Strategic Thinkers vs. Creative Thinkers

by admin Aug 13, 2009 Add comment

Ancient India had a good balance between Strategic and Creative Thinkers, while modern India, with it’s focus on professionals like engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc., seems to have lost its creative thinkers.


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India 61

by admin Aug 15, 2008 Add comment

India 61

Happy 61st Independence Day Everyone, and enjoy the wallpaper.

Download: 1920×1200

All images used in the wallpaper were found on flickr.

Photo Credits:

Andhara Pradesh – Kaleda1, Arunachal Pradesh – Camera School, Assam – Electic.Man, Bihar – C Departure Lounge, Chattigarh – Sathiyan S, Goa – Frederick Noronha, Gujarat – Tetyana Pryymak, Haryana – Suz Kosh, Himachal Pradesh – stuartie_c, Jammu and Kashmir – Jaipal Singh Bandral, Jharkhand – DER Documentary Educational, Karnataka – Balasubramanya, Kerala – Salvador Fornell, Madhya Pradesh – Fabian, Maharashtra – Umesh Kale C, Manipur – Marcus Fornell, Meghalaya – Dluxphoto2
, Mizoram – Ahinsa Jain, Nagaland – Paulus Veltman, Orissa – Walter Callens, Punjab – Seema K K, Rajasthan – Photo Sadhu, Sikkim – artattak, Tamil Nadu – Jerry Dohnal, Tripura – Marisa y Angel, Uttar Pradesh – Lizzie E, Uttarakhand – Trinitas Imaging / Ooodit, West Bengal – Dipanker Dutta

Union Territories
Andaman & Nicobar – Marco Manieri, Chandigargh – Vishal, Dadra & Nagar Haveli – Gera, Daman and Diu – Owen Stache, Lakshadweep – Seemant Saxena, Delhi – E. Zarwan, Puducherry – Hunter wolf

Tiger – Manu, Peacock – Taylor Hain, Mango – catarticflux, Banyan – Fairen Berchard, Lotus – Annie D, Flag – Ankilien

India60 Wallpaper

Love, Friendship, and Art

by admin Mar 17, 2008 1 Comment

A letter Ansel Adams, an icon of landscape photography, sent to his friend Cedric Wright on June 10, 1937

Dear Cedric,

A strange thing happened to me today. I saw a big thundercloud move down over Half Dome, and it was so big and clear and brilliant that it made me see many things that were drifting around inside of me; things that relate to those who are loved and those who are real friends.

For the first time I know what love is; what friends are; and what art should be.

Love is a seeking for a way of life; the way that cannot be followed alone; the resonance of all spiritual and physical things….

Friendship is another form of love — more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting and acceptances of things like thunderclouds and grass and the clean granite of reality.

Art is both love and friendship and understanding: the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of things. It is more than kindness, which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is a recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the interrelations of these.


India 60

by admin Aug 15, 2007 8 Comments

India 60
When it comes to milestones, sushtipurthi or completion of 60 years, is special in India. Today, India has been independent from its brutal colonial rule for 60 years. In the grand scheme of things it’s a small time frame in contrast to a region rich with traditions, religions, languages and history whose lineage dates back thousands of years. But from our frame of reference, 60 years back; regardless of all our internal tussles and disagreements on various fronts, we have held ourselves together and are moving forward in gargantuan strides.

However, 60 years later, as we emulate and toil to be at par with developed nations, the real India seems to lurk in the background, whether knowingly or unknowingly, safeguarding the identity that makes us who we are. That real India of my childhood, that real India my grandfather–Marthandan Narayanan–fought the British on the battle fields of Rangoon for, and that real India which still exists in its numerous villages and towns.

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.

60 years since Nehru spoke those words, it seems we are at another junction, where we step from the old to the new. Maybe 60 years from now that real India might not exist anymore; so for this 60th Independence Day, I have put together a wallpaper of images of people from all parts of India, in a way trying to see the real India in the faces of its people.

Happy 60th Independence Day Everyone, and enjoy the wallpaper.

