Sriram Janak – Photography

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Silence within…



Lead the mind…





By the mind…





bring it to silence…





In the quiet…






state of mind…





when all the sound..





ripples cease…







The job is done…





( location: Eravikulam National Park , Kerala, South India )

(Words : Adapted from an article by  Bramachari Chaitanya )


Care about…


No one will protect what they don’t

care about ; & no one will care about

what they have never experienced.

                             ~ ` ~  David Attenborough





( At Kanha National park, central India )


I smell with my ears





I taste with my eyes





I see with my hands






I touch with my tongue





I hear with my nose





I know 

I am in my senses now.





( Poem : Kabir das < location : Kodaikanal, a small hill town near Madurai, Tamil nadu, South India )




Soul’s Freedom…


          Witness & stand back 
         from nature,
                 that is the first step to 

                                the soul’s 

~ ` ~ Sri Aurobindo





What does it take to actually be a

yogi, really?

Not spiritual attainment or Asana performance,

but the beautiful embrace of your

own reality.

                ~ ` ~  Mark Whit well







     Souls recognize each 


by vibes…

not by 







Where ever you


be the soul

of the place.

           ~ ` ~  Rumi




Friendship is composed 

of a single soul.


two bodies.

        ~ ` ~  Plautus


The soul


live without love.



You are a spirit , you 

have a soul and you

live in a body.

              ~ ` ~ Pedro Okoro



( Picture : Indian Gaur )


I Exist…


  I exist as I am, that is enough,

if no other in the world be aware,
I sit content,

and if each and all be aware,

I sit content.

~ ` ~   Walt Whitman









  It’s a love 



                the unknown

                                                       ~ ` ~ Osho





Too Busy…


                              You should sit in meditation for
                         twenty minutes every
                 day – unless you’re too busy;
                          then you should sit for an hour.
                                                          ~ ` ~  Zen







The torn boughs trailing

O’er the tusks…aslant

The saplings reeling in the path

He trod,

Declares his might- our lord

The Elephant

Chief of the ways of


~ ` ~ Tom Alter









I meant what I said,
and I said what I meant.
An elephant is faithful,
one hundred percent.

                                                       ~ ` ~ Dr Seuss




New course…



We lead our lives like water flowing

              down the hill,
    going more or less in one direction
        until we splash into something
           that forces us to find a
new course
                          ~ ` ~    Arthur Golden


( At corbett National park, India )







                        How impossible it is to walk though the forest 


                                        without telegraphing


                                 your presence…


                                                                                  ~ ` ~  Zen







A mother’s love for her child is like

                              nothing else in the world.

                   It knows no law, no pity

                                it dares all things & crushes

                     down remorselessly

                      all that stands in

                                 its path.

                                                                   ~ ` ~  Agatha Christie












  Being a full time mother

                             is one of the highest salaried jobs

                        in my field,

                    since the payment is

                                 pure love.


                                           ~ ` ~  Mildred B Vermont






A mum’s hug

                              lasts long after


                                              she lets go…








 A mother is not a person

                    to lean on,

                 But a person to make

                                      leaning unnecessary.

                                       ~ ` ~  Dorothy canfield Fisher









                    There are poems

                          inside you

                                that paper can’t






              Painting is silent 



                        poetry is painting

                          that speaks

                                            ~ ` ~  Nikos KAzantzakis




             You have your brush

                  you have your colors, you

                   paint paradise,

             then in you go.

                                                             ~ ` ~  Adrienne Rich 






   Set Free…

…I see within your heart
of hearts
where no masks are

A spirit waiting to be set free

as it always meant to be…

` ~ `  Mary Merrell










                            The journey to understand the

                               true nature of reality requires no paper map,

                         no metal compass, and no breadcrumb

                              left by others.


                                       The true journey is one that is travelled

                                           with an inner GPS fully activated,

                                  and a mind as open as a parachute

                                  … perfectly capable of landing exactly

                                                                             where you’re meant to be.



