The Best of India 2009

Whilst this is essentially a “travel” post, I have also included it under “photography” as the photographs below (all taken by me during my first trip to India in December 2009) were picked out by a friend of mine (Ben).

Ben, an accomplished photographer, kindly spiced up their colour and contrast on my behalf.

Visit his site right here to see some of his stunning work. I keep telling him that he should pursue his hot passion and talent on a full time basis! (yes, he is only part-time for now).

I used a Canon PowerShot S5 IS, that has since been replaced by a Canon 550D, both of which are only used on “auto”.

Here is “The Best of India 2009” in three photographs:

Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, West bank of River Hooghly in Shibpur, Howrah nearly 8 km from center of city Kolkata, West Bengal

Kali Temple, Kalighat Kolkata, West Bengal, India

 

Down the road somewhere from Bodhi Tree, near Rabindra Sarovar Metro Station south Kolkata

 

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Bangladesh Market, Chatsworth

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Little India is right here in Durban, South Africa – on my doorstep.

“Durban’s Bangladesh Market, which is located in the suburb of Chatsworth provides a fascinating introduction to contemporary Indian way of life in Durban and is a nostalgic reminder of Durban’s famous old Indian market of yesteryear.

The original Bangladesh market was established in the 1980’s born from the need to provide especially the senior citizens and pensioners of the Chatsworth area with fresh produce at prices they could afford. Market gardeners saw great potential in this market because they could trade directly to the public, there was no middle man, and so a partnership between the market gardeners and the pensioners was established. The market then moved to Chassie Village, and soon pockets of markets started springing up everywhere, in and around the area.The old apartheid municipality tried to get rid of these markets and so they were all moved to one premise, the current location of Bangladesh market.
The establishment of the market was an historical victory for the Senior Citizens of Chatsworth who overcame adversity by fighting for what was rightfully theirs. The Bangladesh Market today is a tribute to their heroic efforts and unwavering courage and strength, attributes which characterized the general nature of those who fought for freedom in the struggle against apartheid. The fact that the Bangladesh Market in  Chatsworth, Durban is still a thriving and bustling centre of the community, is a triumph in itself.” ~ Website www.zulu.org.za
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Better Eating through Mindfulness – by Jill Suttie

Better Eating through Mindfulness – by Jill Suttie

“To attain well-being, we need to take care not only of our bodies but also of our minds. Mindfulness practice is central to seeing the interdependence of mind and body.” ~ Lilian Cheung, Thich Nhat Hanh

Link to British Heart Foundation here.

Man ‘rickshaws’ from China to London

Just when I thought a nine hour overseas flight, with two movies and a sleep was laborious along comes Chen…

July 26 2012 at 08:58pm
By Sylvia Hui – IOL

 

iol news pic London Olympics RickshawAP

Chinese farmer Chen Guanming smiles as he talks to tourists after he claimed to have made a two-year 87,000 mile journey on a rickshaw from China to come to Britain for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday July 26, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

“London – It’s a tale of Olympian proportions: A man, a rickshaw, and a slow journey from a Chinese village to London through 16 countries.

Chinese farmer Chen Guanming claimed Thursday that his two-year odyssey to the London games took him from Thailand’s floods to Tibet to snowed-in Turkey to Britain since he started in 2010.” – Sapa-AP

Read more here.

St. Thomas’ Home for Children visit to CROW

Can you also hear the CROW of St. Thomas’ Home for Children?

Here is the big idea:

  • Benefit two non-profit organizations in one go
  • Organize a trip for the children of St. Thomas’ Home for Children to visit CROW
  • Bus transport, entrance fees, snacks, cool drinks and lunch are required
  • Sunday 26 August is a possible date, subject to CROW & St Thomas management tying up loose ends
  • All sponsors, helpers, their friends, family and children to attend the event
  • The standard visit is as follows: “We are open to the public on the last sunday of every month. The gates open at 10:30am and the guided tour starts at 11:00am. A donation of R20-00 per person is asked upon entry and refreshments, t-shirts and diaries are sold before and after the tour. Please support CROW and join us. Gain an insight into the world of wildlife rehabilitation in one of the biggest centres of its kind in South Africa”
  • With help from others it will happen soon
  • Interested to join this fun heart-warming event then please email St Thomas principal@stthomas.org.za or Andrew awharvard@gmail.com
  • Cash or consumables sponsorship for this event is strictly payable / donated to St. Thomas’ Home for Children for their use
  • Any other support of any type for this event or anything else would be greatly appreciated
  • This blog will be updated shortly with more information

Given Gain: “St. Thomas’ Home for Children is a place of love and protection for children in need of care. We are a non-profit organisation providing residential care to 60 vulnerable children between the ages 2-10 years, all of whom have been found in need of care by the courts. Our children require our care for a variety of reasons, from being orphaned, abandoned or neglected to being physically, sexually or emotionally abused.”

Tel: 031 207 3223
Email: principal@stthomas.org.za

CROW: “CROW is the Centre For Rehabilitation Of Wildlife situated in Yellowwood Park, Durban. It is a wildlife hospital that cares for the injured and orphaned wild animals and birds in Kwazulu Natal. CROW has 12 depots in and around the Province and is considered to be one of the leading rehabilitation Centers in South Africa”

Tel: 031 462 1127

Email: info@crowkzn.co.za

Below are some images I recorded during a visit to CROW

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals (children*) are treated” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

*not actual quote