Download: 1920×1200 | 1680×1050 | 1600×1000

All images used in the wallpaper were found on flickr. The only place I could not find a photo for was Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

I would like to thank the following photographers for having taken such striking images of India and its people, and especially for sharing and granting me the permission to include their images in this wallpaper. There are 40 photos used in this wallpaper, and I have 32 approvals for image use. For those photographers I haven’t heard back from, I apologize for jumping the gun and releasing the wallpaper prior to receiving consent, as I had to get it out today. If you have an issue with your image being in the wallpaper, do let me know and I will remove it immediately.

Andhara Pradesh РShreyans, Arunachal Pradesh РSandeep, Assam РSanzen, Bihar РKshitiz Anand, Chattigarh РKewal Raipur, Goa РDotspiral, Gujarat Рherv̩ Blandin, Haryana РRick Quesnberry, Himachal Pradesh РNaroki, Jammu and Kashmir РJaipal Singh Bandral, Jharkhand РPrema Sagar, Karnataka РEli Shams, Kerala РJules, Madhya Pradesh РAkshay Mahajan, Maharashtra РR K Menon, Manipur РMoruoak, Meghalaya РSeema K K, Mizoram РJohn Paite, Nagaland РWalter Callens, Orissa РAaron Ohlmann, Punjab РRaminder Pal Singh, Rajasthan РMirjan Letsch, Sikkim РAbhinav Toshniwal, Tamil Nadu РKangan Arora, Tripura РRodrigo Bravo, Uttar Pradesh РClaude Renault, Uttarakhand РMar00ned, West Bengal РAlberto Lizaralde

Union Territories
Andaman & Nicobar – Sebastin Iratuza, Chandigargh – Dey Alexander, Daman and Diu – Ikuko Yamada, Lakshadweep – Sam Akhtar, Delhi – Sam Stearman, Puducherry – Yan Seiler

Tiger – Kurian Jose, Peacock – Ju Urrutia, Mango – Mahesh Khanna, Banyan – Scott Weber, Lotus – Bryan McNair, Flag – Nav a

Worth a 1000 words: Akshay Mahajan

by admin Aug 27, 2006 10 Comments

Enterprise Part Deux :: by Akshay Mahajan
Enterprise Part Deux

What we are seeing are not pictures, they are a view of an artist who just happens to use a camera to record moments that 99% of us don’t see. His talent is up there with the best.
– from the testimonials on Akshay’s flickr profile

In this edition of “Worth a 1000 words”, I feature Akshay Mahajan, a young talented photographer from Mumbai, India. A photographer apart, his vibrant images not only captures the beauty within India, its people, and its way of life; but also opens our eyes and mind to the splendor in things once thought unattractive and uninteresting.

Illustration Friday: Match

by admin Aug 18, 2006 3 Comments

Nothing fancy, just something simple for today’s Illustration Friday topic: Match.


Illustration Friday: Capture

by admin Aug 4, 2006 4 Comments

The idea started out as a trapped butterfly, and evolved into today’s entry for Illustration Friday topic: Capture.


India Through Flickr – Uttar Pradesh

by admin Jul 6, 2006 2 Comments

Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, is the next stop in our journey across India through Flickr. This is a big state, the fifth largest state in India, to be precise, and home to many famous Indian cities: Lucknow (capital), Varanasi, Mathura, Agra, Kanpur, Haridwar, Meerut, Ayodhya, Sarnath, Mussorie, and Dehra Dun.

Worth a 1000 words: Jan Von Holleben

by admin May 25, 2006 Add comment

Dreams of Flying :: by Jan Von Holleben
Dreams of Flying

The idea just came one day… and made my photographic thinking very easy..
and I so much love it!
Working 2Dimensional is just great!

My inspiration comes mainly from music and my friends.

Jan Von Holleben

Illustration Friday: Angels & Devils

by admin May 12, 2006 4 Comments

Yin and Yang inspired entry for today’s Illustration Friday topic: Angels and Devils.

Angels and Devils

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