Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Here and The Hair

Now, here is a thing I would like to understand. Not having shared this predicament with my ilk so far, all insights are welcome.

There being a mirror on the wall in front of which I pass after I get up each morning to reach the exit door, I am treated to different horrors everyday. I don’t believe I have the ability, so far, to change avatars, but my hair definitely does. I am compelled to attribute the shocking mirror reflections to my unruly locks. (D has a simple solution to this……just don’t look in the mirror!! I wish it was as easy, sigh.)

I am sure that when I close my eyes every night, my hairs have a group discussion about the nature of their avatar the next day. Sometimes, I get the better of them by smothering them with hair oil. This prevents them from rising to the occasion of the said discussion. Ah! But they seek sweet revenge the very next day.

The state of my tresses ranges from the wispy look (all hair scattered in different directions with a deep groove. Probably no consensus on the avatar?), the chicken feet look (deep grooves all over. Looks like groups pulling in direction of different avatars), the all-at-attention look (had a lot of coffee over the discussion?), the juxtaposed look (not a hair out of place in one half, riots in the other), the makeover look (they just decided that enough is enough) the halt-all-efforts look ( midway in the change, they just decided to sleep on the job), the family look (Mr. and Mrs. Hair with several little Hairs out for a picnic) and many, many, more.

(If you are laughing by now, may pigeons collectively poop on your heads!)

Of all the time I spend grooming my self everyday, the least amount of time is spent on addressing hair related issues. No, no, no..the problem does not lie here.

Firstly, I think the Hairs have rented space on the top of my head. How else do you think they got the right to act as they like? All night discussions, conspiracy..jeeez..what will they think of next? It’s my head, damn it…I’ll show them who’s the boss. And if I don’t feel like I am succeeding at that, why..tell me why should I give them more than a couple of minutes each day?

The thought of evicting them altogether did cross my mind, but I must confess that I’m not quite there yet. What if they leave never to return? (Shudder)

And that is how it has been. My daily struggle with this Catch 22 situation continues.

Insights anyone?

Monday, December 04, 2006

Shutterbug!

Pentax just celebrated 60 years in the image capture business and how! Like this! Speaking of cameras, they are such wonderful things. I mean like wow with three exclamation marks.

Without those around would just leave so much to imagination. Not that it’s a bad thing, but imagine this: Tom weds Katie, no pictures; the Twin Towers reduced to rubble, no pictures; Pamela A caught topless on beach, sorry, no pictures; Mr. Politician caught accepting bribe, oops, no pictures; Shahid-Kareena exchange more than a liplock, grrrr no pictures; yours truly seen adorned in a sari, DAMN!!!! DAMN!!!!, NO PICTURES???? Don't you wish you had something..something handy that'd just snap the moment for you??

No, I was not born with a passion for cameras and stills. Nor did my parents *discover* my skills on ‘gharguti’ type subjects/events for them to gift me a gadget and say, “Here, go forth and shoot”. I just happened to pick my Grandpa’s old (and I mean really old) ‘Baby Brownie’ camera and ‘explore’ it. And there I was hooked, line and sinker. :P

Then came the Agfa, complete with dire warnings about untoward exploration. This snug and well crafted piece is (I still have it) not even an SLR. When I peer through the viewfinder, I have no idea what the lens view looks like. This camera gave me the chance to play around with a lot of aperture, exposure and timing related setting. If not the other way, I explored its capabilities this way. I believe you learn much better and faster on a rudimentary model than on hi-tech equipment. Makes you appreciate the value adds in the hi-tech model than taking them for granted. Worked for me.

I am the proud owner of a Nikon F55; it’s a film SLR. Over the years I’ve acquired a Nikkor zoom lens, some cam-care equipment and I am more than satisfied with the results. I have always preferred film and always NIKON, always. Of late though, this has begun to burn a hole in my pocket (the film, not the cam) and my next acquisition would be a DSLR.

Still photos are such great levelers. They need not be professionally shot, or even shot in a planned environment. Taken with care, awareness and involvement, a desirable attribute of each ‘subject’ they capture stands out in all its glory. The characteristic hits you as soon as you see the photo. And it has to be indisputably desirable because that is what levels the playing field and because everyone does have such a trait they are born with, maybe hidden beneath layers of idiosyncratic dust or overshadowed by circumstantial disguises.

A Still does a better job than a mirror. Not for nothing they say that a picture speaks a thousand words. :)