Jul 7, 2017

No comparison... Take Home #639

Many of the people today we compare ourselves with, down the line few years our paths could be entirely different and there won't be anymore space for comparison, only moment to cherish remain.

No comparison. No stress. Full of life, laughter and some meaningful moments.

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Jun 24, 2017

Coach-Player relationship!

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Coach-player relationship is beyond the difference of opinion both of them may have. Dispute with coach will remain as a black-page in every player's history, no matter how skillful he or she is. A given player may look important at the given moment but inclusiveness is important at any moment!

Handling the situations between coach and player is not an easy task. And the best people who can resolve that are the coach and player themselves. Whatever said and done, there can be a situation that leads to the ultimate decision. How that whole decision process happens and what happens post the decision process elevates the integrity of everyone involved. 

Jun 16, 2017

Hope for... Take Home #638

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The easier it is to hope for, the tougher it is to let go.

Ifs and buts... Take Home #637

Not clarity but ifs and buts give us exciting memories to cherish and motivating stories to share! 

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Jun 15, 2017

Being aware... Take Home #636

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We need not wait for hard times to come to us to know who our friends are. If we are fully aware at every moment and are not easily gone by the momentum of the moments, we come to know, rather realise, who our friends are!

The record '10'!

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Coming back from a career threatening injury to win the record 10th french open title and 15th grand slam title, Rafael Nadal's this journey shows the art of possible! A lot to get motivated from. Injuries may hurt you but they cannot stop you. 

At times it feels as if everything that's earned hard-fought is gone for a toss! It feels as if everything is at stake, as if everything has come to standstill. If anything that can pull a person from state to the glory yet again is belief. Belief, induced by friends and family in us. Belief, that we have on our potential. Belief, that time works things for us provided we work towards our goal. Belief is an important aspect of life, of success. Nurturing the belief is not always easy. It takes a lot of effort time in time out. The one who constantly attempts to hold onto the belief is the one complemented by it. 

Congratulations to the champion player and his team! Looking forward to watch more motivating games from Nadal and co. 

Mortality, the truth!

Life keeps giving us constant reminders that we are mortal. If only that's realized fully, there will be no space, rather time, for hatred, anger and jealousy in us. We are what we are and others are what they are. We better be. We better live. And let everyone else be and live too! 

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Talking positive!

Bothered by truth... Take Home #635

If we are aware from within that a truth is hurting us, first we must feel happy to have known the truth. Next comes the course correction or whatever that can settle the matter for us. 

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Better to be bothered by truth than to be innocent of it! 

Performance feedback... Take Home #634

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Performance feedback shall be given in terms of what a given person can do in the given circumstances and what's actually done! There is no point giving comparative feedback, especially when it its intended for improvement. Everyone is unique hence can uniquely contribute. It's important to nurture the uniqueness to establish diversity which leads to better creativity and efficiency. 

May 29, 2017

Movie: Sachin - A Billion Dreams

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There couldn't have been a suitable tag line than "A Billion Dreams" to this heartfully made docudrama. The genuinity I felt in Sachin's voice throughout the narration is some thing I will remember for a long time. Watching the life events of the player I grew up admiring made me relive and feel nostalgic about some of my own moments. The role of every individual in the success of one of the phenomenal players ever has been depicted in a heart warming way. Thanks to the background score of A.R.Rehman which kept the spirit up right throughout the drama.

Well, a proper movie could have further justified it's release across nations in multiple screens as the quest here is not as difficult as finding the right casting for a biopic on Aishwarya Rai! Could have been better picturized, better casted, and better screen played! This one is not for a cinema lover I guess. At some frames, I even felt neglected as an audience; may be my perception but that's what I perceived truly.

All in all, the docudrama is sounded as grounded as Sachin has been. It's about the inspiring journey of an individual who became a phenomenon. A lot to learn from; and a lot circumstances to fall in place to witness another of his kind coming up in any sport in India.

May 2, 2017

Bahubali2 - Nothing less than a historical conclusion

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A never-before experience I've had with this film is that I watched it twice with family in theaters, both times in full awe. It felt so incomplete until I watched it again! That's probably because, I watched it as a well-wisher for the first time who would want every scene to be good enough. And second time, I watched it as a freed-out audience who knew it was good anyway and the only job at hand was to enjoy every bit of it.

No spoilers ahead; only temptations!

When 'Amarendra Bahubali' proposes his love and bends his head down in a sweet gesture, when 'Devasena' steps into the boat by stepping over the shoulders of her love interest, when that last question is posed to Kattappa before he agrees to kill 'Bahubali', when 'Amarendra Bahubali' takes oath amidst his roaring people, when the ultimate punishment is given for molesting women, when the last words are said by 'Amarendra Bahubali' after stabbed, when the shivering hands touch another's feet in great shame, and so on times, I loved myself for being a follower of 'Bahubali' movie mania all throughout​; loved the cast, crew and characterization of course.