                                                        ` ~ ` Alex Brooks




Stop Looking…



                   Stop looking for happiness

                              in the same place you

                                           lost it.
                                                      ~ ` ~ Unknown  







 Memories of our childhood

                  are like images painted on

                        a wet canvas, they merge

                             until they lose all shape,

                      often remaining only as


                                                     ~ ` ~  Brian Mynott






 Eventually , all things

                        merge into one,

                         and a river runs through it


                                            ~ ` ~    Norman Maclean






 In greatness,

                   life and death


                                              ~ ` ~   Dejan Stojanovic








Surrender is the

                ultimate technique

                          to merge with


                                                 ~ ` ~ Paramahamsa Nithyananda








  Thought that can merge

                                       wholly into feeling,

                               feeling that can merge

                     wholly into thought-

                            these are the artist’s highest joy

                                                         ~ ` ~   Thomas Mann







 I merged so completely with


                                             and was so fused

                                              that I became


                                     and love became


–                                                  ~ ` ~   Rumi





A Seeker…



I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible non- believer.

in things.

I was as searching as I was sceptical.

I didn’t know where to put my faith, or if there was such a place,

or even precisely what the faith meant ,

 in all its complexity.

Everything seemed to be possibly potent and possibly fake.


” YOU ARE A SEEKER ” …..My mother said…

                                                               ~ ` ~   Cheryl Strayed  





Cling to…


How we need another  S O U L 


                                                                to cling to.

                                                         ~ ` ~ Sylvia Plath





                                                                       You can only L O V E 

                                                                       What you cling to.

                                                                                  ~ ` ~   Buddha





                                                                                            what did my arms

                                                                                do before they held

                                                                                                  Y O U .

                                                                                                         ~ ` ~ Sylvia Plath











 “If gold has been prized because it is the most inert element,

                  changeless and incorruptible, water is prized for the


                  opposite reason — its fluidity, mobility, changeability that make it a necessity and a metaphor for life itself.

                                       To value gold over water is to

                         value economy over ecology, that which

                               can be locked up over that which connects all things.”
                                                                                              ~ ` ~     Rebecca Solnit

















Honk Honk…!!


                     H O N K    H O N K   H O N K….

                                  Make some   N O I S E   for the


                                   R H I N o S    !!!


                                 O N


                                                     World   Rhino    Day.












( Indian one horned Rhino….Kaziranga national park…India )


Stillness Speaks…


Be still

            stillness reveals

            the secret of



                      ` ~ `  Lao Tzu 







           That the mind 

            is in

                      abysmal stillness…


                                        ` ~ `   Lao Tzu  








            Nothing in all

                creation is 

                so like god



` ~ `  Meister Eckhart









               Learning how to 

                  be still,

                to really be still

                  and let life happen–

                   that stillness becomes a



                                         ` ~ `   Morgan Freeman







                   Even when in the midst 

                   of disturbance,

                      stillness of the mind can 




                                      ` ~ `   Stephen Richards






                In the stillness of headstones ,

                Darkness in my blanket.

               And forever in my song..

                   In the arms if stare angles,

                   I ‘m not afraid.

                  Because finally and


                       I belong

                                         ` ~ `  Jordan Dane 






Please also take a look at my other post..

( location : Aritappati village…near Madurai. Tamil Nadu,





It is beautiful to be


And if you are more


You will be more 







If you are more Alive,

then more life will

Enter your inner being.

You will be more












You can eat things with out

tasting; it is not difficult…

But…it is beautiful to taste….

become the taste of the food…








We are feeling vacant, empty and

we keep saying life is….empty


We are not filling it…

Be more alive, and you will be more Divine.

Be totally alive,

and there is no death for you…







(  Words : OSHO )


One Minute…







                            It is difficult to live in the present,
                                      ridiculous to live in the future

                                                               and impossible to live in the past.
                                                 Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.

                                                                                                       ~ ` ~ Unknown








Black & white…


               “Color is everything,

                                          black and white is more.    


                                                                    ~`~ Dorninie Rouse




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                  “To see in color is a delight for the eye    

                          but to see in black and white is a      

                              delight for the soul.” 

~`~ Andri Cauldwell




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                    “I’ve been forty years discovering that    


                                              the queen of all colors is black.” 


                                                                                                     ~`~ Henri Mattise




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                 “One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this:  

                  in black and white you suggest;    

                               in color you state  .     

                             Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty…          

                       absolute certainty.”                                 

                                          ~`~ Paul Outerbridge




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               “Black and white are the colors of photography.


                 To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to


                        which mankind is forever subjected.”                                               

                                                                               ~`~  Robert Frank



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The world is in color

                       you have to work at B& W

                                                        ~`~  Andrew Maclean



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              Black and white are the colors of photography.


