Friday, February 28, 2014

Trek to Sandhan Valley



Notice the peeler next to the sleeping bag. That is a lesson learned from a previous expedition. Was going with a veteran trekkers, and experienced photography and trekking group.

The train to Igatpuri was crowded. Getting there was an adventure in itself. The traffic police made me get down from a regular rickshaw and get into a sharing (scam) one, because only those guys ply on the route between Kurla station and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.


The safest place to stash your footwear.


And babbys. The kid was only pretending to sleep.


Igatpuri Station. We had some tasty cucumbers with masala to chill down.


The plan was to head out to the base on that night itself, but there were some problems with timings so we had to improvise.
Also check out this video


Which was awesome, no loss. And finally we reached the camping shelf. There was a little water running beside us, we fashioned a tap from a leaf, and spent the night on a shelf. 


Took a timelapse too, and the pros did some light painting.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dream Diary hitlist edition

Ok so this girl from college (imaginary) tells me that I should try and give an interview in her father's company because I write well. It's a production house, but the interiors are ore like an ad agency. I go to that office, and wait till my turn. Im sitting sideways, so he does not see me. then he bends sideways and spots me and starts laughing. 'you are so thin, I didn't even see you for half an hour!' so I quip 'you didn't lean enough'. he stares down at me like it's the worst joke ever. 'that's smart' he says, 'do you eat at all? we cannot hire you'. Im kind of disappointed that he isnt talking about my skills, so I say 'look at the bright side, with me on you can work with a skeleton crew'. he gives me a i-see-what-you-did-there stare and says 'I'm sorry, slim chance of that happening'. He gets a big bulky guy to escort me out, and I ask him 'whhyyy you humiliate me'. he says 'don't take it personally, you just aren't right for us at this point of time.' so I leave, do some other work for a few years, build a portfolio (with very little writing work), and submit a resume to the same company a few years later. I get a call, go to the office, and see some nervous interns being called in line and dismissed. they remind me of myself, being a nub a few years ago. some higher up woman (think its an AD), comes to me separately, and tells me 'we like your work, we think you can crack it in the industry if you can study these scripts.' she hand's me a list of movie scripts to study on a piece of paper. and I could read every word clearly, the list was
Boss
R. Rajkumar
Jai Ho
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
Raseela Ram Leela (yep, know that's not the title, mistake of the AD?)
Bullet Raja
Satya 2
prolly the worst script lineup ever lol. pretty sure at least four of these movies didnt even have a script to start with.

one a side note, guess listening to dub step while sleeping can give some intense dream experiences.

Travelling to Karwar from Bangalore

Typical shot. Pity the finger. 

The place where all of it began.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Walking around Borivili National Park

So went with Adivasi gang, which is an informal name for a bunch of like minded people whose interests range from photography, to trekking, to the Humanist teachings of Silo




Reverse Ring Macro Photography. Don't try this, very easy to permanently damage your lense unless you know exactly what you are doing. Basically dont move or put pressure on the focus ring, and keep it on manual focus.

The screenplay is better than the movie

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