An Unknown Citizen

The face of a person is the mirror to his life and soul. There is so much that a face says about an individual. It tells us about the person’s culture and background. It could also tell us about his or her geographic location. Without even speaking a single word, we get our first impression of a person from his face.

And the streets are filled with such faces. Faces which are unknown to millions, but at the same time, faces that probably mean the world to someone. And there is no denying that every face is beautiful in its own way. One just needs to have the eye to see that beauty, and only then can they read the hidden story behind it. I love reading and realizing this story from the faces of people that I come across on the streets. And it is this love that urged me to walk on this path and create a collection of some amazing and unique faces that I came across the streets of my hometown, Shillong, which are beautiful in their own way.


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“Imitation is the highest form of flattery,
but clones kind of get it wrong
because we are promoting individuality
and being proud of being yourself.”
~ Brian Molko


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“If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.”
~ Claude McKay


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“All greatness of character is dependent on individuality.
The man who has no other existence than
that which he partakes in common with all around him,
will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.”

~ James F. Cooper


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“It is a blessed thing that in every age some one
has had the individuality enough and courage enough
to stand by his own convictions.”

~ Robert Green Ingersoll


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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying
to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
~ Mark Twain


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“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
~ Augusten Burroughs


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“Always be a first rate version of yourself
and not a second rate version of someone else.”

~ Judy Garland


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“Never be bullied into silence.
Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”

~ Harvey Fierstein


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“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
~ A. A. Milne

Lonely Shadow

The world has seen its last day. The entire blue planet is now just a massive graveyard. God doesn’t want me, and the world no more needs me. Today I’m no more what I used to be. I have become the darker side of myself – I have become my Shadow.

I walk along the massive graveyard with my body, listening to the horrifying screams coming from the unsatisfied souls all lying inside their graves. After walking for long we decide to take rest. My body sits next to one of the graves, and as usual I take the place where light does not reach. After a long silence, I ask my body, “Who is better? Is it you or me?” My body looks down to the ground and slowly sighs, “Well, it was I who was suppose to be the better one.” Even my body now realizes the mistake which has already been done and now it is too late to be corrected. I rise up from my place. “Then inspite of God making you the better one, why did you always try to be me?” My body has no reply. I sit back next to my body, putting my hand on his shoulder. “It’s not just your fault. This is a universal blunder that has been caused by mankind. God gave a solid body and mind with a beautiful texture to every human being so that he could make a place of his own, but man could never appreciate what he had. Instead, he decided to become his shadow – never showing his presence; just being a dark body fighting another dark body for position; and always going against light; never questioning to anything, but always taking the easier route.” My body continues to be silent.

I walk slightly away from my body, pausing to think to myself. Why is it that inspite of God giving an individual existence to every man, does every man like to play the part of his shadow? Never looking for light, but only fighting other shadows. Why is man so afraid to question? Why is man so scared of light? Why is man more used to sadness rather than happiness? Why does man suit himself to any uncomfortable condition instead of fighting for their right to comfort? And why after facing all this does man call himself happy when he does not even know what true happiness could be like?

Once I was also a man but today I am a shadow. And now I know what difference I could have made. For me it is too late now. But not for you! What I have written all along is nothing but fiction. The world is not yet over and man can still be man if he wants to. But for this to happen, man should first prepare to face vast changes. Man has become his shadow because of his fear to face changes. A shadow has no face or body or mind to react to changes. But God has given all these to man to resist and react to any change. Then why should man fear change? Even the thought of any change has always dreaded humanity – be it the change of city, change of mood, change of environment, change of climate, change of government, or change of anything. And if man gains the courage to face any change, it is only then that he himself can bring change and stop being a shadow. And obviously the world would be a much better place if man stops being his shadow. But if not, I’m sorry to say, it will not be long before this fiction turns into fact and then each soul will lie in his grave, unsatisfied as ever.

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In The Making

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Don Bosco Technical School, Shillong, one of the first skills training institutes of the north-eastern region of India stands conspicuous in the city of Shillong surrounded by hills and valleys in the state of Meghalaya.

Right from the early stages, the school, along with the academic and technical training has influenced all sections of the society as envisaged in the Salesian Charisma. The Salvatorian missionaries had started a small printing press at Laitkynsew (near Cherapunjee) in 1897. This small printing press was transferred to Shillong in the year 1907. In the same year a few Brothers of the society of the Divine Savior who were experts in carpentry, shoe-making and smithery, began instruction of young Khasi boys in these trades.

Thus began the first trade school in Shillong as part of St. Anthony’s school and orphanage. This venture had to be shutdown at the departure of the Salvatorians in 1915. The courses that the Institution offers are geared towards equipping the youth with some skill in hand to help them to earn a living.

At present the institution offers training in nine NCVT recognized ITI courses – Book Binding, Carpenter, DTP, Electrician, Electronics, Radio and Television, Machinist, Motor Mechanic, Welder, Wireman, and twenty Modular Employable Skills (MES) training in the above trades for school drop outs. Besides this, the Institute has courses for Office-assistants, Driving, Computer Hardware and Networking on a regular basis.

Don Bosco Technical Institute strives to promote the personal, social and emotional growth of its students. The school provides opportunities and experiences, both in and outside the classroom, which assist a trainee in developing a sense of self worth, respect for self and others and acceptance of responsibility in the society.



Splash Of Life

After a tiring hot day, what can one think of to be more fresh than the splash of cool water on one’s face. The water as it hits the face, it almost feels like as though it takes away all the tension and weariness of the day, giving a broad satisfaction of the day being a fruitful one, and one that was not wasted in a lazy manner.