                                To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair


                                                        to which mankind is forever subjected.

                                                                                                                ~`~ Unknown



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                                               Black & white (photography) frees up the photographer to see the 
                                           World & recreate it in a fresh way, shifting the image from
                                                 “How it looked to” how it felt.”

                                                                                       ~`~ Gregory Heisler




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                      Life is like a good B&W photograph,


                                              there ‘s black , there’s white &

                                                                                 lots of shades in between


                                                                                                        ~`~ Karl Heiner



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Shadow & Soul…






                           “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, 

                                      in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

                                                                                                            ~`~ Pablo Neruda






A Hug…



           Hugging is the ideal gift.

               Great for any occasion, fun to give and receive,

                    shows you care, comes with its own wrapping and,

                    of course, is fully returnable. Hugging is practically perfect.

                       No batteries to wear out, inflation-proof, nonfattening,

                        no monthly payments, theft-proof and nontaxable.”


                                                                         ~~ Unknown



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                       “Hugs are a means of transferring energy to

                         another person who is dear to you.

                    This will replenish depleted energy

                         at any time particularly when a dear person is sick.”
                                                                                     ~~ Unknown




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                          “Hugs are to pull two

                               people closer together

                          but why is it that you can never see the other

                             person’s expression when it happens?”

                                                                ~~ Unknown





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                                           My favorite place to

                                                                     be is inside of your


                                                                         hugs where it’s warm and loving.”



                                                                                                                ~~  unknown




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                                        “As long as you hold me,

                                                         I am safe from all harm.”


                                                                                                      ~~ Unknown






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                                             “Hugs are great,
                                        but when they are from the
                                  people you care most about,
                          it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!”
                                           ~~ unknown
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                              “Sometimes it’s better to put
                                love into hugs than to
                                          put it into words.”
                                                                        ~~ Unknown
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Be Soft…

                                                 Be soft; don’t let the world make you hard.
                                                                              Do not let pain make you hate.
                                              Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness.
                                                                       Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
                                                You still believe it to be a


                                              B E A U T I F U L …place

                                                                                       ~~ Anonymous



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A Tree…

          A tree says: My strength is trust.

                 I know nothing about my fathers,

               I know nothing about the thousand children that

              every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed 

          t o the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me.

                             I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.


~~ Hermann Hesse



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                I never saw a discontented tree. 

                       They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though

                    fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.

                                    They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,

                               going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day

                                    and through space heaven knows how fast and far!

                                                             ~ ~   John Muir


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                Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly

                        away without either inviting them to stay

                          or desiring them never to depart.

                                          If your heart can be like this,

                                                   you will be near to the way..

                                                                            ~~ Zen saying



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                 “Love the trees until their leaves fall off,

                                            then encourage them to try again next year.”

                                                                                             ~~ Chad Sugg



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(  A  Ficus mollis  tree )






                            “Teach not the lip such scorn,


                                        for it was made for kissing”


                                                                           ~ ~ William Shakespeare



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Being loved…



                                                                “Valentines day- a day to celebrate

                                                                                       loving and being loved “


                                                                                                                        ~ ~ Jane Goodall 



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                    It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb

                       that wear you out;

                                  It’s the pebble in

                                              your shoes.”


                                                            ~ ~ Mohammed Ali



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(Place : “yanna Malai”  A.K.A The elephant hill.  In my home town Madurai . India )










I don’t like formal gardens.

I like wild nature.

It’s just the wildness instinct in me,

I Guess.

~~ Walt Disney


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“There are four Qs that are of value in life,
                             What is sacred?

                                 Of what is the spirit made?

                              What is worth living for?
                             What is worth dying for?
                                          The answer to each is the same…

                                                                        L  O  V  E…
                                                                     ~~ Johnny Depp



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Mind seeing…



  I shut my eyes in order to see…

                    The poet, the painter, or the photographer who is locked into only the visual phenomena

                               may miss the heart of what was actually being experienced…



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                Internationalization closes


                                   many doors…



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                   Do not go where the path may lead,

                              go instead where there is no path and leave a trail


                                                                    ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



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                  Enjoy the mystery .

                        All the good stuff is hidden in the dark corners.


                                            It’s what gives life a sense of vitality…



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                The brush paints by itself,

                     the dance dances itself,

                             the poem writes itself.

