Diwan-e-Aam, Agra Fort, Agra
A result of earliest manifestation of Shah Jehan's love for marble, Diwan-I-Am or Hall of Public Audience was the place where the emperor addressed the general public as well as the nobility. Constructed between 1631-40, it is situated close to Machchhi Bhawan. The huge assembly hall measuring 201' by 67' has flat roof and two arched red sandstone gateways to the north and south. The façade has an arcade with nine bold arches and the hall is divided into three aisles. Though the building was constructed in red sandstone, yet it had been plastered with white shell plaster to resemble the white marble. The raised rectangular chamber from where the emperor addressed the people was ostentatiously ornamented.
Here is a quick reminder of what’s ahead in the future: “By 2022, most people in mature economies will consume more false information than true information.” - Gartner
Although you will usually catch me reading newspapers, reports, insights from research, financial data, etc. I have realized how critical it is to always double check the source and the information that gets out there. Quicker doesn’t mean better, a tweet from CNN or Fox News doesn’t make it right or accurate, and a quick notification from your favorite news site on your phone doesn’t mean that what they are reporting has been confirmed. The current president ran a campaign on “fake news” but I don’t blame the news source, or even him for running a campaign on denying every report about him. I blame myself for taking in anything that people tweet, post, and report. Don’t get sucked into a world where people will manipulate your mind and perspective by feeding you the wrong information. It may be an error or mistake, it may even be on purpose, but your job should be to always inform yourself from multiple reliable sources, and make a smart decision based on that.
One of the things I envy about India in most cases is that people will do everything to earn a basic living. There's no such thing as disability allowance for the poor. On our way back from Savitri Temple in Pushkar I was greeted by the little girl on the left. At first I was unsure as to what was happening and then suddenly it hit me. I felt embarrassed, shocked and caught off guard. She was blocking my path and dancing right in front of me to earn money for her family. I reluctantly gave her a 100 rupees (around £1) as I didn't want to encourage her to continue doing what she was doing. On the other I knew the money would make her stop. I started to walk away but something just didn't feel right. I kindly approached her family and request for a family portrait in exchange. This next part is what really made me laugh. I showed them their family portrait from the back of my camera but as I was about to walk away again the woman in the picture demanded that I pay her. I assured her that I had given the little girl 100 rupees to which she replied in english: "Not my children".
Kuzey Kore'den döndükten sonra bana en çok sorulan sorulardan biri, "Fotoğraf çekmek serbest mi?" oldu. 🤔 Kısa bir cevap istiyorsanız "Evet". 🙌
Ancak her şeyin ve her yerin fotoğrafını çekmenize tabi ki izin verilmiyor. Yasak olan ve fotoğraf çekimine izin verilmeyen pek çok yer var. 🇰🇵🚫
Esasında bazı ülkelerde de geçerli olan, asker ve polislerin fotoğrafını çekmeniz yasak. Askeri bölgelerin, uçak içerisinde hosteslerin ve bazı binalarda devlet görevlilerinin, yerel halkın gittiği alış-veriş merkezlerinin, yerel marketlerin ve birkaç yerin daha fotoğrafını çekmeniz aynı şekilde yasak.
"Peki, çekerken gördüklerinde ne oluyor?" Bazen kibarca, bazen daha sert bir şekilde çekimin yasak olduğu hatırlatılıyor. Benim şahit olduğum iki üç yerde çekilen görüntüler kontrol edilip silindi. 📵
Sanılanın aksine her çektiğiniz fotoğraf birileri tarafından kontrol edilmiyor. ❗️