Thoughts for the week

I was watching a movie yesterday, The Princess Diaries. It’s a cute, feel-good movie. There’s a point in the movie where the Princess’s friend tells her, ‘It’s not what you have to go through, it’s what you can do with your power to help the world.’

For a couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot on how to carry the post 26/11 feeling forward and do something substantial. I think I’ve finally realised what I can do to help a little.

I was shooting at Nita Ambani’s residence with her and her pets. Every time I shoot with her, I’m amazed at how even after having so much money; the Ambani’s are one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. They are total humanitarians at heart and help every cause they possibly can.

Guess all of us have the heart to do something good for the society, but either the will or the money is lacking. I’ve realised it’s the smaller things you do that can cause a chain reaction of good things in the world. So, do the good deed and pass it on!

This week has been a little slow – working on a few campaigns, ideating, concepts, models, make up. Apart from that, I was also working on the images for i-Diva’s women’s day special images, writing my views on women, a couple of shoots, coordinating the printing of my calendar, a friends launch party. But overall it was slow.

It is funny how when you are used to working odd hours and long days, a little slowing down can suddenly feel like everything has gone dead!

Times are bad. Recession seems to be finally trickling into everyday life and work. A model friend calls up and is distressed about the lack of work. I tried cheering him up and asked him to sort things out and make a plan of action. Clients too are in trouble. Payments are not coming, in fact have lost a packet on one client caving in and cheques bouncing.

We need to keep the energy up. Be careful and don’t let it get to you.

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