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A Life of Quiet Meditation

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Recently, I’ve been to a couple of meditation sessions. Nothing very fancy – just a couple of guided group meditation exercises at work. One of the things that struck me, quite hard, I must say, is how different it is to experience something from just reading or hearing about it. This must be quite obvious to most people – strangely enough, it came as an epiphany to me.

Some time ago, I was in Singapore on work – it was quite a hectic trip with almost no time for anything else. I had carried my camera with me as an afterthought – with no real plans of actually going out and shooting any pictures. It so happened that the hotel I was staying in was in the historic Tanjong Pagar district, and I got the opportunity to turn in early one night while my compatriots were partying hard, which gave me the opportunity to spend a couple of hours early the next morning exploring the district with almost no other human being around. The early morning was also surprisingly devoid of the oppressive humidity that is the trademark of seaside tropics. read more

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Narsapur – A Birding Trip Report

Saturday found us on a birding photography trip after a longish break.

We set out early to catch the 6:17 AM sunrise at Narsapur, and managed to make the 50-odd kilometers in time to reach there at dawn. We stopped first on the trail leading to the ANGRAU research station. As we drove along the trail, we saw a sounder of boar slowly walking away from us into the undergrowth.

We parked off the trail and set off into the woods. While the others wandered off into the scrub, I walked along a trail that separated a patch of scrub jungle from a cleared area where some sort of farming activity had been attempted. The transitory zone between two habitats would make for some interesting birding, and I was not disappointed.

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Getting an Awesome Profile Picture

Profile pics

I’ve been preparing to photograph a few people for their social networking profile pictures. While I was doing my research, which involved looking at a LOT of profile pictures, I realized there are clear dos and don’ts that when followed, almost inevitably result in great profile pictures.

Here are the most important rules to follow if you want an awesome profile picture!

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Gangireddhu Aattaa – Boom Boom Maadu, Andhra Style!

From Gangireddhu

Saw this guy at Kukatpally a few days ago and asked him if I could take his picture. He was ready, and took out his pipe from his bag and posed along with his bull. He also started talking to me rapidly in Telugu, the dialect of which he spoke was so totally incomprehensible to me that I couldn’t get even a single word of what he was saying. He was also going on in a very sing-song way – so there was no help even in terms of inflection or accompanying facial expression or gesture.

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