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Travel Photography | Bridging The Gap

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

( Jawaharlal Nehru )

I really wish I have more time to spent here in Agra, I wish I have more time to play around with this lovely kids around this small alley, India is not all about Taj Mahal, it’s a about life, we can see a big gap between the fortunate and the unfortunate people here. Traveling really is about bridging the gap between humanity, to be more understanding among each other. No matter who we are, where we are, we are still a human.

Traveling really open up m mind, broaden my perspective a about life, and not to mention “correct” my mindset. I used to believe that life outside Taj Mahal was beautiful, I mean I used to believe that the area around Taj Mahal is as beautiful as Taj Mahal himself, I used to believe that Taj Mahal was surrounded by a beautiful garden, modern looking architecture but I was wrong. Nevertheless I did nt for a second regret coming here, in fact I have another plan to come back here, to spent more time here outside the seven wonder of the world more than inside the The Taj Mahal.

I have to admit that I did not fully explore this Taj Ganj area fully, I just have a brief look about the life around here. I like this area, I like the people around here base on my personal experience, maybe some people have bad experience here but for me, I have a great experience. I can say that I feel safe walking here alone, maybe because this area is pack with backpackers and are heavily monitored by the police, like everywhere else in the world we must take precaution, we must be alert all the time, crime do happen in my home country, crime do happen in Kuala Lumpur as well. I think the only place that are truly safe is in heaven.

I think the more we travel, the more we know about each other better, the more we know about other people culture, no matter how many travel books that we read, no matter how many hours we spent watching National Geographic on the television, there is no substitute for real world experience, watching television or reading books is just one way communication, the writer of the books have their own perspective base on their attitude or personality, same goes to the television, the cameraman or the crew have their own perspective, have their own angle of view and maybe have their own agenda be it good or bad.

The only things to find out about the truth is to experience about some particular place first hand. Don’t judge a book by its cover, and don’t judge whether some countries were bad than the other before you visit the country. When I get back home, among the question that people asked me is whether it is safe to travel to India, I would say it is safe. The people are friendly, there are also people who wants to take advantage of you, there are also people who like to cheat on you. We are not in heaven, we must be realistic, we must be optimistic, the truth is there are a lot more good people in the world than bad ones.

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