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Apr 17, 2009

Congratulations Dr.Vandana

Its party time for me and my family as my sweet sister Dr.Vandana got her first JOB in WNS Gurgaon. Today was her first day at office.

Congratulations Didi :) may you get 1st increment asap ;)

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Jan 12, 2009

Weird People Weird Way Of Doing Business

From Jan 2004, I am thinking of the same thing again and again that mixing friendship in business is not good in North India. Why I am saying North India, has a solid reason. The reason is despite of being very good friends, people like Annanth, pay right on time without delay (He is from Mangalore) but 90% of clients from North India are delaying and delaying for smallest amount of Rs.500/-!!!!

I remember the way “Kel World” a long term client of mine, has shown his business ethics by paying on the same day of registration! But people here in my City and around are making fun of me by asking me to wait and keep on waiting. I have decided to stop advance order execution for clients and resellers both.

Why they do not understand that I do not own “Domain or Hosting Industry”. I also have to pay someone. Due to people like them I have been in big trouble in last year. A very good colleague is still waiting for some amount only because of people like those who think Rs.1000/- or Rs.500/- is a small amount and they do not care about paying on time.

These people want me to renew/register domains in advance! Who are they to expect things like that? I will prefer to loose 9 out of 10 clients rather than paying for such people from my pocket.

Anyway, this is what an angry guy can write. I am not pointing any client with which I had bad experience but named only those who are good in business. I do not want to make those people wait for payment who worked for me so it is important that I get payment on time.

In last year I know due to some personal issues, some of my clients also had to face delays in work but I have shown my apologies and completed their work and still working for them. I know I need money to live but those who buy domain and hosting from me do not think so.

Signing off and still angry…

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Ae Dost

Ae Dost

Teri ankhon mein kho jane ko dil karta hai
Teri hasi mein beh jane ko dil karta hai

Har pal main teri baton ko yaad karta hun
Tere sath rahe palon ko jeene ki koshish karta hun

Dosti ka ehsas kya hota hai tune mujhe fir se batla diya
Ankhon hi ankhon mein sath hone ka ehsaas dila diya

mujhe yaad hai woh pal jab tu mujhe pehli baar mili thi
Teri muskaan mein 100 batein chupi mili thi

Na jaane kyun us pal mein tera kayal main ho gaya tha
Tere har paigam ko dil se lagane ko tatpar ho gaya tha

Dost ban kar zindagi k har ko mehkana bhi teri ik ada hai
Tu hamesha mere kareeb rahe bas rabb se meri yehi dua hai…

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Self Assignment -1 — “30 Mornings At Sukhna Lake”

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Sukhna Lake Chandigarh — An introduction.
Sukhna Lake is a man made lake which came into existence in 1958. It is spread over 3 Sq. Km. The main attraction on the lake are places to sit, food outlets, boating, shikaras, ducks, migratory birds and play area for children. You can also find artists who make portraits etc.

The assignment.
I decided in mid November after Chandigarh Carnival about going on self assignments. After a long break due to fever and weakness, getting back in action on Chandigarh carnival was enough boost for me. The first thing I can think of was Sukhna Lake. So I decided to go there for 30 regular days from 30th Nov 2008 to 29th Dec 2008. But the question was what time? I had never been to the lake for long in early mornings. I decided the timings from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. As per my thoughts two hours were enough and I was quite right in that.

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The Experience.
You can not even imagine how these 30 days were like. I never thought I could have so much fun on single place and so many subjects on single place. Even after 30 days I am feeling like I can go for more 60-100 days!

On the very first day I reached on lake at around 6:40 AM so that I can start on time. I was totally out of knowledge for morning photographs and settings required, so first day was not that good. Although I learnt that coming before 6:55 AM is of no use. On the second day I was very much confident about the time and the things I was looking for. I spent around 1 and half hour over there and got some good shots but still I was not satisfied. I was feeling like these 30 days may get ruined due to lack of knowledge about light and all. As I kept this assignment big time secret, asking an expert was also not possible. The thing is I feel if I tell someone what I am thinking of doing everything gets ruined. Although I know this is an superstitious nature but I have many reasons to believe in this.

[singlepic id=73 w=320 h=240 float=left]Anyway, moving onto third day, I became very sure what I have to do to get good and clear shots as accidentally I know the desired settings for aperture and shutter. Clicking against sun and getting typical yellow background and silhouette is really like living in heaven. I also had some very funny experience with ducks on third day. I was sitting there enjoying clicking some ducks. One of them was eating the pieces of roti lying just next to me. While going back she hit my foot and almost fell on the next stair. She quacked loudly and looked at me. I don’t know why, I said Sorry. But that arrogant duck (I am using this as it was not my mistake. I didnít even moved a cm), opened her wings and hit me really hard. I was like “Oh my God! She hit me without any reason!” I was so shocked that I missed the shot in which you might have a look how egoist these ducks can become!

Fourth day was a blessing for me. I came to know about the fact that clicking against Sun in different manners can give me superb shots. Till fourth day, people around there were not habitual of me and kept on giving me weird looks. The experimenting with Sun kept on moving on some more days. Still I was hesitant to click faces of people as I have never been to a place like this.

