Monday Mornings

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AAhhhh.! Life had been a crazy ride past few months. Beginning of a residency in surgery means end of many important things. Things thats define you, make you stand out. Things that you call your own. Habits that you love, people you couldn’t live without, passions that breathed life into you every morning. All that snatched away from you bit by painful bit.

 

Anyways, but that doesn’t keep me from stealing some moments for myself and find peace in what I love doing. Exploring.

 

I’m really glad to share that the picture above has made it to a group exhibition of amateur /professional photographers held in Pune which goes by the name Drushtikon.It’s held by members of Photographers @ Pune a thriving community of more than 5000 people spread all over the world.The exhibition is about bringing out the often missed but special, breathtaking moments we all see around us and frozen in the artists mind and lens.

About the picture above : I feel jealous looking at the work environment of this gentleman. It’s a working day and he has the pleasure of basking in the morning light, opposite to most of us, who spend their day breathing recycled air, chained to cubicles.

This picture was clicked in the lanes of Dharavi, the second largest slum in the world, and home to most of Mumbai. Potters of Dharavi are mainly migrants from other states like Gujrat and Rajasthan and earn their living by working round the clock making and selling earthen wares at minimal prices. Besides they are also an important ingredient of the “Bhelpuri” we call Mumbai.

Hope to see you around : New art gallery, Ghole Rd. Pune.

Image.Thanks for dropping by.

 

The great Indian rope walk.

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A little girl performs by the street on occasion of Mahashivratri, out skirts of Mumbai.

Chasing Clouds.

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My fascination with cloudscapes goes way back, before I realized what the words camera, photography, landscape, exposure stops and shutter speed meant. Even before what watercolors, oil on canvas, acrylic and crayons meant. To the time when  mass of water particles in air meant more than home work, milk, early sleep and shining shoes.

I still feel my emotions turn watching the theater of the sky. The eeriness of grey clouds, the jubilance of fluffy summer skies, the drama of fast pacing stormy clouds, the obscure mysterious veil of the morning fog. I would be ecstatic at my trips to hill stations like Matheran when my dad would say that we are walking through clouds, and after I walk out he would show me the cloud we just came through.

Clouds have also been the subject of art since long. The full moon hiding behind a thick curtain of evil black cloud is parallel with a bad twist in the following tale. We have grown seeing flowing clouds, fighting clouds and fluffy clouds on Windows logos for a long time.

p.s. at times I feel like gulping down one whole big candy floss of pure white cloud in one go!!

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Street Exposure.

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My notes on shooting on the streets….. (find the complete post under “behind the lens menu” above)

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So, what did I learn from shooting the streets?  Can you do it too? Here is a quick roundup:

  1. Stop being scared: Many people ask me that how do I walk up to complete strangers and ask them to click their pictures. The secret lies your eyes and your smile. Eye contact, a smile, a little bow of the head is the non verbal permission that works for me most of the time. We all want to be famous, known, admired. When you click someone’s picture, unless they are in a helpless situation, such that of pity (beggars, lepers, handicapped or such) people generally feel flattered, admired, important. So they are more than happy to welcome you. Works better than any pick up line ;-)……..Click here read more.

Gift of Grandparents

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Another great collection from Steve Mccurry.

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. 
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.  
- Alex Haley

YUGOSLAVIA-10070

Slovenia

 

TIBET-11031NF5

Tibet

 

AFGHN-13678NF

Afghanistan

There is no grandfather who does not adore his grandchild.
- Victor Hugo

MALAYSIA-10014

Malaysia

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.
- Welsh Proverb

MALI-10043

Mali

A grandparent is a best friend, teacher, cheerleader, and counselor.

SRILANKA-10087, Sri Lanka, 12/1995, Boy Reading with mother in temple.

Sri Lanka

Something magical happens when parents turns into grandparents.
Their attitude changes from “money-doesn’t-grow-on-trees” to spending it like it does.
- Paul Linden

ITALY-10199

Italy

 

INDIA-11429

India

 

PHILIPPINES-10070

Philippines

Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us,
as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends,
and hardly ever our own grown children.
- Ruth Goode

TIBET-10818

Tibet

A house needs a grandma in it.

- Louisa May Allcott

GERMANY-10035

Germany

It is…

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Beauty and the beast – Pictures from Gudhi Padwa Festival 2013.

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Beauty and the beast – Pictures from Gudhi Padwa Festival 2013., originally uploaded by VISHAL TOMAR.

More pictures here : www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.518713228184855.1073741…

Velas – A ride back in time.

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It’s a funny world we are living in these days. We are the chaos. We live in an environment made completely by us, but un fortunately, against us. We cut trees, grow deserts and invent air conditioning. We build atomic clocks and measure nanoseconds, but don’t find enough time to play, sleep, eat, relax, love. Meeting friends and family without any business  is now ridiculed as waste of time. We have the world’s information at our finger tips, but no clue of where are we heading mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically…..Read the complete post, click on the picture, or here.

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