Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

My top 5 silhouette shots, in random order:

We aren’t allowed to photograph the original at the Museum, so we have to make do with replicas. Here is one of David at Piazzale Michelangelo, Firenze.

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, is best associated with the bustle of traffic around the lake and crowds of people enjoying the breeze. This is a rare sight of people meditating amidst all that chaos:

Buddha is one of those forms that lend itself beautifully to silhouettes. One of my favourites at Borobudur, Indonesia:

Photographing exotic orchids at Singapore’s Orchid Garden can get tiring for the eyes and the feet. Then when I lay down on the ground, exhausted, I had to raise my arms for one more click:

This may not be the best silhouette shot, but it is my absolute favourite, bringing back memories of a wonderful trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia. A sunrise cycling trip, and we were looking at the wrong side until Souvik decided to walk around the monument, then rushed back to let me catch the view just in time:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

Some natural and some man-made wonders:

The scenic beauty of Vietnam is something I can never stop gushing about!

Halong Bay

The spectacular limestone ‘Paradise’ caves:

Emerald rivers amidst rice paddies and mountains:

Almost as spectacular man-made structures – Mughal architecture in India in all its glory!

Lal Qila (Red Fort)

Sikandara (Akbar’s Tomb)

Humayun’s Tomb

Taj Mahal (Shah Jahan’s Tomb)

And finally, an expression of wonder:


The last of my Alphabet series, ending conventionally on Z for Zippo lighters, mostly replicas of those seen during the American war. You couldn’t really tell, except in the museums (and thousands of Hollywood movies), that this was a battle-worn country just a few decades ago. The people are among the friendliest, the landscape gorgeous, the food interesting for most (I have limitations), and our year-and-a-half spent here was a soul cleanser! I found an apt zippo lighter to express myself:



Girls in Vietnam are the heart of the nation, it’s most attractive feature. They are a potent combination of good looks, charming personality, strong work ethic and responsibility, and overall smartness. My personal view is that their only dependence on men is for making babies (and taking photos, of course). You see girls everywhere, from waitresses to sales people to construction workers to street vendors to farmers to business owners.
In all of this, they don’t lose their feminity; for the Vietnamese women it’s beauty first, and babies soon after! Don’t ever be surprised to see road work being done in high heels, or 3 layers of clothing in summer to prevent tanning, or face masks to protect the lipstick. And that petite girl who cleans your house is actually a 40-year old mother of 2 teenagers. Break the ice anywhere simply by taking your baby along, or just admiring someone’s nail polish. Meet a stranger and quickly ask personal questions about how many kids, or why not married yet. Bargain for lower prices by giving the lady a hug.
The outcome is that you see empowered women, making a bright and happier country.