Lens-Artists Challenge #227 – Home

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!).

NORTH

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.

The Taj Mahal

WEST

I took a trip once to the state of Gujarat and had amazing experiences – both in nature and in the cities.

An ancient temple in the state of Gujarat, whose present state is from the 12th century
A leopard in the Gir forest

EAST

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.

One of the five synagogues in Kolkata

CENTRAL INDIA

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!

Art in a prehistoric near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh

SOUTH

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.

Fishing nets on the coast of Cochin, the place where the explorer Vasco de Gama breathed his last on his third trip to India
The beautiful river Cauvery (Kaveri) in the hill town of Coorg in Karnataka

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.

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19 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #227 – Home

  1. I love the way you took us around your country. And yes, the Taj Mahal is always worth showing again and again. I love that you shared a glimpse of history. My favorite photo is the tranquility of the river.

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