Monday, 14 January 2019

CAPITALISM'S HUMANE FACE






the trendy store had dressed up to entice Christmas & New Year shoppers. To complement the colors of its new facade it had thrown in a blue rug at the entrance. Winter had set in and the rug over cold stone floor held out a promise. Neighbourhood's peaceful canine force approached it, snuggled against it, and settled down for a snooze. Through the first few weeks of wintry bite this arrangement between shop management and their unpaid guards worked without a hitch. Shoppers too didn't mind. 

Monday, 7 January 2019

WINTER'S BEST BUDDIES


December is closing now. In between the chilly hours of dawn n' dusk a radiant sun beckons little furries, feathers n' flora to put up a lively show. 


Sunny in winter is gorgeous.



our Planet has moved farther from its star & the delicate tilt has Sun's rays obliging us an acute angle. Its angular light, you see, that enhances the delicate form of an object. We are going to chill, be overwrapped, warm our food, be in love, for another month. Aah to live a winter .......





Wednesday, 2 January 2019

EARLY HOURS OF A WINTER









Mornings when a bloom tells you, it is the News of the day. Winter reigns and plants are reciprocating to an un-severe tropical winter. 










Winter surrounds it. Rays of sun (its mostly out) just warm enough, bright enough, to persuade her to open up and hold out hope for another season of cheer.

Friday, 7 December 2018

CITY LIGHTS












Winter evenings are perceptibly darker now. They fall early, and find human traffic in a business like rush. "Get home early, get the car windows up, walk faster, grab a warm bite, step inside the shop/ metro"... these common exhortations have a seasonal ring to them. There is a loneliness to these dusk hours as temperatures make a cruel drop every hour.











Hawkers have their merchandise laid out on these cold sidewalks. Smart shoppers on the lookout for a bargain on an ethnic, handcrafted wear, may find just that thing as an evening's reward. Brand names, meanwhile, look on trying to catch a tip or two about Trends.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

WRITER'S FEST IN CITY








journalists - are they free to write as they please ? No ! quite emphatically stated. Media houses, Editor, circulation-marketing managers, those investors in the Media House... they all determine what is fit to print.










the media house that was the first to compromise with market forces was holding the event to celebrate writers and writing. Some irony was evident. 

Thursday, 29 November 2018

OCCASIONS WHEN WE REGROUP




 Party ! a Birthday and an anniversary falling on the same date need a celebration. If the date records a milestone too, there's no getting out. If forgetful, you'll be reminded by all  those of a healthy appetite and yearning for some fun.









Forever shy of a public euphoria, Anupam gives in to societal pressure. Arch (the initiator) in top frame. There's a bunch of gift wrapped surprises too. Let's see, what could be inside this one ...







Light was low as you can tell, pretty low. But the principle guiding a photographer is to never let an occasion slip by. What is being lived at this moment, shall be a memory tomorrow.







Cushion ! And it has a couple of familiar faces on it. Animated chats, surprise topics, not so healthy but very palatable food, always a few unknown faces to make acquaintance, a bit of music if mood sets in, anecdotes, ....family gatherings are always an occasion to reset relationships.

Monday, 12 November 2018

GANESHA IS A BUSY GOD











Outside the metropolis, highways that run in all four directions showcase rows and rows of sparkling newly built or partly built apartment blocks. Some seem to have run into a business plan glitch, their industrial monster-tools, those countless scaffoldings, the dust-laden half-built megaliths stand as if frozen to a divine command (or court-order).











Elevators in place, fittings all done, coats of paint on every wall, and some landscaping with patches of green planted, it is time to invite candidate-residents to move in.                                                                                        

                                                                     Grih-Pravesh is a popular ceremony of anointment for the new dwelling. Bad Spirits and Ill Omens, the Evil Eye, all are warded off and the Deities of good fortune are welcomed to bless the new abode. A bit of singing may happen, also sharing of local sweets, and relations and friends all congregate to mark the event as one of joyful accomplishment. For the family it marks a new level of contentment.
                                                                   


Saturday, 10 November 2018

THE POWER OF FAITH




Monks wear an easy restraint on emotions. Comes from years of training in Buddha's teachings, perhaps. The shrine's prayer/meditation room has this image of the venerated one. 
Every visitor huffing and puffing his way up the formidable staircase, becomes a party to the all pervading silence once he approaches the shrine.