Saturday, November 10, 2007

Travel

For these past couple of days my minds been filled with what i really love. Travel. Im headed to Himachal for ten days . Ye! and feeling a bit like a starved tramp invited to a feast. There are many things Im looking forward to - seeing the Himalays, trekking, the Buddist Gompas, Tibetan art and most importantly the experience of travelling. Travel to me stands for many things- loosing ones identity & history and roaming streets with big avid curious eyes. Senses alert, mind light. Freshning up in restrooms of airports, railway stations, bus stands (!). Waking early, seeing a different world with different people, walking, eating, shopping, and pictures, pictures loads of pictures.
And there are some people who turn this into a fine art and make a living out of it!
Akshay Mahajan whom I met on flickr is a photographer and a travel writer who gets into the skin of a place with the alacrity of a person who loves to do it. Places open up to his camera so he may bring back pictures that touch a part of its soul. He has been written about in Elle & published in Tehelka, La Repubblica, The Daily Telegraph, Hindustan Times and now the BBC. All of this at the ripe old age of 21 (I had to tell this :)! You can read his blog here. It will be time well spent.








Another person whose work I revere on flickr is Claude Renault who is a freelance photographer from Brittany. In his own words “If I do like to travel, it's not for a nice landscape or a historical monument, but for what makes a country : the people. I have travelled to many great places, but India is still the best. It just has a buzz that other places don't. have.” This Indophile has 23 ( no exaggeration- I counted) photo blogs on India. Almost one for each state. And what i totally respect about him is the scientific precision with which he gets the information & the tongue twisting Indian names right.

And only love can make pictures like this.






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All images from Akshay Mahajan's and Claude Renault's flickr photostreams

23 comments:

Anrosh said...

A dear friend of mine (jewish/irish) who travels to India every year once said to me," I am an american with an indian soul".

Arch at Rang said...

Vineeta- You lucky you!!

I LOVE travelling especially on a road less travelled...

All the very best have fun and take loads and loads of pics:-)

I admire Akshay & Claude's photography!

Thanks and all the very best!!!

Claude Renault said...

You are very kind to me Vineeta. Thanks.
I added a link toward your blog on " My Favorite"

~ ॐ ~ said...

wow pictures...

and thanks for showing them to us !!!

Peggy said...

What a cornucopia. Thank you for this feast! And thank you for taking me away from mundane reality for a few minutes.

I must apologize for not commenting as much as I should of late - you know the drill - can't keep up with life. But rest assured, I am lurking and still enjoying your work very much.

~Happy said...

awesome pictures...:)

Bhavna said...

Beautiful pics!

Himachal for 10 days!!...nice! Where in Himachal? Do you make a stopover at Delhi?

Elisa Day said...

Lovely pictures! :)

Reeta Skeeter said...

I love the flowers wala pics :)

purple said...

Great blog, beautiful and colorful images!!

vineeta said...

anrosh, yes, there are many people whom the magic of India affects deeply :) And this time round met some more people who felt similarly.

archana, yes, i do feel happy that I went off & its over already :(
My camera died on me & had to buy a 'Kodak easy share' at Dharamshala as an alternative to having a camera-less vacation!

vineeta said...

Claude, Im not kind :) you are inspiring. And it is my privilege to share your work here.
And thanx much for adding my link :)

vineeta said...

Om, you are welcome, the pleasures all mine.

Peggy, you are welcome :) and as u once told me- the beauty of blogging is that there are no shoulds. I totally understand, its great that u drop by once in a while :)

vineeta said...

Sharanya, they are :) thanx for dropping by.

Bhavna, I had such a tough time having to choose from their amazing body of work! Yes i did stopover at Delhi. unfortunately read this only once i came back- it would have been great to catch up with u. I did Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Mcleod Gunj & some parts off Dehradun. Had a great time!

vineeta said...

Elisa, thanx for dropping by :)

Reeta, I thought of you when i was in Delhi :)

Purple, thanx for the compliment, you have a great blog too( I just checked)!

Elisa Day said...

Glad you liked it! :) Im looking forward to reading about Himachal

Kannanokannan said...

I love every word and pic!! Very gr8!! cheers,kannan

vineeta said...

kannan, thanx for dropping by :)

Lak said...

The picture of the temple steps (the red stripes) really got me. This is a view-point I've stood in a few hundred times but never really "noticed" ...

Your pictures from McLeod Gunj were wonderful ... wouldn't mind one of those Thangka paintings on my wall!

vineeta said...

Lak, hi, Claude reanult whose picture that is is one of the most talented photographers I've had the fortune of knowing. They justhave different eyes :)
And thanx for your compliment on the Mcleod gunj pics- and I did pick up a few thangka paintings from there :)

Lak said...

Vineeta, I expanded my comment here into a blog post ... linked to your blog. You have a nice eye too, but I suppose you need it for your job!

vineeta said...

Lak, read your post :) its interesting how a picture can trigger memories and different perspectives. And its an interesting observation that Thota vaikuntham's style stems from the Tanjore painting traditions.

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