Dec 30, 2016

Village side from the hill - PramsPhotography #53

Experiencing the village side is fun for the fact that we get to see and smell something different. When a village is seen from a hill, the smell does not exist but the view of the village does provide insights into the cultural barriers the villagers have been living with. A few homes can be seen separated out from the village and does not seem belonging to any other village at the same time! Well, holistic picture often gives the right perspective. Wish to see the barriers vanishing into unity! 

#2014 @Narketpalli, Telangana, India

Shiva's statue and the jet path - PramsPhotography #52

#2014 @Narketpalli, Telangana, India

You let me travel by any means on road and I believe I can click at least one good picture! This was clicked while I was travelling on bike and riding up the hill. A jet crossed us up above and that's when I looked for a perfect frame of the big Shiva's and the jet's path. It resulted into the above picture. 

The lake city - PramsPhotography #51

The Lavasa lake city is a 'serene city' build amidst mountains and on the side of a lake near Pune. These clicks are on a sunny day in the month of September couple of years back. A couple of days' of stay at one of the cottages here might be one of many's dream destinations! Water-disco is available here which amuses children especially. While this place can be visited in any season, visiting Lavasa at least once on a rainy day gives great pleasure. 

#2014 @Lavasa lake city, Pune, India

A drizzling day - PramsPhotography #50

These pictures were clicked during those few moments I had spent unraveling if the clouds came down or I had been into the clouds. It was a drizzling day at Bhimshankar and also a Monday incidentally, the day of the week known for maximum foot fall at the Bhimshankar temple. We were struck in a deep traffic from at least five kilometers away from our destination. I enjoyed being part of the traffic though, mainly because I could click from our car's window since the car could not move beyond first gear. Extremely cloud, foggy, whatever it should be called as and gave us one of the beautiful experiences of a drizzling day! 

#2016 @Bhimshakar, Maharashtra, Pune

Those basic things... Take Home #607

Life revolves around those very basic things that we must know and practice.

When to talk; when not to. What to say; what not to!

Opportunity... Take Home #606

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Opportunity is not just that big thing which happens once for a blue moon. Opportunity is  that smallest possibility we consciously turn around in day to day life.

Dec 29, 2016

Breathtakingly beautiful Bhimshankar - PramsPhotography #49

Bhimshankar is one of the best places to be visited in rainy season. I'm pretty sure that every person who visits this place in rainy season can never probably forget the breathtakingly beautiful views he or she get to see. A life time memory as far as I'm concerned. The drive as well is so fantastic that if you are a driving freak, you cannot help driving through the same way again and again for fun of course and also for the challenges the ghat section gets you in. Of course, when a person like me who's a driving freak as well as a nature's freak, it gets a bit difficult of a choice! 

#2016 @Bhimshankar, Maharashtra, India

Sunset on the mountain side - PramsPhotography #48

Sunset usually is an amazing view to witness. Sunset on the mountain side is nothing less than a feast to eyes. When office buildings and greenery get added to that scene, it looks professional, by nature! One of such scenes was clicked from an office located on the mountain side. Every angle is different and and every view is special; hence every click is special too.

#2016 @Hinjewadi, Phase-II, Pune, India

The rays of hope - PramsPhotography #47

#2016 @Chinchwad, Pune, India

These two pictures were clicked in a gap of a few minutes; the below one was clicked while I started to walk home from office and the above one was clicked after reaching home. There was a bare gap of fifteen minutes and the difference in the color of sunlight makes it clear that time is the fastest runner. The rays remained almost intact in both the pictures and the moments spent clicking these pictures won't be forgotten quickly! 

Nature's selfie - PramsPhotography #46

#2016 @Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India

Selfie have become so common these days that a trip does not end without at least one selfie. While on a trip to the Isha yoga center, Coimbatore, I tried to take a selfie with the long trees over there, which are also featured in the image above. The selfie-like-click of the trees alone came better than my selfie with them. Hence posting it here.  

Dec 28, 2016

Village side - PramsPhotography #45

Clicking the country side is an amazing experience. When it happens from the train's window, it's challenging on one front and doubles the amazement on the other side. The below three photos were clicked while travelling through the village side in Kerala by train couple of years back. Realized later that the mountains in the background had remained while the scenery next to them changed from picture to picture.

