Darwin Asked for Window Seat


Tip to street photography

When you look at a bunch, call out “Aye”
You’ve got their attention?
Perhaps not all of them and they’re moving away…
Be quick. Call out again “Aye” and with one hand wave at them, smile and click.
That simple.

Just kidding. πŸ˜€

On a serious note, Darwin came to India. Yes, he did. Trust me. We were briefly together. You’ll find out.

Now he was told, when in India, don’t trust the locals. Be very clear and emphatic. He included me too. Everyone loves to hurt a poet, doubt his writings, his intentions. Moreover they say if you’re a street photographer, you’re doomed unless you live in New York, date a curator. Don’t laugh. I’ve seen it in movies. A double jeopardy and I’ve got a beer belly.

Coming back to the story.

“BOOK….Me…A…Window….Seat” Darwin did as told.

The local guy diligently responds “Aye! done, sir”

No flights to the city he wanted to go. Poor Darwin. He should have first asked “Is…There…A…Flight…To…xxxxx”
(Destination details are withheld on request)
He’s on the tractor in the picture below. You won’t spot him. He’s on the other side and he strictly told me “No pictures. My reputation is screwed if the paparazzi finds out”

I told him, trust me, the paparazzi doesn’t care for you. But my drinking habits and love for friends on WP…Noway he was going to believe me. He’s a smart guy, no denying that.

He survived. Lucky old man. He had to. Look at the picture. One guys slips, takes a few along, chain reaction. So you ain’t just taking support but holding the other guy, making sure he doesn’t fall off.

That night with a broken back, he wrote the obvious.

When he narrated the incident to a techie friend, showed him my pictures, was a Eureka moment. Alright, not Eureka exactly, “Show me the money” moment. The Techie guy had a revolving belly (Running naked was out of the question) and traits of an Indian. (Happens if you’re working in Silicon Valley)

“Hands free” initiated a small but significant advancement in mobile technology.

Now here’s the catch. Darwin became famous for his discovery but discovery is stating the obvious. You surely get credit for the discovery but no money. Why? It was always around. You broke your back on that trip, discovered. laws of nature, physical phenomena and abstract ideas are not considered patentable..No monies, sir!

However, a practical product or process based on the discovery can be patented.

The techie, yes sir..made it big!

Me?! I’m not as dumb as Darwin. I told the techie “I deserve money for the pictures”

He raised his hands “I ain’t buying your pictures. I just had a look at them. No monies for you. Try Etsy”

What has the world come to? No one cares about morality. High time. I request bloggers who write about inspirational stuff to take up the issue of morality. No money, sir but do it.

On a really serious note. Take a breath. Forget everything I’ve said. Look at the pictures again. Look at their smiles, their undying spirit.
I think of the time, I clicked those moment, priceless and every time I look at these pictures, they put a smile on my face, gives me a reason to go out again, call out “Aye”.

This is it. Eventually….
Moment of joy is, when you create art. Before and after is commerce.
I’ve got a camera and a pen and this is my passion and all I know is this.
Not many care for what I do but who do, are a reason enough.

77 thoughts on “Darwin Asked for Window Seat

  1. Photo #1 is perfection…all who could turn and smile, did. Others, hands raised, smiles and salutes and OK signs- a vehicle filled with joy- just for you. I hope you are smiling Arjun, just a little. I am worried about the sadness…

    • Thank you so much for a beautiful response. I’m smiling way more than I do, reading your appreciating words. Happiness is when writing comes easy. That reminds me, I apologize for not checking on you after we last spoke. I hope you’re rolling again. A big hug!

  2. Aye!

    “This is it. Eventually….
    Moment of joy is, when you create art. Before and after is commerce.
    I’ve got a camera and a pen and this is my passion and all I know is this.
    Not many care for what I do but who do, are a reason enough.”
    So true and nice.

    And I fell in love with those photos! AMAZING! Maybe it’s easier to be financially successful in New York, but your photos have a vibe that is no way to be captured in the States!

  3. Aye, Aye, Aye… love it too…. Nonsense maketh fine reading methinks. (you have a beer-belly? πŸ˜‰ ) ah, life and the joy of it, just keep hanging on .. lovely photo’s xPenx

  4. Love it and I nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogging Award! If you are interested Arjun you can check out the rules at my blog, have a very Sweet Monday πŸ™‚

    • Weekend played a crucial role. I had two keywords playing on my mind. The digital world and survival of an artist. It fell in place with the movie.
      Thank you Richard. I owe it to you!

        • The brilliance of Godard, his insight to the deterioration of human life is for us to see.
          In fact Tarantino’s Django has a strong influence of this movie.

          • Yes, and done with such humour. Very dark, but as you say, brilliant. I must watch Django – Tarantino has borrowed from JLG in the past so this doesn’t surprise me. I’m also a fan of JLG’s later work – Eloge de L’amour is great.

          • I bought all his movies along with weekend. I had a few but now I’m loaded. Tarantino doesn’t deny Godard’s influence. In fact his production company is named after Godard’s movie. Bande A Part
            Do watch Django.

