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Asha 5K run

Asha 5k Chicago Run, a set on Flickr.

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Asha’ translates to Hope in many Indian languages. Asha for Education is an organization which represents the hope that this generation will bring the liberating force of education to the underprivileged children of India.

Asha funds educational initiatives and projects that for under-privileged children in India. The organisation comprises of 73 chapters worldwide that fundraise and support this objective, focusing on the strong belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. Through the efforts of our 100% volunteer-run team, we have funded nearly $17 million dollars in project funding. Our team is committed to changing the face of rural education in India. www.ashanet.org/chicago/index.php

Indian Ocean liveRahul & Sushmit Indian Ocean Live @ ChicagoIndian Ocean LiveIndian Ocean liveSushmit Sen ~ Indian OceanHimanshu Joshi ~ Vocals
Hille ReMa RewaRahul...flickeringJugalbandi (Sushmit, Rahul & Himanshu )Amit Kilam ~ DrumsIndian Ocean Live
Rahul Ram ~ Bass Guitar / VocalsRahul Ram ~ Bass Guitar / VocalsIndian Ocean Live

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Indian Ocean is an Indian rock band, considered to be the pioneer of the fusion rock genre India. Band members Susmit Sen (guitar, vocals), Rahul Ram (bass, vocals), Amit Kilam (drums, gabgubi, recorder, other percussions), Himanshu Joshi (vocals), and Tuheen Chakravorty (percussion), and (late) Asheem Chakravarty have collaborated on the albums Indian Ocean, Desert Rain, Kandisa, Jhini, Black Friday,16/330 Khajoor Road as well as composing the soundtrack for the highly acclaimed Bollywood film Peepli Live.

The band’s unique sound of contemporary rock mixed with classical, jazz and fusion has earned them a cult following. Themes of Indian Ocean’s songs are related to sufism, shlokas, environmentalism, and mythology.

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Photo of the day on Light and composition Magazine

As the clouds were setting over the horizon, it was beautiful sight to see the kids play in the open ground with the skys floating in the background. This picture was taken during the Holi festival in Lemont, IL.

Technical Info: Canon EOS 50D | Exposure: 1/160sec at f/8 | Focal Length 18mm
Photo of the Day Award Category: Street Photography

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Eyes of a child...Happy New Year 2011Memory is a way of.....InfiniteWandering CloudBlooming
Buddha ~ DhyanPeace,love and devotionMysore Palace on eve of Dasara (Vijayadashami Dussehra Day)Some people feel the rain...~Innocence ~These eyes ...
Red TulipIt's my life (explored)LonelyMithapur - PatnaWhile my guitar gently weepsHiding behind the sky
See the world through our eyes ..As we walk together...Be thou the rainbow ...It's GreenHope !!Old lady

Most Interesting, a set on Flickr.

Some of the most interesting images from my collection

Bourbon ClubBourbon StreetAlligatorHarrah's CasinoFrench QuarterNew Orleans Musical Legends Park
Bold & BeautifulWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps

Louisiana ~ New Orleans, a set on Flickr.

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Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties. The largest parish by population is East Baton Rouge Parish, and the largest by land area is Cameron Parish.

Some Louisiana urban environments have a multicultural, multilingual heritage, being so strongly influenced by an admixture of 18th century French, Spanish, Native American (Indian) and African cultures that they are considered to be somewhat exceptional in the U.S. Before the American influx and statehood at the beginning of the 19th century, the territory of current Louisiana State had been a Spanish and French colony. In addition, the pattern of development included importing numerous African slaves in the 18th century, with many from the same region of West Africa, thus concentrating their culture.

The Eye Dream on ...dreamerAlways YouKiddoRoadshowAweee!!
Angel's smileLittle masterSweet child o mine...ParadeKids in actionFriends
All Alone ...Will you still hold me tomorrow ...As we walk together...Play timeMan and the machines !!IMG_6482
Big MacCrown FountainGoing greenBy the Green RiverHope, joy and faith..What an umbrella !!

