Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Story of Malika Chand.

There lived a schoolteacher named Malika Chand. She loved teaching and treated her students as she would, her own children. Nurturing their potential with great kindness. Her perennial motto was, 'Your, I can is more important than your, IQ.'

She was known throughout her community as a person who lived to give. Who selflessly served anyone in need? Sadly, her beloved school, which had stood as a silent witness to the delightful progress of generations of children, succumbed to the flames of a fire set by an arsonist one night. All those in the community felt this great loss. But as time passed by, their anger gave way to apathy and they resigned themselves to the fact that their children would be without a school.

"What about Malika?"  

"She was different, an eternal optimist if there ever was one. Unlike everyone around her, she perceived opportunity in what had happened. She told all the parents that every setback offers an equivalent benefit if they took the time to search for it. This event was a gift in disguise."

"The school that burned to the ground was old and decrepit."

"The roof leaked and the floor had finally buckled under the strain of a thousand little feet scampering across its surface. This was the chance that they had been waiting for to join hands as a community and build a much better school, one that would serve many more children in the years to come."

"And so, with this sixty-four-year-old dynamo behind them, they marshalled their collective resources and raised enough funds to build a sparkling new school, one that stood as a shining example of the power of vision in the face of adversity."

Note: No matter, what happens to you in your life, you alone have the capacity to choose your responses to it? When you form the habit of searching for the positive in every circumstance, your life will move into its highest dimensions. This is one of the greatest of all the natural laws. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Story of the Life of Oseola McCarty.

The most interesting and heart-touching story from the book - Family Wisdom by Robin Sharma.

Born into poverty, she grew up in a tiny house that she never left except to go up the street to buy groceries and to visit her church. She made her living washing other people's dirty laundry, carefully saving the nickels and the dimes and the quarters that were offered to her return. She never learned how to drive and she never got married – although she did say to a reporter when she was in her late eighties that she was "still looking for a good man."

Oseola lived a simple, decent and frugal life, dutifully putting aside the money that she earned day after day, week after week as the decades slipped away.

One day, at the age of eighty-seven, she walked into her local bank and was greeted by a banker who asked her whether she had an idea how much she had accumulated as a result of these small daily contributions she had been making over the course of her life. When she indicated that she had no idea, she smiled and informed her that over one-quarter of a million dollars sat in her bank account. 

Sensing that Oseola had no concept of how much money that was, the banker took out ten dimes and placed them in the counter. "These ten dimes represent your money, Oseola. What will you do with them? She pointed out to the first dims and vowed to give it to the church. The next three dimes were reserved for her much-loved nieces and nephews. And then a lovely smile came to Oseola's face as she said that the remaining dimes were to be used for something very special.

One month later, the local university in Oseola's hometown received a check from her for $150,000.00, with a request that it be used to set up a 'scholarship-fund' to help poor students fulfill their dreams. Oseola was honored by presidents and prime ministers and even received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. 

Julian's alma mater though all the hoopla, she maintained that she still wanted to live out her life in a simple and principled way. But she did have one dream – to see the first recipient of the scholarship she had created grace the graduation stage. But she confided that she never expected that dream to be realized given her advanced age. One month before Oseola died, however, the first recipient of her scholarship walked across the platform to receive her reward.

After Oseola passed away, a reporter called that young scholarship winner and asked her for a comment on the death of her benefactor. The student offered this response: "heaven couldn't have gotten a better angel. She was an inspiration, a blessing, a treasure to the entire Earth."

Note: "look at the life of Oseola McCarty," she washed people's dirty clothes to make end meet. She lived in a tiny home and was unknown to the world. And yet through her small daily acts of contribution –saving those coins over all those years for a worthy cause – she blessed the world. "What a glorious legacy this woman had left."

All we need to do to leave a meaningful mark on the world is focus on performing small acts of greatness each and every day. "When you do this, your legacy will take care of itself."

The Questions I wanted to Answer as an Amateur Photographer.