  5. Damn Word Press. Following your blog but don’t get notified. Thought it strange you were so silent but great work has been going on with you and superb photos. Your style of writing is unique. I missed you. Keep up the word/photo game.

  6. i MISSED THIS ( I’m blaming the weekend:( ). “Hands free”..! πŸ˜€
    Btw, how happy they all look! πŸ™‚

    So, I went to an asian restaurant in NYC and eventually the owner started talking to all of us. He went to India and he loved the country. In his words ” There is so much poverty, but people know how to smile , how to laugh out loud”.

    I still can’t understand that thing , because I am also one of them, INDIAN! πŸ™‚ ( also those comments reminded me of a scene from Munnabhai movie! πŸ˜‰ )

    But, I think , from far, that ” celebration of life” or “that willing to get happy” or “contentment” – shows! . Today, I remembered that incident after seeing these photographs. πŸ™‚

    • btw ,Django is awesome! πŸ™‚

      This weekend thanks to netflix, I loved another movie – Luv shuv tey chicken khurana. What a great style of story building there too! πŸ™‚

      anyways, write hard and will wait for more pictures !:)

        • Will Smith. Yes!
          You know when I watch good movies , I wish it was made in bollywood!..:) We all grew up! But most of the hit films are same..still same!! I though thank god that they showed at least a few career loving women in recent movies!
          Heroines are no longer born and brought up to dance around the trees, in bollywood movies , nowadays!

          But movies on good subjects are still rare!..For good subjects, I still watch hollywood films !:) Okay, sorry to bring film discussion on your picture gallery πŸ™‚ have a great day:)

          • Post is merely an excuse for conversations. Say anything you like and by the way you’re talking about my first love – Cinema.

            Our movies are a reflection of us largely, if not all. And what is that? Sunny leone in a item song. Ha Ha! Hideous.

            In fact, they are about to offer us movies with loads of sleaze and offensive language. The top film makers, keep guessing have jumped the fray. They call it path-breaking like every feed on News Channel is Breaking News.

            And after we’ve hit the bottom, is when good cinema will return. I have a lot of faith in the youth of my country. Next decade is going to be tumultuous but worth it.

          • Amen to that wish. πŸ™‚
            Ha ha. Yes, either sunny leone or sakshi tanwar – only two classes in everyday bollywood cinema. πŸ™‚
            Very nice discussion. Will wait for your next photo.:)

    • When I was a kid, my parents took us out every Sunday, me in the front holding the steering of my dad’s Bajaj scooter, my sis on the back seat with mom.
      We had our meals together every night…eventually my father became rich, saved primarily and now he’s a worried man.
      Little makes you smile. Moments make you happy.
      To say it in terms of economics, by Indian standards anything more than 1 million dollars is a unhappy situation. We just can’t find a balance after we’ve hit that number. πŸ™‚

      • You are right. πŸ™‚
        I got a book yesterday- As a Man Thinketh. It talks about it too. It’s a good book- not religious/or spiritual ! πŸ™‚

        When I grew up finally and saw changes in friends. women – balancing between aspiration and traditions ( traditions thanks to saas-bahu serials; another blog topic in my dream) and men – running behind money. I knew what I did not want to be!.. LOL..What I want to be – not sure still. πŸ™‚

        Great photographs. Your blog place can make everyone creative!:)

        • We Indians often quote Gandhi. He was thrown out of the train when he was 45ish. That’s when it all began for him. So you’ve got time, lots of it and you’re doing exceptionally well with camera and words. It only gets better and better πŸ™‚

          • Thank you for the motivation. πŸ™‚
            Yes, you are so right. πŸ™‚
            All the best to you too! Superb work, if at all I understand art and poetry and the “jugalbandi”..:)

  7. I’m going to stir the pot a little and call bullshit. Not for your words – insightful and beautifully written – but for the message between the lines.As my father used to say, “piss or get off the pot” I remember the first time I read your words – my first thought was – WTF!, this man is not from India! I’m a little ashamed to admit my initial reaction yet it supports my point. Screw New York and all the tight ass know it alls, Street photography is an art form, an eye to another world through pictures. You were born with that eye, and as with your writing have the power to define the inexplicable.So shut up and believe in yourself. Darwin would approve πŸ™‚

    • The below quote I wrote for one of my posts.
      A work of art that goes under the hammer earns accolades from buyers and admirers but art that fails to receive due appreciation certainly finds a permanent place in the heart of its maker. Every creation of God and man does secure redemption it deserves just like the shining light of a star travels a billion years to reach our planet.

      My agony is no different than yours or for that matter your husband too. I’m referring to your post on The Great Gatsby and you’ve been vocal about similar issues, when a piece of art is compromised for consumerism.

      • Art is subjective – beauty in the eye of the beholder. After that the waters get muddy – despite all that muck one thing we can be grateful for is the opportunity to voice our opinion.

        We all have agony, outrage, points of view; whatever you want to call it. I go off on things all the time.Sometimes justified, often a knee jerk reaction.

        When I say I call bullshit, it’s a good, not bad thing. I love your work, always look forward to it, and simply wish you understood how beautifully you captured the world around you. πŸ™‚

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