Jugaad #MoreIndianThanYouThink – so is Organised Chaos

The Urban India is so busy westernizing that the generation-X has forgotten our local Indian ways of seeing things. We have even westernized Indian things
1. Gol-gappa wala -> Water balls
2. Junk street food -> food truck
3. Desi Nagin dance -> sophisticated Clubbing
and many more.

The true value is perhaps seen by Lufthansa and I am so proud of it. Thanks for reminding me that “maa ke haath ka khana“(mom’s food) still tastes the best even after 26 years, dad’s advice is still seems the wisest and there is no one better at pampering than my Family.

Being said that the Lufthansa guys asked us bloggers a simple question – Is the Indian way of thinking a unique contributor to our success?
I say yes..Absolutely. It sure stuck with me – specially the dance moves. “And if it has to be Dance like Indians”. Although that comes right after the guys trying to tear apart the chapati with one hand.

Another question which they posed was – Draw from your personal experiences, and share your stories of how being an Indian helped you win in a situation, and how your ideologies, values and culture have contributed to your success.

Allow me to quote directly from my essays I have been writing to all the US MBA colleges – Since my childhood, I have been the part of a joint family and have stayed with 2 generations. I have first handedly experienced the change in perspectives of different generations and how advancement in technology has shaped the current lifestyles. As I grew, I lived in 5 states, traveled to 24 of 29 states in India and visited 6 countries all with 13 people and sometimes more. My upbringing, travels and the work have helped me experience the differences between the developed and the developing economy. This perspective will help me contribute to the class discussions. As an Indian working for a Japanese company on a project managed by two teams in two different nations has made me adaptable and more receptive towards different cultures, communications and perspectives. This would help me adapt to the class seamlessly.
Etc…. – The above statement has helped me get interview calls from 80% of the colleges I applied to.

Secondly, I see there are plenty of foreigners roaming around in India from every other part of the globe and just to understand the “organised chaos“. That’s something special we got in our blood. It cannot be taught, it can only be experienced. Also, India has taught them “yoga” which helps them to live a health life. Right after that comes “jugaad“. Harvard is still trying to figure out what it is and there are plenty of books written on it namely Frugal Innovation and Jugaad itself. Just to give an example – even the famous photographer Steve McCurry has published multiple books about India and he says – “[I was drawn to] the depth of culture here,” “The visual chaos, the endless variety of dramatic cheek-by-jowl juxtapositions it affords: modernity and tradition, the haves and have-nots, the usual and the bizarre.”

It(organised chaos) cannot be taught, it can only be experienced.

India’s growing global influence in Lufthansa’s #MoreIndianThanYouThink TVC

Hence my ideologies, values and culture have always contributed to my success in every stepping stone of my life and I hope to transfer all that I have learnt to the next generation.

#MMTLuxuryStays Shimla Travel Photography @makemytrip @blogadda

Hi People,

This is a letter written from my old self. roughly 8 years ago in 2009. When I had a different height, and a different enthusiasm towards life.

My dad has his meeting at Shimla and me and my mom were invited too. Although I couldn’t enjoy with dad during the day as he was busy with his meeting, me and mom explored the hotel we were living in – Oberoi Wildflower Hall Shimla.

Shimla being a beautiful place {at-least it was beautiful back then, now it is too commercialized to call it a hill station} I had jotted plenty of places to explore but dad being unavailable to take us around was a bummer.

So the only option left was the hotel itself. Well I initially thought, what possibly can there be to explore in a hotel. But, since I had nothing better to do, I kept roaming with my digital camera in my hand{I didn’t know I was going to buy a heavy dslr along with a bazooka lens and be so passionate about photography back then}.

So I started exploring slowly and steadily with sadness in my heart. First came the reception area where there were pamphlets kept and I started browsing through – “Situated at 8,250 feet above sea level” is what stuck with me. Then came the activities -nature walks, rafting, cycling or yoga, or relax and rejuvenate with an exclusive spa therapy. I was like where are these things being held at. Went straight to the help desk and queried about stuff unless the person started getting irritated with so many of my questions. I then planned to explore the unexplored territory myself. The help desk guy did tell me about the mountains bikes and the trails within the campus which I can ride on. Although that never happened as the cost of the ride was equal to the cost of the bike . I might as well have bought the bike and taken it back home in the same amount. What else can one expect from a 5 star resort. Anyways .. moving on.

I moved to the dining area to see what were they planning for lunch. I my quest to explore further, I went down the stairs and found plenty of different shaped glasses kept on each table. I inquired the waiter and he said that the area was reserved for wine tasters. Got to know that there is a thing called “wine tasting”. I couldn’t click the tables as the area was “restricted”.

Post lunch we{my mom and I} went the swimming pool and past that was the Jacuzzi. I lied there for quiet a while. The view of Shimla from the Jacuzzi is breathtaking as it is located on the edge of the hill. It a good scary feeling.

Later in the evening my dad joined us for dinner where I ordered a Mexican pizza{no walls build around yet} and an amazing looking dessert, which frankly was just 2 scoops of ice-cream and a wafer in the middle.

Bye,

Thanks  future me for looking back and reading from your past.

I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

P.S. I will be adding the pics soon, once I find them from my old hard-drives.
Talking to myself in Solitude and finding a Repurpose to my past.
Finally found the pics

#Portfolio #Photoshoot

Portfolio photoshoot with single external flash. Experimented with single external flash and this is what I could generate in an hour what I had.

Experimented with single external flash and this is what I could generate in an hour what I had.New Horizon is in town.

Club #Photography @SugarFactory Part2 Day219

During the last week of June I cover an exclusive event hosted by Ajit Pai from Goa, a well famed disk jockey. The pics from that event are below. I see many pretty and Jubilant Faces in the dark which my pics brighten up. Most of the ladies are not to be found in a Spare dress, rather a beautiful gown and designer dresses. Also, being the photographer, I share my Numbers with many of them who ping me to put up the pics asap so that they can flaunt their Curve on their own Facebook timeline with or without their Partners.

Please do mention in the comment what else you would like to see from the night clubs in Bangalore. See part 1 of the series here.

Club #Photography @Kangaroo Day218

It’s been over a month, since I have posted anything. So, I am going to post many in the next few days. I hope my subscribers as well as others would like it. I have changed my subjects lately to people and hence been doing “people photography” specially in night-clubs. I see many pretty and Jubilant Faces in the dark which my pics brighten up. Most of the ladies are not to be found in a Spare dress, rather a beautiful gown and designer dresses. Also, being the photographer, I share my Numbers with many of them who ping me to put up the pics asap so that they can flaunt their Curve on their own Facebook timeline with or without their Partners.

Below are the pics from all the clubs I have been shooting within Bangalore during the starting weeks of the previous month. Click/hover over the pics for more information.

Please do mention in the comment what else you would like to see from the night clubs in Bangalore. See the part two of this series here.

Candid Portrait #Photography Day215

Visited a colleagues family this week and this what I clicked while we were having a light conversation. The Jubilant Faces of each of them are so serene and peaceful that it feels like they are satisfied and contented with their life. Something which everyone longs to be. I also clicked chimneys right outside their kitchen window.

Camera Specs: D5300 , 55-300mm

Camera Settings: Monochrome with extra contrast and flash used to make the highlights brighter and create a happy mood. More light/highlights creates a merrier mood. As the saying goes – more the merrier.

P.S. No photoshop or any such softwares have been used to produce these images. Share a link down below if you are inspired by my work and have re-created something on your own.