[singlepic id=65 w=320 h=240 float=left]But the hesitation completely disappeared on the sixth day. I clicked some good photographs of people doing exercise there. All the time I kept in mind that I have to keep on experimenting on different kind of shots. On seventh day, some very great shots were captured in my cam. It was God’s blessing that I went every spot right on time. On day 6th I saw duck fight while I was giving them bread to eat. I was not able to click as it was my rule to first give bread to ducks followed by “Surya Namaskar” and then I get my cam in action. I wished I could get a shot like this. Guess what! I GOT THEM THE NEXT DAY!!!!

I find many people who do not believe in God but I think that was my dedication for work due to which God made some really good shots for me. I still do not believe what all I got!!! Anyway, another thing which got clear in my mind was “The Rule of Thirds”. Till date I was not very sure about what exactly it is but during the assignment I did some pretty good experiment in that too.

[singlepic id=61 w=320 h=240 float=right]Another thing which fascinated me was chipmunks. It was like I can not complete my day without their photographs. Bread for ducks and Bajra for birds and chipmunks became a part of my gear. There were five chipmunks near the police quarter at lake. I donít know how these little cuties are so daring! I regularly sat near the place where I put the Bajra to them to eat. They do not have any hesitation in coming near me and eating the food. Some of the pics were so interesting which I also posted n flickr profile. I say them fighting and kissing too!

There is a banyan tree on the lake which is HUGE. I also tried some shots in which sun was behind it. All came good. There are also some flowers which are full of dew drops. Amazing colors they have! I don’t know why that tower made me fall in love with it! (Hey I have no plans to go there and commit suicide ;) ). I tried my best to manage some shots in which I got people, chipmunks, flowers, birds, along with the tower. It was really hard as camera I am using is not good in focusing as fast as DLSR. But hey it can give too good results!

On day 10th, I again feel now what to click? I got so disappointed with myself that I sat on a stair and tried really hard something to click. Unbelievably, I got some good frames of flying birds! A very famous photographer who is also a friend told me that clicking flying bird in perfect frame is almost impossible for amateurs like me when he was showing me some photographs he clicked in a temple. As he is too experienced, I was not sure if I can get some good shots of flying birds. But hey! God is for everyone. 10th day was dedicated to flying birds ;)

[singlepic id=74 w=320 h=240 float=left]11th day bought a delight for me as I found a cute artist making drawing of the lake early morning. She was too busy in her work that I watched her for a while, clicked a pic and moved. Day 12 was full of macro experiments. Next day I found a cup placed on the lake side. I sat down and managed to get sun exactly on the top making a cup full of sun ;). The experimenting goes on and on everyday but some standard clicks like silhouette, ducks and chipmunks were my favourite models.

Day 16 was a big time fun. I found a green color bottle on the lake. Playing with it along with Sun was totally amazing experience for me.† 17th day God fulfilled one more wish by filling the blues with greys! There were clouds. Too good patterns!† On the same day two of my friends were there which was a shock cum surprise for me.

Flying birds, running people, jumping chipmunks, people who sing but have worst voice ever thought, people giving bread to ducks, etc were a common stuff for me. But sometimes these common things became very unusual especially when I spotted a pair of chipmunks kissing or I managed to find spider webs full of dew drops.

These webs with droplets were also a blessing for me. Although I didn’t get the desired result but clicking such a thing on a day when I thought today is no photo day, was a big time surprise. The reason of no photo day was fog. HUGE SHEET OF FOG covering lake.

[singlepic id=68 w=320 h=240 float=right]25th to 28th day were full of small experiments and repeated shots of many places. I found one couple sitting very beautifully there. Also a bird couple kissing ;). The biggest surprise came in form of a baby duck on 29th day. Oh she was too cute!

Last day as too much fog was there I was not able to click many shots. But overall the experimental assignment went too good and I am looking forward to continue this for more days on some other place.

Here are the stats:
Total Photographs Clicked: 4000+
Total Photographs selected: 700+
Total Expenditure on the assignment: Come on this is priceless :)

I want to make some points clear about the lake.
1. If you go early in the morning say 8:00 AM, you will find lake totally clean. But in evening itís full of litter. If you really want to know how it becomes so clean every single morning, then go to the lake and see those 10 people cleaning whole path early from 6:00 AM. Once you see them you will feel shame on yourself if you have ever littered on the lake.
2. Never try to scare the ducks. They are there for the beauty of the lake and not for playing. Feed them only what you can think of eating. Please do not throw stuff which is not edible like old rotis full of fungus (Yes, some jerk tried to feed them with such stuff also. Unfortunate but bitter truth.)
3. Please try to use dustbin as keeping the lake clean is our duty.

Always:
1. Carry your litter to the garbage can.
2. Appreciate the work of people there.

P.S. If you want to enjoy clicking, wake up early and go on the lake. Going after 8:00 AM will make you miss many shots. The sound of trumpet can not be heard coming out of Raj Bhawan if you can not go at the time of sunrise!

I am soon adding more photographs and shopping cart where my photographs can be bought for commercial purpose.
Till then ENJOY THE PHOTOGRAPHS.