Records set by 'Bahubali' will be eventually rewritten in time, but the whole experiential thing that 'Bahubali' made us go through will be remembered for a long time, probably forever.

Needless to say anything to those who have watched this movie already. But to those who haven't watched it yet, please watch both the parts, not because it's a stupendous hit now, but because you will love yourselves for witnessing larger-than-life characterizations. And, remember NOT TO JUDGE to enjoy the movie to the fullest.

Finest performances have been delivered on screen by the artists and off screen by the technicians including the director himself. Hats off to the guts of the producers; not to forget -  they decided to do this picture when 'Bahubali' was just a script. Thinking through future is so important to conceptualize such humongous projects. Glad the team pulled it through successfully.

In the history of cinema, there have been very few movies which lived up to the hype and expectations. It's an absolute proud moment to the team 'Bahubali' that their master piece is one such a film which will stand tall in time.

Take a bow SS Rajamouli and team for the historical conclusion!

Apr 16, 2017

Magical leafs - PramsPhotography #111

#2015 @Lekha farms, Pune, India

#2015 @Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune, India

Lekha farm is located a few kilometers away from Pune on the Pune-Mumbai express road. It's a good place to hangout for a day's trip. There is a swimming pool inside and on its side they have arranged poolside furniture. I laid down on one of them and kept seeing the sky as usual. Then I observed the leaves above me with blue sky backdrop. Clicked without any further delay. Shadows of the leaves of the same tree in its younger years have been captures at a conference room in Chinchwad area. The corridor looked enlightened! 

Deco piece - PramsPhotography #110

#2015 @Pimpri - Chinchwad, Pune, India

Mom and I went to a nursery near to our home in Pune couple of years back to buy pots, sand and few plants. That was when we shifted into a new terrace apartment. We wanted to have few plant-pots in our terrace. We looked for the required stuff at the nursery and purchased it. While we were doing that I saw this beautifully made, probably handmade, decoration item made with sand. I immediately clicked it. I thought I might not be able to capture it as it was too dark at the nursery but the deco piece came glittering under the mobile's flash light. We did not purchase this though! 

Sugarcane farm - PramsPhotography #109

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My mother's brother, one of my closest persons too, works in sugar factory as cane manager. Every time I visit his house, I'm taken to the factory, to the power plant and the sugar cane farms. During one such visits I clicked the above picture in a sugarcane farm. The fresh looks of the farm and the green filled fields mesmerized me to the core. It's been long since I visited farms; looking forward to visit soon. 

Coconut trees and sea - PramsPhotography #108

#2017 @Murud beach, Maharashtra, India

We visited Murud beach in the 1st week of 2017. Moon being half of its size, the tide in the sea was just apt to be playing while the smooth sand soothens the feet underneath. The coconut trees were seen planted on the beach side towards the main road. One of the trees grew in ninety degree orientation as if it grew into the sea in all love! A few other trees were too seen grew in slight angle towards the tree. May be the loose sand made them grew so! 

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#2017 @Clicks at sky, India

Looking at sky while lying down used to be one of my favorite pass times in childhood. I used to get worried if the moon would fall onto earth one day! That thought used to disturb me in a negative sense. As I grew up, I realized the fact that earth, moon and for that matter any entity in the cosmos is at its place and everything binded by the laws of physics and nature. That's when I started looking at sky in all pleasure, only pleasure to be specific. As I looked up at different point of time, I found few objects flying and I captured them without a second thought. Moon is of course not a flying object as you can see in one of the pictures, but that's the first object I saw in sky after all. Enjoyed clicking them and will continue to do so!

Morning walk into the fields - PramsPhotography #106

#2017 @Velliyangiri foothills, Coimbatore. India

Had been on a morning walk into the fields near Isha Yoga Center. Having the beautiful Velliyangiri foothills in the surroundings, the fields looked immensely beautiful in the early morning sunlight. The fields majorly were of onion; in one of the pictures above, the early stage of the onion crop could be seen. We had been to Isha Yoga Center to attend 112 feet Adiyogi statue unveiling done the honorable Prime Minister himself. Some pictures above show the statue. All in all, it was a great experience to stay amidst the breathtakingly beautiful views for five days. 

Reflections of nature - PramsPhotography #105

#2017 @Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India

The pond is one of the center of attractions at Isha Yoga Center. The lotus flowers of all colours blossom in batches together and makes the pond look awesome in all seasons. The different types of fishes and water snakes stand as lively attraction to the visitors. Last time when I visited Isha Yoga center I noticed the reflections of the coconut trees, lights, and of the lotus flowers themselves in the water and thought I must focus my lens there! Resulted are the pics as posted above. 

Apr 15, 2017

Positive talk... Take Home #633

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Positive talk is not that which makes us happy, rather that which makes us realize.

Apr 14, 2017

The fan-ism-trap!

