Imperfections….

This flower is not perfect. If I wanted to capture a beautiful lotus flower, I probably would not have chosen this flower…

Its petals were drying and dropping off, it had spots on the newer petals and even the leaf looked old, aged, wizened by veins…

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Yet, this flower drew me to it. Faced with a pond full of flowers, it was only after returning from my trip did I realise that I had photos of only this flower…

It was then I realised that its very imperfections had captivated me…

We humans are marred by imperfections. Maybe that is why the ancient Vedic verse talks about ……

This flower is not perfect. If I wanted to capture a beautiful lotus flower, I probably would not have chosen this flower…

Its petals were drying and dropping off, it had spots on the newer petals and even the leaf looked old, aged, wizened by veins…

Yet, this flower drew me to it. Faced with a pond full of flowers, it was only after returning from my trip did I realise that I had photos of only this flower…

It was then I realised that its very imperfections had captivated me…

We humans are marred by imperfections. Maybe that is why the ancient Vedic verse talks about ……

असतोमा सद्गमय ।

तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय ।

मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥

 

asato mā sadgamaya

tamasomā jyotir gamaya

mrityormāamritam gamaya

 

From ignorance, lead me to truth;

From darkness, lead me to light;

From death, lead me to immortality

The verse is almost saying lead me from imperfection to a perfect self….

However, is being imperfect such a bad thing, don’t our scars and would define us, and make us who we are…

Yes, striving towards perfection is a beautiful goal, but until that utopia is reached, we should understand and accept our imperfections…

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Santosh Namby

A lover of Nature who loves photography and works as a Civil Servant, Santosh Namby Chandran has been a photographer for several years. Starting with a point and shoot 35mm film camera from canon to progressing to a film SLR and then a DSLR, his photographic journey has been a long one, filled with immense learning. Trained as an Ecologist and a Civil Servant, he merges his worlds and moves seamlessly though the corridors of power as well as overgrown jungles. An avid trekker and hiker, he has a penchant for shooting butterflies and birds...

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