Recently I traveled to Mumbai on a four day trip.
When I was packing for the trip I took my DSLR out of the shelf and was about to keep it in my bag. I had to pack my EOS 550D, the kit lens (18-55 mm) and a 50 mm f/1.8 II, a pack of memory cards, flash, and a set of rechargeable batteries.
Then I thought “why carry such a huge gear bag! Why not travel light!?”
Also, I’ve always had this idea “a good photograph can be taken using any device, and you do not need a sophisticated camera to do it.” I’ve tried it before when I owned a digital camera. This time I decided to test it using an iPhone.
So, I placed the camera back into the shelf considering that I will shoot my entire Mumbai trip using an iPhone
All I took was the charging cable and the earphones. When I was done packing, my shoulder bag weighed light as a feather.
Usually it will be the opposite. I used to carry a huge bag with all the camera accessories and clothes. And having an alternate lens would often tempt me to change them often, making me greedy for getting more photographs rather than allowing me to enjoy my trip.
This time I decided “good or bad, you’re shooting only using your phone.”
When I came back from the four day trip, I looked at all the images and I was very satisfied. Also, never for a single moment I felt like ” damn I should’ve taken my DSLR”
You might say “hey! This guy is using an iPhone da.thats why he’s showing off by writing this blogpost”
Well, this applies to any phone with a good/decent camera. If you don’t believe me, check out my photo series The Unnoticed that was shot using a 2 MP mobile camera. (Samsung Galaxy Y)
Coming back to the point, what benefits does one get with using a phone for photography?
1. You blend in
The problem with street photography using a DSLR is that you could often be spotted in a crowd easily. The huge black camera in your hand might give you up.
Using a mobile is often consider a casual practice. People take pictures/selfies everywhere. So, using a phone lets you blend in.
Also the quick camera shortcuts and the zero shutter lag in many phones allows you to take your phone out of the pocket, shoot, and put it back – all within a few seconds.
You will feel like a gunslinger from the Wild West. I felt it. It was so cool!!
2. You Bring out the best with what you have
Shooting with a mobile phone will help you understand the limitations of your device and will help you find creative ways to bring out the best.
3. You save space!
Raw images were a pain, at least for me. One trip and I will end up with 40-50 GB of images. 5 such trips and a major portion of your computer’s storage gets filled.
But phones automatically process images into JPEG and they occupy less space. Even the highest quality JPEG won’t occupy more than 4 MB.
During my recent Mumbai trip, I took close to 800-900 images and it took less than 2.5 GB space in my computer.
It is also easy to back up if you’re using a cloud service, like Flickr, or Dropbox.
If you’re planning to print, exhibit your images in large format, or if you’re into fashion or professional photography, then a DSLR is your choice. No doubt!
4. You spend less time in post-processing
When you shoot in a phone, you can process it, upload it and share it from anywhere. It gives you the freedom to stay away from your computer and still share great pictures.
I use close to 9 apps to process my photos. That doesn’t mean I use all the apps while processing each and every photo. I use a combination of one or two apps per picture. And, I love processing pictures in my phone. They are simple and easy to use. You don’t have to be a photoshop wizard. You just need to know a couple of basic functions and you’re all set to go.
Again, processing in your mobile phone will help you bring out the best result with what you have.
I’ve recently been to Mumbai for a short trip with my colleagues/friends and all we did for the entire time was walking and eating. We ate and as well as burnt a lot of calories. A win-win situation.
We’ve had great food in several places in and around Mumbai and after coming back I thought “why not choose the best 5 food joints and write my experience with them!” And, here it goes.
Kheema Pav in Mohamed Ali Road
The unknown sandwich shop
I am very happy to write this blogpost as it’s about a friend. A friend whom i know since 2006. Monish. He sat next to me for most of my college life and we spoke about movies, completely forgetting about the purpose of college. (We still don’t understand the purpose of college!)
