Monday, January 31, 2011

Photo of the day - "Come to Me.."

Come to me, and I will give you rest!
Some people say they get peace of mind; some say, they get their wishes fulfilled; some say, they get their problems solved;  few say they can come out of their "insecure feeling" zone; everyone has their own reasons to go to the doors of almighty and pray. It looks terribly strange to the atheists, for sitting and praying and believing in something that doesn't exist.

Do you believe in God? Have you faced a situation where, you felt there was no way out and the only way was to pray? Do miracles happen all by themselves or they are the results of intense prayers? There will be a question bank around this matter but answers can only be mere speculations. End of the day, I believe, it is up to the individuals, and it should be respected by each other.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Photo of the day - Simplicity

No noble thoughts attached with the photo of the day! If you have anything please comment.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Photo of the day - Latest Addiction

Grey Heron sits on a small rock in the Manchinbele reservoir, near Bengaluru
Bird watching and bird photography has been my latest addiction. I have never got up early in the morning to attend the classes during my college days, but there is a very little struggle nowadays getting up early that too on weekends for the most exciting thing of bird watching. I didn't know that there are more than 300 species of birds sighted in and around Bengaluru. I've been exploring a lot of places for birding. It has been going good. 

Watch out bangalorecaptured.com for all the birding places in and around Bengaluru. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Photo of the day - "The Waiting"

A girl standing at the edge of a water fall seemed like waiting for someone
The hell broke loose; the surrounding turned turbulent; standing on the edge of the death; the wait seemed never ending, for her.

Waiting is always an exciting thing when it comes to waiting for a special occasion; or waiting for your dream job or dream home or some materialistic attraction. Waiting can keep one on the other extreme too. When one waits for something (or someone) that never seems to come back, the waiting puts a lot of anxiety in the person. Knowing the fact that a thing will never get back to you, have you ever waited? How long can a person wait for such a thing? Is there a threshold? Doesn't life take you along and eventually break the connection between you and the wait and set you free?

If you see, we always wait more desperately or eagerly for something which we lost during the course of life than for something which we never owned(but have a wish to own)! If we weigh the importance of something which we desired to have, it is weighed more only before receiving it and/or after losing it.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Photo of the day - "I am not a philosopher"

Today for a change I am posting one of the photographs that my friend Lawrence shot. All the credit for this wonderful photograph should go to him. I personally liked the pic a lot :-)

While I am posting photographs and writing few thoughts around them, few people have started thinking that I have become a philosopher. Nope. I am not a philosopher and I don't deserve to be one. I have just lived a small part of my life so far, so I can think and write only from the perspective of the stage of life I am in right now. I am yet to see more of life, yet to gain a lot experience, yet to learn a lot from others. 

Looking forward for more of life  (Photo Courtesy: Lawrence Mesquita)
I am trying to relate few thoughts with the photographs. The photographs are really not taken with any thoughts associated with them. The thoughts are attached to the photographs after they were clicked. When I looked into my archives, I found the photos are dead without any story associated with them. So I started  putting together the photos and the thoughts. I am also glad to hear that a lot of people have liked the way this blog is going. Thanks people! Your encouragement will keep me clicking more and let the thoughts around them flow.

btw, my friend has given me an image which makes my Travel Blog look perfect now where the title, caption, image and the content, all of them fit together the best. Thanks Lawrence!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Photo of the day - A Couple on a travel

A couple in Udaipur, City Palace, Rajasthan seemed to be looking through some map
Going places and exploring the world is a pure joy. What is life without the travel? I can't imagine. If you have a companion who shares the same interest then the journey would be even more interesting. Some travelers I met and spoke to during my travel all these days, were very inspiring. I spoke to an elderly woman, who had a wish to step in most of the countries on the earth. She made her dream come true by exploring the South African wildlife; SA being the last country in her list. She said she has carried loads of moments from her traveling experience.

