Sunday, July 17, 2011

Not yet forgotten

About this photo: Dug this one up from some of my old shots. This was clicked with my first camera, a film SLR, Nikon F55. Clicked in a tiny village in Punjab, about three years back, this little girl was staring sullenly at us, while we roamed around like the quintessential city tourists who seemed to have landed up in the village by mistake. :)

Now I wish I had spoken to her at that time. I wonder what was her name, and what was her story? Guess I will never know.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


I am finally making a list of things to do before I die. Because I woke up today morning feeling like I am wasting my life away.
Image Source: here.

 1. Publish a book.
2. Write fiction.
3. Become rich enough to afford a bad-ass camera and lenses.
4. Become a great derdermatologist.   
5. Travel a lot. (The exact guidelines for this item on the list are yet to be made)
6. Run a famous blog with an anonymous identity.
7. Have a pet.
8. Change atleast one person's life.
9. Become an  excellent teacher. 
10. Start a charity.
11. Build a hospital.
12. Watch every awesome movie ever made by mankind.
13. Attend a live music concert by an international artist I love.
14. Get in shape. As in, get fit. (I am not overweight at all, don't think like that! I just want to force myself to exercise :P)
15. Don't lose any more friends.
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17. Read every book written by Judith McNaught.
18. Become a good doctor.
19. Look down (err...up?) a telescope
20. Save a life.
21. Win a poetry prize.
22.. Visit Disneyland.
23. Master the art of cooking.
24. Simulate a fairy tale at some ipoint in life
25. Send parents on vacation.
26. Design my own beautiful house.
27. Buy own car and finally be a confident driver. 
28. Visit Greece, Galapagos and the Amazon valley.
29. Read this list often. Atleast it will remind me of what could have been.

This list could go on and on. I am ending it for now and going to pursue some of my more immediate goals. But this list is an ongoing dynamic process.

This is definitely not the last you are hearing of it.

Have a blessed Sunday :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Looking back on June

A list of some of the things I enjoyed a lot this month.

Song of the month:
Someone like you - Adele.
I don't think I will ever get enough of this song. 

Book of the month:
Something Wonderful - Judith McNaught.
I recently discovered this romance author, all thanks to my friend Nikshi, and her books are by far the best I have read in a long, long time. Not at all like the superficial, fluffy, romances we get to read everywhere these days. She creates such strong characters and tells such beautiful stories it is difficult to not be moved every time you read her books. The one I have picked here has a story which I am unlikely to forget, ever.

Quotes from Something Wonderful:
1. "What are you looking at?" Jordan demanded finally, watching her.
"A dragon." When he looked bewildered she lifted her arm and pointed to the sky in the southeast. "Right there—that cloud—what do you see when you look at it?"
"A fat cloud."
Alexandra rolled her eyes at him. "What else do you see?"
He was quiet for a moment studying the sky. "Five more fat clouds and three thin ones."

2. "Conventionality is the refuge of a stagnant mind" - Alexandra Townsend.

3. "A lie is an affront to the soul, as well as an insult to the intelligence of the person to whom one lies."

4. "Think of my immortal soul, sweetheart. It's black and,without you here to make me mend my ways, I'll undoubtedly slip back into my old habits." - Jordan.

Movie of the month:
Hotel for Dogs.

You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this movie. But all dog lovers should definitely catch this movie. One of those uncomplicated, feel-good, entertaining movies that comes along once in a while. A lot of furry love, animal jokes, goofy humour, weird kids, and melt your heart moments. Sometimes it just feels good to shut down your brain and act like you're a 15-year-old with no worries in life. With this movie, I could achieve that.

Blog of the month:
In and Out of Love