                              There is no longer a gap between artist, subject,

                                      audience, and life…



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              Just see, just hear, just taste,

                just touch, just smell,

                just see a thought without the need to give it a name or identity.

                      This way of perceiving will then begin to translate


                         into the way you express yourself through your art…



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   Only that day dawns to which we are awake


                                     ~`Henry David Thoreau



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              Develop the ability to experience things directly, without evaluation.

                           You will be able to see, hear fell taste, smell…

                    As your attentiveness and awareness increase with practice….

                              you will begin to notice little things that you have been seeing everyday

                                   but barely noticed in passing…




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  Only that day dawns

                          to which we are awake


                                     ~`Henry David Thoreau



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Each one of us is n artist

   Whether we realize it or not…



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              When you learn to trust yourself implicitly,

                    you no longer need to prove something

                                  through your art…



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  If the energy is really flowing freely,

                   the brush paints by itself. the camera pictographs,…

                                    .the sculpture forms…the words write… 



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              To be nothing…to want nothing…

                     to do nothing…

                                      it has to be experienced…



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( Words: zen arts, Minor white, Ryoken, Zen creativity…)


    Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful new year…:-) 





   Travelers  ,

                           There are no paths…


                                    Paths are made by 



                                                                       ~~  Antonio Machado



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( location : walking after crossing( swimming ) the Ramganga river @ Corbett  national park, India )


Enjoy listening…


I am somewhat of a bullshitter

my self…

but occasionally I enjoy

listening to an expert (s )..

Please carry on !!



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check your mind

Be on your guard

Pull yourself out

as an Elephant from mud…

                   ~~ Buddha



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If the mud ain’t flying

You ain’t trying…



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Go through the mud

They said

It isn’t deep

they said…



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wish your daddy

could mud 

like mine ??



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The world is 

Mud luscious


puddle wonderful…



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If you pray

for rain

be prepared for 

some mud…



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make mud

not war…



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(words: internet posters…)


A drop…






You  are not a drop 

in the ocean


You are the entire Ocean,


In a drop   ” 



                   ~~ Rumi 




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                      Think about it . Light , where would we be without it ? 

           Light we can capture it.

                          It is light that reveals,

                      Light that obscures,

                            Light that communicates.

                                       It is light I “listen ” to.

                                                                      ~~ Louis Daguerre 





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(On world photography day August 19th )






                        Each Elephant has an individual personality__

                                                    It has Joy,

                                                          It has grief,

                                                                         It has communication….




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                    ” What I dream of is

                             an art of      balance…”

                                                        ~~ Henri Matisse




Life is     Balance….



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Everything that you see as life…



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                   Everything that you see as yourself is






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                  only when it is in





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    Your body, 

               Your thoughts….


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Your emotions…



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Everything is beautiful…

      only if it is    Balance…




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                  Balance    IS  


~~ Miyoko ohno



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(words : jaggi Vasudev )


Black or White…



Now I   believe in Miracles

  And a miracle ..

 Has happened..

It don’t matter if you’re

 Black or White…. ( Micheal Jackson )



   The  T I  G E R …is the symbol of power,

   Unbridled, elemental.



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And he lives alone,

unblemished, unmarred..




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The more you know about him,

the more he gets into your imagination….



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( words : Billy Arjan Singh )


Living rocks -Jain hill – Keelakuyilkudi


Climbing over the zenith of the Rocky Mountains,

I caught my first glimpse of this bass relief,

which is arguably the most beautiful of its kind, in southern India.

And right then, right there, I was hooked…..Actually I  had fallen in love with the rock formations  around Madurai

you can see some of the photos here..

I live in madurai , a city ,in the state of Tamil nadu , in the south of India.

It is famously known as the temple city  or the Athens of the east.
Madurai is surrounded by several mountains.  Madurai city has 3 hills as its city boundary.

Yanaimalai, Nagamalai, Pasumalai named after Elephant, Snake and Cow respectively.

Many stone statues and other artifacts are present in these hill

I have been exploring these hills alone and with friends for the past year or so.

I will share photos of these  beautiful statues , inscriptions and the rock formations on these hills in the series

“ Living rocks“…

I will start this series  with…

Jain hill  at Keelakuyilkudi


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An 8 feet high Theerthangarar figure with an inscription at its foot is seen

at the cave known as in the southern part of the hillock.

