Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge : Houses

This post is in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge and the theme for this week is “Houses”

….  big, small, lighthouses, birdhouse, firehouse, dog house, doll house or toys.  Houses can be anything we live in or animals or even our dolls.  The possibilities are endless.

Sounds cool ! So, here comes my clicks for houses.

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A house in Paradfurdo, Hungary (Year 2013)

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A house near Swiss-French border (Year 2012)

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Lighthouse of Fort Aguada, Goa, India. Fort Aguada is a seventeenth-century Portuguese fort (Year 2014).

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Birdhouse, Paradfurdo, Hungary (Year 2013)

I hope you like these B&W photos. Let me know your feelings about my clicks in the comments section. I’m eager to get your feedback.

Bench Series : June (Art Effects)

This post is in response to the Bench series #26, which is a part of the Bench Photo Challenge hosted by the blog TRAVEL WORDS. The theme is very specific, which I find very helpful.

The challenge says :

This month I want to see photos with some post-processing – use your imagination, it can be subtle or bold as long as it includes a bench or even part of a bench!

So, I will go for “part of a bench” in today’s post. Do not forget to let me know if you liked it or not !

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Spain (Year 2014)

This photo was taken in the historic old town of Requena in Valencia, Spain. I have used GIMP photo-editor to apply an effect of canvas to this photo.

Paula’s B&W Sunday Photo Challenge (June 28)

This post is in response to Guest Challenge: How to Tell a Story through B&W Photography given by Allan in Paula’s blog Lost in Translation as a part of Black & White Sunday Photo Challenge. Paula has already responded to this challenge. Attracted by the interesting topic of this B&W challenge, I am also sharing a few monochrome photographs clicked by me. The one-line stories that these photographs convey (according to my imagination) are presented as the captions of these photographs.

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Oh my friend ! Swimming is so much fun ! (France, Year 2013)

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I’m gonna build a castle… (India, Year 2014)

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Focus… (India, Year 2014)

Let me know your views about my clicks ! Thanks and keep clicking.

“Bound by life” by Arpita Pramanick

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Title : Bound by life

Author : Ms. Arpita Pramanick

Genre : Fiction

Arpita Pramanick’s debut collection of short stories “Bound by life” is a delightful read because of its range, emotional force and for the sheer beauty and power of its language. This book presents a diverse set of ten short stories which will keep the reader guessing from page to page. The stories are about life and death, love and loss, transition and growth, jealousy and kindness. Arpita’s prose is clean and evocative, the stories are exciting, and the characters are beautifully observed.

Among the ten stories, my personal favorite is “The Silent Victim”, which is a story of a young girl Deepa, who had experienced sexual harassment in her childhood. The story is such that every Indian woman will be able to relate herself with the central character Deepa. The following two lines from the short story gives a moral support to all those young ladies who have been through similar experiences.

She is done giving them the benefit of doubt all the time. She is done thinking it is her who has been judging the
touches wrongly. From now on, every touch that feels wrong is wrong.

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“Bound by life” will make the reader think. In this book, the author proves herself masterful at creating nuanced characters in only a few pages with a writing style all her own. The stories are captivating, subtle and honest portraits of Indian lifestyle. I truly believe that these short stories make a phenomenal collection.

Arpita maintains a WordPress blog, Scribbles@Arpita and a Facebook page, Fictionally Yours.

“Bound by life” can be purchased at Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X6VG3B0/

Lastly, I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.