Jaihind

Yes yes yes… getting it done…
Yes I know you want it urgently… but it’s a physical thing… I can’t help it… it’ll take its own time…

Here we go again… I’m trying to convince clients that photography is not magic. It involves so many things – brand position, planning, conceptualisation, pre-production, casting, execution, post production and final deliveries.

That is the story of my life.

In other things, one of my best friends is down from the US after almost 2 years and I haven’t had the time to spend a proper evening with her…LIFE! We finally do something silly. We catch a 9am boat and head to Elephanta Caves. No signal, no one can disturb us – perfect!

Touch Mumbai shores once more by 3 pm for a meeting at the Times office. I’m supposed to be a guest editor for one of their up-coming projects… hmmm… I think they’re getting lazy and want us to do their work…but then it could be fun.

I’ve been travelling a lot in the city, drive my yellow Volkswagen Beetle and people get curious and weird sometimes. I keep getting interesting people coming up to me to talk and I just love that fact. It forces you to slow down in life and interact and shoot some awesome road scenes.

Last week was a blur – going from one meeting to another, shooting, and then back to meetings. For most part of the week I was upset with all the nonsense going around in the country with self-righteous moral brigades running around, wrecking havoc on the common man and the government and judiciary sitting on their butts while the media raked in the moolah because of rising TRPs.

It’s a dog eat dog world…

This week, I’ve been on a change – a country trip. What can I do… what can we do…small things.

During the week, I also got some silly little 16-year old kids arrested for riding a motorbike rashly, had a motorist fined for breaking a signal and almost killing people, got upset at the watchmen for spitting in our compound, angry at some rich kids for eating paan from Muchad paan wala at Kemps corner and throwing the wrappers around.

What surprises me is that after all that noise, all the kids coming together at the peace rally, we do not seem to have learnt our lesson. We are still brash, negligent, and our chalta hai attitude is not getting us anywhere. We still throw rubbish, we smoke in public, we spit out of cars. India is going into the 21st century! Definitely… bigger, stronger, more materialistic, more brash and more corrupt.Welcome, citizens of the world to the Slumdog Country! Jaihind!

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