"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Part I - The Monkey Holds Its Thorny Fruit.

I've had enough time to...   see the monkey holding the thorny fruit

Taken in a Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. The monkey was still holding the fruit when I left.

The monkey holds the thorny fruit
It hurts its hand
But it won’t let go

It does not know what to do
Except it desires it
And it knows not why but

The Monkey holds on to it obsessively
And its blood
Stains the floor

That was how I found the monkey
In the temple
Still holding the fruit
A century after


  1. A 1000 Reasons
    I was in this Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal when I chanced upon the statue of this monkey holding a thorny fruit. I would love to know the story of the monkey and the thorny fruit but I've wandered off from the crowd (as always) and there was no one to enlighten me. But I find it fascinating and lingered on a while and wondered what story is there to tell. So in the end, I took the liberty to tell my own. Maybe someday someone would chance upon this and tell me its original story.

    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    Perhaps one day someone will:-) for now just make your own story,
    I think if you google the name of the temple something might come up,
    Great piece of art, excellent shot! have a great weekend!

    This photo was invited and added to the PHODDÁSTICA!!! ® group.

    jm - Bollingen
    Bonita & Beautiful

    Sweet image.


    Ah, the monkey knows the secret you see. . . Although the fruit is harsh and prickly on the outside it is sweet and juicy on the inside. :-)

    henrhyde (gill)
    Great portrait capture
    As usual ---great words from you !

    ★Onasill added this photo to his favorites.
    :-) This is wonderful. Excellent angle for the view.

    ★Steve Taylor (Photography) and i_still_believe_in_u added this photo to their favorites.

    a fine work of art, nice composition!!

    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    Beautifully photographed

    ★ΞSSΞ®®Ξ added this photo to his favorites.

    Excellent theme and interesting image! Fascination.

    profound observation.
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  2. The monkey, I believe, is Hanuman, who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The fruit is Indian-apple. The flowers are sacred to Shiva.

  3. Fruit also known as Indian thorn apple. Original story about Shiva and the fruit in the link below. Enjoy! :)


  4. Thank you kismet for helping to find the source of the fruit. Interesting reading. Don't even know there is such a flower and fruit. Thanks!

  5. dodagp
    Outstanding and intriguing bronze exhibit Thou !!!!
    Well-sculptured lines and shapes of a half man half monkey statue holding a thorny fruit resembling a huge land mine.
    That's the magic of Art.Inspired creators using symbols to express advanced ideas and sacred meanings.
    Do you think that we have to do with a forbidden fruit here,Thou ? But,it is thorny,if it was forbidden it would have a more tempting look,I suppose ... It must be some sort of a great symbolism.Probably,a God holding a fruit with seeds that symbolises life and the spiritual food. Looking forward to a possible answer it might come up,my friend.
    I like your themed composition and the glimpse of the outside open space in the background.

    It is easy. He is thinking how can I open this fruit.
    ( oh, I know, I am only an european :D)
    ★ho.ge added this photo to her favorites.

    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    ★Nikita_70 added this photo to her favorites.
    I just love the simplicity of your poetry!

    good one

    Good suggestion from Steve to google the name of the temple.... it's significance in the courtyard might well be mentioned. Perhaps its a sacred fruit. Your distance perspective of the world beyond is an interesting comparative detail.

    Awesome shot.

    Yasmin de light -
    Lovely find and perspective in this shot Thou. A very interesting take on this image - which to me seems to suggest on the one hand, of our inclinations to sometimes hold onto things that do nothing but continue to hurt us. This could be anything from a hurt that you can't forgive or certain habits or even people which might not be the best for us. On the other hand it could also be holding on faithfully to a belief or in support of something with the knowledge that beyond the prickly outside, there is a soft and tender side that needs to be reached.
    Having said all that, to me this also looks like he is holding a giant lychee fruit - which I really hope is not so sharp as to make him bleed lol. And from a purely, practical perspective, I also imagine he is contemplating on the deliciousness of the fruit and on trying to figure out the best way to get to the soft fruit. : ))
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