I am taking photographs completely out of my passion and always for myself to enjoy and live with nature. Over few years, I have always tried to tell some photo-story to my viewers and the magic of nature through different genre of photography. 
As an amateur photographer, I had always the privilege of interacting with many talented photographers around, discussing their work and the style of photography.

 Can you tell us something about the 'world of photography'?
Photography to me is something that appeals me so much that I see everything so very much astounding. I see everywhere and everything has a great story to express through photographs or images, which I feel speaks much more than expressing through writings, poem and so on. At this age of technology most appealing and comprehending works always lies on how creative one is and how one wanted to present that same thing in different genre, to the level where most people like it and that is photography. Photography is absolutely to play with the amount of light and one's imaginative minds. Photography always speaks the truth. Perhaps, photography to me is everything that keep me one step closer to nature.

Which photographers influenced you and how did they influence your thinking and photographing skills?
Well, to tell about the photographers; I have a long list of great photographers around the world to whom I can always trust and follow them for so many reasons. Amongst all I usually follow them on some technical aspects and the clarity of thoughts in their images. To tell closely about the photographers who has influenced me the most is; Mr. Yeshey Dorji, a bird photographer and a great blogger - only professional photographer in Bhutan, who is surviving all through his great lens. I liked his bird photo-shoots and landscape style. I liked the way he focus his camera while shooting high-flying-objects like birds. He is exceptionally good photographer to whom I can trust completely for all the times. I also like some foreign wild life photographers, landscape photographers, street photographers, magazine photographer and portrait photographers on their own style of taking images. I liked; kiran Poonacha, Praveen Mohandas, AK Sahay, Dhritiman Mukherjee, Jim Ridley, Sudhir Shivaram for birds and animals photography. And there are still some more but I couldn't name here.

As an amateur photographer, among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
I guess, this is absolutely a tough question to answer. Well, as an amateur photographer I have many in my list which I always like to remember and that is unquestionably my favorite one amongst all. I have some remarkably good photographs of birds, butterflies, landscape and portraits. I liked all of these because I have taken lots of hardship to shoot them. Sometimes I have even taken some hours to get them focus well unto with my lens. I have loads of sacrifices and hardship while shooting them. I have most of the time sacrifice my Sundays, family times and leisure times in going out for shootings into the wild. Because as a photographer it is always important to shoot any objects in its natural settings which needs stacks and stacks of patience and consistency at hand.

Can you tell us something on 'natural settings' and the type of gears you use to shoot outdoor objects?
Like I said, before someone can lend you a hand, you must touch their heart. And touching someone's heart ultimately comes through generating their full trust. So, is for photography? While taking pictures/images if you cannot touch someone's heart and the eye, it's useless even if you enjoy the most. Because ultimately viewers or the readers that matters the most for any work; be it writings, fine art, gallery work and photography. First, it should always touch the heart of the readers/viewers. However, coming to natural settings, it's so simple to define or say it here. While doing birds or animals or butterflies shooting it's important to shoot where it naturally feeds or lives in; birds usually appears best on the tree branches, dead log, piles of stone, river water and so on. Butterflies on the leaves, sand, small twigs and flowering plants are some of the natural habitats, which they appears natural. As a photographer, it's wise to shoot in natural habitats, natural texture and in the best frame. While I use simple Canon DSLR with kit lens and zoom lens (55-250mm) as of now and planning to get better one in future. 
 How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of the camera onto the film in just the way you wanted?
Every photographer develops their own shooting strategy in their own unique way be that high flying objects, animals, landscape or portraits. Understanding how each photographer develops their particular style is important in figuring out your own approach to photographing. For me, taking a shot is no different for any objects be it person, place, things or high-flying-objects, I take it every new approaches, controlling all technical aspects - ISO, F-stop, shutter speed, metering and so on and camera angles to get the images done technically attractive and conceptually rich. I have refined my skill as an amateur photographer by taking many, many pictures over the years. I have developed my eye for making and critiquing images by listening to the frequently-critical input from my viewers and many talented photographers I follow. I usually and always try and attempt to photograph only those things I know I can photograph well and those things I am interested in photographing.
As a beginner into photography world, what exactly you want to say with your photographs and how do you get your photographs to do that?

