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… was shot at McLeod Ganj, home of Dalai Lama.
I first came here in the middle of 2009, about four weeks after I left Varanasi where I endured a month of heat. In fact, every day I was there, the high for the temperature was above 45°C. I kept staying because, “If 1.5 million Indians who stay here can handle this heat, so could I.” I am from Malaysia where the temperature would never go over 38°C but I’m just a stubborn person who chooses what to give up and running away from Varanasi wasn’t one of them.
When I was in Varanasi, I saw and felt the Hindu faith. I wanted to feel that again and that was what that brought me to McLeod Ganj, to see and feel the faith of Tibetan Buddhism.
I didn’t stay at McLeod Ganj but a village about 2.5 kilometres away called Bhagsu. Why? Higher altitude and a lot cheaper.
I thought I would stay there for about a month and move on to see other parts of India but I ended up staying 3.5 months there and used up my Indian visa.
I have been there 4 more times spending about 15 months there in total. But, on my last trip there in 2016, when I left, I told myself that I would never come back.
When I first started travelling in 2008, I met a seasoned traveler who told me he would never go again to a place I wanted to visit. When I asked why, his response was, “Because I wanted to remember the place the way it was.”
Same case for me with Bhagsu and a few other places in other countries.

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I really hope that I could back to Nepal early next year, if everything permits.
Being there between January and April is like being outdoor in air conditioning. Not too cold and definitely not hot.
It will be my 7th trip to my favourite country to visit where in the first 6 visits, I have spent more than 1.5 years in total. Nepal is a country that has taught me a lot, especially patience.
How do you get better at anything? Practice. Practice. Practice.


ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

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... but this time in Kolkata, India.
When I first went to India in March 2009, due to cheap flight from Bangkok, the first city I went to was Kolkata. Interestingly, the city really prepared me for what India has to offer. This is how I would describe India:

"India, either you love it or you hate it but you would never be indifferent to it."

When I was in Kolkata, I met many western tourists who would say, "I can never take the rickshaw. I cannot be sitting and having another human being pull me. I cannot do that to another person."
I would reply, "If you don't take the rickshaw, then they cannot make a living. However little money they get, they need to work for a living! Hardly any welfare or unemployment benefits here!!!"

ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

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… is uncropped and in very high key.
When I over processed the photo shown in the first comment, I copied the settings to this photo. I like it.
Out of the places I have been to, Pokhara, which is in Nepal is my #1 favourite place. I have been there five times and have spent nearly a year in total there. I hope to spend more time there in the future. I am aiming to go there again in early January 2021, if Covid-19 permits.

ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

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Varanasi, or Benares, or Kashi is the place where I took this candid photo. Apart from being a very holy city for the Hindus, Varanasi is also a very photographable place. I would recommend the city to photography enthusiasts visiting India as is a very good place to boost photography confidence, as it did with my confidence.
Please check out my Varanasi album to see the photos I took there. My top two most popular shots were taken in the city.
If you have only one place to visit in India and yet you want to have the full intensity of an Indian experience, go to Varanasi where faith meets filth and your life would change forever.

Thank you very much for all the views, faves and comments on my stream of “Beauty in Simplicity” photos where through timing, framing and settings, I try to make everyday life everywhere look beautiful.
Touching lives through photography… That is what it is all about.
Thanks again and have a wonderful week!
Take care especially with the Covid-19 pandemic going around!

ps: As usual, forever and ever plugging my one You Tube video.

ps: I noticed that the views are higher than normal. So, out of curiosity, I clicked on Explore. It's at #1. My first Explore since 2007 and my tenth #1. If, anyone is curious about the other nine, click on aji01 on my tags to this photo. Btw, ajganga means photos with river Ganges in the photo.

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