Sunday, May 13, 2007

Experiments in Digital Photography

In a burst of Sunday enthusiasm, I opened Photoshop CS2 and did some post-processing on some photos I had taken earlier. Nature (landscape, wildlife, birds etc), indoor and macro photography - I have tried all of them.

Tell me what you feel about these photos. Honesty please.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A Rule Book for Consultants

1. If you don't know, just pretend you know.
2. If you can't convince them, confuse them.
3. Use "buzzwords".
4. Never admit you are wrong. Just say that others may do it differently.
5. Know Powerpoint. It gives you the power to make half-truths into truths and lies into statistics.
6. All ideas originate from you. Others' ideas are polished to the point where the author cannot recognize them.

If you have more, please add in the comments section. But beware, you acknowledge that your additions become my property :)


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Kruti - A Community Project

A very close friend of mine, Raghav and his wife devote a lot of their spare time in running Kruti, a community project for slum children in school.

Veena, Raghav's better half, by all means ;), started this as part of a project in doing a personal improvement course, the name of which has escaped my mind now. It has grown to a good stage where it has helped the children dwelling in Gurppanpalya slum by creating "Joy, enthusiasm and dreams" for them.

I feel the last is quite important - that of allowing the children to dream of a better future, where their life is not just a struggle for a hand-to-mouth existence, but more rich and meaningful. A lot of projects are devoted to various areas such as education, health and more basic things, but this project is quite unique, in that it gives a new experience for those children. It has given them memories of a lifetime. Expressing your creative talent, which is not encouraged in more well-to-do families also, on a stage with so many people watching, would be so wonderful for these children.

The team has grown quite well and now counts more than a handful. I have been a strong vocal member, but as Raghav would readily agree, I have not done much beyond make some noises.

Part of the reason is geographical distance, but a major reason is that the group does not accept monetary contributions, yet, which is where many of us can help (with a few mouse clicks). However, the team wants us to go beyond such token contributions - if you really want to help, come down and work with us.

If you are in Bangalore and feel suffocated by the home-traffic-work-traffic-home routine, just drop in a few weekends. You will find that you find the "joy, enthusiasm and dreams" returning to your life.

You can visit the fledgling website at, where Raghav has yet to post details/pictures/videos of the latest event.

Do contact the team and let them know if you want to help. Help yourself.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Overdue Blog posts

I have been quite amiss in posting here for sometime now. Part of which (psst, the only reason, actually) has been sheer laziness. In fact, I have not posted anything on my recent trip to Switzerland (I had planned on writing a travel log), nor my trudges into the woods near my place in Germany.

Photos, though, have been posted in my Flickr account (see my flickr-badge in this blog). Hopefully, I will come out of the limbo and write something, although the fingers on one hand would still be too much a number to count the regular readers of this blog.

Ravi and Sid, on the other hand, seem to have some creative juices flowing, although I wouldn't wonder about that in Sid's case - He is supposedly the "Creative Shocker" and from what I read in his blog, could become a good screenwriter for Bollywood/Tollywood films (for his great people characterization skills, lol).

What I like about these guys (and many others, which I unfortunately seem to lack) is their ability to create a blog post on everyday occurrences. Must have been Income Tax guys in previous lives - getting something out of nothing...

See ya

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