For a beginner like me, what I usually think is different photographers have different mission and the end goals. The most successful ones are those who can consistently get their work done the way they wanted it to be. As for me, most of my work is for self-photography, for self-satisfaction but in the best of all, I wanted to tell my viewers that there always lies some meanings of its own kinds. I also try my best to create photo essays, photo-story in their own levels. The others are for celebrations of special places, Dzongs and festivals and most secrete places around. But I don't know how far I am closing in for the ideas, story and perseverance I am trying to tell them through my photographs, for all of my viewers through some education books, personal-blog-page and mostly through social networking (Facebooking)

What was your career path? How did you get yourself in being an aspiring photographer and a school teacher?
What I know is, any photographers are not born fully as a skilled one. They start out as unskilled and they reach to their goals through education, motivation, luck, networking and determination. I started out as a simple landscape and a portrait photographer. After gaining some confidence in handling camera focus and some technical aspects. Of late, I started to like for birds and butterflies photography which needs lots of good skills and patience. Now coming to my photography and a school teacher; I manage both equally. I feel my photography is not hampering my professional life till date. Honestly, as a school teacher having some good ideas/skills about photography has been always better - it helped me some time to go beyond mundane teaching. I usually share some good aspects of nature around, world of photography, my passion for photography, importance and scope of photography which has helped me so much to bind my lessons. Because what I know is that everyone may not be able to go for higher education pertaining to so many reasons. One can go for it, if he/she wish to. I believe life is not only running after education and earning through government jobs, etc. It lies completely in individual hand; how one wanted to make a living; it can be through any - hand, mind and eye skills?

How can you manage family life and photography? Is there any family restriction over your passion?
What I usually think is, most important part in life is not what you get from it, but what you give to it. Life is all about helping each other and understanding someone's deep committed hearts and most importantly the feelings. It is always better to commit  oneself from the deepest core of the heart to governing the rest of the days with the simple and basic fundamentals of life proceedings. I always keep in mind that I have is a helping and lovable family to whom is shouldn't be neglecting with my deep passion. When I am alone at home, I go for photography outdoor by asking a special permission for an hour or so. When everyone is at home, I talk to them, I make them understand that I have a good mood to go and take some beautiful images. I also tell them in advance that next day or next weekend I am going for photography to such and such places for some hours and accordingly I planned for my schedule. And sometime when my wife is free I ask her to go with me for photography outdoor for some hours and that is how I balance my family line and giving my passion. While, to tell about the restriction; there are many but not so prominent, initially I have faced fairly tough time making my wife understand that I am so crazy about photography and wanted to buy a camera where I can shoot even the high-flying-objects. It was hard times convincing her about giving my passion but after some long months or so she finally understood that love photography so much. To tell little more about the restriction - even my brother restricted me from buying such expensive camera; on why so much, simple can work for family. Maybe at that time he have not understood my passion but anyway I got it one through this and that restriction and I am happy but I always wanted to update better camera body and lens is all my future wish ( 400-500 mm).

What motivates you to continue taking pictures of different levels of your choices?
This is an important question for any photographer to consider. Even if you do not take photographs for money; clarifying why you do it and what you get out of it and what bothers you for the photography is extremely important. As for me, I do photography out of my passion and likes. I finds this activities the most appealing and most productive for me particularly. Because I can relate life one year, five years, ten years, twenty years and so on from now. I always keep in mind that things get change and this kinds of documentation records will help me keep all things alive throughout. I can say how the things has changed in front of me through some images or through writings. I produce my light studies because my favorite thing to do as a photographer is to get up early, go somewhere to new location, experience fresh air, watch the early light unfold and have little adventurous life. Obviously, I think one best way to get close with nature is only by walking into the wild, experiencing peaceful wildlife, bird watching on their natural habitats are very important aspects that pulls me one step closer and inside into the world of photography. The beautiful nature around has always motivates me to take images and explore wild even more every time I go into the wild. 