(Jain scriptures define the term tirthankara as follows: the contrivance which help to cross the great ocean of worldly life is called Tirtha and the person who makes that tirtha is known as tirthankara )

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The most beautiful bas-relief of the Tirthankara in Madurai ( if not in Tamil nadu )

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A Jain temple prospered here from 1st century to 10th century with large number of students.

It remained as a worship place for Jains during 8th century.

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Tamil-Brahmi (  )    script on a boulder on the hill’s terrace.

The script is engraved on the boulder in which a drip-ledge has been cut and

beds excavated on the rock floor for the Jain monks to rest .

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Also Theerthangarar figures are seen near the spring at

the cave at the top of hillock.

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Ancient inscriptions are seen below these figures.

Central Archaeological department preserves this hill.

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Archaeologists consider that once a Theerthangarar temple should have been present at the top of this hillock.

Kings, landlords and village heads had supported this Jain temple. 

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Speaking rocks….

you just need to touch them…

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in the southern part of the hillock. Inside the cave there

are 3 Theerthangarar and 2 Iyyakki Bas -relief figures

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The smoke…



   I know , I know we’ll never forget

                                                     Smoke on the water & fire in the sky.

                                            smoke on the water…..

                                                                               ~~ Deep purple


                                                                                                                          MOSI– OA — TUNYA



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                                                                              Also known as the



                                                                                         S M O K E    T H A T  T H U N D E R S




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                                                                ” The most wonderful sight 


                                                                                                      I had witnessed in Africa “


                                                                                                                                           ~~ Dr David Livingstone



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                                                      He heard the roar 


                                                                                     still miles away……



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                        the spray from the falls rises to a 

                                                            height of over 400 m–sometimes even twice as high & 


                                                                                                                      is visible up to 50 km away !



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                                                                   The spray shoots upward   


                                                                                                            like inverted rain….



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                                                                  Its nearly 2 k m wide…



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                                       Life is too short …..

                                                         not to be in the most exciting places in the 




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                                                 Nature has it’s own way of scripting 



                                                                                                                                    her story….



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                                                I shut my eyes…


                                                                        wishing it would never end…


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                                    Every thing in this world 


                                                                         is beautiful…


                                                                                             E V E R Y T H I N G…



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( Victoria falls– Aerial shots from a chopper ) 






                                  Just  A reminder …


                                                             not to judge..


                                                                     another’s journey…


                                                                           To do yours in your own P a c e….



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Baby & I…


Dear Friends…

It’s exactly one year since I started my blog  

Living with a damaged skull

I started with my first post.”unconditional love” .(. elephants babies…

And I thought It would be appropriate to  celebrate this I st anniversary  with another post about them …

 My thanks to all my blogger friends who have supported me through out…..taken time to be here with me and also  like /comment on my posts..

The past one year has been a great learning experience  for me and I also did damage my skull ( literally  ).. 🙂 .which I hope makes me better in the coming years… :-).

This post is for you my friends…


Take care

Sriram Janak



     A wee bit of heaven

                               Drifted down from above—

                            A handful of happiness,A heart full of love…

                       The mystery of life,

                              So sacred and sweet—

                                      The giver of joy,

                                    So deep & complete.

                        Precious & priceless,

                   So lovable, too –

                     The world‘s sweetest miracle,

                               Baby, is YOU..

                                                         ~~ Helen Steiner Rice

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                  Mommy says

                                            I am cute….

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                       If you think

                                                        I am cute….

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                                  You should see my


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                        I may be small..

                                        But I am the Boss…

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                          Babies are the link

                         Between angels & man

                                                               ~~ unknown

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                         A baby is god’s opinion that

                                                                   the world should go on…

                                                                               ~~ Carl Sandburg

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                                    Sometimes the smallest bundles bring

                                                                 The greatest joy…

                                                  ~~  Unknown

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                         Every baby needs

                                                               A lap…

                                                                     ~~ Henry Robin

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                               Sometimes the smallest things shine

                                          brightest in our lives…

                                                                                             ~~ unknown

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                              Some times It’s the smallest things that

                                                                take up the most room in our


                                                                                            ~~ Winnie the pooh

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If they breath they live….



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If they live they feel….




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If they feel they love….



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If they love they are aware…



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If they are aware ..



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They have a  SOUL….



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( words : Anthony Douglas Williams )