He was passionate about movies, and he always wanted to be a filmmaker. Soon after college we parted ways, but his passion towards movies stopped him from taking day jobs and he tirelessly pursued his career in filmmaking. That is the time he got into watching Korean movies. The narrative style of Asian films, especially korean attracted him so much. I know times where all he spoke about was Korean movies. And, do you know where it took him now? To China ! 🙂
Yes. His passion towards movies and his love towards Korean films has recently gave him an dream-come-true opportunity to work with Director Kwak Jae Yong, who is known for several renowned Korean movies like “My Sassy Girl”, “The Classic”, “Windstruck” etc.
Monish got an invite from Kwak Jae Yong and team to be an on-spot observer in their new movie, which is a Korean-Chinese co-production. The technical team of the movie was from Korea, and the actors were from China. I am proud to say that Monish was the only Indian who was part of the movie crew. A one of its kind honor.
The shoot took place in Qingdao, a coastal city in China for a month, and Monish was there throughout the shoot, observing the nuances of Korean filmmaking.
When asked about the experience, he said
“He & his films are famous among film buffs around the world. Meeting him atleast once in my Lifetime was my dream, i didnt expect that i will be near him in his shooting spot. I am the First Indian Technician to be acquainted with him, there are many aspiring filmmakers who wants to work with him in Korea and around the world, i am very lucky to get that opportunity.”
Also, when I asked about how he made this possible – to be part of a foreign film, he said
“Towards the end of 2014, i realized that im not just a film buff to watch Korean films and keep admiring their work from my home, one Question struck my mind ‘Why shouldnt i work with a Korean Filmmaker?’ Why shouldnt i be a part of a Foreign Film?’ So that is when i started to take serious steps to contact Director Kwak, It has been 6 months of day and night follow ups through mail, and when i got the positive response from the Production company to be a part of Director Kwak’s movie i was like i have done it.”
Monish is a good example of how youngsters can pursue their dream if they tirelessly fight for it. We all know that he’s got to go a long way. But, he has already started taking the steps, big ones.
According to me, aspiring filmmakers should try to part of foreign films so as to learn the technique and implement them into our movies. Watching a foreign film is completely different from working in one.
Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Would you like to know more about Monish’s experience? You can reach him at email@example.com
I also looked up to few of his quotes. They were witty as well as wise. Especially this one:
Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
Another interesting one is:
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance
The age of smartphones has transformed the distribution of content and media across the internet. People no longer are interested in reading lengthier passages, and are obsessed with images and videos more than any form of media. If you want your audience to read something important, type that, convert it into an image, and post it online. That’s how people’s mind work these days.
How have we arrived to this state of being obsessed with small snippets of text and images? Before the widespread use of technology, the only source of information we had was books. Searching something in a book is a highly complex task. A reader should go from point A to point B to know what’s in the book. He should read the complete book, or at least a complete chapter to find or understand the content of his interest. This linear approach made us accumulate knowledge. It helped us in understanding a whole concept rather than just getting a glimpse of it.
But, the internet is different. The information shared on the internet is instantly searchable. You can press Ctrl + F and search what you wish to read. This practice is widespread among everyone who uses a computer. The result? This practice has rapidly reduced our ability to read longer passages. The media and the tech industry has recognized this trend, and instead of bringing people out of this practice, they decided to go along with the flow.
Websites started posting news stories with limited text content, and started including other forms of media (image, video, GIFs) to support their stories. This scenario has also led to the fame of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
Even plain facts involving statistics is done using infographics, a creative form of visualizing data.
Even though the idea of crispy content looks good, it slowly kills our ability to use our brain to its capacity. Brain is also a muscle, and giving it more work will keep it healthy and happy. But, the current prevailing scenario on the internet will change it for us. This will make people feel that they know a lot of things, and eventually make them into nothing but pseudo experts. They won’t be true experts in anything, but will merely speak their opinions based on a Facebook status or a tweet that they had come across on the internet.
This needs to change. If I shout out saying that the internet has to change and people need to read stories with longer passages, then I am really stupid. Let the internet be the way it is. Enjoy memes, GIFs and infographics. But, at the same time spend more time in keeping your brain active. Give some exercise to your brain.
