Thank You

When feeling at your weakest you end up showing more strength, when at your lowest you are suddenly lifted above higher that you’ve ever been. They all border one another, those opposites, and how quickly we can be altered. Despair can be altered by one simple smile offered by a stranger; confidence can become fear by the arrival of one uneasy presence. Everything is on the verge, always brimming the surface, a slight shake, a tremble sends things toppling.
How similar emotions are.
Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern

I finished reading this book day before yesterday and ever since then it has had me hanging on the edge. I'm not going to review it. I just want to say how it had me thinking.
This book gives a new meaning to the word Thank You. It shows how a single thank you can change one person's life and how we must value it.
If a person deserves to be thanked, then he must be. I think that's because by thanking a person, you are acknowledging that person's action. It motivates him. It makes him look up if he was ever down in a trench and was waiting to be lifted.
It doesn't matter if you inhibit yourself from telling a simple "Thanks" considering it as a fad not to, you still have to.
Because when you thank somebody, it makes them happy and wanted.
And I think that each and every single person in this planet is wanted.

Day 12 — The Person You Hate Most/Caused You a Lot of Pain

Dear You,

You caused me a lot of trouble. You lied me. You broke my trust one too many times. Because of that I've never been able to see the good side of you. And because of that I don't think I'll ever be able to forgive you.
And hence I think I will carry a very long grudge against you. I know it's not healthy. But you made me do it.
Whenever I see you smile, I know that there are million lies behind it and not a single truth.
That is how you've painted your image for me.
I keeping searching for the real you. Even though I hold a grudge against you, there's still a little affection left for you in my heart.
And I think it is that affection that spares you every time you rip me apart with your lies.


--> 30 Day Letter Challenge.

Day 11 — A Deceased Person You Wish You Could Talk To

Dear You,

I can no longer ask how you are because I know that your heart can no longer feel. You live in a place which is cold. You are required to succumb to the termites of the underworld. I wish I could talk to you now. I wish I could reduce your misery. But now is not my time.
When it is my time, I will talk about everything with you!
I will keep in touch with your family. I will remember all their happy times as well as the unhappy times. I will learn more about you from your family. This is because I fear that in your lonely world you might lose yourself.
So I will remember your life as it was and as it is by your family. And when my time comes, I will make you feel alive with your life.
Till then, wait for me.


--> 30 Day Letter Challenge.

Day 10 — Someone You Don’t Talk To As Much As You’d Like To

Dear You,

I've lost touch with you even though I didn't want to. I don't know what came between us that ceased any conversation. Was it time? Or was it just life? I don't know. Either way I wish we had talked more often when we had the time to and the chance to.
I didn't know that you wanted to talk with me until a little birdie told me. After that we talked and I somehow feel it's my fault now that we don't talk anymore. I feel like I've cut that thin silver chord we once had. I regret it.
I am really sorry and I hope you can forgive me.


I've decided that this time I'll resume my super long and pending 30 Day Letter Challenge. This time I mean to complete it just like my 365 project.
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A Fortress in the Traffic

Today was our last day at Pune. So in the morning we decided to visit the Shaniwarwada Palace and Raja Dinakar Museum which are both nearby. We left at early noon so it was really hot and I felt really tired by the time I climbed the steep long stairs of the Palace. The layout of the palace was cleverly planned and fortunately there were enough trees to provide us shade!
After that we left for the Museum. I didn't use my camera because it didn't feel right for me to photograph artifacts. What I really loved about the display in the museum was the ancient dip-and-write-in-ink pens.
And I just wish I remember it's proper name, the dip in ink pen thingy of the ancient days.
I also saw Palm leaf paper and it was so cool!

Stuff at the courtyard in our Guest House.

can of dried paint
A can of dried paint.

These Chandeliers have been up ever since the time of Jawaharlal Nehru, i.e. from 1960s at our dining area. 

Layout of the Shaniwarwada Palace.

The Palace entrance and layout (2).

Well, I did say we left early noon. So the sun was right above my head and it was super hot! I had no way of preventing my eyes from squinting...!

It was seriously so hot! I mean all the locals were traveling with head-scarves and sunny hats. And it seemed only our group wasn't protecting our heads enough. So we had to cool ourselves off with some Sugarcane juice which was really sweet and refreshing!   

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A bicycle leaning against the palace walls of Shaniwarwada.

To Travel is To Fall in Love

Today I had my studio test + portfolio interview for MIT Institute of Design, Pune.
The studio test consisted of two parts: situation test and material test. In the situation test we were divided into groups and were given a theme. Our group got the colour "Black" and had to present a play on it. We decided to portray a comic side of the movie "Black" starring Amitab Bachan and Rani Mukerji. I played the role of a "real blind girl". We even had to make props in the given time limit which was 20 minutes for preparation and 3 minutes for the skit. I made the director's mike using newspaper. Then the other members made black glasses and we made a blind person's stick by attaching 3 rulers each 30 cm long. We received a good applause for our play.

Then the material test was based individually. Everybody were given 1 plastic bottle, 2 plastic buttons, 1 plastic bag, 5 bob pins, 1 meter metallic wire, 1 white sheet, 1 drinking straw and 1 Styrofoam cup and were asked to make a TOY out of it. I made a caterpillar. And you can create sounds with it. We had to do it in 45 minutes.

After that we had an half hour break and then the personal interview + portfolio review. Before the interview I was so nervous and I was thinking constantly that no matter what happens I should give my 110%.

When it was my chance the interviewers (the people who interviewed me) asked me all the technical terms related to photography and why I switched from a digi cam to DSLR. Then they asked me to recite one of my poems. Later when they were going through my portfolio and when they came to the photography part of it all their eyes shifted towards my photos and I realized that my photos had captured their attention and I felt really happy then! And then it went pretty well. Atleast I was happy when I came out of the room!

Then we returned to our guest house around 5.30pm and there was gorgeous sunlight surrounding everything! It was an utter beautiful sight...!So I went out with my camera and began photographing things.

Bokeh against drying leaves and sunlight is amazing!
The beauty and colour of drying plants mesmerizes me.
A chair left alone in the street, unattended and lonely.
Civilization, kids riding on a bike with balance wheels. I had to take the photo fast because I'm a people-shy person!
More civilization as people go for an evening walk.
Barbed fence against bokeh, which is once again Love.
The entrance to the Guest House where I'm currently staying. The words written below it are a Hindi translation of 'Guest House'. It's read phonetically as "ath-ee-thi  grh-ha".
There were gazillion bougainvillea like this of different colours and there was also gardens where only bougainvillea grew. I was in heaven when I saw this! 
The entrance (door) to the guest house.
Orange bougainvillea
Some random flower growing along the entrance to the guest house.
The one thing I noticed as I photographed was less people were "glaring" at me than usual when I roam with a camera.
I got this amazing feeling from the surroundings just by walking around and absorbing my surrounding. I felt beautiful for the first time about travelling apart from my love for it and it felt amazing!