Basically a dude
Basically a dude
Though I wonder if she ever does think of the moment the way I do, that day, sunny afternoon, I photographed her and she let me.
I skipped my rule #1 : Be discreet, shoot and walk away rather I chose to play fair which is rare, my rule #2 : Ask when you darn sure they won’t refuse.
She utterly refused though not for long perhaps she anticipated I’ll just stand there sulking all day and trust me I’m quite good at it..
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.
Just kidding. 😀
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.
Do what you like. Express-Explore-Consume-Innovate.
A few decades from now, our time will be termed as the Golden Era of a digital world – Swami
Good Night- A Poem by Swami
She scratches her nose
Rubs her face
And turns away
When I caress my princess in her sleep
White horses with wings
Chase a lone cloud on a cliff is
Her frequent dream
I wait with longing eyes
But soon it becomes unbearable…
I gently tap her hand a few times
She babbles, I don’t know what?!
I frown for as long!
Finally, she turns back
Throws her arm across me
Grin runs across her face
When I snuggle her tight
Good night 🙂
* In case you don’t who Swami is, he’s my friend, a very dear friend and a ace blogger. After much persuasion he agreed to do a guest post on my blog. Your likes and comments are much appreciated.
What’s below? Ahem! 😀
For centuries, scientists strictly indulged in gravity, space, locomotive, energy…
Only with advent of capitalism, focus was evened out with emphasis also on tooth brush design, stain removers, instant noodles…
However, the most noteworthy evolution has been with brassiere. Just a few decades ago they were miserably dull, over protective and discouraging.
Sun is on standby
Empty roads trigger into a freshly drawn battlefield
Honking, marching, pacing, racing
The invisible Ferrari of happiness
Red-marked lipid profiles
Crop up on the streets
Brisk walking to survive another day
Reporting rapists, murderers, filthy politicians
News bundle lands on my courtyard
Electrifying red transcends upon the sky
Devours the stars
I pull in the curtains dark
My eyes droopy, exhausted
Harmony is when you don’t defy constant nor the pertinent change.
I realized, not in time
To serenade you
I mute my sermon
Amuse your senses
A joy, a laugh, a tear
And before you wipe me off
I fall into your bosom
Take only pictures, steal only time
leave only footprints – Unknown
A life less dead
There’s no unrest around me
For freedom, peace or brotherhood
No pain, no endeavor
No mate, no love
The worldly-wise hail “Greed is good”
The trouble makers chant “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”
Capitalism will always find its way
War or stimulus, either way
Red flag nation is the destination
Mergers and acquisitions
You bet, that’s the game
Warren Buffett, Bill gates are best sellers
Good book pale decays
Dead burdened by installments
Taxes and dry days
The money lenders
Then, were well-behaved
Now, the recovery agent knocks me down
When I fail
That’s not all
NGOs and Politicians wise up after sun sets
Gandhi features on funky t-shirts
Where does it all end?!
“Care for a drag?”
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