The phone rings quite late in the night and my father picks up the call. After a brief exchange, he calls me to receive the call as it was my friend from school on the line. “Remember to bring Maradona tomorrow I have your Frank Rijkaard,” said the voice on the phone. I was overjoyed finally my set gets completed. In case you are wondering what I am talking about then it’s nothing but Football Card that we are planning to exchange over the phone.
It was the year 1990 and the FIFA World Cup was about to start in Italy and all my classmates were busy collecting football cards which one would get after buying a bubble gum which was rightly named World Cup Bubble Gum. Things became such crazy that shops started running out of World Cup Bubble Gums and the ones that still did were not getting sold as the shops did not have any new football cards with them.
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“So you are now an avid traveler, you must be a millionaire now” this is what I get to hear all the time from my friends. They keep following me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and last but not the least my blog. They keep enquiring about my next destination and many of them have actually chosen a destination for their vacation after reading my blogs. And for some, I have to even prepare a personalized itinerary.
What people especially friends fail to realize is that I have a full-time job, my wife also has a full-time job and we have an eight-year-old school going daughter. We are just like any other average middle-class Indian family with things to take care off. We have to pay electricity bills, monthly food expenses, pay the maids and not to forget the massive school expenditures. Keeping all these in mind I also have also purchased life insurance policies just to be sure that there is a fixed back up.
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I wrote this play which is a modern take on Nativity in the year 2002 when I was in college. I had even directed this play at the Annual Christmas Gathering in my college. I had written about the actual nativity incident in my previous blog which of course became famous for its “Oh Shit” line so in this blog I have just copy pasted the original scripts. I had taken a new approach to Nativity by bringing the characters more at home in my city instead of Bethlehem and of course transforming Jesus into a girl child.
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My college life was spent in a lower middle-class college in Kolkata known as St. Pauls Cathedral Mission College or in short St. Pauls. This was the very same college where my father and his cousins had passed out from. Nothing had changed according to my father when he visited with me for my admission. The same shaky wooden staircase the same old buildings and classrooms. Trust me it’s the same now even after me passing out of the college some fifteen years ago. What it missed in glamour was compensated in terms of student to student friendship. The reason was quite obvious since classes were not that mandatory and most of the day from morning until late evening we sat around the large football ground talking and enjoying food from the college canteen.
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This is what photography equipment that I carry on any trip, One DSLR body, four lens, one flash, one action camera, at least three batteries each for my camera, flash and action camera along with countless number of memory cards. Apart from this I have to obviously carry my mobile which I use for navigation, calling, surfing the web for information and sometime for photography.
With my next holiday scheduled for next week I plan to do an experiment this time. I am not completely ignoring my DSLR setup but will try as much to photography and videography with my mobile camera. With the vast improvement of lens quality and available megapixel these days’ mobile cameras are power packed with processing power to even shot in 4K resolution. So this time I am planning to use my mobile for the maximum possible situations.
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Everything was going according to the plan perfectly, the batteries recharged, lens cleaned, tripod tested even the flash was wiped clean after a really long time. I was all excited to shoot and just could not hide that big smile on my face. I had finally found the opportunity to have a short stroll along the lanes and by lanes of old Delhi. I always wanted to do this and somehow never managed to find any time. This changed however on my last trip to Delhi when my work schedule coincided with Independence Day weekend.
I had tracked down the house of Mirza Ghalib and on reaching, I opened my bag to click photographs of the place. The setting was perfect and after framing the shot I pressed the shutter button and nothing happened. I tried several times but it just would not budge. As the habit, I kept pressing the shutter release harder and harder and it just did not click. Out of excitement, I failed to see the warning on the screen “Insert Memory Card“.
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