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Why I do Photography?!

My first stint with camera I remember is clicking as a kid with my Dad’s mirror-less Kodak camera with a roll inside from the age of 9. The reason was that it helped me grab a frame that would go down for eternity – as I had seen plenty of family albums with black & white images – weddings, picnics, festivals, new born kids in studios, old family patriarchs in their rocking chairs. However the ones that held my attention for longest and I considered closest were the candid images – with my dad/mom/dadi/baba,etc. looking carelessly or sometimes not even looking at the camera. Yet they came across as loveable people – that made me love them more.

Coming back to my stint with camera – though I started at age of 9 however I did not have much control over what I shot so I felt in a way I was not improving nor learning much. I did not continue it till I came in MBA course. Here as well I did not have a camera however I felt great almost high when I saw some great images of my batch-mates and that is how I came to know about DSLR – as late as 2010.

{Late it was given the international scenario however in India – the photograph enthusiasts had started owning one since 2007-08.}

All I remember is that the first thing I wanted to buy for myself after MBA from my own money, even more than good food & clothes, was a DSLR. I felt it would be my VENT for my creative energies, it would act as my correspondent for whatever good I had to share with the world apart from my professional career where not much was in my control. It would also be my friend when I travel, meet new people, look at things differently or just when I didn’t want to express anything. And voila, it has been the best friend & companion in the world so far. Words are not enough to thank it – the fact that I can go back and revisit all that we saw together & cherish memories or better find new facts while staring at a rare image makes everything more special about it.

I had to push myself to go and click every weekend in the beginning, even silly events, not so happening places, disinterested people but the importance was on building a routine, a group of self critics who push each other and in the process share some good stuff. However, that was just a beginning.

My real turning point came during April – June 2012 when I visited Cape Town and Kashmir, I saw my photography grow by leaps and bounds. Combined with a new zoom lens, beautiful landscapes, relaxed atmosphere I just delved and delved into clicking what I loved – landscapes, candid, street. The results for the first time surprised me and I knew I have something good to share with everyone else for sure.

Post that – it was Spiti that brought good from me, Delhi Archeological buildings, recently Kasol, Northeast/Northwest India and some product/candid/street shoots that I really enjoyed while exploring. Exposure to Steve Mccurry’s work makes me push more & more. Sadly 90% of other people I find in this space are simply either wannabes, non-inspiring, ill – informed about their talents and for some reason I have not been able to tell any of them honestly what I think about their work.

Why I still click – coz it has become an inseparable aspect of my life, it helps me capture something that connects my inside with the world outside and keep it for eternity, it helps me in expressing my feeling about my surroundings, interactions with people, my perspective in one frame without saying a word and perhaps also share with the world.

I wish & hope I get to cover every inch worth on the Earth & capture everything that connects with me by my camera-mushy!

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India – a method to the chaos

This statement is quite casually put to explain the way India operates to people trying to understand Indian system. Even scientifically a lot of institutions have  tried to find justification to the above statement with no consolidated results to showcase so far. But it won’t be wrong to suggest that above statement DOES explain a lot what is wrong and still correct with Indian system. Someone can hear a song – “Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani.. (Still heart is Indian despite everything).

The traffic is the first and perhaps biggest system management representation of how Indians operate, how they flung the rules, how considerate they are towards others. Not to say that everyone is bad or everything happening here is wrong as 1000+ people die everyday in India on road but as the optimist shall say 1crore+ people are saved as well :). The requirement is definitely for making traffic laws and law guardians ie traffic policemen/ladies more empowered – increase their salaries, make them more accountable, train them, help them in becoming no less efficient than an army officer or an investment banker for that matter.

Same can be said for law & order situation in India – the police administration, the judicial system are pillars without which any democracy or country will fail. In India, there are millions of ways of finding loopholes in here to find a way for yourself. A highly functioning country cannot afford to have 1 in 2 policemen who have oodles of pounds added around the tyre region who fail to empathise forget giving help to the needy. Again, a revamp with focus on their basic qualification, aptitude, attitude, fitness, salary structure is in the order.

Agriculture, Municipal societies, Education, Medical, Government services sectors are representing above examples’ chaos as well.

There have been a few sectors which have seen privatisation post the liberalisation policy of 1992 – Aviation, Telecom/Communication, IT services, Media, Food & Beverages, FMCG, Banking, Pharmaceuticals, Construction/Infrastructure are chief I can recall among others. These sectors have seen practices from abroad coming into implementation, a good level of competition to out do each other, high influx of educated youngsters joining them, consistent growth & contribution towards GDP, certain positioning at international scenario for India.
Not to stress that jobs in these sectors are in high demand at engineering, MBA and other colleges.

My country is great – nobody can deny or takeaway that from me. Am moment and again filled with the optimism for the highest notch that my country can reach. I am also one of those old school people who value the rich culture, family values, history values that my country keeps close to Her heart. Though what is required along with the Govt reforms is change of approach/attitude of my own countrymen/ladies – to not think of themselves first at every opportunity. In public places – think for the public too, while in a queue – keep your patience for others too, while driving or being driven – respect other people’s comforts/lives too.

Today, my country is highest growing nation in the world – its no mean feat achieved basis hard work of countrymen favoured by govt policies. Let us not stop till we are able to provide every single Indian anywhere in the world with clean food to eat, clean water to drink, healthy air to breathe, clothes to cover, shed to protect heads and few other basic amenities along with respect, dignity to withstand anything.

Love, Power & Amen!

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More thoughts on my last Facebook post..

About a month back I had put up a Facebook post about which I feel very strongly towards however to majority it is a touche` or tentative subject on which they do not share their honest views openly which I understand.
The post was regarding how most of my school, engineering, MBA friends end up abroad (mostly USA) and how other people here also appreciate their lifestyles more than India.
I remember it was based on my interactions with friends, their posts on social media and their in general perception about living in India.

