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Daily Prompt: Photographers  show us OUTSIDE.

I took this photo while going for a drive with my dad. Even though it’s a little blurred there is something I like about this photo. The blurriness makes it look like everything is moving  or changing. This kind of fits seeing how fast this city is developing. When I moved here 10 years ago this was a small town with old buildings and the outer areas that where all under development.

This street in the photo used to look dull with just a few streetlights here and there, potholes and only a few shops. The other side of the road is a huge pond. Within a span of a couple of years the road and the rest of the city got a makeover. The street is one of the best drives now. The road is smooth, the area with the pond resembles a small park and shopping complexes have come up on the other side.

 

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Barter

Today’s prompt reminds of when we were kids. We used to exchange collectibles hoping to complete our collections. Those who had the prized and rare ones usually got a better deal when it came to exchanges.

Then we grew up and now we exchange our life and soul for the money paid by the corporate world. Unfortunately since money is involved this doesn’t fall under the gamut of Barter. But in a way it still is a barter isn’t it?  The word barter brings up the picture in our minds of dusty markets where people buy things in exchange of goats and chickens. Seeing most of us don’t actually have those we might have to come up with new items for trade. Maybe offer up laptops and iPods, or designer labels and accessories  in exchange. Not such a good picture to think of.

The prompt asks if the world worked on a barter system how I would fair. My answer- not that good. I don’t have anything to give in exchange. Unless they’ll take books, if they do then I can live comfortably for a few years. After that I have no idea what I’ll do, may be I’ll write for exchange or take photographs. I really don’t think I have anything else to give  unless I learn something new.

After considering the alternative being a worker bee in the huge corporate hive doesn’t look that bad. I was a good employee when I had a job. Hopefully someday soon I’ll find another office to be part of.

Written as a response to the Daily Prompt : Barter System.

Life As A Wanderer

I like the idea of a living a nomadic life.  In-fact I  prefer it to living at one place. It would be nice to have a home base but that is not completely necessary. The picture that comes to mind when I  hear the word nomad is of camels and tents.I don’t intent on living like that. I’ll prefer some kind of lodging , nothing big just something to live in for a while.Travel

Growing up I moved around a lot. I’ve lived in five different cities in three different states and studied in six different schools. I am living in the same city for that last ten years and it’s driving me a little crazy. I can’t live anywhere for a long period of time, and by long I mean two or three years. After a while there is nothing left to see in the city, nothing new to experience.

There is a pure pleasure in exploring a new city. Seeing things for the first time, the food, the way of life, the people, the buildings and the sights. Everything about a new city is so exciting. It’s like a gift waiting to be unwrapped. You have no idea what to expect when you turn a corner.

It’s better if you can actually stay in a place for some time, say a year or two, instead of being a tourists that stays a week. As a tourist we just follow a map and flock to the sights that are known to be famous. Every city has much more to offer. Hidden gems that only those who stay long enough get to know.

I’m a light traveler. Everything I need to live can be packed in one bag. Well, if I am going to be a nomad then I guess I’ll pack two bags( a little more things if you have no home-base). I might have to leave behind all my books but I’ll switch over to kindle or something.

I hope I get to at-least travel a lot more in the future even if I don’t actually became a nomad. Just pack my bags, meet new people, enjoy new food and explore a new place.

Written as a response to Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone (If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?)

P.S  The Daily Prompt for July 20th is almost the same so I’m using the same post with a little addition that’s given below.

The prompt has an another question in it – What makes a place “home” to you?

For me home is any place where I can be happy.I’m not saying I have to be happy 24/7 but if the life there is good then any place can be considered as home.

The One Taking The Photograph

 Daily Prompt : Tables Turned

Are you as comfortable in front of a camera as behind one? Being written about, as well as writing?

The answer for the first is a definite no! I love taking photographs but not being  the subject of a photograph.

I take hundreds of photos at parties, get-togethers or when on holiday but I’ll only be there in five or six of them.  I take photos because I like to capture a moment, in a way I’m freezing it forever. This probably started because I had to move around so much and everything in life kept changing so photographs became the means to remember.

I probably should also mention the fact the I was always a little crazy when it came to photographs(emphasis on crazy). My parents tell me that when I was a toddler I had a habit of waking up at three in the morning. I would then wake my parents up and ask them to bring all the albums and will go through the photographs and ask what was going on when each photograph was taken. My parents lost a lot of sleep that way. This went on for almost a year till they had enough of it and made me get rid of that habit.

As for writing, I’ve mentioned it a lot of times already but once again – I like to write .
No one has ever written about me and I don’t think anyone will find much to write anyway. Though if someone does write I wouldn’t have a problem with that(as long as whatever is written doesn’t have a photograph of me attached to it).

Mirrored

Daily Prompt show us MIRRORED.

Mirror work is quite common in traditional Indian dresses and accessories. It’s more common towards the northern part of the country.
So for today’s prompt here’s a couple of photos on that topic.

I found these in a fair and was told that this is of Gujarati style.

I found these in a fair and was told that this is of Gujarati style.

 

Some of mom's dresses with mirror work.

Some of mom’s dresses with mirror work.

The Other Love

Daily Prompt for the day asks photographers to show something on the topic “OTHER”. I wont say I qualify as a photographer yet, but I do love taking photos and sharing them here so going along with that idea for the prompt.

Other than writing and photography, another field I have interest in is music.

When I turned 19 I went a little crazy and decided I have the patience and skill to learn to play an instrument. Though the one I love the most is violin I bought a guitar instead figuring I’ll start with that. My dad told me not to because I have a habit of starting things and then leaving them mid way.
I bought it anyway and had every intention of proving him wrong. I played on and off for a year, learned the basic chords but just like most other “projects” of mine I left it. Now I just pick it up once in a while but those occasions are becoming rarer and rarer. In the end, it looks like I just gave my dad a reason to say “I told you so” (which he loves to do!) and smirk whenever he sees the guitar.

Looks a little sad doesn't he??

Looks a little sad doesn’t he??

Daily Prompt: Great or Greatest?

Prompt for the day: Great or Greatest?

What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post?

Since my blog is only one month old I’m still learning about what makes a blog great. So I can’t really answer that question. Though in my opinion writing about  things that makes you feel good will be enjoyed by others too.

I can give a much better answer  for the second part of the prompt. Whether I like a post or a blog depends entirely on the content of the posts. Sometimes reading one post is enough to make up my mind for others it might take couple more posts.

I love seeing the photos taken by fellow bloggers and like reading about books, music, movies,poems,short stories and random musings. This means I have a wide variety of blogs and posts to read and I do read so many of them and have found a lot of great blogs and I’m sure I’ll continue to find more in the future.