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विश्वास

विश्वास है मुझे तुमपर अपने से ज्यादा…
खुश रखूँगा तुम्हें अपने से ज्यादा…
ख़ामोशी से सुनूंगा तुम्हारी हर बात…
कम न होंगे मेरे दिल से कभी भी यह जज़्बात…
प्यार है तुमसे तो खुल कर कहता भी हूँ…… See More
तुम्हारे सामने बोलने से डरता भी हूँ…
विश्वास है मुझे की समझोगी यह बात तुम…
प्यार मिलेगा तुमसे हद से ज्यादा… :)

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Aaj Main

पलकों के साए में तुझे छुपा कर रख लूँ आज मैं
तेरे साथ बीते हर पल को कुछ खास बना लूँ आज मैं
उम्मीद है की तेरे साथ रहेगा ज़िन्दगी भर ऐ दोस्त
हर गम को ख़ुशी से तेरे साथ बांटू आज मैं
तेरी बातों को दिल की किताब में लिखने का इंतज़ार है आज मुझे
सब कुछ भुला कर बस तुझे सुनना चाहता हूँ आज मैं
न जाने कब वोह पल आयेंगे जब तू मुझे भी प्यार भरी नज़रों से देखेगी
तुझसे मिलने की तमन्ना में एक और दिन जी लूँगा मैं

waiting and will always wait for you to come back in my life…
always and yours only :)

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Mar 26, 2010

Kuch Pal

आज मैं सोना चाहता हूँ…

तेरी गोद में सर रख कर…

तेरे आँचल के साये में कुछ पल जीना चाहता हूँ…

बहुत जी लिया तेरी यादों के साए में…

उन साथ बिताये पलों को भूल आज मैं फिर से तेरे साथ जीना चाहता हूँ…

तेरे आगोश में छुप कर, कुछ पल आंखें बंद कर…

तुझे महसूस करना चाहता हूँ…

आज मैं कुछ पल सोना चाहता हूँ…

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Life Beyond DOT COM

In my last few posts, I have written a lot about the importance of being online, getting your name as domain name and benefits of being social online. No doubt, being online is one of the most important thing in lives of many people, like me, who are earning their bread from Internet only. Around 2 years back, I gave a seminar on Internet in my institute and called in dimension “I”. The dimension which can help you in making  a world around you where you can make the rules and regulations in the way you want them to be. Internet has changed lives of many people and is still changing them.

Finding friends, making new contacts and getting new clients is far more easy than before but this speed is eating happiness and reducing relaxation time day by day. If I calculate the time spend with friends and family in last 3-4 years, it will come to almost null. Being a passionate photographer, it sometimes hurt when I do not find time to go out and click some photographs of bugs. The thing is almost every IT professional is almost out of the contact of mother nature. We are becoming “Frog of the well” and do not want to go out to see whats around us.

Having a hobby can be helpful but if you can not fulfill the basic requirement of hobby i.e. time, it is of no use. Indoor hobby is also of no use, sorry. Playing game on PS2 or XBox or WII can not be counted as a “helpful hobby” as it will make you remain inside the room. What I want to say is we all need to go out. We need to get the hidden child in us, out and make fun of every single thing around us. Play, run, dance, click or do what ever you want to do but do spend sometime with mother nature. Give time to your “offline” friends and family and get a life.

You will feel good :)

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Oct 15, 2009

Life Behind The Ink On Paper

I am checking out newspapers since I was 8 years old. Those days, it was for cartoon strips and now it is for the current affairs. Sometimes, a few friends of mine asked me why I read newspaper when the news channels are live for 24×7. There is a very simple answer to them i.e. no one can complete the power of written words and news walas maximum times run behind stupid breaking news. Also to get a glance of the world around the city, local editions of newspapers are the best.

So, Hindustan Times and Dainik Bhaskar are kind of a part of my life these days. What I normally do is go downstairs, bring them up and read them in about 15-20 minutes. After that, they are just a piece of paper which will go for selling. The thoughts are changing now. Its not only about news in them. Its about the hardwork of the people associated with it. I know you all will think of reporters, editors, photographers etc but I am not talking about them. I am talking about the people who are making ways for the newspapers to survive. We, readers are not the one who make them earn but they are advertisers who support them.

