When things don’t work out as expected, even small failures in day to day life demotivates us to quite an extent. Like yesterday only I tried a new recipe and it didn’t turn out well and it was like a last push to an already bad day. I am foodie and not only like to taste new varieties of dishes, I enjoy experimenting with recipes and keep hunting for something new for the taste buds.
Apart from food, my recently new venture in photography as a hobby has given me some really good and quality time of my life. Every time I decide to shoot something, it gives me an inner sense that something good is happening and I must say it’s because by shooting photos I am totally disconnected from other thoughts and only creative part of brain is working. Last year I decided to go to exhibition with my friend who is a professional photographer and we went there only for shooting photos. I was skeptical about this at first as I knew that in exhibition people might not like us two shooting photos and give weird expressions but I was wrong.
Both of us entered and exhibition with cameras in hand and from right there I felt a moment of joy and that joy was till the end of our exhibition photo session. I knew it was going to be an awesome day and really it was one of the best time I had. Biggest surprise was people being neutral to camera and not overreacting which gave us some really nice shots of people casually enjoying the exhibition as if there is no camera around. Some people and shop owners do enquired us and asked the purpose of the photo shoot and we manipulated them easily, we made stories and lied to everyone and we enjoyed this too! Some of them thought that we were from newspaper or some TV channel and we agreed to that too. We did this because it was hard to explain the real purpose of our photo shoot to general public and we did not wanted to waste any moment and shoot as much as possible.
At the end we were left with hundreds of photos, each worth a look and some of them were exceptionally good. This was the day when photography gave me really a good dose of motivation and positive energy. I enjoyed that day in exhibition as much as I enjoyed it as a kid. I have decided to take out time from busy schedules and once in a while venture into photography not only as a part of hobby but as a self-mediation for peaceful and positive state of mind.
Not much, it’s the same old me who spend New Year browsing funny images and watching shows on the internet. Everything is same but there are few things that I won’t see this year that I had to see in 2013 and I am very happy about it. Here goes the list:
Exams: I am so happy that I won’t have to see the face of examination hall now, completed my MCA in 2013 and that’s it. I quit studying because honestly I just hate cramming books for passing exams, I like to learn from real world and things that are actually useful in life. I hated algebra (well anything in math’s subject that included English alphabets and special characters) and I have never found any use of it till now in real life. I am looking for expanding my business or maybe get a job for some time and plan the expansion while doing the job as a backup.
Stupid people: Till late 2013 I was in company of few stupid people and I am glad that I realized their stupidity and its bad consequences on me. I don’t like breaking contacts so I have created a limit on interactions with these people and hope I won’t see them often now onwards. These people always tried to bully, cheat, annoy, do conspiracy and what not. Good riddance!
Sore throat: Credit goes to my friend Dr.Smita for prescribing me an antibiotic which worked great for my sore throat problem which always occurred in winters. Earlier I tried everything, consulted many doctors but this sore throat has always made my life hell. But thanks to this new medicine, sore throat is not an issue anymore.
Recently I bought a new digital camera for taking even better quality photos for my blog. I did not go for expensive SLR because I am not a photographer and don’t want to insult a SLR camera by just using it in auto mode all time and taking shots that even a cheap point and shoot can take. Portability was also a reason to buy something compact. Settled for Canon SX150 IS after some research and it turned out an awesome choice. Look at the photo of moon I took today. When I first tried in auto mode it was too bright but then going in manual mode and lowering the white balance setting I was able to take a good shot.
What a funny week it was! It started with fun and ended with a good laugh as well. A week back I was in market selecting tiles for the kitchen and bathrooms of my new home. After a lot of discussion and imaginations of how the tiles will look after fitting we decided to go for off-white non slippery tiles on floor and Cadbury cream joint free tiles for walls with its matching highlighter tiles as well. Now the same tiles shop gave me a list of phone numbers of tile fitting service. From bunch of numbers I selected the most trusted and oldie looking name “Munshi Lal” thinking that he must be some old chap with lots of experience. Munshi Lal was very much talkative and he bragged a lot about his father work and the experience he has gained from him. When he visited the site of work for giving me estimate, though his rates were fine, he did not agreed to lay tiles on the existing floor of the kitchen and said he will break the existing one and make new one because according to him the floor was not correctly made. This was something I did not want to do because breaking floor may cause damage in various electrical and water pipes below and there was actually nothing wrong with the floor. I tried to convince him the same but Munshi Lal firmly said he will break it and I said goodbye to him. In the mean time I received a call from second person named “Nesar”, I think he got my number from the tiles bill at the shop. This person was a jolly type and looked much down to earth ready to do whatever type of work provided to him and not fiddle too much. I handed him the work and the only annoying thing was he would come to work at sharp 8:30 AM and would work late till 9 PM!! I had to borrow a petrol guzzler generator from my friend Faraz so that work could go on without any interruption. There is a story behind this generator too, it was lying since unknown time at one corner of his house and when we tried to start, it did start after some hard trying. It did its duty well inspite of rusted tank and chocked carburetor. It was a Birla make generator with 2 stroke 63 CC petrol engine from Yamaha.
My duty was to reach the site in morning and stay there to check if work is going on correct or not. In beginning Mr. Nesar tried to do lousy work by fitting even slightly broken tiles. On this I got him remove every bad tile and kept a strict check on his work. After sometime he understood what kind of work I was looking for and he was now doing it correctly. To make environment friendly me and my friend Faraz were cracking jokes and often speaking double meaning lines. The problem with Nesar was that he did not understand the double meaning lines at once, but after few minutes he would catch get it and burst out in laughter giving us yet another reason to laugh.
When the work was complete after a week, it was about 9 PM and it was quite dark. After they packed up their tools I asked about how much was the bill? I already had a rough estimate in my mind because I did calculate the square foot area of walls and floors. Nesar told me that he would bill me @ Rs.7 per square foot for wall and Rs.9 per sq foot for floor. Now instead of measuring the area, he said it will be quicker to just count the number of tiles boxes used and multiply it with the covered area one box covers. I agreed and when it was calculated, it came out Rs.9640 which more than I expected. Since everyone was tired, I did not say anything but paid him Rs.7000 and told him I’ll pay remaining Rs. 2640 tomorrow. At night I thought how this can happen, and in the morning I went to the site and measured the covered area again and according to my calculation total came out Rs.8441 so when Mr.Nesar came to my home for his payment I told him about this and as expected he did not agree to my measurement and said he will measure it again himself. I happily agreed because I knew that I measured it roughly and it was more than the actual area. As I thought when next morning he measured, it came out even less and Mr.Nesar had to settle with even lesser money now.