The Bali verses

Writing about Ubud is like writing a poem. You wish you had a lyrical tone to it somewhere or your sentences can somehow magically rhyme to convey the sensual flavours you’ve just experienced.

To me walking into Ubud was like walking into a painting. The lush green rice fields painted the perfect backdrop to the architectural marvels on display. But that’s hardly the end of it – it is the beginning.

Ubud is like a flower, and to me, I was the one smelling each one of its petals – each of a different colour.  The feeling can’t be described by words, it can be somewhat described by some photographs. When I processed them, they spoke a story to me: of the colours of life, the beauty of simplicity, the transcending power of beliefs, and the juxtaposition of them all to evolve the fabric of life. I wanted the images to each tell a story, but then thought what was the need of it all? Does life need to have a meaning at the end of it? Does it need to tell a story? Do I need to describe each step of my journey and every rationale for my action?

And so I’ve let these images communicate in a way you understand them to me. A few additional facts give the smell of context.

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Ubud Monkey forest which was once built to highlight how we as humans need to coexist with animals

 

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Celebrating sensuality as one a force essential to the creation of life:  Ubud’s monkey forest
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And how we may sometimes play around with the definition of sensuality

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Yama, the ancient Hindu god noting our life’s deed for the ultimate judgement: Ubud’s Monkey Forest
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Ganesha’s purification pool, which to me seemed to be taken over by Shiva – the force of destruction: Ubud’s Monkey Forest
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The Goa Gajah or the 11th century Elephant Cave is a UNESCO World Heritage site, houses a Shiva Linga inside celebrating the force of destruction
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The Balinese woman who offered prayers on my behalf at the Goa Gajah
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One of Ubud’s prettiest rice field Tagalalang
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A tribute to the movie Eat Pray Love that was shot in the rice fields of Ubud
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The local artist’s view of Tegalalang
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The photographers raw encounter with the rice fields, Tegalalang
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Balinese dance show at the Ubud palace
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The Ravana dance in Ubud palace. The context here was the demon finding the forest all to himself and dancing to celebrate it
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The Art Market in Ubud. To me the woman was prettier than the things she sold
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The Tirta Empul Tampaksiring or the Bali Holi Spring Water Temple. Built in 942 AD, Tirta, or holy water known in Balinese, has three purposes in life: Tirta Gering, for cleansing bad spirits. Tirta Merta, for attaining prosperity. Tirta Sudhamala, for purifying one’s soul
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An artisinal Batik production place
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Coffee plantations around Ubud
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Known for capturing the Lemak, that eat coffee to produce the world’s most valuable shit..
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…which is then processed to produce the world’s most expensive coffee: The Lemak Coffee. My Italian friend however still swore by the Italian one
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Simpler mortals like me however preferred the local assortment of teas: Rice, Ginseng, Honey, Ginger ..
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Street art in Ubud

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. gargee bhattacharjee says:

    very enriching article apoorva….keep on “scribbling”….

    1. 🙂 Thanks for the sweet words Gargee! Hope you’re doing well 😉

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