Month: May 2012
Not that you could not spot a Mirage in April or even February – but then I was lucky to get a shot of it in May. Not very clear – since I had to take it from afar (the closer you got – there was nothing to be seen! ), hence had to crop out the relevant portions of the picture. I took this from a moving car, and had to go through a lot of dud shots before I got one picture that did reflect the Mirage…
I visited a temple recently and as always was awestruck by the gopuram (tower) , the colours, the statues, the paintings and the symmetry.
When I focussed on this serene statue of a saint… I noticed a flurry of activity in the background (See if you can spot him here)
And close by were the residents of the Gopuram, eating, playing and feeding their little ones…
As I continued to focus on them – they started getting restless with my intrusion into their privacy… So they gnarled at me, scowled and finally moved out.
The War Memorial on Beach road just opposite the Chennai port was built to commemorate the Victory of India over different wars viz . WWI, WWII, The Indo-Pak war, The Chinese Agression, and The Kashmir Agression. A circular structure from outside – You will have to mount the gigantic circular steps to reach the tall tower . As you walk around the memorial you will see inscriptions engraved into the wall – in different languages – expressing gratitude to those who laid down their lives for us in the war. Well maintained, with a small garden of flowers in the circumference – the War Memorial is a place that should be visited more often.
Well recently, a friend of mine and I were discussing about factors that made people popular. Was it their looks, their money, their celebrity connections, their personality or just some publicity – good or bad? I finally decided to go with the one factor that I think is unique to every one – being yourself. And here is my pick of top 3 men who have remained themselves but yet managed to become popular.
1. DR.ABDUL KALAM
- He did not get a makeover when he became the President of India.
- He gave children access to the Parliament.
- The masses of India felt proud to look up to an intelligent yet unassuming man.
- He continued being a teacher – making crowds repeat important points after him – and they loved him for it.
- He moved away from the spotlight gracefully and is still the first person who comes to the common Man’s mind when talking about the previous or next President of India.
2. SHERLOCK HOLMES – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The brilliant man from Baker Street, with his ability to solve cases based on attention to detail – did take the world by storm. Moody, hardly social ,choosy, and well behaved – Holmes does not make you feel like he is a Know-it-all but rather earns your respect and admiration. Treating his faithful friend Watson with patience and his Landlady Mrs.Hudson with respect – I think Sherlock Holmes might be one of the few achievers in his field with a perfect work-life balance. Eccentric, erratic, and eclectic – Holmes proved that many a time that, behind his steely cold countenance there was indeed a warm heart with a sense of justice.
3. SHELDON COOPER – Big Bang Theory
Idiosyncratic Sheldon. Rigidly logical. Socially awkard. Speaks with a lisp. Cannot drive a car. Phobic about his own security.Has a ‘logical’ sense of humor. Is not willing to share his ‘seat’. Mule-like stubbornness. Superiority Complex. Suffers from OCD. Star Trek crazy. Wears T-shirts with superhero logos. Hangs out at Comic book stores. Treats you with disdain if not a “Doctor (PhD)”. Treats you with disdain if not a physicist. Treats your with disdain if you do not adhere to “his” routine. A sore loser.
You actually want to kill him. But miss him if he is not around. Sheldon is loved.
I guess it can be safely said that Sheldon Cooper may be the only nerd / geek who can command this kind of popularity all around the world.
So there it is guys – 3 people who continue to be themselves and continue to be popular. Hats off to them 🙂
Maybe it is all about lighting. This is one of my best efforts till date – and the sharpness of the picture, texture of the petals and brilliant yellow – is something I guess, is possible only in natural lighting. My thanks to the Sun God!
As I zoomed into these green fields from afar, I really enjoyed the sight of this narrow canal cutting it into two parts. The culmination of water, sunlight and greenery somehow made the simultaneous presence of all three factors seem so wonderful.
And almost from nowhere, appeared this sun-tanned old lady, sickle in hand and a small red cloth pouch tucked into her sari at the waist, nosering, golden bangles and her silver hair held in place by a careless “kondai” (hairstyle)- and oblivious of my attention directed towards her, she walked along the wall of the canal, unsmiling and deep in thought.