It's important to understand certain things to stay away from them to the possible extent. I took a lot of time, though less time relatively, to understand one of the deepest traps the current generation is stuck with, which is fan-ism. 

Not being a fan 
Is being truesome 
To the art, sport,
For that matter 
To any person.

Fan simply means an admirer in its true sense. The problem starts when admiration is taken personally. When we admire a person we admire certain qualities of him or her because we tend  to identify ourselves with those qualities for some reasons. Slowly steadily, sometimes briskly too, we commit ourselves to the deepest level of admiration, that we fail to differentiate or analyse fairly of what's right and what's not, what's better and what's not. That's when we enter the highly fantasized trap of our generation called fan-ism.

Coming out of fan-ism takes realization about being truesome to someone by being open enough to see things the way they are. Hence letting the other person too do things the way they are supposed to be done rather than tweaking them for fans, which may appear entertaining them whereas it could at times mean taking them for a ride.

The debates and critical remarks about each other's favorite persons is one of the terrible scene to be at. The people who discuss have no connection with their favorite persons, except the emotional element usually. Still, the discussion can lead to as miserable situation as an ugly fight. What's the fun! The next day in media, the two celebrities join hands to make money and these two fans lose each other for life in some cases! Well, it's not easy to explain all that in few paragraphs. Introspection is the only lead towards the ultimate realization. Until then whatever said and heard seem impractical or hypocrisy!

Not being addicted to something or someone lets us be open to enjoy a few things or people. All that we need to do is to stay inward, question ourselves about our favoritism and try to answer ourselves the 'so what' element of it! What we do is the contribution we make, not whom we merely follow or be favorite to. Admiration shall never be taken personally. It shall be kept at its place at a certain distance so that it can only motivate and not make us go blind. Such a kind of admiration must be developed towards the people we feel connected to. And that really helps. 

Apr 4, 2017

The other point of view - Take Home #632

Two most difficult yet important things to be done to become potentially professional is to stop proving ourselves right and start widening our perspective to understand the other point of view.

Dealing with people... Take Home #631

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The day we realize and accept the fact that every person is unique, dealing with people becomes an interesting job to do.

It's back - Federer's class vs Nadal's reach!

It was during the mid of 2007 that I started pushing myself to come out of the debaculous memories generated by the Indian men cricket team with their unanticipated exit from the first round of world cup at the caribbean islands. Dumbstruck I was on the day of their defeat to Srilankan team. Although I nonetheless supported them in public saying that everything was part of the game, some portion of me needed something other than cricket to come out of all that occurred.

It was at the same time when Roger Federer kept defeating Rafael Nadal match after the match, tournament after the tournament. I was not a follower of Tennis until then and knew nothing about these two players. But the series of defeats of Nadal caught my attention. I thought why the hell this person had been continuously losing to the other! With that curiosity I started watching Tennis. I just wanted to watch Nadal defeating Federer one day and I had no other wish absolutely. I saw Nadal reaching out to the ball on every corner of the court, including the thunderous aces of Federer, and on the other side Federer executing every shot with an ease of class. That was for me the class vs reach and I desperately wanted to see the reach win at least once! 

The much awaited day came in 2008 when Nadal won the Wimbledon final after a marathon match against his rival, Federer. I enjoyed the match to the fullest and never looked back since then. The wish I had to watch at least one win of Nadal expanded itself into watching final after final, win after win Nadal went through. Since then and till date, Tennis has been one of my favorite sports to watch.

Couple of years back when these two champions reduced their pace in the tennis arena and of course with the arrival of the champions like Djokovic and others, I too started to stay away from watching tennis. For a while I enjoyed watching Djokovic winning, who had also been losing to one or the other champion in earlier matches I saw. Lately as Djokovic is inured and as no other interesting rivalry has come up, I almost stopped watching tennis with interest.
All of a sudden, one fine day I woke up to the news that Federer and Nadal would be playing the Australian open final. That ignited me once again. All over again, Tennis became interesting. Waited for the final desperately and watching it to again witness the reach losing to the class yet again! This time, it was a bit aged class and a bit aged reach! Well, however their desperation to win remained as young and energetic it used to be few years ago. 

I'm truly inspired by the way Federer and Nadal came back to the glory all over again. Now that they have played two more ATP tour finals and on both of them Federer won, the earlier-like wish started in me, and that is to watch Nadal winning. All my enthusiasm is now shifted towards the French open, the grand slam that introduced Rafeal Nadal to the world. The nine-time champion seems to be in right physical fitness, though not physiological fitness yet regained I guess. I will have to wait and watch what this year's French open has in store for Rafa! 

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Congratulations Roger Federer for the streak of successes and thank you for making us once again believe that class can make a come back anytime, provides one keeps trying to give his or her best. And Rafa, congratulations for the come back from career-threatening injury. No one knows better than you that reach can beat class given the day and put-in efforts, all the very best for the rest of the season. 

Looking forward to following this ever sportive-rivalry for a few more years!