I too have a wish to travel as much as possible. Traveling keeps my life going. I hope it continues this way till the end.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Photo of the day - "Fly High"

 Fly High
Set no restrictions to your dreams or desires; let them fly high; at the same time, make no compulsion that all of them have to come true, else it will follow a huge disappointment. The rule is simple. When you can fly high, there is a risk of falling down too. The way we dream of success, we should be prepared to handle the failure too. I know, it is easier said. We are always taught how to set the goals and how to chase them, how to dream, how to set expectation etc. The history gives us tons of examples of such stories. How many of us were taught how to handle failures? I think knowingly or unknowingly this part is left to the individuals. It is strange to see how different people take failures in different ways. People who thought big but were never prepared for the worst, go to the extremes of ending life. On the other hand there have been many real life inspirations around me, where I saw people were strangled by failures again and again yet they came out fighting every time, and now they have made their life big! If you see, handling failure talks a great deal about an individual's strength than becoming successful.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Photo of the day - "Basic Needs"

A father and his son in a hurry to get one of the basic needs, water, in a village nearby Bengaluru
Fortunately few of us don't have to struggle so much for basic needs but still there are people struggling everyday for water, food and shelter. If we can't go and help them, we can at least help ourselves by saving water and food. 

Recently I saw an arrogant youth, in a railway station, pulled the tap off because it was not working and he wanted water desperately. He didn't have the courtesy to put it back. The gush of water was flowing all over the platform. Is it the education that lacks or common sense? Should we open a school for teaching some common sense too?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Photo of the day - "The Road Ahead"

The Road Ahead
What lies ahead, is always a mystery! We can plan tons of things for our future or "The Road Ahead". However the Life has it's own curves and deviations. There will be no other option than going it's way.

Roll back few years of your life and think about what you wanted to become or how you wanted to see yourself in the current stage of life. Weren't you curious and used to imagine how your future would look like?  I used to. Honestly, today I am not what I wanted to become, but I also don't have any regret for it. May be I have just chosen one way of living a life. Take it as it comes. The other way is to spend half the lifetime planning for future. Both have pros and cons, but I like it when it is like a treasure hunt; adventurous and exciting. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Photo of the day - Solitude

At the peak of solitude
Recently when I went for a photoshoot in the outskirts of Bangalore, I came across a lady, who was sitting along side the lake; I thought she must be with her boy friend or there must be some family; but I was wrong. She sat there all alone, not with iPod or mobile phone around her ears. She just appeared to have gone out to enjoy being isolated from the materialistic world.

We all live in a world called as "influencing world". What we have done so far or what we decide to do, most of them, are influenced by various things around us like family, friends, or situation etc. Have you ever thought of what you really want? When was the last time you spent time with yourself? Have you ever enjoyed talking to yourself? 

All through life we give so much time to others but a very little for ourselves. Solitude, sometimes can be rejuvenating for the mind and body. It is not loneliness but a self-imposed disconnect from the society. It will unveil the true self. Be a good company to yourself, and go to the peak of solitude to explore the unexplored.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Photo of the day - A Conqueror

A Conqueror 
Never wait for tomorrow to do the things you have always wanted to do. Now is the time. When you have an opportunity, go and conquer those things. Few of the things which always hold us back in pursuing our passions are money, responsibilities, and relationships etc. Deep down the heart if you think about it, none of these are going to get affected but we will still hold ourselves back. One of the quotes from Hitch has always inspired me - "Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away"

I have had plenty of such moments that took my breath away. On the adventure front, there were quite a few. When I did parasailing for the first time; when I did a rafting in the river Ganges when it was flowing wild; when I jumped off from a good amount of height into the river Ganges; When we finally reached Gomukh after 18kms trek; when I found a Leopard walking just about 30-40 meters away from me when we were walking in the jungle; the list goes on. One of the several things that are in my list is to do a bungee jumping off Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa, the world's third highest bungee jump. What is in your list?? 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Photo of the day - "Go Green"

A Vine Snake hangs on to the stem of a small plant, at Agumbe
Since the time I started taking interest in exploring trekking, wildlife and travelling to green places, the life has a different feeling altogether. I really advise people to explore this part of the world where, surely, one gets the sense of satisfaction from the mother nature. It is a stress buster. 

There are a whole lot of people who love to go to such places however they need to have the common sense of leaving the nature undisturbed as much as possible. I came across several groups who were screaming and playing loud music while we were on safari inside the jungle. If partying is required, such animals have pubs in Bangalore; why bother the wildlife? I see flock of such animals wearing the most disturbing colors in the forests. People drive through the forests, shamelessly honking so loud ignoring the sign boards. The newly installed music player in their vehicle makes a lot of buzz inside the forest. It is such a disturbing thing.  Nowadays, such acts are being penalized by the forest officers, that's a good thing. Somehow this nuisance needs to be stopped.

