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Angry clouds over Versailles ...
remind one of the night of 20–21 June 1791, when King Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette escaped from the palace but not from their capture and fateful deaths on the guillotines in 1793 .
Fate works in strange ways.
Every time I visit Versailles, I am awe struck by it's beauty and grandeur, but more than that by the irony of it's history. On every visit, I make sure to visit the queen's quarters, just to have the glimpse of that secret door in her bedroom chambers, through which Marie Antoinette made her escape when the angry mob raided the palace.
When she married future king, Louis XVI of France, in April 1770, Marie Antoinette could never have imagined the terror in which she would have to leave her palace in futile efforts to save her royal life.
The public turned against the royals for their riches. They were frustrate with the building of palaces and the luxurious lifestyles of the monarchs, while they suffered with nothing to eat.
Today, France makes money out of the same palaces and riches, built, collected and left by those royals, as tourists from all over the world come to marvel at them.
Monday, December 14, 2015
We live in an age of smart phones and selfies. Every other hand is busy taking pictures and sharing them. I am amazed by the quality of the pictures taken by ordinary cell phones. I am not an avid phone user myself but some time back an incident happened on social media which made an impression and I promised myself to exert more effort and invest time in mobile photography.
I am going to cross my fingers and post this picture that I captured with my new phone, hoping to learn and improve over time. I know my learning progress is going to be slow and bumpy but I am willing to try and that's what counts the most in my books. My pictures may never reach a professional level but I will always have the satisfaction that I tried my best.
I look forward to my own resolve and also the reaction of my friends on social media. I always love to observe how tender hearted encouragement motivates while cold hearted criticism chills the spirits. Humans leave such impact on the lives of others through their actions and words, voluntarily and involuntarily.