- Here are a few things you can do to keep your brain active:
- Read a book (Atleast one book a month)
- If you want to know something, don’t derive at a conclusion by reading about it in one website. Do complete research, derive your opinion from facts, and not from others opinion about it.
- Travel. Interact with people. Get to know life.
- Ask yourself a lot of questions.
- Ask questions to others
I’ve wanted to write about this for a while, and I had finally found time to do it.
I am not sure how many would have spent time in reading what I wrote! If you’re, then I appreciate your patience. I bet you’re still old fashioned!
Writing a book has been my dream for so many years. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to write and where should I focus in order to better myself as a writer. When I was looking into efficient ways to be more creative with writing, I stumbled upon a few short stories written by o Henry, R K Narayan, Haruki Murakami, etc. They were short, crisp, but had packed a lot of emotions packed within a few pages. I loved them. I thought “Why can’t we experiment writing a short story?”, and I did.
“An evening in Nehru Street” was my first short story. It was not a great story, I would say. But, it was good enough for others and myself to know that I can write. I received positive reviews for the story, and it got published in a Chennai based magazine. A great moment. This gave me the confidence to write more. But, I don’t want to stick with the same genre for all my stories. I wanted to try something different. I tried different genres in the book in order to see how far I can write out of my comfort zone. It took me over an year to write these stories, and its time to show it to the world.
The book “Written with a cursor” is not a professionally edited one. It was reviewed and edited by people who are passionate about reading and writing. They care about writing, and most of all, they care about me. And, that is what had brought this book together. From my side, I worked on everything from writing the book to designing the cover page. It is a great experience to see your creative work shaping up slowly, finding its way into the universe. One of the moments for which I’ve been waiting for a long time.
Are you looking for something fun, and interesting to read? Then this is the book for you. Are you a serious literary freak? You can still read the book and criticize me for my own good. (and for the good of others too!)
The book is a downloadable file, and contains files in .epub and .mobi formats. The .mobi format is for kindle users, and the .epub format is for those who like reading in their mobile or tablet.
The book can be downloaded from amazon kindle store. Click the Buy Now button to get it!
A few incidents can change your whole perspective towards something. In a recent TV series episode, one of the characters will tell that everybody has a ‘defining moment’, a moment that changes their whole life; or their whole perspective of how they see things than before.
One such defining moments happened to me yesterday. I was at the hospital to visit my dad (he was admitted due to a mild electrolyte imbalance. He’s fine now!) and was talking to my mom, as my dad slept after a heavy session of intravenous reionization (drips!) We spoke about my mom’s stay at the hospital and she told me that she couldn’t sleep properly as one of the patients, a little girl, kept screaming all night.
When I asked her the reason, my mom told me that the little girl was diagnosed with bone cancer, a tumor on her left shoulder. She told me that the girl was seven-years old. I was thrown into a deep state of shock. As we kept talking about the girl, we heard a loud scream from across the hall. It was the girl’s voice. She was shouting at her dad. We paused our conversation, and I walked across the ward to see her. I slowly went along the direction from where the voice came and stood before her bed that was draped with sandal colored curtains to provide translucent privacy.
The propelled air from the ceiling fan flung the curtains back and forth, revealing the face of the little girl. She was a beautiful little thing. She was lean, had a moderately dusky complexion, and had a deep brown eyes. Her short boyish hair cut made her look more pretty. When I noticed I found a lump on her left shoulder. A bulge. The tumor!
She sat on a plastic chair with a pillow behind her back. She kept turning her head from left to right to avoid the spoon of rice that was handed over to her by her father. I walked near her bed and looked at her. She gave me a puzzled look. I was a stranger. I never knew her. I just went there to see her. Now that she saw me I don’t know what to say. I introduced myself by my name, and told her that I am her friend. But, she was not in a mood to meet any new friends. She did not smile, but she was calm.