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Dec 26, 2008

Public Declaration — I am not “Working Under” Any Boss

Those who are reading this post should know some points about me. The following things should be kept in mind before dealing with any person who is taking my name as his/her employee or saying that I am working under him/her or he/she is my boss.

1. I AM NOT EMPLOYEE TO ANYONE.

2. IF ANYONE IS SAYING THAT I AM WORKING FOR HIM/HER THAT ONLY MEANS I AM WORKING ON A PROJECT FOR HIM/HER. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT I AM HIS/HER EMPLOYEE. I AM WORKING AS PARTNER OF OZAKX TECHNOLOGIES WHICH IS A PARTNERSHIP FIRM. THERE ARE ONLY TWO PARTNERS IN THE FIRM i.e. ME, ANURAG BHATEJA AND MY MOTHER, MRS.MADHU KIRAN.

3. IF YOU ARE COMING FOR SOME WORK FROM A REFERRAL PLEASE MAKE SURE I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RELATIONS OF YOU AND THE REFERRAL. I AM ONLY DEALING WITH THE PERSON WHOSE WEBSITE IS UNDER MY SUPERVISION. I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE IN CASE OF PAYMENTS FROM THE REFERRAL. “OZAKX TECHNOLOGIES” HAVE FULL RIGHT TO SUSPEND THE ACCOUNT EVEN IF A PART OF PAYMENT IS DUE.

Please concider this as a public declaration from Anurag Bhateja, owner of anuragbhateja.com and who is a partner in Ozakx Technologies which is a Chandigarh Based Web Services provider.

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Dec 26, 2008

My New Year Resolution

Well well… One more disturbing year is coming to an end and I am really feeling that this year should not get repeated. There is not even a single field in which I did not feel that I am not having problem. Either it is family or business almost everything got screwed. But some of the things really made me feel good.

1. I got some really good clients including Can Asia, OCCS, Forte Realtors and some other.
2. Started taking photography seriously whose result I will publish on 29th Dec 2008. ;)
3. Mom shifted to Chandigarh!!! Woopie!
4. My Graduation got completed in one go! Man it was hard to do business and studies all together :p
5. Became Financial Consultant under HDFC Standard Life.
6. Made few new resellers under my firm which I will discuss in some other post.
7. Made some new friends in field of photography and hey I am getting noticed by people now ;). Its fun to listen to people who love your work hehe.

Now as the year is almost finished, I want to check if I can do what I want to so I am making a public “New Year Resolution”.

1. I will keep my spirit of assignments and will try to participate in as many new year contests as I can. (Do you know about anything about websites where photography competitions/contests are held? If yes, its a humble request to let me know.)
2. I will concentrate on domain and hosting business. (Development sometimes sucks as many people don’t want to pay on time, so I will take limited orders only.)
3. I will promote my blog as much as I can and will set target for subscriptions and visitors every month so that I can increase my online presence.
4. I will try my level best to get my financial status on track in first three months of 2009.
5. I will try not to get indulge in any kind of stupid stuff like some partnership or something. Some people really disappointed me in 2008.
6. I will not allow anyone to control my business as some tried this year. (Hehe they are going to get a kick in their ass soon in this year. Beware you!)
7. I will buy a Car by end of this year! Well this is dream and I know dreams come true ;)
8. I will buy a new DSLR and by God that will be GOOD ONE.
9. Last but not least I will loose the extra pounds on me hehe.

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Dec 25, 2008

physically challenged — Is this right way to treat them?

Man! I dont know what people think of themselves! There is a friend of mine who is unfortunately physically challenged and can not walk properly. I must say despite of being in such condition, he is super intelligent and is a really good photographer and speaker.

I have listened him giving lectures and I really appreciate his knowledge. Now up to this everything is fine but somehow today I am feeling too bad for him as he does not know what he has got on his head. There is a common friend, who is working for a Government Firm. Yesterday we met and chatted on some issues. In between he pointed around 3-4 times that he helped the first friend in getting some good photographs in a Govt. Aquired Area where normally photographers are not allowed and he did that because he is physically challaneged and as my dear friend feel “They should be helped and supported”.

Ok, I agree they need support but the support required is more of emotional and if you have helped them in one or the other way, is this right to tell others about it? Don’t such people understand physically challenged people also have heart and may get hurt if someone try to show that they need help of so called “normal people”?

I was able to feel the smell of his satisfied ego when he was telling me how he managed to take him to that place and how he helped him getting some good shots. I remember when my friend who went for photo shoot was so happy and told me “Anurag yaar! Today I am feeling too good with the results I got.” I asked him “But dude how you managed to go there as no one is allowed na?” He winked and said, “Anurag, all things are not to tell. I was taken by someone but I don’t want to tell who he was as this may make him feel bad as I know he is not that kind of person who like to get noticed for the good deeds he did for someone.” This made me feel that I should not ask anything else and never did.

But the guy who took him really bought my friend on backfoot and now he is making stories on “How I Helped Him” and telling others.

This is a statement for all those who think as they are normal, they can say and do anything. “Remember someone is watching your deeds and making list of what you have to pay back.”

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