Portraits & People, a set on Flickr.

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Some of the interesting images of people around

A day of new life...TalakaduThe poetry of the earth..Flower offered of itself...Joy descends...To sit in the shade on a fine day ..
The Amen of nature is always...Evening SilhouetteTake me to the shoreAll things are artificial, for nature is the art of GodBe thou the rainbow ...Kapila Cauvery River
Happiness is a Swedish sunset...Be thou the rainbow...Circle of LifeLet nature be your teacher

Talakadu – Jaladhama, a set on Flickr.

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Talakadu, a tourist place unexplored by many, is a beautiful place surrounded by the temples of Lord Shiva. Talakadu is on the banks of the Kapila Cauvery River. On the western side you have backwater of Madavamantri Dam at Madukuthore, 4 kms from Talakadu.

This Old GuitarHarley SkyviewShow me the lightA New Day..Rising Sun & Chhath Puja
Peeping through the dark clouds..Blooming..We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.  ~Ben SweetlandShow me the light at the end of the day..Holidays....Out in the sun..
Sleeping Child ..Sunshine..Midnight MoonLife in the fast laneHare KrishnaBeacon..
Light my fire ...light my firePortraitWhat's Up!!Mirror viewDestination Nowhere

Random View, a set on Flickr.

Konark Sun TempleEveryday :)World of Infy ~ BhubaneswarGood Luck CharmLife is like a rainbowKonark Street
Sadhu“A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn.”Konark Sun TempleKonark Sun TempleHappy New Year 2011Could never have loved the earth...
Sadhu BabaSun sets over Konark Sun TempleKonark Sun templeKonark Sun Temple ArchitectureKonark Sun Temple ArchitectureKonark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple WheelKonark Sun Temple WheelKonark Sun Temple ArchitectureKonark Sun Temple ArchitectureStaring at the sea...Konark Sun Temple Wheel

Odisha (ଓଡିଶା), a set on Flickr.

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Odisha (Oriya: ଓଡିଶା), previously known as Orissa (Oriya: ଓଡି଼ଶା), is a state of India, located on the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal. It is the modern name of the ancient nation of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Maurya Emperor Ashoka in 261 BC. The modern state of Odisha was established on 1 April 1936 at Kanika Palace, Cuttack, as a province in India.] 1 April is therefore celebrated as Utkal Divas (Odisha Day).

Evening CloudUdayagiri & Khandagiri CavesView from Udayagiri & Khandagiri CavesSkyline ~ Udayagiri & Khandagiri CavesUdayagiri & Khandagiri CavesUdayagiri & Khandagiri Caves Architecture
Udayagiri & Khandagiri CavesChota Hathi GumphaView of Bhubaneshwar CityCoupleUdayagiri & Khandagiri Caves ~ EntranceHill Top
Udayagiri & Khandagiri CavesUdayagiri & Khandagiri CavesLost togetherUdayagiri & Khandagiri CavesUdayagiri & Khandagiri CavesUdayagiri & Khandagiri Cave-5
Ganesh Gumpha

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Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves One of the earliest groups of Jain rock-cut shelters, the caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills) command a unique position in the filed of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. The two hills rise abruptly from the coastal plain, about six km west of Bhubaneswar, separated by a highway.

Called lena, in the inscriptions, the caves of Udayagiri and Khandagin are essentially dwelling retreats or cells of the Jain ascetics, opening directly into the verandah or the open space in front. Mostly excavated near the top of the ledge or boulder, they simply provided dry shelter for meditation and prayer, with very little amenities even for small comforts. The height being too low, does not allow a man to stand erect.

Each cell was tenanted by several monks. The cells are austerely plain, but their facades are encrusted with sculptures depicting auspicious objects worshipped by Jains, court scenes, royal processions, hunting expeditions and scenes of daily life. The austere later additions, when Jainism no longer enjoyed royal patronage in this part, show 24 Jain tirthankars. At present, all the important caves have been numbered for to avoid confusion in nomenclature.