#2014 @Village side, Kerala, India

Electric towers - PramsPhotography #44

#2015 @Hinjewadi, Pune, India

Towers like these that I used to stare at in my childhood probed me to take up electrical engineering for my graduation. Not sure why but the electric towers mesmerize me, especially when I see them along with either a blue sky or rising/setting sun. This click appeared perfect for the fact that the blue sky occupied the background in this angle on pre-winter afternoon. 

Coconut trees and clouds - PramsPhotography #43

#2014 @Trivandrum, Kerala,  India

Needless to say that Kerala is known for the ever beautiful coconut trees. Whatever may be the season, coconut trees welcome you to Kerala dancing to the tunes of the wind. When you visit Kerala in rainy season, the look and feel of the coconut trees is altogether different from that of the other seasons. The combination of cloud and coconut trees is one of the best sites to stare at. One of such was clicked by me on a super rainy day! 

Dec 27, 2016

Maturity... Take Home #605

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Maturity must be exhibited in every single thing we do; be it about being serious or humorous. 

Individual and team... Take Home #604

An individual's success may or may not result into the success of the team. But the team's success always means each individual's success. There is a difference in working for oneself and working for the team. One must develop the potential to balance out. 

A couple always look beautiful - PramsPhotography #42

#2016 @Ghorpadi-Mundhwa road, Pune, India

Firstly, let me say that there is a correlation in this post and the previous one. The flowers here in the picture were clicked while I was coming back from passport office after my third visit, in a relatively happy mood compared to the other two visits. 

One flower looks good and two look awesome! Below is the couple-rose flower from our home garden at Pune. 

When I met the persona of mine I thought I had won over!

All these years, I've never been comfortable applying for any personal identity card. Now I might appear giving you a free licence to imagine why was I that way! Well, before anything could get to your mind, let me clarify that my conduct record has been as decent as it should have been to apply for any  identity card issued by the Government of India. While applying, we generally need to look at the documents to be submitted and there starts my 'Greek and Latin' story! 

Almost all the times the documents need to be submitted have been available with me. In any case, I would go through the list of documents again and again, and again if it's a critical ID card that I'm applying for, and I go ahead with the submission of the application form. I would double or at least triple check my name on the application just to be sure that I've not misspelled it. I must have written my name at least for one lakh times by now, but when it comes to submitting any application, I check my name as if it has a habit to go wrong at right time! Right from applying to getting the ID issued successfully, I keep thinking of the whole process as if there could be any failure occur, it would occur to me; which in reality has never occurred so far.

Knowing myself and the churning I usually go through, one day suddenly I found myself in a situation where I needed to apply to get my passport reissued. Passport is not like an ordinary ID card; it's a big thing, at least for the likes of my state of mind. My first passport process rather happened easily to me as I was staying in a college hostel and more over my phobia for ID card application was still not mature at that time. Now this time, the situation was entirely different. I was not staying in my native state. I was not staying my own house. I did not even know which police station my stay area would come under. One habit that I'd developed over many years came to my rescue which was to check with at least ten friends about anything I was not aware of. I discussed with my friends and colleagues to get to know the passport application process better. I did enough googling before I started filling the application for finally on one fine Saturday. 

The first hurdle was that I'd been negligent about changing the address on my Aadhar card to the new flat's one. As per the rules for passport reissue, only an Aadhar card would do the job and here I was in a situation where I could not catch that low hanging fruit instantly. I went ahead and applied online to get my address changed on Aadhar. That wasn't it as the process to get a new card might take a few weeks! Then I went through the document requirement list once again. To my support, a registered rent agreement was mentioned in it. I had the registered agreement on my name with the next hurdle. I did have the xerox of it and the original was with our house owner who had been staying in Australia. To my belief, the original had flown to the down under comfortably. Appeared funny to me but I had no choice than messaging the owner if there was any 'second' original in India with their relatives. After a few minutes, I got a response saying that I will be given the original in couple of days' time. I thanked the owner in a sheer disbelief. 

