Tuesday, May 31, 2011


ON NATURE'S VELVETY BED: A Ladybird insect resting on soft, fresh, velvety red rose petals. Location: Shoghi forests, Himachal Pradesh.

Yes, Himachal Pradesh is indeed unforgettable. I had been on a vacation to this wonderland since the last 20 days, and believe me I got to see a place like no else. Himachal is a heaven for a nature lover, really.

Look at the opening photograph, and you'll know everything. And on this page you get a golden opportunity-- seeing Himachal sitting right in the comfort of your home. So get ready for a photographic series of the breathtaking Himalayas, as you have never seen them before.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Photograph: A baby Macaque holds tightly onto his mother as the mother keeps an eye over any danger or potential harm to her child.
Location: Bhangarh, near Alwar, Rajasthan, India.

The ancient Indian scriptures say that there is nothing in this world that is real; that which is only real is the Lord Himself, and He is present on this earth in the form of the Mother.
Just think over everything your mother has done for you: she's helped you in standing on your own feet when you were so vulnerable and fragile; she taught you how this world functions, how knowledge is attained, that your fears are unfounded-----the list is endless. In a nutshell, she taught you how to exist.

Its not just a single day of the year when we Google "Mother's Day" and read the Wikipedia over the origins of this day and that how it is celebrated in different parts of the world. In fact, each and every day of our lives is Mother's day-- would we have existed without our mothers? If you do not get the point, look deeper into nature.

Mother Nature has given birth to all flora, fauna and the human species. We all are Her children, aren't we? And see how she showers her love and warmth on all the inhabitants of this earth-- on all her children. Mankind has in fact, being playing in the lap of Mother Nature since its beginning.

In the animal kingdom, motherly love abounds; and you may have seen mother birds feeding small insects to the blind baby birds; then the mothers teaching the baby birds the technique of flying; the mother bears protecting the baby bears, the tiger moms lovingly playing with their cubs, and baby monkeys holding onto their mothers on highest of the tree branches. 

Look at the opening photograph of the baby Macaque with her mother. Look deeper into the baby's eyes. What do you see? You see curiosity and fear; anxiety and worry. See how tightly the baby is clinging to his mother. No glue can ensure a stronger hold! Now look at his mother, you see fearlessness and her alertness over what's happening around her in the interest of the safety of her children. And you would be able to literally feel the love for her child radiating from her soul.

Though we can never repay back our mothers for everything that they have done, we must learn from the animals how love is reciprocated and mothers respected and loved, even as the child grows with time. Animals are known to recognize their parents even when they have left the safety of their homes. I always think  we can learn everything, even the subtlest of the behaviors and emotions from animals. If they can love and respect, if they can rejoice and lovingly embrace their mothers and children, even we humans can.

So, dear reader, let us celebrate this wonderful day, in fact each single day loving our mothers and caring for them.....HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!
(Would you like to add something to the discussion? Comments are always welcome!)
Devaang Jain