In last few days, I came in contact with a team in Dainik Bhaskar and after watching them working so hard I was curious to know what they exactly do with these things. So they explained the working situation in past and in present of a newspaper. Long time ago when there was not much competition and there were no news channels, newspapers were the only source for the deep inside review of all the things going around. The editors were the power in chief and only because of their name the newspaper was living but thing have changed now. Money, competition and search for the best readership is there. So the management has been introduced. The management bring in the money for the empire. They build the relationship between the reader and the paper.

It is the management who bring advertisements and you can go mad when you see a higher official of advertising section working 24×7 in seasons like of Diwali. The advertisers give ads on last moment and some of them drag their ass out in last seconds. Then the struggle of how to remove the editorial or how to add more content starts. Fights between editor and advertising section is so normal that sometimes it goes above limits.

I realized in the field of newspaper it is not time bound. If the client is paying you have to change whole format of the page in minutes just for them. No matter how much struggle you have to do, client is GOD.

This is really interesting to understand the present infrastructure of the newspapers. If you get a chance to have a inside out glance of it, do not miss the chance :)

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Oct 12, 2009

Is It Really Hard To See Someone Learning?

I know this is quite controversial thing to comment on nature of anyone out there so I am not going to take the names of people whom I want to do critic on ;). I am following the theory of play safe here :D. What happened is, I was coming back from Panchkula to Chandigarh with Naveen and we chatted on some issues which we were watching from last many months.

First let me tell you something about Naveen. Naveen Choudhary, a very intelligent human being who can get logic out of anything. I, sometimes feel that I am lucky to have friends like him around who can not only say good about you on your face but can also critic you when it is needed.

Okay, lets get back to point. We were discussing on the nature of people which change a lot with time. The talk started with Gurdaas Maan Night which is going to take place in Chandigarh soon went to Shekhar Suman and some other actors of the industry. Till then the outcome came to be something very depressive that old gems like Gurdaas Maan are very down to earth and simple but the new generation of actors is arrogant and bit irritating.

Somehow the talk was turned to photographers (Well this is common between me and Naveen so its obvious). We discussed over the unwanted attitude of photographers of in, around the city and from different parts of the country. As all say, there are black sheep in every field but I think photography is a field, where there are more of them. I remember once I was told that in old times if you go to a photographer and want to learn, then you have to be his/her “mundu” or you can say slave for the time till s/he lets you touch his/her camera. Time has changed now after the revolution of digital photography but the attitude of these photographers remains the same. They do not want you to learn but will make you stand there watching them like dummies for long and long and long.They will neither allow you to spend time on your equipment, nor encourage you to go for contests.

Naveen told me about two very famous photographers of India and explained the difference between their nature. He told that one of his colleagues got a chance to spend time and do assignments with both the photographers and found that both are equally good in photography but the difference between their nature is tremendous. The first photographer was arrogant. Why I am saying that? Actually what happened was, one day they went to shoot the assignment where the junior photographer saw a very good composition and immediately got his camera out to click but that “Amazing photographer” stopped him in a way that the composition is not good at all. After few moments he was clicking the same composition found by the junior.

On the other hand, the junior photographer got a chance to meet one other photographer and do assignment with him. On the way, they found one baby donkey in a amazing composition and the senior photographer started clicking it. Keeping the last incident in mind, the junior didn’t get the camera out and when the senior photographer turned, he scolded him and said “Ab khinch le! Bhagne ki wait kar raha hai kya? dubara nai milega yeh saari zindagi fir baith ke royega” which means “Click it now or you are waiting him to run? This composition will not be there in future and whole life you will cry for not clicking it”.

Now see the difference between the first and the second one. This is what I am talking about. No doubt due to digital revolution, the photographers are not paid as they were for their work but I do not understand why don’t they think of the phrase “Every photograph is sell-able no matter it goes for $1 or $100”.

I feel it is better to spend some money and go to a good institute to learn. At least they tell you how to use the equipment and let you try it out. I spend a lot of time juggling here and there to learn. Checked Internet. Got information from friends, but when I did the self assignment and joined CFC, the real me came out which can be seen in my photostream on flickr.