I had applied for a Tatkal passport and hence I got my appointment on an early slot. I kept all the documents ready; checked through them again and again. I took xerox of the big bunch of my documents. I verified my name on the receipt of the application a number of times. I silently told within, at least a million times, that 'all must go well'. 

Visit to the passport office #1 (22 February, 2016) 
I was there in the long que in front of the passport office half an hour prior to the reporting time on the day of my appointment. They do not allow anybody else with you into the passport office. So I was on my own after I walked past the main gate. After the security check I found myself in a rather small que where the tokens were being given. On my turn I confidently submitted the big bunch of documents and kept waiting for the token. The token issuer thought  it otherwise. He looked at me and asked for my marriage certificate. I did not have the original copy of it. For a short while I  pretended not hearing him. He asked me again for the marriage certificate. I silently handed over the xerox of it. He said it would not do! I was asked to walk out of the que and if I had any questions I was told to meet the passport officer inside. 

It was a madam in the cabin which was located  in the passage between A and B counters. Passport office had three counters A, B and C. One must pass through three counters for getting the passport reissued. There was another long que to meet passport officer. I finally went inside and was reiterated that the marriage certificate was a must! Until that moment I never noticed that there was a field called 'Spouse's name' on my old passport, which had been kept blank as I was unmarried when I applied my for the first time. This time, I had to submit the marriage certificate for the fact that I was married. 

Something appeared funny to me, despite of that day's rejection. Inspite of getting married in a registrar office directly, I failed to submit the certificate for the first time it was asked in two years! The certificate later reached me by courier and I rescheduled my appointment.

I broke down, however. 

Visit to the passport office #2 (29th February, 2016)
I could get through the token que this time, despite of submitting the marriage certificate before even showing the application form. 'A' counter was offloaded to a service company. No questions were asked; only the xeroxes were scanned and returned to me. A photo was taken; I did not insist on keeping my spectacles. I silently kept them a side when told to do so, which I never liked otherwise. That day's aim was to get out of the passport office with approval receipt.  I was asked to proceed to the next counter, the B counter about which I read a few discouraging stories. 

B counter is where the government employees sit to do the certificate verification. When I was checking my original documents before the 1st appointment, I suddenly saw that the dates on the registered rent agreement were handwritten underneath the stroked through typed dates. It was the broker who did that inspite of charging us huge amount. Something lit up within and said if the stroked through text would create a problem! Then I got busy in getting my marriage certificate! 

At times, I become too much believer of destiny; a bad one more than a good one! It was on February 29th that I had been waiting in the B counter que and incidentally, the end date which was stroked through on the registered rent agreement  was dot on the very same date. Any person with a bit of commonsense and presence of mind would think that it was me who crossed the original dates and wrote an extended date for obvious reason. The government officer in the B counter whom I was assigned to had both commonsense and presence of mind in abundance. I denied doing it myself but I had to walk out of the passport office empty handed one more time. Bad destiny strikes better than the good.

I broke down, again. 

Preparation for the visit to the passport office #3
I had only one task at hand that day after quickly fixing up my next appointment to the day after. That was to get the registered rent agreement certified for the stroked through text. I went to the registrar office when the document was originally made. The registrar office was recently shifted to a new building. I reached the new building and the place felt utterly disturbing. I was already not feeling good about what happened in the morning at the B counter and here I was struggling to locate the registrar office. Somehow I reached my destination and met the person who got the agreement signed earlier.

I explained him why I was there, in the Hindi I knew. He looked well understood and asked me to wait. After some time I was told that the scanned copy of the original could not be accessed as the server had been down. I was told that they had to look at the original to confirm that the hand written text was present in the original copy too! Then they would certify that the original document was fine to be accepted. I was in no mood to leave the registrar office empty handed; frankly, the situation here was much easier to handle than the one at the passport office, especially at the B counter.

I insisted and got the document certified. I was given a xerox copy of the rent agreement with fresh stamps and signature. I could not believe it would work at the passport office but the staff at the registrar office was in hurry to send me off. I was 'charged' a two hundred rupees for five to six stamps and a signature. Here I was ready for my third visit to the passport office.

