Life 2.0 : Bye Bye Bangalore

On November the 30th last month, I took a leap of faith into uncertainty. A couple of weeks after that, on the 14th of this month to be specific, I went a step further. I packed all my stuff and left Bangalore and with it, a stable and well-paying job  and any chance of returning to the corporate life. As my train rolled out of the platform, I remember a strange feeling of excitement and nervousness building up inside me. After all it was not one of those decisions which you take overnight.

I have been thinking about it for more than half a year before I found myself in a position to actually decide.

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Life 2.0

Back in 2009, when I came to Bangalore, I knew that I am not going down to settle down here (or in any city), I knew I would leave.… continue reading

A Train Through The Borail Hills

Close to a decade and a half back, I had taken the Silchar – Guwahati meter gauge train or Pahad line, as it was popularly known back then, once. For the kid that I was at that time, it was the most wonderful journey I had ever been on. I was delighted to say the least. The beautiful rail-line that snaked its way up and down the gradual inclines of the Borail range, the numerous tunnels built through the hills and the deep dense greenery had more than blown me away. So much so that I did not mind sharing my reserved seat with double the number of people it was supposed to accommodate.

Through the Borail Hills, Dima Hasao - Assam

Through the Borail Hills, Dima Hasao – Assam

From my window seat, I kept looking outside, lost in the beauty of the lone houses atop random hills and the meandering river below.… continue reading

10 Favorite Instagram Photos from My Travels

This is one love-affair which was hopelessly slow during initial days. The craze about an app just because one can add different effects did not make much sense to me, if any. I was sure I will move-on after playing with it for a few days. That however, was not to be. With time I seemed to enjoy sharing photos of the places I visited and adding some details around them. Neither the one-lined captions nor entire blog-posts, something in between. It was fun. And lost in this fun, I did not even realize the time that has passed. Looking back at an year or so of instgramming now brings a smile on my face. And as they say, there’s nothing better to share than a smile.

10 Favorite Instagram Images

10 Favorite Instagram Images

So here I am, actually writing an entire post sharing my top 10 Instagram photos and hoping that I make you smile.… continue reading

The woes of Applying For a Passport in India

When I applied for my passport almost a decade back, the whole experience had left me exhausted. I had finally managed to secure my passport after submitting a bunch of documents which looked more like a book and less like a set of documents and after making couple of over-night journeys from my home-town Silchar to Guwahati. Back then, the Guwahati Regional Passport Office was the only passport office catering to the entire north-east.

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Indian Passport (PC: Y-Axis)

Fast forward to 2015. Encouraged by the now much simplified process of passport application, Ruchi decided to apply for her passport. The fact that most of the steps involved applying for passport in India has now gone online only encouraged us even more to go ahead with it.

All this was much in contrast to what I had to go though when I had applied for mine. … continue reading

Railway Diaries – Musings

The rain-cooled breeze is kissing my face and turning it colder by the second as I look at the green fields pass-by. Mushroom-shaped trees randomly dotting them. The rhythmic thak-thak-thak of the metal wheels leaving one piece of rail for another below seems like a melody to my ears now. The pattern only broken by the blares of the occasional trains rushing from the opposite side. The monsoon clouds above have only grown thicker and darker with each passing hour. It seems a thunder-shower is inevitable. The small and big towns showing-up on this side of the window and that also have started to acknowledge the approaching night; the lights have come-up.

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Watching the world pass-by

Sitting by the window and seeing the world pass-by is something I have come to love over time, ever-since I have started to take trains more and more.… continue reading

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Buy a DSLR Camera

We are living in exciting times. The sort of technologies we now take for granted would have been unimaginable a decade or so ago. While it is great that this constant ‘technological advancement’ has definitely made our lives easier, it has over time, also changed the way we purchase things. Nowadays, we tend to buy a lot of stuff we don’t actually need and the Digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) is one of them.

Friends and colleagues have asked me more than once if they should buy a DSLR camera. Reason: it takes good photos!! I have answered this a significant number of time. I still get asked the same. Hence this post.

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My Trusted Nikon

1. DSLRs don’t take photosContrary to what many people think, just buying a costly DSLR does not entitle you to great photos you can drool over.… continue reading

Long-term bike parking at Bangalore Airport

As obvious (or stupid) as it might sound now, getting information about whether one can park two-wheelers at the Bangalore airport for a longer period was not as easy to get as I expected it to be. This was the second time in the last six months when I found myself in a situation where I would be flying out on a Saturday morning and would be back by the next day evening and I wanted to know if I could leave my bike there for that period. Not finding any credible information the last time I had taken an auto and then the shuttle to reach the airport. I did not want to do it the second time, at-least not before finding out whether it was possible or not.

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The steed – not on the airport road though

googled and googled and googled about it but all that I found everywhere was information about long-term parking for four-wheelers and prices.… continue reading

The good and bad of Travel Photography

I have always wanted to share my travel stories soon after I return from any trip, within weeks if not days. It’s always fun to share memories when everything is fresh in the mind. However, I have hardly been able to do so and the reason almost always, has been the photos. I take a lot of photos during my travels so once back, sorting the good ones from the not so good ones becomes a task. This task takes even more effort and time in my case because I shoot RAW. I used to shoot in jpeg during my initial days with my DSLR but soon learned about the levels of flexibility and control that comes with shooting RAW and fell for it. No regrets here.

The Elephants Falls in Shillong

The Elephants Falls in Shillong – Shot in RAW

Even though I hardly harness half or may be even less than that, of what can be achieved by shooting RAW, I like the granular control I get over almost all aspect of the photos and the final result much more as compared to automatically created JPEGs by the camera.… continue reading