This week’s Lens artists photo challenge is to show the highlights of one’s home country.
It’s a big challenge as there is so much to show and it’s tough to choose! But I have the digital photos of only a few places in India, which though sad, makes it easy for this exercise (a “silver lining in the cloud” scenario!).
When someone thinks of India, the first image that comes to mind is that of the Taj Mahal. So may be it’s alright to show it one more time. It is considered a symbol of love as the Emperor Shahjahan got it constructed in the memory of his most beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
I took a trip once to the state of Gujarat and had amazing experiences – both in nature and in the cities.
There are many amazing places in the North-East of India, but I have not been there yet. The furthest East I’ve been to, is Kolkata. You can read about that trip here.
I got to know that this very historic city has five synagogues and twenty Jewish people. The Jewish people first come to India almost 2000 years ago and kept coming over the centuries, but when the country of Israel was formed after the second world war, most of them migrated there.
Another time, I was in the state of Madhya Pradesh, which literally means “Central State” and got the chance to visit a pre-historic cave!
Now South India is where I have spent a lot of time, as I was working there. While the North has the Himayalas, the South has the oceans. The North has influences from beyond the Himalayas from invaders who came through the land and established their kingdoms, while South has influences from the Europeans who came through the sea. But I think that the South has managed to maintain more of the original character (which is subjective though) especially the languages, than the North.
I hope that I have managed to show a little bit of the history and diversity of India through this post.
In response to the LAPC challenge from Tina.