And I broke down again, at home of course.

Visit to the passport office #3 (2nd March 2016) 
I cleared the token que. At 'A' counter this time, it took a short while.  They scanned the documents I brought and asked me to proceed to B counter.  Again I was thinking of destiny here. My token number was displayed. This time I had to go to the officer seated left to the officer who rejected it last time. He looked at the document and at me in a weird way and asked me, what was the difference between the original and the fresh xerox with stamps. I could not help and said nothing for a minute. Then I tried to explain him what happened. He impatiently listened to it and told me that he was not able to understand what I had been saying and that I should wait for another colleague of his to call my token.

I waited again to see my token number being called by the same officer who sent me back during my last visit. I thought now what! I had no choice than going to him. I saw him in a different outfit with absolutely no different emotion! When I reached his place, he was busy rejecting another application. Then the destiny pitched in. My token number was called by another officer. He seated right to the one sent me back during my last visit; in fact, before rejecting my application he had a chat with this guy too! To my fortune, all that was forgotten by this man probably due to a phone call he got while I sat in front of him. He completed the call and asked me to give my file. He looked at me and said "You can proceed to the C counter".

I could not believe what I heard. I said 'sorry' by making a face asking him to repeat what he said. He repeated the same. I ignored all the effort I put in to get the registered agreement certified for the hand written text. I effortlessly suppressed my excitement to show the fresh copy I had and escaped to the next counted in a brisk. At C counter, my old passport was stamped to cancel and I was told to go to the receipt counter. I quickly took the receipt, looked for an exit door, never minding if it was the proper exit door or an emergency one, and came out of the passport office.

With in a few minutes I got an SMS that my passport had been sent for printing and within couple of days my passport was in my hand.

So, did I succeed? Yes, in logical terms.  No, in emotional terms considering the number of times I broke down during this whole thing. The whole episode showed me a persona of mine which I thought I had won over! The persona that used to get out of position and cry for small things/issues but used to be fearless while handling big matters. The persona that weakened me from within although I half-succeeded in covering it up. The persona that I always wanted to change about myself but loved to be so considering its sensitiveness in a true sense. Last time I found that persona within myself was during the campus placements at IIT.  After comfortably being in a convenient zone at work for many years, I thought I grew stronger and that persona of mine was all over. But this passport-episode brought one of my worst dreams to live again. Here I was aware of who I was, what I was and how less I changed towards becoming a stronger sole! Well, everything happens for good and so I think about all this. Now I have a task at hand; all of a sudden I'm not as comfortable as I thought I was, in my convenient zone,which is very much better than being blind about my true self.

Kind of 'fear' still exists to fill any application form and now my goal is, by the time I apply the next big thing I must be stronger than how I'm now. I'm not sure how but I hope I will be.

Dec 26, 2016

Normalcy is the way of life - PramsPhotography #41

It takes just a moment
To get back to normalcy
From our pseudo-busy lives.
Let that moment happen
within you to its maximum.
Normalcy is the way of life.
Nothing less; nothing more. 

Morning walk on terrace - PramsPhotography #40

#2016 @Chinchwad, Pune, India

I'm not someone on a mission called 'morning walk'. One day I woke up from a beautiful dream. I looked at the clock and it was just 5 am. I did not know what to do except waiting for the sun rise as the dream from which I woke up was not letting me sleep again! Until the sunrise I twisted and turned in the bed aimlessly thinking about the dream and trying to push the storyteller portion of my brain to chart out the next could-be part of the dream. 

The moment I saw the sun light through the bed room window, I jumped out of the bed taking my mobile and rushed up to the terrace. Not sure what struck me in the bed but that visit to terrace of our flats gifted me these photographs.

These clicks are from the small garden, on our terrace, developed by my neighbors. Pigeons joined me on the terrace while I was clicking and became part of one of the pictures. I can never forget the experience of that day! 


