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Contest Entry: Aungon Nag Radon

February 18, 2013
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We're sharing the contest entries from our Photos of Home grad student photo competition.

These photos were taken in Bangladesh and are from Aungon Nag Radon, Computing Science. He writes:

Photo 1: "Cleansing Heart", taken in Tangail (my home town)

Sacrificing animal, locally known as “boli”, is one of the common religious practices among Hindus in Indian subcontinent. In this foreign land whenever I go celebrating “Durga Puja” (the biggest festival for Bengali Hindus), I miss the moment of sacrificing an animal. Though it’s generally believed that sacrificing animal will help worshipers get the blessings of the Goddess Durga, the inherent meaning is to sacrifice the evil within human souls.

This photo symbolizes the positive aspect of sacrificing animal from the point of view of Bengali Hindus. Most of us are still unaware of this holy fact.

Photo 2: "Beauty and Pride", taken at Jahangirnagar University

This flower is not akin to others; it symbolizes the beauty and struggle of a nation. Its vibrant color represents the inner anguish of struggle for freedom; but, deep down in the core it contains peace. This is now the national flower of Bangladesh that became independent through a bloody struggle in 1971.

Though I have not seen the liberation war of 1971, this magnificent water lily reminds me of the history whenever I see it. In a nutshell, I have selected this photo as it signifies the natural beauty and historical background of Bangladesh to the rest of the world.

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