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Happiness lies within

I saw this gentleman contently playing his violin in Battery Park, New York in November 2008. From afar I could hear bits and pieces of the piece he was playing and it sounded real familiar. As I was exiting the park I walked across him and I realized that the piece he was playing was Jana Gana Mana, and more often than not he was playing with his eyes closed. He made it soulful. I don’t know what was the reason for my goosebumps – the emotion of pure content on his face, or the fact that he was playing the Indian national anthem. I felt patriotic.


  1. Posted 8 Feb ’11 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    He plays national anthems according to people around him :)

  2. Mahesh
    Posted 8 Feb ’11 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    not all buskers are homeless.

  3. Posted 8 Feb ’11 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Love the expression…happiness lies within! The question is do we have the courage to seek and follow it.
    Love your blog. Good to see you here after so many years back in Hyd

  4. Posted 9 Feb ’11 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Rishi dada! :) It’s been a long time indeed!

  5. Posted 11 Feb ’11 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    hmm the b&w tone does give it that extra boost…gr8 portrait…

    • Posted 12 Feb ’11 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Radhika – actually this photo did not look as good in color and so I went B&W. :) Glad you liked it!

  6. Posted 15 Feb ’11 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Nicely captured, and good choice of BnW

  7. Posted 17 Feb ’11 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Rahul! :)

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