The wanderers.  #1

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” A journey is measured in friends rather than miles” – Tim Cahill

This is an attempt to share all the interesting stories of people I’ve come across while on the road .

One at a time.

We often bump into  a lot of people everyday. Some interesting, some outright rude. Some cunning and some sweet as honey. Nevertheless, for a brief moment,  two lives intersect each other.

Generally while traveling we’re more receptive to strangers.

I like to chat with the locals and hear the tales of their  childhood. The fables of the land. The beliefs built by that human being over a lifetime.

Meet Steve Young. This gentleman from New Zealand was traveling bare feet.! I was flabbergasted as a layman and intrigued as a doctor. Upon enquiry he told he’s a farmer and has been living bare feet since many years. Except winters when it’s impossible to do so. His philosophy is that he likes to feel one with the earth. He wants to feel the vibrations and wants the magnetic field of earth to pass through him. Shoes act as an insulation.
His feet were calloused with years of exposure. I forgot to click his feet. Besides, I have no way to send him this picture. Hope the world wide web comes to the rescue.

Prisma power, go get it.

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Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!
~Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Out of nowhere comes a Russian fellow, 25 year old Alexey Moiseenkov, on 11th June of 2016, adds a drop called Prisma in the vast ocean of photo editing apps, and lo and behold, social network is flooded with self portraits in the style of Van Gogh, Picasso, Edvard Munch, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Raoul Dufy, Piet Mondrian, Mosaic, Francis Picabia, Camille Pissarro, Heisenberg, Hokusai and more. This little piece of digital wizardry takes the photo sharing scene by a viral splash of color and leaves you wondering where was all this art in the world hidden till now.

The most exciting thing about the app is that it has bought so much impending artwork lying in people’s cellphones, mainstream.

It has made historic art work styles and artists house hold names. Now folks can separate Picasso from Van Gogh and tell impressionist from a mosaic.

Here are some interesting facts :

  • Prisma uses artificial intelligence to analyze each picture and turn it around. Unlike a lot of present day apps, it does more than just play with color values and add overlays.
  • The algorithm was initiated in Germany and and a 9 memeber Russian company Prisma Inc. modified it to make it usable on a large scale.
  • The artwork is made online, so it does suck up your data and battery.
  • Its a stiff competition to Pokemon Go.
  • More than 650 million pictures have been processed till date.
  • The app in no. in 77 countries.
  • Beware of similar rip off apps online. Prisma is by Prisma Inc. and a black triangle in a circle logo.

What makes me wonder is that how an app has turned fine art into assembly line mass produce-able entertainment for momentary consumption. Now anyone can envision a painting and if you can snap it, you can be the owner of a brand new artwork in the classic styles of the legends.

At the same time what distances it from real painters, like any mass produced product, is the lack of uniqueness that each painter carries. The expression that each real painter, apart from the 35 or so filters, creates on canvas. The real artists don;t have a filter in their head. They develop a visual language in which they express after long observation and practice. So, if you’re not already smothered with all the Prisma clogged color dabbed ‘artworks’ around you, you soon will.

In the meanwhile, some fun links :

Lastly, why not join the ‘have-Prisma-will-upload’ brigade. Here are some of mine.

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Thanks for dropping by..!

would love to see some more art in the comments too..

 

 

 

 

Prabalmachi 2016

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Charity begins at home. So does adventure, I guess. A little trotting off the tar road can lead you to an environment devoid of honking horns , death defying traffic, polluted poisonous air, mobile notifications, over population and scheming distractions….full story here.

Prarthana.

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Found this woman praying in one of the temples of Gokul. Half my mind was busy enjoying the stark play of light, the image formed before me and how could I encase that in my camera. The other half of my mind was toying with the following :

Prayer is something I have always found intriguing. I do it too, mostly because I have been taught to. One should pray to thank the almighty as well as ask for help when losing hope.

Somehow its too selfish of a way to understand God. So, essentially He is some one who listens to your requests of earning more money, becoming more popular, getting higher grades and so on. Funny ain’t it. It’s like he has nothing more important planned for today than your menial askings. And we don’t stop there, we also offer him gifts for His services. Money, food, sacrifices of other animals (which were also put on this planet by Him, by the way)

What if praying was more of an exercise in self motivation. We pray to gain control over things we don’t understand. For example destiny, outcome, weather, life and death. What if praying only took the result anxiety off your shoulders, so that you focus more on performance and do better at it, which translates into better results. So was it really Someone pulling the strings so far, or was it just you improving yourself.

Thanks for dropping by:-)

Radhe Radhe – Mathura 2016

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Link to the complete story here.

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Of friend requests and portrait shoots.

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It’s always fun to head out with your camera and rejoice in the golden light on a cool winterish morning . Its even cooler to do that for your friends who want to get their pictures clicked, more so as a memory they’d love to cherish later. So when I got such an opportunity I couldn’t say no and squeezed out time from an academic-heavy schedule for some wandering and being lost.People maketh places.
Here are a few pictures.

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Long time no see..

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It had been a long time since I had posted anything. Plus I’m tired of putting studies before hobbies, but alas that’s a medical student’s karma. Heck nevertheless I did venture out today to catch some winter light and was relieved to have a relaxing, pleasent morning.

No matter how much work weighs you down, one should always value, respect and find time for an activity you unconditionally love.

Stroll down the road. Humm that song aloud. Breathe fresh air. Cook your favorite food. Ditch the calorie counter. Go for a run. Read a new book. Meet old friends. Thank people you always wanted to. Call old pals. Click a crazy picture. Make memories. Move.

#Wanderlust

Thanks for dropping by.

Some pictures from today.

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Have fun. Good day. Keep coming. God bless.

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