Though I have to admit that there are others like me who are fighting it out here for logical practical work reasons and not just emotional reasons which I truly appreciate. Especially the entrepreneurs who are daily trying to make something new despite challenges are my favourite.

I thought that it is important I describe myself more here and share my viewpoints in hindsight so I can be understood where am coming from.

I do agree that a lot of recent Indian growth, development, investments, revolutions of sorts be it retail, IT, telecom, internet, e-commerce, startup culture is inspired from western stories. The learning, consumer insights, equipments developed in there have helped our adoption easier and faster.
I also truly appreciate how western market has attracted some great talent from worldwide and also appreciated them lately with so many non first-gen Americans becoming leaders of best brands.

However, it is the general hoard or the trend that gets created of every engineer, MBA or even a girl after marriage to end up in USA which I find difficult to fathom.
This is unhealthy and not required to be appreciated/encouraged blindly for sure.

India has been independent only for 68 years after 200 odd years of foreign enslavement. Even for 100 years before that (mostly after Akbar & Maratha rule ended) India has not been very assertive about its power and growth. While the world saw so many revolutions based on social, economic, political, ideological, cultural, scientific reasons – India was not allowed even a window view inside it. We were made to suffer, struggle by our non appointed rulers & guests in the name of religion, culture, poverty.

It took America also 200+ years to become an economic leader pushed by 1st and 2nd world wars when Europe damaged itself beyond repair.
India shall gain that position on the basis of its human talent(academics), manpower, young population, pro technology society and spirituality too shall play an important role. It is imperative that we learn from America’s & other Western world’s mistakes & don’t end up screwing out society like theirs. We can definitely do away with their non-human touch, almost no concern for family concepts, too much commercialism in everything.

Somehow I feel positive, it could be as our government is trying its best to make India appear as the centre of investments and talent and we are the only country that can achieve double digits growth from here on.

I love my country and I will try my level best to make it the best – nobody is taking that from me, even the best guy in the world.. He will have to be based here!

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1Year of Pooja Sharma as Draupadi in Star Plus Mahabharat

I have been quite a devoted fan of Pooja Sharma as Draupadi, Star Plus Mahabharat, Krishna & many other characters from the tele serial.. The tele serial coz it helped me understand myself and situations around me, my objectives in life better with more clarity and confidence.. Pooja Sharma coz she gave me an actress on tele series to appreciate I think in a long time..

She came out as a professional who was confident yet humble in her first job, extremely pleasing to look at plus alot to learn from.. She came across as a today’s girl/lady who we all are and is quite simple, down to earth yet professional about her job.. Plus how brilliant a performer she is about a job which she was doing for the first time and how brilliantly she adapted despite it being a mythological character that today’s people run away from..

She played a character which is well established in people’s hearts and minds with various misconceptions and false stories. Yet she came out a winner by establishing the character as strong, angry, focussed, righteous, dutiful, devoted to Krishna, loving, caring, smiling… Above all, she played the role with a lot of grace, poise… the effort showed be it in terms of the heavy jewellery, costumes she wore and carried off, the number of hours spent in getting ready for the role…the chaste sanskrit laden Hindi she had to speak…

She gave women a strong representation in the tele series and made herself an actress and a character to remember in times forever… I wish & hope that she goes on to do alot more great roles ahead and gets all the happiness in the world…

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It has been a pleasure 2014.. Welcoming 2015 wholeheartedly!

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2014 saw some awesome moments :-
– Starting with my Macbook coming in my life.. (material happiness :D)
– Surajkund Mela, Lodhi Garden, Khan Market, Jazz festival, etc. darshan around Delhi
– Amritsar+Kurukshetra+ Chandigarh travel.. Golden Temple was the high point!
– Sikkim+Darjeling trip
– Movement to Snapdeal
– Mom-Dad coming to stay for a month – probably the best
– New phone – Moto G2 + New camera lens – Prime 50mm f1.8
– New house and getting used to its ways and being blissful here 🙂
– Establishment of Mahabharat + Geeta in my heart & life – another favorite

2015 shall be awesome am sure :-
– Europe tour
– learning a new activity – santoor/animation
– becoming more happy, content & attractive looking..
– taking photography ahead in terms of publishing somewhere.. doing a few more unexplored adventure sports..
– doing new things @work – achieving new feats!
– Being less nervous, more confident, decisive, sure of oneself 🙂

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Though this could be complete duffah.. ! But still I feel it is important somewhere,somehow.. TedRobin..

Ted-Robin-ted-mosby-6880822-600-900 BkoEW2YCcAEuax_ tumblr_m46d3b2c241rnnem6o1_500Firstly..let me admit.. its stupid..
To get thoughts about your own life from a TV sitcom…a manipulated script, rehearsed lines, well thought out scenarios.. I mean no, why should you – your life is far too interesting and happening!

But I like taking the basic essence out of every situation – if its meant to be taken..
And in himym – I did find some things to take away..

  • Always be optimistic about life and friends who you truely love..
  • Never stop loving and trying to find your soulmate
  • Its nice at times to go to great lengths for someone you know you wanna see happy..though its ok to not get credit for it..
  • Always appear cool and do cool things – (The Gang esp barney takes the lead..)
  • Follow your heart and your dream..

Somehow, am not in a different space than Ted’s – I feel am honest, nice, clean hearted, love my friends n my family, always give my best in every relationship, am always seeking for that one, ready to sacrifice and take blame for my loved ones..
But still haven’t met the ONE!

I hope God hears and gives me one to end the suspense of my life’s HIMYM!

Amen!!