But, the calmness did not last long. She started crying when one of nurses came back to connect her to the intravenous chemo dose for the day. She pleaded the nurse saying she did not want the medicine as it was painful. She screamed whenever the nurse went near her. She kept repeating the word “please”, with tears rolling down from her deep brown eyes. That moment shook me to my core.
Within minutes, the entire nurse station was there, trying to make her smile, and to convince her to take the medicine. But, she did not stop crying. Almost every nurse looked sad, irrespective of their experience in handling patients like her. They felt really bad for forcing her into the treatment. But, it was necessary, and it had to be done. I did my share of convincing the girl. I sat next to her and spoke to her. I told her that she should consider taking the medicine or she will have to stay longer at the hospital. She nodded,and went silent for a minute. But, before I could get happy, she started crying again. None of us could do a thing about it. I told the nurse that they should leave her alone and try convincing after sometime. They agreed and left the place. But, I sat there for a couple of more minutes to see her calm down.
I wanted to be with her for a few more minutes, but I was called by my mom to meet the doctor and discuss something. I waved bye to her with a heavy heart and left the place. While driving back I kept thinking about the whole episode. Seven years old. I felt that the girl was too young to be in such a state. I felt that she does not deserve this. We’re all complaining about life, saying things like “why is this happening to me? I am a good person. God shouldn’t punish me. Why did he?” We always try to justify ourselves to come clean. But, the little girl is not blaming anybody. She doesn’t even know the seriousness of her disease. All she could feel was the pain, and she let it out by crying.
The whole incident made feel the importance our lives in this world. We have no idea who will get what. We are waking up everyday, getting ready for a wild gamble. When you’re through, it doesn’t mean you have won. You’ll have to repeat the whole thing the next day. Life is all about living through the unpredictability. It is all about the upcoming anticipation that slowly decodes itself along with the time. There is no machine to break the code. There is no way to hack it. The only way to get through it is by living the moment.
Live life. Love life.
Women’s day wishes.
Today, I read a blog post written by a friend and fellow blogger, bragadeesh, who spoke about today’s marriage market, especially what’s happening with respect to matrimonial sites, which made me want to write something about what I observed when I set up my profile a couple of months back. (Yeah! You heard it right!)
Until his mid-twenties, a guy struggles his way into the job market, which is cruel, highly-demanding, and constantly changing based on god knows what! Soon after he settles into a job, which he doesn’t know, is insecure compared to how it was twenty years back, he is pushed into the marriage market.
I was no exception. My parents want me to get married, because they didn’t want me to go through what they had to go through when they got married. My dad was almost 40, when he got married. I understand their feelings. But, the marriage market has changed a lot, especially during the past decade. It’s chaos. It difficult for anybody out there, especially for a person who is dark, heavyset, and on his way into going bald. (I’m talking about me.) But, I set up my matrimonial profile for the sake of my parents.
After signing up, I had a chance to go through a couple of profiles. Working women prefer a partner who earns more than them. There’s nothing wrong in that. I girl who is making 3 lakhs per annum is expecting a guy who is making 5-6 lakhs per annum. Makes sense. But, girls who are not working, or not willing to work, is preferring guy who makes 10-20 lakhs per annum (I have come across this in many profiles.) They want to marry a guy who earns their part too. This is insane!!! At least, I feel it that way.
And, in several talk shows I’ve noticed girls wanting a guy to have a car, two or three bedroom apartment, and lots more.
Let’s make a simple calculation. A guy has a small car, which he buys in EMI. Even if he puts an EMI for five years, his monthly expenses for the car would be EMI + Petrol, which would approximately round up to Rs.10,000. If he buys a house, he should pay a minimum interest of 15,000 – 20,000 for the next 10 or fifteen years.
So, let’s analyze this in a much detailed way. (All these are approximations.)
EMI for car – Rs.5000
EMI for house – Rs. 12000
Petrol for car – Rs. 4000
Petrol for bike – Rs. 2000 (office use, etc.)
