Random images from my flickr stream...




For a lot of us, Royal Enfield is a big bike!

But this Punjab Police Gentleman, made this big bike, look like a moped!


From Scott Adam's Blog

A must read blogpost from Scott Adams. An interesting insight into what Scott felt was the reason of low ratings on a recent Dilbert Comic!

I had read the strip a couple of days ago, and did not really understand it.. Scott talks about what the artist likes is not necessarily something that his audience would also appreciate equally.

Click here to read Scott's post and see the strip he is talking about.


Chai ki Dukaan by Fredcan

Local chai wallah. India

In Fred's words, "A portrait of a chai wallah (tea maker), in his shop, in Haridwar. I took this during my stay in Haridwar for Maha Kumbh mela 2010, last April. This little chai shop had become a shelter for me, when the crowds and the sadhu camp became a bit overwhelming. In a way, it was like spending time, not just in a chai shop, but at the man's home itself, as the tiny shop seemed to tell of the man's life story with photographs and objects displayed in every corner.
He said he had seen many Kumbhs in his life before, and was no longer impressed by the whole thing. Yet, he admitted that for his little business, Kumbh time was the best !

I have been followed Fred's work for a few years now, and have not seen a lot of people capture India with such simplicity. I really admire his street work, and am thankful he allowed me to post this photograph on Chai Ki Dukaan.

Please do visit his flickr page here, and his website here.

Power and Lines

Power and Lines

There is not much that I miss about the US except a few things such as the skies and the clouds!!!

And the Fall colors!


2 years ago!

I am still working on the photographs that I had taken 2 years ago! thats a lot of backlog!


Different People


More proof needed?

Cyclones in USA

Cloudbursts in Ladakh

I might not have statistics, however it definitely feels that natural calamities have increased many fold in the last decade!

Most of these have scientific reasons behind them, however they are a RCA (Root Cause Analysis), and I personally feel that some, if not all, could have been prevented if some steps were taken to avoid them!

While there are many things which are a part of the natural cycle of evolution, there is a larger contribution of us as humans which is accelerating the pace of deterioration! I feel responsible for a part of it, however also feel helpless at the fact that there is little that I can do about it!

There is a need to apply some brakes somewhere! soon!


Happy Monday!

Driving to work with Radha! She never ceases to amaze me on our drives!

Finding Calvin and Hobbes on Google Books!

Bill Watterson! You are God!


Common "man's" Wealth "politicians playing" Games

I do not understand why this hue and cry over

1. Chairs being rented for Rs.8000 per month
2. Turf's being laid at 5 times the regular cost
3. Treadmills being leased for exorbitant prices
4. and probably 100s of other small and big scams that are in progress while Delhi and the country is preparing for Commonwealth Games!

Almost everyone in this country tries to get benefit from the situation when they can! and I say almost everyone, because I know some who do not! And when these guys in their positions try to make the most out of where they are, we cry foul!

While I feel sad about such bastards looting the country's money, I am really worried about what happens when the CWG start!

I sincerely hope that the entire setup does not collapse like a pack of cards! while somewhere in my heart, I am very scared it will!


The Earth Feels Round

It all comes down to where it started from, at some point of time or the other!

Running faster brings you closer to the beginning a lot quicker!


Once Upon a Time in NOIDA

Last minute plans for a late evening Sunday movie helped us watch "Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai" My choice of a cinema hall in NOIDA is going to very obvious now. Its going to be Big Cinemas in TGIP... reason? I bought an year of parking for Rs. 1000... This gives me unlimited parking at the Mall for an year, and some discounts on a lot of stores! most exciting being Rajdhani and Subway! a few more, but Pooja is more interested in them than me!

Let's get back to the title of the post now! Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai! The movie starts with a failed suicide attempt, and runs mostly in the flashback! Sultan Mirza's story and how he is dethroned by both the thought process of a new generation and a man which belongs to it, all of this when he invested his trusted in him! I like the parts of the movie when Ajay Devgan is on the screen, and I almost hated the parts when Imran Hashmi was doing his so called acting! Absolute nonsense! I find it tough to identify Kangna Ranaut on the screen! ALWAYS! she looks different all the time! makes her likeable in my opinion though!

Overall, I think the movie was ok, but slower than what I would like such a movie to be! The dialogues are good, the attention to detail in the backdrops are good too, and the entire look of the movie is carefully thought after! The soundtrack is nice, however there is not much to be heard during the movie except a couple of songs! If you ask me, I would say go watch it if you like watching Ajay Devgan's onscreen presence, and do not mind getting bored for about 30% of the entire duration!