Monthly Archives: August 2009

Dona Paula at dusk

Sunset Panorama at Dona Paula

Sunset Panorama at Dona Paula

Elton’s post, Sunset at Dona Paula, brought back pleasant memories of the time we reached this spot at the right photographic moment. A cloud filled sky at dusk with a couple of ships at the horizon and an expanse of water all around. I got my camera into its panorama mode and cherish the output till date.

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Heat: Film snapshot

The battle of good v/s evil, splendidly woven into a story where you begin to question the very beliefs that you take for granted all the time. There is black and white with shades of gray in between where we live our lives most of the time.

Neil McCauley (De Niro) is an ex-con and expert thief has centered his life around the creed (which I found really catchy!)

“Do not allow anything into your life which you cannot walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner.”

What would you wish for?

Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes, three dreams and they all could come true.
what would I wish for if I were given 3 wishes…?
Aladdin: So, three wishes. I want them to be good… what would you wish for?
Genie: Me? No one’s ever asked me that before. Well, in my case… ah, forget it.
Aladdin: What?
Genie: No, I can’t. I…
Aladdin: Come on, tell me.
Genie: [sigh] Freedom.
Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world.
In all our traveling we return to where we started and know it for the first time
At times, what we wish and yearn for is what we have already…

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot

Imagine you had three wishes, three hopes, three dreams and they all could come true.

If I were given 3 wishes, what would I wish for…? There is a tiny exchange between Aladdin and the Genie that says a lot:

Aladdin: So, three wishes. I want them to be good… what would you wish for?
Genie: Me? No one’s ever asked me that before. Well, in my case… ah, forget it.
Aladdin: What?
Genie: No, I can’t. I…
Aladdin: Come on, tell me.
Genie: [sigh] Freedom. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world.

And there I found my answer. At times, what we wish and yearn for what we already have…

Chocolate trip

It's Ferero Rocher for you...

It's Ferrero Rocher for you...

What did I do this weekend? Ate chocolates! Lots of them! No treks… no trips… This is just an excuse of giving myself a shot at Product Photography! 😉

Pick only one!

No one can eat just one!

Gone too soon…

Gone too soon

Gone too soon

Photography is about being there at the right moment… and not wasting a moment to capture it! That is the story of this chameleon who was spotted just outside a window…one moment he was there and the next… gone!

Photography is about being there at the right moment… and not wasting a moment to capture the it!

That is the story of this chameleon who was spotted just outside a window…one moment he was there and the next… gone!

The Monte – Chapel on the Hill

When you run out of ideas for a weekend trip… there is nothing like a quiet evening.

It was time for a fresh perspective and I headed for the 16th century chapel on the mount at Old Goa.
The chapel is picturesquely located atop a tiny hillock.
With it numerous arches and buttresses there is no end to the creative photography.
The chapel commands a breathtaking view. The surrounding hills, the tributaries of the Mandovi river snaking their way around the islands of Divar and Chorao.
This place is also home to a number of birds and rare wild flowers.
Was lucky to get this picture of this kite/eagle taking twigs to its future home.
A panoramic view of Old Goa, with its major historical sites of the St. Augustine tower, the Se Cathedral and St Cajetan church (Left to right)
There is one word to describe this place… Fresh!

When you run out of ideas for a weekend trip… there is nothing like a quiet evening.

It was time for a fresh perspective and I headed for the 16th century chapel on the mount at Old Goa.

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

The chapel is picturesquely located atop a tiny hillock.

Green arches

Green arches

There's more

There's more

With it numerous arches and buttresses there is no end to the creative photography.

Inside out

Inside out

Snakes and ladders

Snakes and ladders

The chapel commands a breathtaking view. The surrounding hills, the tributaries of the Mandovi river snaking their way around the islands of Divar and Chorao.

Work in progress

Work in progress

This place is also home to a number of birds and rare wild flowers.

Home is where the twigs go

Home is where the twigs go

Was lucky to get this picture of this kite/eagle taking twigs to its future home.

Holy pan

Holy Pan

[Click the panorama for a larger view]

A panoramic view of Old Goa, with its major historical sites of the St. Augustine tower, the Se Cathedral and St Cajetan church (Left to right)

There is one word to describe this place… Fresh!

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“It takes a hero to change the world” – 10000 BC

It takes a hero to change the world,” claims the tagline of the film 10000 BC.

Does it really take a hero to change things around? Who is a ‘hero’?  The lead actor was in no way a hero… but just did what he knew he had to do… and be true to himself and the belief that when something is worth living for, it is worth dying for.

It’s interesting to know that the name of the protagonist, D’Leh, is spelled “Held” backwards, “Held” being the German word for “hero”. Roland Emmerich (the director) chose this name as an easteregg for ‘the hero within’.

As for historical/geographical accuracy, don’t go looking for it in this film. This is not meant to be a documentary 😉

Despite the bashing this movie received from the audience, I would like to commend just one dialogue:
A good man draws a circle around himself and cares for those within. His woman, his children.  
Other men draw a larger circle and bring within their brothers and sisters.  
But some men have a great destiny.
They must draw around themselves a circle that includes many, many more.  
Your father was one of those men. You must decide for yourself whether you are, as well.