Please spread a word to Go Green; a word to appreciate the beauty of nature; go out and spend some time in the lap of mother nature.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Photo of the day - Buddha Says

Buddha Says
Quotes are always very inspiring for most of us. Many people get moved and take seriously some quotes said by few of the greats ever. Buddha's quotes are known to be the greatest ones. I used to read the quotes when I was in school; I lost the hobby a long time back.

Buddha says:
"In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true"

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell"

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned"

"He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes"

"It is better to travel well than to arrive"

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Photo of the day - "Heading back"

A gang of friends head back home after experiencing a beautiful sunset. 
Today, it is really strange to see how people (us) have to struggle to get a glimpse of day to day things like Sunrise and Sunset. Taking my example itself, when I was growing up I never looked, with a special feeling, at the sky, those beautiful colors during the sunrise and sunsets, the lakes, and the chirping birds around it - May be I thought this is how the earth is supposed to be. That was all routine for me I guess.

Things have changed a lot now. I am longing to see those things which (may be)  I ignored all those days. I am ready to drive down miles just to experience the soothing mornings or evenings; to play with the mist; to hear the chirping of the birds; Sometimes it makes me feel there is a shift in movement and we are all (people like me) heading back to our past just to see and experience what we have missed.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Contagious Smile

Today... Bring out that small child in you; bring out that cute glitter in your eyes; and stretch your lips and turn up the corners of the mouth just to exercise something called as a "smile".

And yes, wishing all the readers of "Slice of Life" a very Happy Makara Sanktranthi!

Equipment used:
Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

Friday, January 14, 2011

Photo of the day "Last lap"

(Shot taken with Sony Ericsson W580i)
Imagine a situation where someone shows "LAST LAP" sign board to your life. What are the things you wish to do or accomplish in that last loop of your drive? Are you going to end it by cribbing throughout the loop that that it is the end of your life? Or you are going to give it a magical ending by doing things you always wished to but never done it before? Or you want to rip past as many people as possible to lead the race (life)? What is it that you would like to do?  I want to know.

I just wish there was a last lap board for life too..

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Photo of the day

An adventurous person enjoys the sunset through paragliding
On a beautiful evening watching the sun go down the horizon from Chapora Fort (Panaji, Goa) is a pure bliss. This place added so much of depth to that wonderful scene from Dil Chahata Hai which is still in our memories. This place is one of the most mesmerizing places I have ever visited.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Photo of the day - "The Burden of the Past?"

The Burden of the Past?
Wrinkles on the face; faded enthusiasm; the ropes tied to his shoulders which carried a huge weight; shoulders seemed to have given up yet the legs seemed to be pushing forward; the time is slipping as he approaches the end of life; neither a smile on the face nor agony is shown; feels like that man was just indifferent to what he was up to. It appears, more than the weight on the shoulders he carried the burden of the past. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Photo of the day - "A rich smile"

What makes you richer?
Hanging on to the divider of a road, tired of running around for the whole day, yet passing that contagious smile to the people who give her a stare, there stood a little girl watching her dad sell as many balloons as possible for that day. Little does she know about wealth, little does she know about the life, yet that smile had so much of inspiration for the grown ups. I just feel when she smiles and looks at people it appears as if she is asking them a question "what makes you feel richer?"

Monday, January 10, 2011

Just when I thought...

Just when I thought I would be more expressive this year and start blogging regularly, a mail from a friend of mine, threatened me with the following content in it. It is a snip from the Horoscope for 2011 that is forwarded to me. 

"Beware, as Ganesha warns you against expressing yourself freely on social media. Take good care of yourself towards the end of the year. Saturn in your 8th House may mean some problems. Take care! All in all, a wonderful and adventurous year ahead of you you, yet do remember that too much risk is injurious to health."

This horoscope is a crazy stuff when you receive it in your inbox. You don't want to read it also, and without reading you can't delete it also.  All in all, it seems to be an adventurous year ahead for me. I have never stepped back facing adventures in life so far. What's the fun if it is not adventurous. Living a smooth life is more like doing a wild water rafting in still water! So I am up and prepared for it. One good thing I hear is that the year would be very exciting as far as travel is concerned. I hope I reach out to many places in the coming year too, and come up with wonderful set of photographs. More importantly with a wonderful moments to be cherished for lifetime.

Hope it all goes well with everyone around!