Archive | November 2008

mumbai healing

I’m sick and disgusted over the attacks that left another hole in the resilience of the people of Mumbai. The terror has struck this city since the bomb blasts in 1993 and the train attacks in 2006. The fragility of human life has been tested day in and day out by terrorists, but this city recovered. However, we’ve had enough. Anger, grief, vengeance, despair and loss are all part of the equation as human life is involved. But I think its high time we took a stance.

The 58 hour battle that endued between the terrorists and security claimed innocent lives as in the past. So what must we do now. Wait and let things heal. No. We should as citizens of India and the world, collaborate our efforts to inform the government what actions must be taken to ensure security. The government though partially to blame needs our help. We can’t put it all on them but we shouldn’t sit back either and watch the news unfold. Step up, raise your voice and put your comments here. Lets build an action plan to help the people of India find a way to make change happen.

The recent US Presidential elections showed that if we talk about this and force our voices online on this massive media platform, we too can make a difference. So speak up and lets find out what we should do to deal with these events.

India had the POTA (Prevention of Terrorists Activities Act) but as the political systems’ fallacies have shown us, it has been a failure. Why are the states in India so disparate in dealing with issues that affect the nation. Why can’t we put our cultural parities aside and look at this as New India. To me an extremist is an extremist. He takes innocent lives and destroys the equilibrium of society. Lets put religion, communal-ism and petty issues out of the picture. At the basis of it all, don’t think of yourselves coming from Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh or any of the other states, be an Indian first. We can tackle this problem. If we get complacent to just watching the news, grieving over it for a couple of days and letting another event wake us up again, it would have been too late.

So, India and all the people online, raise your voices. If the Indian political system thinks its can outdo us by playing the alliance trump card, we too can do one but for our benefits and voices. This shouldn’t only be a collective of only angry voices spilling out their grief through anger. I, for one think having a centralized command structure enforced in all states and information/intelligence channels being revised would help ease communication problems within the security forces itself. Please put your loyalties for a city or state aside, instead put all that collective energy into thinking for India.

On a last note, I would like to extend my condolences to all those who lost loved ones. I may have not lost a loved one but I’m determined to fight for your cause and the cause of humanity in general. The National Security Guards, Anti-Terrorist squad, Police, Firemen and all other security forces that fought through the 58 hour battle, I salute you.

munky wants the world to pitch in to destroy terrorism collectively

munky wants the world to pitch in to destroy terrorism collectively

soft top

Yesterday while on a walk, I discovered this older Mercedes convertible. Its a thing of beauty even with its slightly bent wheel cover. However, it speaks to me like an older car that has lived its time being the rich spoilt one. It had its time being the sleek Mercedes with the blue soft top cover. Now it is sitting here reminiscing on old times with. Its not always had a good times as the dent and scratches will tell you. But its lived its life. It has experiences the good moments and some rough times too.

And that is why people think I’m crazy when I talk to my laptop when its crazy and write stuff like this. But to me finding a parallel imagery in everything is the greatest satisfaction. By the way my laptop is called ‘The Whale’. More on that story some another time.

munky was introduced yesterday to the crazy merc by life

munky was introduced yesterday to the crazy merc by life

sky hole

I shot this really cool cloudscape yesterday. It was hovering over University Towers almost like it was an opening for some superhero. Putting my wishful and super-imaginative thinking aside, I was astounded when I saw this image after taking it. I captured exactly what I saw. And that is the reason I enjoy photography so much. Its a part of me. It gives me placeholders for sights I’ve seen. Its like a to-do list of reminders telling me not to forget this time.

munky finds the hole in the sky both eerie and beautiful

munky finds the hole in the sky both eerie and beautiful

exit here

The other day while updating my portfolio on Behance (link), I noticed the works of Matias Sinigoi on the network. I was astounded by his work with the way he captured reds and dark tones. So without further ado, please exit here now and check out his works.

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munky is very proud of this image

munky is very proud of this image

beating heart

Another photograph filled with symbolism and imagery.  If you get it you will understand and enjoy its significance else I will describe my views in a later post. I’ve left tags to give hints regarding my meaning. But sometimes I’m surprised by what others see in my photographs.

So go ahead and leave me a comment and let me know what you think when you see this photo.

munky wants to hear what you think about this photo

munky wants to hear what you think about this photo

dark times

We are in dark times. The world (most of it) is in recession and people are losing their very sources of livelihood because some people (wall street) got too greedy. Michigan, which was already in a downward spiral after going bankrupt last year is now in a worse crisis than ever. The failing auto industry is being forced to rethink the American concept of more is better. Why did we wait till the moment got so bad to take this step?

Times, however will change and the coming of President-elect Barack Obama will give hope to the struggling American classes. It will take time nonetheless. A faulty economy like ours won’t self-correct immediately. We will have to move on (as time stops for nobody) and this time I think we should put a lot more thought and action into change. The next two years may be sluggish and slow to growth. But if we brave the storm and enforce radical change into the way our systems work, this will be the most important lessons learned.

What annoys me the most about this, however is the fact that merely a week after receiving bailout cash, AIG executives were partying it up at a retreat. Why is there such carelessness and total lack of accountability for our actions? It seems all along, we have been putting our trust and money into the hands of people who hardly care or have the sense to understand the implications of their actions.

I know this issue has been beaten to death and every journalist out there will be covering this for another year. So without taking any more of your time, enjoy this photograph.

munky wants you to hold on and brave the storm

munky wants you to hold on and brave the storm

light cometh

Since this blog works in reverse order, I will write this post first. Since we are in dark times, all hope is not yet lost. The resilience of us humans, is that we tend to find ways to survive the worst of these debacles. So if you think you’re in bad times, all is not lost. The light at the end of the tunnel is really there and it will come soon.

I know I’m throwing in a lot of cliches and you’re probably thinking, what the hell does this guy know about recession? You’re right, I’m not one of the thousands who’ve lost their jobs to this crisis and my preachings are no good unless it comes from experience. However, I believe there is nothing wrong in spreading a little hope around. Even if this doesn’t make you feel better, writing this and reassuring myself that better times will come has already made me stronger.

The photograph was shot by U-Go’s in Pierpont Commons on North Campus. The dark corridor leading up to the windows with the streaming lights is parallel to the light at the end of the tunnel. However, symbolically, I also like to think of the windows on the left that stream light as a constant guidance and change that will get us there. At this moment you’re probably thinking, this blogger is insane. But, finding some meaning in life gives it a lot more pleasure. Plus I’m also being as analytical as my high school English teacher.

munky is looking at photographs like poetry

munky is looking at photographs like poetry