Photographer's Note

Myanmar, a buddhist country, is home to millions of monks. The recent protests by the monks has reminded me of those peaceful monks whom i've met in Myanmar, who led simple lives all these while, but could now be in the streets, protesting against their oppressive military govt.

I dedicate this photo to them for their courage, and hope that they will be protected and comes to no harm...

Now, from the photography standpoint, i took this picture in Mandalay. Perhaps, some might not like the "chopping" of the head. To me, the religious robes is a symbol of monk-hood. It doesn't matter how a monk looks like. While some might argue that the shaven head is a symbol of monk-hood too, not all monks shave their heads. Color of robes becomes irrelevant here as monks from diff countries don diff color robes. But at the end of the day, the mind and the robe is all the monk has, despite it's color.........

Mandalay is not exactly a travellers' favourite destination. It's quite true that it's dusty and boring along the main roads. However, i find roaming around the narrow streets near the jade market to be rather interesting. You walk past huts, canals and teahouses. Locals chit-chatting outside their huts, children playing games conjured from their creativity. Mandalay is not exactly that boring to me after all.....

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