My few advice would be give your passion, when you have energy and ability. Never stop at one point, if you have any kinds of such deep passion within you. Simply giving your passion doesn't make you down nor will it waste your time.  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dream One Ended - Manas Park

Source: google. Location of Manas Park
In school, I was taught to locate Royal Manas National Park on Bhutan Map by my Geography Teacher Twelve years before and I am making myself in the same Location Twelve years after; to explore and experience on what is there in the park - animals, birds, whatever? 

The specialty of such places can only be felt when one start to love for Nature. For which, it is the greatest ointment of the Universe.
Journey to Manas Park
At present Royal Manas National Park is marked as the biggest, oldest and the world's biologically outstanding park around the Globe. It is the conservation showpiece of the Kingdom. It serve as an innate bank, home for many prized species of - plants, endangered animals, birds and butterflies which no other country have one in their list. 

It also serves as the main biological corridors to other national parks. It lies along the baseline of Manaschhu covering an area of 1,057 square kilometers. It provides shelters and supplies the most clean and copious life survival oxygen and carbon dioxide to animals and plants respectively. 
Perilous boat to cross to reach Manas Park 
After class ten I have left the subject but doesn't mean I have forgotten the Location on the map. I know the importance of the parks, zoos, land features and river system even though I have never studied like Park Manager and Specialist to work in such places. It means that I have left the subject not by my ability, I have left for my own betterment – because chemistry, physics and mathematics was in my favor and rescued me to persist in life.    
Butterfly in Manas Park
It was the beginning of 2010 when I first started to love nature, I always wanted to explore wild, wanted to study about the nature, habitats and behavior of animals, birds and butterfly species. Nonetheless, I always wanted to stay more focus with nature to nurture me throughout.

Perhaps, as a boy I have a deep passion to visit such places, I have always grown up into the place where abundance of Flora and Fauna have surrounded me. And chirping sounds of the birds and its beautiful nature have always pulled me into the wild and constantly inspires me to be its part; to save form danger and to its extinction.

In 2013, I got my first placement to Zhemgang, a place where my ancestors have never been to the place. Perhaps, I am making my own history. Because there are many special things which no other place have in hoard – very secrete Buli Tsho, traditional heritage village, most scattered settlement, extremely unique Kheng culture, Royal Manas National Park, twin waterfall and Rafting are some of the most treasured things for the people of Kheng and to the visitors.

Of course, it lies not so far away yet there always lies greater challenges to reach to such places because we consider it as the secondary wants and likes of an individual. For a common man reaching to such a great place is usually very rare and complicated at time in life. Yet, this time without any rebuff I made it done lavishly. 

Elephant in Manas Park
Although, it was long standing, tiring and bumpy journey yet I made it perfectly. While making a visit to the place I got to see the location, land features and vegetation the most. 

To say the place is richly populated with highly endangered species of animals, birds, butterflies and varieties of plants which no other country has in the world, which Manas has today. As a nature lover I felt extremely joyous and happy to be in the park. 
Lizard in Manas Park
I am thoroughly confused now. How many of you are as enthusiastic as me to pay a visit to such places through perilous road conditions and tight daily schedule? Do we need to save all of these endangered species in such park only? While the rest of the world is running short of such places for hi-tech advancement, it looks like we are going to be the world hub centers in such preservation, it's good for us anyway.
Butterfly in Manas Park
The park was well maintained, guarded and preserved not only for wild animals, birds and plants. But, also well secured surroundings for visitors. If anyone dream to have the facilities to hold night out with families, loved ones and friends and wanted to experience life beyond the call of normal activities, you can always lease a homely facilities on campus guest house for a night or two. 

Anyway, my number Two Dream is to visit 'Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary', and what is your NEXT dream?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Memories of Lower Kheng

Boating experience to cross the Manaschhu

Rein-deer at Royal Manas Park

Elephant at Royal Manas Park

Dragon fly at Royal Manas Park

A twin water fall