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.

Curves Of The Lotus

The Lotus Temple of Delhi is one of the many amazing architectural wonders that can be seen in India. It is basically a worship house for the followers of the Bahá’i religion. History says that Abdu’l Bahá, the son of the founder of the religion had stipulated that an essential character of a House of Worship is a nine-sided circular shape. Keeping this is mind, and gaining inspiration from the lotus flower, this beautiful monument, with all the beautiful curves and arches, was built of pure marble. And today, this House of Worship has also become one of the biggest tourist attractions of our country.

Light Of Lotus

Two Make A Story

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Loneliness always has a silent story behind it. But a story starts to get a voice when that one individual is joined by a second. This voice can be spoken or unspoken, but when two individuals get together, there is always a story between them. This meeting can be planned by man himself, or by fate, but the story that comes out of it is inevitable to the eye of an observer who is on the search for an essay for his art. And as we all know, life and living require interaction. Though we are all born alone and die alone, we all need company to go through the journey of life.



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An Unfortunate Dreamer Outside KFC

On a windy, cold, winter afternoon, I was out with two of my friends heading for KFC to have lunch together. And irrespective of my work or destination I try and carry my camera always with me. Initially it was just very cloudy (later it started to drizzle), and I managed to get a couple of shots of people passing by, some standing at tea stalls, and some actually making a bonfire on the sidewalk. Here are a few of those shots:

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Anyways, after getting a few more of such shots, the weather started to turn really bad. So my friends suggested that it would be a good idea to hurry to KFC as neither did we have any plans of getting wet, nor obviously did I want to see my camera get drenched. So we all paced up and reached our destination before the showers started pouring down.

We ordered a very big meal, had more than plenty (I can literally become a swine when it comes to food), did some fooling around, and spent a good one-and-half to two hours there. Below I share a pic that I clicked there of my friends, and you can also see the amount of food on the table.

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By the time we were done, the rain had stopped too. And so we decided to leave. But one of my friends said that she had to use the washroom before leaving. So I asked her to go ahead while I would wait for them outside.

I moved out and my hands almost automatically went inside my camera bag and I took out my “beloved” once again. The rain had settled and everyone was on the move again. I took a shot of a few rikshaws standing lined up outside the mall area.

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My next shot was standing right below the steps of KFC and I tried taking the reflection on the tiles of the mall entrance, but that didn’t seem to work too well. But then, I noticed something that I have been missing out on all along. Take a look at the pic below and guess what it was.

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Do you see it? Yes? No? Look carefully towards the bottom right of the frame, just outside the gate. Do you see a man sitting there?

Yes, he is the man I call as the “Unfortunate Dreamer Outside KFC”.

I immediately knew that I had to get a better shot of this. I approached him slowly (obviously I did not want to make him aware of my camera that was shortly about to be pointed towards him). And please don’t pounce on me with ethical issues now. I shoot streets and I shoot reality. No intentions of harassing anyone at all. But that is what I believe and that is how I shoot. But while taking the shot I had so many thoughts running in my mind. I had myself stuffed up to the limit of my digestive system just moments back. So have many other people who are passing by him. And here lies this man whom hardly anyone notices and he barely gets to have a meal a day. Sadly, this kind of a sight is very common in my country (India), but the biggest irony in this shot was that the man was sitting right outside KFC. It wouldn’t have had any impact on me and I probably wouldn’t even have bothered to take the shot if the man was somewhere else. Not that then the man’s suffering would have been any lesser. But probably because my ignorance would not make me perceive it in any better way. After getting the shot I kept standing there for a while. I noticed people continuously going in and coming out of KFC, stuffed up, and some even with packed food packets in their hand (I’m not saying that anything is wrong in that), but no body even observed this person who was as good as invisible to them.

My friends came out after about five to seven minutes. Even they did not notice this man. Before leaving I just took a last shot where I tried to show the entire scenario in one frame. It was a little difficult because the man was too small compared to the KFC building and getting both to be clearly visible on the frame seemed quite challenging. But anyways, here is the last shot that I took. And that is the best justice I could do with the moment that touched me for a lifetime.

An Unfortunate Dreamer Outside Kfc

Street Photography – 30 Tips In 30 Photos

This is really the first photography related video that I had made and uploaded to my Youtube channel. It’s almost been a year since then, and the video has got quite a good response (some positive, while others negative). But nevertheless, I feel that the video has some good tips that might be handy to those planning to start doing some street photography.

So, hope you guys enjoy watching it, and take away something good from it. Feel free to leave ur feedback.