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magical clouds

just before the onset of monsoon, the clouds present an impeccable look like the soon to be wedded bride. the otherwise sunny and hot mornings of ahmedabad suddenly becomes fresh. the fleet of magical clouds gives a much needed respite and ignites the dreams of sleeping in a cool clime.

the chaos of traffic vanishes as i travel under the magical clouds

the respite is not just for me, but for them too

the sky is falling…not at all, its just the magical clouds

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land of stepwell

women are known as the water carriers, though few men would disagree with that. I am talking about carrying water on head with such balance, which seriously is an awe inspiring sight. Hats off to such courageous and strong women. For city dwellers like me, it’s a non-achievable feat. But years ago, somewhere in early AD 1000, a woman (obviously a queen) thought of building a stepwell for the people, i am sure, she must have thought about the women too. The architecture of the stepwell (locally known as vav) is magnificent, the pillared multi-stored pavilions and beautiful sculptures would leave you mesmerized. If you have a look at the water history of india, stepwells were one of the most prominent water conservation method in use then. Those who are visiting can plan a day trip to patan. The stepwell of patan is popularly called rani no vav (translation would be queen’s stepwell) has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in June 22, 2014.

side view of the stepwell

side view of the stepwell

varied expressions

this was taken at siyal beyt (siyal island) in Gujarat where i met a curious set of children. Expression and reaction of each face was different from each other. The island is unique in many ways like it looks like a saucer, it has 999 step wells etc. Step wells are old system of water harvesting which has much architectural prominence in India. It was taken with a manual SLR and then scanned.

13_varied expressions_sajitha charles