one is from the Sastha Dam - looks pretty good.

BTW I had left the details about the previous snap as a comment itself.

- Dheepak Ra

Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Flower

photograph of Flower & quote by gerard in the sudasudacoffee photoblog

Quote:   Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature
Author: Gerard de Nerval
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

So here is the weekend challenge. Can you guess as to when or where this image was shot? Most of the answer is already available in my blog. However lets see as to who is the first person who can either find/guess it.

[Hint: Its in Hyderabad only.....]

Will announce the solution in my next post. Wish you all a nice week end while I start on another outstation trip this weekend.

- Dheepak Ra

Wednesday, June 08, 2005



Quote: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
                  And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
Author: Thomas Gray
Photographer: Kalesh

Havent we seen this before?

"gilli-thanda" kids rivaling our cricketers in hand-eye co-ordination

Women "cat-walking" with pots of water in a dusty desert

Slogging in the fields, village "RJs" breaking into an impromptu song to forget their tiredness


- Dheepak Ra

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


photograph of church bell and quote on love

Quote: A bell is not a bell until you ring it
                  A song is not a song until you sing it
                  Love isnt love until you give it away.

Author: Oscar Hammerstein II
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

Just wondering, do we share our love or give away our love? Also do we have any expectation during love or friendship? Feel free to comment - experience no bar ;-)

- Dheepak Ra

Monday, June 06, 2005

Garden of Life

photograph and coffee quote on leaves and fall

Quote:         Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall.
                          Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.
Author:       Unknown
Photographer: Amarjeet Kaur Virdi

Before I start with today's post, I wanted to point out yesterday's comments. It seems as if I have found a college mate of mine via blogging. Separated by two years during college and 1000s of miles now during PG, its incredible how we bump into each other. Waiting for a chance to rag this guy :-)

Thanks Amarjeet for this snap shot near Renukaji resorts (I hope I got the spelling right) Remember her previous snap? It was the one on Marital Bliss.

Folks, I have a scoop for you - an exclusive write up. The author is a familiar face to most of us, well known for her crisp, sharp writings. Churning out heart wrenching and emotional "stories" using the simplest of words, its a refreshing read. Guess who?

Yep its Meera. For the minority who still havent discovered her creations, head straight to Lapsus Linguae Her blog speaks for itself especially the archives. (atleast much better than all the superlatives which my mind can churn out at this unearthly hour)

Meera's Corner:
Now, here, when the world is slowly getting used to the indolence the weekend brings with it, I find myself making linear patterns, across the corridor of thoughts, the confluence of all rooms in the apartment. Ideas are born, in this small passage, in much the same way streaks of light pour in from the sly gaps in the curtained windows from the rooms opening into its length. It is a distance shaped by the sole purpose of connection and empty of everything besides the energy of my strides back and forth. My eyes gently take in sights around me, so languidly, that each becomes an entity of its own, one stretch of discrete consciousness where the underlying pattern of events take a backseat and the actors walk to the forefront, sometimes in glaring colors and noisy idiosyncrasies, sometimes in silent choreography in mute acceptance to the decrees of fate. In one moment stretched in time when beginning and end are forgotten, I watch life through the windows of the apartment.

The huge window in the bedroom opens into the play park, with its mazes and sliding boards providing routes of escape in the side. Swings made of worn tires, now repainted to look new, are surrounded by little children, some with pigtails in merry printed frocks and divided skirts, some with summer crew-cuts in shorts and sneakers, all with missing teeth, a sign of growth, of life in its ascent, of fierce energy, rising in defiance. I move on in my journey onward from the bedroom to the kitchen, where the window reveals the stone path around the play park. There are low benches surrounded by cool shrubs, where I see a bunch of teenagers talking. Suddenly they break into a song. Some more songs follow. They are probably indulging in a game of Antakshari. From where I stand, I can see the immediate gleam of washed stainless steel utensils fading into the background to give way to the careless children and the sound of their hum. I guess the lyrics from the tune. Any glaring mistake, any lack of uniformity is muted by the time the sound waves reach my ears.
I move on to the hall, the window of which faces the window of an apartment in the building opposite. A man, very old, probably in his eighties' walks slowly, his walking stick keeping him company with its dull thud, a pillar of support. He is searching for something. He looks unsure of himself. As he bends down, he holds his hips in gentle support and peers at the lower racks of the book shelves. He calls out to someone in the inner room. She walks in. She is older too. In her hand, she holds a tray with two cups of coffee. She walks slowly into the room, shrugs and finds the book her husband, presumably, had been looking for. They sit at the table near the window and sip the coffee. During the comfortable silence that ensues, there is communication beyond words, one that is possible only among fellow travelers through life, who have spoken enough to have graduated to this realm of companionable silence. I am captivated by the silence that encapsulates me. She looks out, in a continuous gaze, from her husband. Our eyes meet. A smile, a nod, a flash of recognition of parallel lives being led, suddenly meeting by a strange interplay of facial muscles, having its origin in some hidden corner of the mind, a snapshot of an instant, that does not stop but instead magnifies the cycle, the inevitability of movement, the path onward.

I continue my pace back and forth, across rooms, across seasons, across the kaleidoscope of sight and sound that dance in front of me, across people. Like Time, it leads me from fall to spring and back.

- Meera

Compiled by Dheepak Ra

Isnt this like the politicians cutting the ribbon after the engineers and labourers have toiled hard to build a beautiful structure? ;-)

Sunday, June 05, 2005


Photo of Statue with quote

Quote: I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one.
Author: Marcus Porcius Cato
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

Yet another statue!!! I can see you folks grumbling down there but isn't (wasn't) India a land of statues, saints and snake charmers?

I have always wondered whether the statues have any significance except for acting as a circular median in a junction. Eventhough it may not have significance to those who pass by it everyday, for visitors/tourist its a great way showcasing our history - atleast pointers to them.

If only we took better care for our statues/monuments. Though please dont judge based on this photograph. This was shot while trying to utilise the few seconds which I was stuck in the middle of a road in Hyderabad (where else). I seem to have a great ability to devalue whatever I see through my cam. My colleague for whom I shot some "proposal" portraits, might readily attest this :-).

- Dheepak Ra

Thursday, June 02, 2005


photograph marble statue with quote michelangelo

The stone unhewn and cold
Becomes a living mould,
The more the marble wastes
The more the statue grows.

Author: Michelangelo
Photographer: Dheepak Ra

Yet another photograph, yet another statue from the Ramoji Film City. These are some of the few consolation for braving the May heat in Hyderabad.

If you take a closer look, in the back ground there is even bigger statue on a pedestal. Unfortunately that entire area was cordoned off in anticipation of the scheduled wedding in the evening.

- Dheepak Ra

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


flower photo with quote by Buscaglia

Quote: A single flower can be my garden...a single friend, my world.
Author: Leo F. Buscaglia
Photographer: Srinivasa S

I took the freedom to replace "rose" with "flower" to suit this photograph by Srinivasa. He had a nice quote by John Ruskin for this snap. However I am not revealing the details. Check out his blog today.

And thanks to all those who emailed in regarding "casting my net". Unfortunately I cant reveal the details now. All I can say is that it was applied for on Tuesday itself. Still waiting for results - will keep you updated.

- Dheepak Ra