IIn this hundred and eighteenth archive story by Kristian Bertel, we are visiting the popular destination Nashik in Maharashtra, India. Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
Slow living or laziness is a lifestyle that emphasises a slower approaches to aspects of everyday life in India. It has been defined as movement or action at a relaxed or leisurely pace. It is suggested that a fast-paced environment can resemble a chaotic nature, whilst the notion of 'slowing down' in slow living implies that people would be able to enjoy life more and be more aware or conscious of sensory cues.
Slow living or laziness is a lifestyle that emphasises a slower approaches to aspects of everyday life in India. It has been defined as movement or action at a relaxed or leisurely pace. It is suggested that a fast-paced environment can resemble a chaotic nature, whilst the notion of 'slowing down' in slow living implies that people would be able to enjoy life more and be more aware or conscious of sensory cues.

Muthe Ln portraiture

So many of us do not take time to stop and smell the roses. We scarf down a great meal just to get to dessert, just to get to the wine, just to get to bed with an overly full stomach. We are always thinking about the next great thing instead of living in this wonderful moment that is right now. When we start living in the moment, we want to take advantage of it.


What is the main cause of laziness?

Laziness may manifest as procrastination or vacillation. Studies of motivation suggest that laziness may be caused by a decreased level of motivation, which in turn can be caused by over-stimulation or excessive impulses or distractions.


Laziness in India
Depending on your background and beliefs, the import of being lazy will likely differ, but ultimately, it is a term that tends to carry a negative implication about not pulling one's weight or not doing things when other people are doing a lot it also tends to imply that a person does little to improve themselves or their living standards. As seen in the portrait taken near the Muthe Ln in Nashik, India, the man seems to have had a long day and he just felt like sitting there doing nothing and he is doing it with pride. As the photographer walking around in Nashik for hours he was also thinking to sit wherever he felt the most comfortable, put his feet up, lean back and enjoy the sensation of doing absolutely nothing. He should not think about all of the things he has to do later or worry about how much he is being judged and he should think about something that makes him smile or nothing at all.

"Laziness also known as indolence is disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to act or to exert oneself. It is often used as a pejorative"

Laziness may reflect a lack of self-esteem, a lack of positive recognition by others, a lack of discipline stemming from low self-confidence, or a lack of interest in the activity or belief in its efficacy. Laziness may manifest as procrastination or vacillation. Studies of motivation suggest that laziness may be caused by a decreased level of motivation, which in turn can be caused by over-stimulation or excessive impulses or distractions and these increase the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for reward and pleasure. Next time you find yourself thinking about the past or the future, draw yourself back into the present. Whether it is the scene around you, the food on your fork, or the music in your ears, let it show you how cool it is to be walking Earth and living. Sometimes stopping and slowing down can give us the energy to take advantage of what we have at our disposal.

Marathi culture in India
The photograph was photographed in Nashik in Maharashtra, one of the most popular destinations for the pious Hindus, Jains and Buddhists and also known for its association with the epic Ramayana, Nashik where the portrait was photographed is not only has an ethereal and spiritual quality about it but is also a touch point for tourists who wish to explore its interesting forts and a unique center that offers courses in Vipassana. It is also one of the most up-and-coming cities in Maharashtra with a vibrant culture and entertainment ethos.

The state is the third largest state of India has a long history of Marathi saints of Varakari religious movement, such as 'Dnyaneshwar', 'Namdev', 'Chokhamela', 'Eknath' and 'Tukaram' which forms the one of bases of the culture of Maharashtra or Marathi culture. Maharashtra had huge influence over India under the 17th-century king Shivaji of the Maratha Empire and his concept of 'Hindavi Swarajya' which translates to self-rule of people. The state of Maharashtra spans multiple cultures which includes cultures related to Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians and so on Lord Ganesha, Maruti, Mahadeo in form of Shivlinga, Khandoba, Kalubai devi and Lord Vitthal are some of the deities worshipped by Hindus of Maharashtra. Maharashtra is divided into various regions, such as Marathwada, Vidarbha, Khandesh and Konkan. Each has its own cultural identity in the form of different dialects of Marathi language, folk songs, food and ethnicity.

The people of Maharashtra have a rich traditional heritage and they have a very simple life style and believe in hard working and the Marathas of the state do not believe in having too many spacious palaces and mansions in-fact these people have lived a hard life and were inclined towards freedom struggle. The rustic lifestyle of the people can also be observed in the country-side of the state where people have a belief on universal cult of brotherhood, where the people of all religions live as a one community. A place where the revered saints like Sai Baba, Osho and Haji Ali preached the religion of peace and prosperity. Hinduism is the largest of India, with almost eighty percent of the population identifying themselves as Hindus. The people of the state wear different colorful types of costumes, and there is variation in dance and music according to people's specific localities and dance forms like 'Powada', 'Banjara Holi Dance', 'Lavani' and 'Koli' are popular in Maharashtra.

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India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of a man in Nashik. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.