WPC: Weight(less)

Can you see how the slaves are sitting down after carrying the palanquin for so long?

When you fall from above, you feel so weightless, at least until the parachute is opened.

God and Calling

“The reality is that the Lord never calls the qualified; He qualifies the called.”
― Henry T. Blackaby

PS: Posted for Julie’s Travel photo of the week. Saw this Buddha along with the phone at Sokkhak Boutique Resort, the hotel in Siem Reap where we stayed during our vacation. Couldn’t resist posting this with the quote 🙂

Have a great week ahead!

Apsara

Apsara’s are a main attraction in the temples of Cambodia. But we, Hindu’s already know about them. Because these celestial beauties are part of our Mythology. They are depicted as such beautiful women that even Saints fall for their charms. They were irresistible. Vishwamitra, a well known saint, falls for the beauty of an apsara (Check out the wikipedia for his story… it’s quite interesting 🙂 )

These photographs were taken in one of the temples during our visit to Siem Reap. My friend and I even tried to imitate the first photograph to see if we could do that pose. It was funny and luckily, that portion of the temple in Ta Prohm was empty. So no one was seduced by our charms 😛

I love the delicate features etched around these apsaras like they were painted on a canvas and then framed.

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” – Coco Chanel

PS: Posted for this week’s Julie’s Travel Photo prompt.

Belief

Cambodia

“This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins”.”

― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

One of my very favorite photographs from Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taken in Bayon Temple. I could have centered it by moving little bit to the right, if I had been planning on it. Saw this at the last moment when we were about to get away from the place and took this very quickly before I regret not doing it. Nevertheless I am very happy about this photograph. Something about the idol sitting all proud and majestic (can you see the smile?) amongst the ruins (or whatever is being restored of that) is very endearing to me.

WPC: Careful

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Taken in Bayon Temple in Cambodia. There were so many of these stones that were stacked in even (or was it odd) numbers so carefully on each other it was amazing how they were standing at all. Apparently, it is based on some local belief.

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This was taken in Bali, where we had been to Uluwatu to watch the Kechak Dance. This actor playing the character of Hanuman (from Ramayana) had to play the part where he sets fire to Srilanka. It was done very carefully, that even the closest audience do not get any burns even when the actor has to throw those burning stuff everywhere. See the guy with a broom at the back ? Many such co-actors (or rather singers infact) had to immediately step in and clear the burning embers away from the audience.