The only city in south of india to have had a strong muslim influence- Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh. The city today stands divided – old Hyderabad which retains the monuments, culture and dilect as left by Mughals, and the new Hyderabad – that houses Hubs of several Leading IT companies.
Created in 1591, the Charminar is one of the very few monuments in India which has common man walking past it every second. And the religion of this common man is not important as he makes his travel past this monument.
If the monument had a voice, it would ask the people around it be as tolerant as it has been, and ensure everyday on earth, there be no death or discrimination in name of religion.
Naughty, active, ready to pounce on the next moving thing, they work together in good times and bad. Sometimes they find joy in running around aimlessly feeling the wind on their tongue, sometimes they find joy in just chasing everyone around, sometimes bark in attempt to scare people around, and only one time, they decided to sit down and figure out what the man with black thing in his hand was upto….
They stand merrily and talk to each other about everything they see. The moment they grow out of stories, they stretch themselves and grow taller. Happy now they see more land, more people..and more lives. So the next time you hear trees rustle, they are talking, listen carefully… Mr photographer, did you hear them?
It’s the last good bye to the sun in year 2011. At the shores of miami beach, the sun looks this elegant every day.At its mildest in the day, it left us in dark, and somewhere in the other part of earth, people eagerly welcomed it to start their new day. Sunset or sunrise, it leaves us with hope of a new and better day.
Miami Beach, Florida
A Hyundai santro, and loads of animated conversations to find directions got us to the wonder of world called chichen-itza. Ugly lizards, rows of small shops, bunch of humans, blazing sun, clear blue sky, and dry dust give it company through the day. Sturdy stones placed one over the other to give it a pyramid shape.And One wonders from a distance if this really qualifies to be a man made wonder..and when you get closer, the monument starts talking to you – you clap your hands in front of it, you hear it cry like a wolf.you move to a side, and suddenly the edges of the monument reveal serpents in the shadow that it casts. The monument stands witness to the Mayan age that created it to the ones where people make money out of it.
Chichen Itza, Mexico