I often wonder what purpose does a statute hold in our lives? I captured this picture with a statute of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, the last king of Jaipur in Ram Niwas Garden.
Maharajah Man Singh II was extraordinary in many ways. Trained at Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, England he became a Maj General and offered his services in WW II. He was a passionate polo player and served as an ambassador of India. There are many more things that I can write here, but the question is does all that matter to anyone anymore?
Humans have always resorted to ways in which they will be remembered even after their death. The building of statutes probably owes its origin to this basic concept. In many cases, statutes are built by their relatives years after their death in commemoration. While it means nothing to the current generation, often, they have served as a reference point. One of the best examples is the Egyptian civilization as are many other excavation sites where historians have been able to link events and lives.
We all are mortal and the fact is that we only remember people who have touched our lives. More so if someone has made a positive impact. I feel posters, statutes, books, and all other forms have a limited appeal. In this context I would like to share these excellent lines which I read somewhere, written by Joybell C.
Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.
It was a chance event where I could capture this beautiful sunlight and the statute. I love the symmetry of the shot. Finding a clutter-free frame in public places is very difficult especially in cities like Jaipur which is always buzzing. What are your thoughts on this picture and life? Do share your opinion.