Melancholy

You see, the mood is somber; melancholy really. Things happened that I’d rather not recall. There’s a sense of loss and that’s about it. But, this too shall pass.

Here’s a photo from my recent trip to Chandigarh that strikes a chord.

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My experiments with Fire

Ye ishq nahin aasaan, bas itna samajh leeje

Ik aag ka dariya hai aur doob ke jaana hai

– Ghalib

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These photos are the result of a bored evening at home. They are straight out of the camera (Picmarkr was used for watermarking, but apart from that, no post-processing was involved). Also, I chose not to include a translation for Ghalib’s couplet for no translation can ever match the original.

So, which one is your favorite? Let me know! 🙂

Delirium

A deified gulp

The sin?
My name.

In the name they Sin
and sing
of the Sins they Sing,
and
erase many a men;

base rats rule the world,
cutthroats revered,
deep cuts and rum tins?

A mark of intrepid pretense
while death –
the reward.

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Lest this post strike you as perhaps a tad abstract, let me take this opportunity to apologise for I find myself gripped firmly in the talons of an existential crisis and this is the most sensible thing to come out of the camera as well as my pen. Oh, and in case you’re wondering what that light is, it’s the flash from my Nokia E-5. This photograph has not been edited at all, not even the slightest bit. No, nada, nil. Zilch.

Eclipse


I stood in the cold on the porch 
And could not think of anything so perfect 
As man’s hope of light in the face of darkness. 

 – ‘The Eclipse’ by Richard Eberhart

If you have been around for a while, you know my fascination for lights. The other night it started raining and I took a stroll for some pictures. But I couldn’t figure out how to keep the camera dry and yet click pictures (if you have an idea, do tell me). Feeling absolutely miserable I returned home. That’s when a faint blue glow caught my attention. Yes, that blue glow in the picture. Any guesses what it could be? 🙂

Bored and depressed

If the title of this post made you rush here, then you might just be more sadistic than you give yourself credit for. But with all due respect, this post is about me. For the last one week, I’ve had absolutely nothing to do except stay at home and try or pretend (the latter mostly) to study/work. While all my friends were busy enjoying their mid-semester vacations (road trips and usual debauchery), I rested my ass off and finished watching the entire ten seasons of FRIENDS for the nth time.

I had made a 21-point list of stuff I had to accomplish in these vacations. I was all geared to make the most of them. What happened, you ask? Beats me! Lethargy, procrastination and clinical depression struck, it seems. Again. And the fact that I haven’t had a single smoke in over a week has only added to my woes. I’ve been PMSing without actually PMSing. 

Now that I’m done puking all over my blog, here’s a little gift for all of you. I tried flipping my regular 18-55 mm lens to try my hand at macro again. I didn’t like any of the shots. But I did some post-processing on one till I thought it was good enough to be posted here. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, 

The Maze

Holi

Holi is kind of a big deal in north India. I hate it. But one cannot deny what a great photo-op the festival is, and here are some shots I took this morning.

 

Colour clouds (Yellow)

These were scented gulaal crackers we used. Really pretty. I think I’ll get more of these next year.

 

Feet and Froth

 

Crimson swirls

 

Rainbow Feet

 

Colour Clouds (Blue)

 

Psychedelic

 

 

Colored

 

 

Lilliputian Soldiers

 

Color me Purple Pink Blue and Green

 

Tangerine Eddy

 

Red Canvas Shoes

 
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That’s it for today, folks! Which photo did you like best?

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