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Spreading My Wings

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All along this time, I have been doing a lot of photography and sharing them with you, and I shall continue to do so in the future too. But off late, I have decided to spread my wings a little. I have always enjoyed creative writing and story-telling, and this is the reason that you will see that the photos I share with you people mostly have a story associated with it. Now, I plan to move my writing beyond the walls of my photography. I enjoy movies, I live on technology, I’m a hardcore gamer, I do graphic designing and media production, and there are all these so many things that I want to write about and share my thoughts about.

Earlier this year I completed my graduation, and apart from photography, I’m also doing freelance content writing as a full-time job. Hence, I thought that if I had a blog where I wrote on a wide array of topics, it would not just serve my purpose story-telling, but also act as a portfolio for recruiters and people seeking to hire my services.

Having said all that, came the point where I had to make a decision of whether I wanted to create a new blog for my write-ups which were not related to photography, or should I keep it all under the same roof. I asked for suggestions on the WordPress Community Pool, but sadly I got just one reply. The good news is that the reply was exactly what I already had in mind:

“I don’t think there’s an easy answer to your question.

If you want to put your writing on the same blog you currently have, you’ll probably need to change the theme. The text/background color combo you currently have would be a nightmare to read in longer posts. However, your current theme looks great with your photography and you might mess up the photography experience if you change the blog’s color scheme.

If I were you, I would open a second blog. However, I would write a post on the photography blog that announces the creation of the second blog so that (hopefully) your followers would check out that second one too. I would also add a very prominent link (perhaps using the image widget) on both blogs connecting them to each other. You might also add a link on your “About” page.”

I was pretty sure that this is what I was going to do, until I gave myself some more time to think and finally decided to keep it all under the same roof. Since it is the readers who make the authors, and I respect your opinions and views a lot, I thought it was my duty to give a proper introduction to my new beginning, and share the reasons behind my decision with all of you, rather than just jumping to absurd topics all of a sudden.

  • Brand Name – “Turn 2 Page LIFE” has been my brand-name for quite sometime now, and people recognize me with this name. And it definitely did not happen in a single day. Years of networking in various different social networks, blogging, sharing, liking and commenting got me where I am today with this name. Creating a new brand-name would mean starting from the scratch again. It would also mean a wastage of all these years of hard-work that I have put behind creating what I have today.
  • Followers – Hundreds or thousands of fans and followers do not pop out of the blue in a single day. That too takes immense hard-work. A new platform would mean losing them all and starting off from the beginning with the only hope that some of these people would follow me to my new location. And to be honest, I’m just a fresher, not some world renowned celebrity. I cannot expect everyone to follow me wherever I go. As a matter of fact, I am grateful to those who do. Once again, a new blog makes no sense.
  • Joint Services – It is I who does the photography, and I who does the content-writing. Hence, I don’t think there is any harm in sharing them both under the same platform. In-fact, it would tell people exactly what kind of work I do, and what is my caliber, without having to jump from one blog to the other.
  • Variation – Having both photography and other contents under the same blog would prevent the readers from getting bored of one type of content. I will always have the opportunity to surprise my readers with new stuff and (hopefully) increase my readership.

Hence, I have decided to spread my wings with Turn 2 Page LIFE, and share with you a wide variety of content from now onwards. But firstly, I feel that I should change my blog theme to something that can be a bit more text friendly. That which will never change and stay on forever is the originality and creativity of the content.

I really hope that with this new venture too, I will receive your support, just as I have till date. Let me know your opinions and feedback in the comments below.

Steps And Stairs

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“The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.”
~ Samuel Johnson


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Inspired from a photo-series by the incredible and awesome documentary photographer Steve McCurry, I too began to observe the uniqueness of life that is bound around the steps and stairs throughout the city.

It is as though these steps and stairs have a soliloquy to share with us. They tell us an inner untold tale of a place or being. Irrespective of how fast life moves around us, when it comes to these steps and stairs, everything seems to just slow down all of a sudden. It is like the breather in a long sentence, from where we start over afresh.



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“The vision must be followed by the venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.”

~ Vance Havner



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“Faith is taking the first step even when
you don’t see the whole staircase.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


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“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached,
don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
~ Confucius


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“Step in, break through, take the stairs to the stars.”
~ Samael


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“There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves,
no matter how unpleasant, are necessary
in order to learn what we need to learn;
whatever steps we take, they’re necessary
to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.”
~ Richard Bach


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“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps,
down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.”
~ Ayn Rand


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“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience,
including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.”
~ Ram Dass


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“You must take the first step.
The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain.
But after that,
everything that has to be done is real-life movement.”

~ Ben Stein


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“Hard work is like stairs and luck is like a lift,
sometimes the lift may fail but stairs will always take you at the top.”

~ Ritu Ghatourey


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“Stairs are climbed, step by step.”
~ Author Unknown

Headlines Today

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One of the most common site on any Indian street (and, I believe, many other countries in the world) is people reading newspapers. In this world overloaded with technology such as Twitter, Ipad, Blackberry, etc., newspapers still remain to be the best source of news as well as time-pass for most people (especially elders). While traveling in bus, or waiting outside a shop for someone, at a taxi stand with friends, or maybe the steps of a temple, or any other place imaginable, we often see these strangers with their heads dug into the headlines of the day. True, newspapers may not be as timely as other sources of news, but they still carry a value which no other medium of the kind can take from it for a long time in the future.