Groceries – Rs. 3000
Weekly outing (movies) – 4 x 500 – Rs. 2000
Dinner and other expenses (per month) – Rs. 3000
If a guy wants to give money to their parents – Rs. 8000
Telephone and internet – Rs. 1500
Even on an approximate basis, a guy would need approximately Rs. 40,000 to run his family. And, this is without any savings. Additional expenses include jewels, investment on land, guest visits, family trips, buying home appliances, etc.
So, a guy has to make more than Rs.60,000 to satisfy the expectation of most women. But, what happens when the guy loses his job? Does he defy your basic qualifications? What if he stops making money? Where is the savings? What will you do? The house will still be on due, the vehicle too. And, there will be no money to support the family. What will a girl do under such circumstances? Leave him? I don’t know. I’m puzzled.
I am not saying girls are bad. No, I am not that kind. I am a feminist myself, and I respect women who are independent, and who follow their passion. They have dreams, and no one is stopping them from having it. My concern is about most of them setting a trend. A luxurious life, a grand wedding, a big house. Doesn’t happen to every guy. I know really smart, hard-working guys, who are not making more than Rs.12,000 a month. Bitter truth.
I am not telling you to hunt for lower middle class guys and marry them. That would be ridiculous. Set your preferences to a realistic level. Look for someone who would be with you in the long run. Start a life, have fun, work hard, save a lot, and then invest in a house, or anything as a couple. Don’t make the guy bear all the burden during an age where he has things to do, dreams to fulfill, and a life to live.
Life’s all about being happy. Expecting too much will cost you more time, bring you more stress, and take your life away before you get to live your dream. Marriage is not materialistic. It’s not about properties and money. My wish is, one has to consider everything before thinking about setting unrealistic expectation.
You can read my friend’s blog post here: http://bragadeeshprasanna.com/its-kindah-funny/
Also, you can mail me your views at firstname.lastname@example.org
People are judgemental. They have been; they are; and they will be. But, the percentage of them being judgemental has increased in the recent times. The cool quotient of a person is decided upon where he or she is working, what kind of music he or she listens to, or what kind of movies he or she likes. If a person likes something that doesn’t mean the whole world should be of his or her taste. People differ and so is their taste. As individuals one must respect the likes and dislikes of others. In my opinion that will solve our entire problem of misunderstanding and miscommunication.
When two guys talk in a group saying “Shawshank redemption is a great movie”, the others in the group will say “Yeah man! Brilliant!” even if they did not like the movie to that extent. Saying that “it was okay” would be considered a great sin. Many think that if they saw a couple of movies from imdb’s top 250, they are a movie buff. I haven’t watched several movies that are listed among the top 250. I have seen a lot of other movies that are equally good. They couldn’t find their place among the top 250 because there are only 250 positions.
The movies in imdb are rated based on people’s votes. If you did not like a particular movie in spite of its rating, that doesn’t mean you enjoy a good movie. You did not like a particular movie. Hollywood isn’t gonna come knock your door and sue you for saying that it’s bad. So, when your friends or colleagues praise something and if you don’t like it, say that you don’t. If the other guy can induce your opinion by saying a movie’s good, you can do the same to the others by saying that it’s okay. If they take your opinion in a constructive way, then they are a bunch of open minded people. I respect them.
I have a friend who used to talk about movies a lot. He used talk about some good really good movies. I bet they are good. But, I won’t watch most of it because they don’t belong to my taste. I don’t want to watch a movie just for the sake of being his friend. You may like drama and your friend may like sci-fi movies. That doesn’t mean you have a great taste and he doesn’t.
I will watch a movie only if the plot is attractive enough to hook me in front of the screen.
I was once told that “I don’t know music” for telling my friend that a particular song is not that great. That is not the right way to treat others. I don’t want to be that music wizard who forces himself to like metallica. Instead I would like to be that left out person who listens to Simon & Garfunkel, or Maroon 5, or Nickelback.
Respect others taste. You will feel great and you will make others feel great.