I know I am not that good enough to say that I am a professionally sound photographer but I know I am on the right path of becoming at least a good enough photographer. It will take time and too much of learning but I feel its easy to learn yourself then to go somewhere and learn. Sometimes the person in front of you showoff a lot but from inside s/he is nothing but a piece of junk who can not help you in going ahead. Even in our group there are people who said a lot about their stuff and work but they just vanished with time as the real colors come in front of other members. After coming for 1-2 meetings they are now nowhere! Friends like Vijay Singh Bainsla, Ravi, Sandeep, Kshitiz, Nachiketa are good in their clicks and the best part is they share the information with free mind. How can anyone in the group forget that Vijay, despite of being so busy, spent time with us teaching the very basic of photography like the combination of shutter speed and aperture. Ravi who not only shared his hidden collections with us but also shared the information on how to shoot in lack of equipment. Sandeep who has good hand on portraits never say I can teach but make you teach out of nowhere and Kshitiz whose compositions are always encouraging one and Nachiketa who is a master of bird and animal spotting.

On the other hand Members like Varun, Mohd. Safdar, Naveen, Ashwani, Anurag, Cheena, Deenu, Gautam, Nipun are always there to help and learn in every situation. No matter its about photography or not they will come forward and show that they are in your life. I admire the commitment of all of them towards photography and love the way the behave when we are together. Though none of us claim that we are professional photographers and can click better than others but we all have our own forte. If anyone find anything while clicking in group, we do not feel like not telling to others. Sometimes, we say it so loudly that the subject runs away :P excitement!! hehe.

Life is good with these friends and learning is better with them. We all look on Internet, play with camera, share information on tutorials, share links, kick each other for parties and play with photographs but we all know how important is “give respect and take respect”. No matter Anurag Malhotra is elder to me, he will come and ask me to teach. No matter Cheena is younger to me, if I find the composition good I will ask him how he clicked.

Is this attitude missing in those “so called” professional photographers or God gives only one thing to them i.e. either skill to click or being down to earth? Why can’t they remember that only a tree with fruits will bend. When I search for the answer I find “Who the hell am I to think?” Leave them alone with their small hallucination of being “the best” and enjoy clicking with your friends and mentors. Learning and teaching is part of this field and only s/he can flourish who can respect the feelings of other person. If you kick someone in front of others, s/he will kick back for sure one day or the other.

Go ahead, click but please be down to earth. Happy clicking.

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Sep 25, 2009

The Thirty Buggy Day – Day 1

[singlepic id=158 w=320 h=240 float=left]What can I say, delighted, happy, proud of walking so much ;) hehe. Anyway, let me describe the whole experience. i woke up at 7:00 AM as I was aware of the fact that going early to click bugs will result in ZERO output as there will not be enough light. I reached at Fragrance Garden sector 36 Chandigarh at around 8:15 AM and got my camera out set it according to the light conditions. I remember days when I mess myself a lot to get the proper setting for manual mode but as per now, practice has give me 10% confidence on my light calculations. Rest 90% will come as I go further with more and more self assignments after these 30 days.

When I entered the garden, I saw SO many people there which made me a little conscious but as I moved further looking for my subject, I almost forgot about the presence of “humans” there hehe. The first group of bugs which I came across were super sensitive. I am saying this because if I even move a single step they all fly together and then suddenly hide in the bushes so perfectly that I was not able to see them. After banging my head finding these little champs, I gave up and moved forward.

As I kept on moving on the side trail of the park, I came across one garden lizard, few ants, some common bugs and lot of people looking curiously on my work. As I am not going to be on the same place tomorrow, I didn’t even bother to look at them ;).

When I reached to the end of the park, I was empty handed with very little shots. A bit disappointed at tired like anything, I decided to come back. While on back trail, I found the delight which included dragonflies, butterflies, jewel beetle, wasp ( missed the shot). Happy and delighted, I came back home after completing the first day of my assignment. The day was a lesson for me as I thought these bugs are becoming a bit friendly to me but they flew very quickly.

Hoping for the best for the second day, I am closing the post :)

In photograph:
A: Jewel Beetle (Ref No: TTBD1A)
B: Spider (Ref No: TTBD1B)
C: Garden Lizard (The bug eater) (Ref No: TTBD1C)
D: Butterfly (Ref No: TTBD1D)
E: Dragon Fly (Ref No: TTBD1E)
F: Unknown :( (Ref No: TTBD1F)

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