Whenever I see a closed door, I am in a fix. An urge from the child inside me to knock at it and vanish. And the more sensible adult urges me to let it be.

Jokes apart!

When I was in Chaukhandi of Hazrat Khalil Ullah in Ashtoor, Bidar (where this photo was taken), I saw a woman praying, with her young son playing around. She seemed to be ailing from health issues and she had chosen to knock at the doors of faith. There were other people praying too, and every one of them seemed to be ailing from health issues. All of them had chosen to knock at the doors of faith.

Doors… big, small, wide, narrow, fake or real. What is behind them? Something good, or virtuous? Or something sinister, promiscuous may be?

Aren’t they more like choices that life throws at us?

And knocking on a door is like trusting, you wouldn’t know if you trusted right, until you have trusted. Correct?

The doors we get presented by life are there for a reason. So, knock at that damn door, and see what it presents before you. In simplest terms, be inquisitive. Try everything!

Sensible Advise: Do not go knocking at closed doors literally if you are not fast on your feet or, not ready to face the consequences once caught, or both.

In frame: The door in the side alley of Chaukhandi of Hazrat Khalil Ullah in Ashtoor, Bidar. Hazrat Khalil Ullah was spiritual advisor of Mughal Emperor Ahmed Shah.

VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Yes, you can share this work with proper attribution. But, please seek permission before using this work (not including the photo), partially or fully. YOU CAN NOT USE THE PHOTO. Believe me, asking is better than ending up in court or facing public shaming on social media. Thanks for understanding.

© Amrit Panigrahy. All rights reserved.

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Written by Amrit Panigrahy

Amrit is a freelance photographer and a storyteller.

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