The hide and seek - PramsPhotography #39

#2015 @Lavasa lake city, Pune, India

Hide and seek is the game I believe each one of us played at least once when we were kids. As far as I'm concerned, I played it a number of times when I was a kid. We used to gather in one of the biggest houses in our locality and would play hide and seek for hours before it got dark. Now having grown up, obviously I cannot continue playing it. However, I've grown up seeing the hide and seek played by sun and clouds! The clicks posted here were taken at Lavasa city capturing the 'one of many' hide and seek moments of nature!

Bud to rose - PramsPhotography #38

#2016 @Home, Chinchwad, Pune, India

One fine morning I woke up to see a rose bud in our small garden at home, here in Pune. I was taken aback by the way it excited me. That's the moment I decided to pull up my sleeves and click the journey of the bud until it turned out to be a rose. I did click it every morning without fail. Finally after a week's time it turned out to be a beautiful rose flower. Below picture features that beauty. Felt absolutely glad to be able to follow the bud's journey!  

The duck, on single leg - PramsPhotography #37

#2014 @Trivandrum zoo, Kerala, India

Until I witnessed this, duck standing on a single leg had been just an exaggerated story for me! When I visited the zoo at Trivandrum, I came across this big duck that stood standstill on one leg for as many minutes I stared at it. I had to continue to the next animal quarter as I was running out of time. But for this duck time was just another thing as it looked like. It did not change its position at all. I truly enjoyed those moments. 

The crow at the beach - PramsPhotography #36

#2014 @Allepey beach, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

I know that the crows wake us up at late mornings when the hens fail to do so at the early hours. Here at Allepey, on that morning when this picture was clicked, it seemed as if the crow was trying to wake up the otherwise calm sea! The crow continued to sit there on the sand for a few minuted later to the moment I captured, and tried to converse with the sea. 

Well I too think it was looking for food; not very sure though! 

The gold-fish - PramsPhotography #35

#2014 @Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Ponds are the beautiful places by nature. Artificial ponds need obviously some extra piece of attraction to look as good as the natural ones. At the same time, making the artificial ponds look as natural as possible needs this extra species to be included; and that's the gold-fish. Clicking that beautiful piece means a lot to every person behind the camera. I'm happy that it means a lot to me too! 

Movie: Dangal - An inspiring piece, as an art work and also as a semi-biopic!

If I were to watch two movies back to back, I would choose 'Dangal' twice. 

Even though 'the strong will to win' is not a new subject for a sport-based movie, the way the narration goes in this movie is unique in style. From the wait-for-a-baby-boy to the podium-finish in the climax, there is dire desperation depicted in all characters. Aamir Khan's performance needs no review; as always, he has done an apt job. The girls portrayed the reel characters of Geeta and Babita performed superbly. Their act resembles their reel father's near-perfection. Sakshi Tanwar did the magic with her eyes. Cinematography is an accurately drawn line, both in mud and mat scenes. Back ground score is awesome and the title track keeps the spirit up. 

Now that the Phogat sisters have won back to back golds at the commonwealth games 2010 and 2014, the training sequence, by their dad being their utterly strict coach, shown in the movie seems justified to the core. Only if there wasn't anything significant that either Geeta or Babita had achieved, Mr Phogat would have to take the criticism not just by the villagers but also by the child rights commission for spoiling the kids' childhood for his 'crazy' passion! The girls have literally saved him by performing their best so far. They did not just prove that their father was right. They quite succeeded in letting many parents feel better to see their kids, girls or boys, in the wrestling arena. It's just the beginning now and only a few medals in the international tournaments would let the parents themselves encourage the kids to take up sport, wrestling in this specific case.

Getting back to the movie, Dangal handovers one more Christmas-success for Aamir. Exemplary direction by Nitesh Tiwari.  Good that in the beginning of the movie they put up the disclaimer about the fiction-quotient. Otherwise, critics would have had work to know about the real life of Mr. Phogat. With that disclaimer, this semi-biopic has reduced to a mere movie and hence critics will have to concentrate on the regular stuff! And I'm sure, critics would like this movie too, both as a movie and as a semi-biopic if I may call it so!

While it's not easy to win, it's difficult to carry on. Hope Phogat sisters will continue their dream run by winning many more and by setting a few more examples.

I've got my share or an inspiration-pill. Go, watch this movie and get yours.