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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Masks of Men

Shiva's Mask
Shiva's Mask - taken during the Saras Fair at Patiala

Have you ever looked at yourself in a mirror and wondered what you are ? A son, a sister, a mother, an uncle, a nephew, a friend, a spouse, a rival, a teacher... The list could go on for-ever and keep on growing for-ever. Are these all roles that we play or masks that we wear. The mask of a father, a daughter, a wife, a friend; or is it something more. Is this the purpose for our existence? To put on mask after mask until each and every one of those masks leaves an impression on our face, becomes a part of who we are.
Shakesphere said that -
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Even he understood that man had to change roles. Put on a new mask to become something new, something different. Once in your life, just once, stand in front of a mirror and remove those masks. One at a time. Look at yourself for what you are. If you do that you will learn that you are nothing. You are an identity made by the people who are around you, who know you, who love you and who care about you.
Man after all, is nothing without his masks.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

The Other Choice...

Flora in Solitude
Flora in Solitude

One evening while sitting on the lawn, I looked up and I saw this tree. It was a really picturesque scene, so I immediately whipped out my phone and snapped a picture, uploaded it on my laptop and then very effectively forgot about it. A full month later, after coming back home for my internship and semester break, I finally found this picture in my Lightroom library. There was only one thing to do... clean it up and put it on the internet. Well, that's two things.

Moreover it got me thinking about the choices that I've made in my life so far. I seriously do not know how or why, all I know is that it just did. A little bit of pondering helped me understand that throughout my life I've always wanted to be different from all my friends and peers. I have always been cautious of being stereotyped and maybe somehow it has always been the base of my choices. When all of my friends were wasting time in idle talk, I was bloggin', when they were busy focusing on academics I tried my hand at a dozen extra activities.

Maybe this desire to stand out and be different was the one which guided my career choice. My entire family is a family of engineers. All and I mean ALL of my cousins are engineers and I was the next lamb to be sacrificed. But I guess that inherent trait or quirk, whatever you might call me, urged me to resist. Maybe that is why I deviated from the path laid down so impeccably by my cousins. Maybe that is why I chose to stand out and become the first lawyer in over 5 generations in my family. I'm not a lawyer yet, there are five more years of grooming. In the heart of my mind, I believe that I made the right choice. Yes, the family was a bit unhappy initially, but hey - no sacrifice, no victory.
Cheers to life people. Have a good day! Oh and do comment on the photo!

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Look who's talking...

Should I be writing more? I always had this idea of starting a photolog but sadly could never get it to fruition. I guess there were many reasons behind it. First of all would be the lack of a decent digital camera(I bet you knew this was coming)! Well there is one camera that I'd really love to buy. It's the Nikon D90. But I will really have to wait till I can buy that camera... *nudge nudge**financial problems* But luckily I do have a Nokia 6233 which has a tolerable camera. I've taken tons of pics and collected the most interesting ones. And so I finally decided to start a photolog which features pictures taken from my cameraphone!! As usual I put my clicked pictures through the Lightroom and Photoshop combination and try to get it to look as good as it possibly can. I guess if I've said so much I might as well prattle a bit about my self.

Interests - Photoshop, Photography, Tech, Movies, Music, Video Games, Books(yeah I love reading books, not textbooks though!), Law(I'm in law school right now), Blogging(its an on again and off again thing)

Secret Childhood Dream - To become a superhero having the powers of Superman and Spiderman!   My Real Name - Sourabh Rath

Favourite Things in the world - Chocolate, Pizza, Friends, Warcraft 3, Photoshop, Colours, My Laptop and Bittorrent.

You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Deviant Art, and Flickr.

I've experimented with competitive gaming, singing, painting and have come close to participating in moot courts on two occasions.[:P] I've also experimented with speed walking and have a bit of credible firing practice. I used to be viciously sarcastic in everything I said but nowadays I've managed to get a hold on it. I'm a fanatic for some things , a la chocolate, a complete nihilist for some other things and totally indifferent towards some more things...
No Prohibitions

This notice was observed in a mall, I just had to take this picture. It was like some invisible, irresistible force compelled me to do this. Please don't prosecute me!!!

Right now I'm studying Law. I'm in my first year and am having fun so far. Have some really amazing friends and life couldn't be any better... Damn, I lied again! All right, my life could be waaaay better. But lets not get into that right now. Have a brother who's three years younger to me and two caring and loving parents, who sometimes care so much that it irritates me to no end.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

The Nameplate

The Nameplate

Aah, the mighty,puissant,intrepid lizard dares to do what not even a single soul at my university can. He dares to assert his right over something extremely sacred to the boss of this place, our Vice-Chancellor's name...!! ALL HAIL, the Lizard King!!
He has challenged the VC over a gargantuan issue. He asserts a right to that name!!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pony Parking

Pony parking

I was wandering on the streets of Patiala when I came across this rather interesting sight. A couple of stray , yes STRAY, horses were grazing right next a couple of cars in front of a hotel. The irony of the situation has not escaped me till this day. I guess its only in India where you will find stray horses and cows. But finding stray horses is quite common in Patiala. That was quite a horsey day for me as well. Oh well!

My Camera & Phone

My cameraphone is a rather mid-range Nokia 6233. In fact its one of the last Nokia 6233s to be purchased in the world.

It looks quite good and has a surprisingly good quality 2 megapixel camera. It has stereo speakers and is 3G enabled. Its a total value for money package. The sound on this baby is supremely awesome and the camera is pretty good too. Although it fails in giving clarity in large images like 1600X1200 it still does supremely well in mid size images.

The full specs are as follows -

2 MP camera

5 MB Built in Memory

Expandable memory with Micro SD card

Stereo Speakers (the loudest in any Nokia mid level phone)

Awesome sound quality

Sleek looks

A tried and tested phone, but sadly it has reached the end of its line. Its not manufactured anymore and I was lucky to get one of the few available models in the world. Some of the more detailed features -

  • A small, sleek mobile device with indulgent stainless steel - the perfect balance of features for both business and pleasure
  • Real time access to information at all times through mobile broadband
  • High quality sound through stereo speakers
  • 3G capable
  • 2 megapixel camera with 8x smooth, digital zoom and landscape mode
  • FM stereo radio and music player
  • Enhanced Java email client for easy sending and receiving of information
  • Spam filter to avoid junk mail
  • Supports video sharing, streaming, and recording capabilities
  • Video, MP3, eACC+, and 64-chord/voice polyphonic MIDI ringing tones
  • Volume: 81 cc
  • Weight: 110 g
  • Length: 108 mm
  • Width: 46 mm
  • Thickness (max): 18 mm

Nokia 6233 Flickr Pool

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Testing a picture upload

So here I am , testing a picture upload. Got loads planned for this blog...

My Photolog

My photolog finally begins...

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About This Blog

I had been wanting to start a photolog for quite some time, but I guess couldn't find the time or probably a decent camera. But then in August, 2008 I bought a 2 MP, Nokia 6233.

It was an all-in-one phone and the camera wasn't that bad. So then I went on a picture taking spree and finally decided to make this blog! The years went by and the Nokia 6233 became obsolete. Then I had the bright idea of buying a Nokia Asha 302. It had a 3.2 MP camera which I shall now pit against the almighty 6233.

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