Archive | January 2009

monotone portrait 1

I’m going to begin posting portraits I have shot of friends over time. I would love to hear your comments on what can be improved and what I should do to capture people better. I play mostly in black & white but will try to put in a few color efforts too.

For starters what caption would you give the above shot. I’m not sure what the photograph is trying to express and that is a problem. I would try to bring some form of meaning out of the shot but I’m at failure of finding the right words.

Photograph details:

Sidarth Shah (model)| 1/30sec | f/4.5 | ISO 100 | 75mm

munky likes the sharp details on this shot!

munky likes the sharp details on this shot!

ten thousand

There is a certain personal pride in conquering milestones. One such happened for [munkybizness] earlier today. The blog finally crossed 10,000 views.

There are blogs that get 10,000 view perhaps every hour and this milestone might seem almost incomparable to their achievements. However, its a personal victory. I would have never imagined to get this blog off the ground and running to attract views over and over again. I began the blog on 5th September 2008 and today just a week shy of its four month anniversary I have finally felt a sigh of relief breaking into this category. I hope to move from strength to strength and bring more photos and words from my life here.

Thank you all for visiting [munkybizness] and I do hope you enjoy your stay here. If you read something and think that I’m rambling, leave me a comment. If you wish to add to something that I may have missed let me know then too.

munky is screaming 'ten thousand' from every rooftop!

munky is screaming 'ten thousand' from every rooftop!

59 years

The 60th Indian Republic Day was celebrated on 26th January 2009. I made a commemorative wallpaper for the event. I wished to post it earlier however work put me off until now. The text from the wallpaper is transcribed below for you to read.

*** MUNKY’s NOTICE ***

Years come and go but India moves on. Once the Golden Bird of the East, we are again a burgeoning power to be reckoned with. And as fortune comes our way, we must make changes that mark the age of true freedom in our society. We may have been freed in 1947, however countless forces have worked to damage the very basis of our strength – diversity.

There is little hope if we succumb to what others say. We must follow ourselves and make our country a home to all its inhabitants. The journey will be hard and we shall be tested. Lets hold steadfast and cause change that proves to ourselves that we have the power to turn adversity on its head.

Drop these time rotting distinctions in our social structure and instead imbibe the feelings of openness and bravery. We are a strong country and our actions are considerate of others. Bravery must manifest not only on the battlefields but in our personal lives too. We have many elements to face and must be strong.

Above all, we must remember that we are supported by ideologies and sacrifices of countless before us who laid their lives to realize the dream of India – a nation where many with no might shall live to collectively might the world.

*** THE END ***

The wallpaper is available for download at devianART. Follow the link.

Also I’m looking for the video of ‘The Beating Retreat’ held after the Republic Day parade. The video will be of the marching that concludes the ceremonies of the Republic Day. If anybody knows where I can secure a copy, drop me a line in the comments.

munky is unhappy he missed the parade!

munky is unhappy he missed the parade!

jenga jenga

The game of Jenga requires physical and mental skill [citation needed]. For one it does require the person playing to figure out which block to pull and then the obvious step is to pull/poke it out. You must however do this without letting the precarious tower tumble before the end of your turn. Sounds simple right (rhetorical sarcasm). The one hand at a time rule does make this endeavour even more challenging.

munky wants to play some jenga!

munky wants to play some jenga!

spraycan spectrum

munky is trying to make a color palette out of this one!

munky is trying to make a color palette out of this one!

To see a city like you’ve never seen it before, you need to leave your comfort zone and explore. I know its freezing cold out there but give it a shot and take a walk around. When I’d thought that I had seen most of downtown, I came across these works of art. Some may call it chaos and I will agree that I can’t make sense of anything drawn on this wall. However, you wouldn’t say a child was chaotic just because he scribbled his crayon all over a piece of paper. Likewise, this wall should be looked at as a moleskine for the engaging of local street artists.

Why does all art have to have meaning or fit to regulations of our times? I see this wall and I see colors and lots of them too. Its a smattering of color palettes of various artists. Every person who has added to this wall has added his/her choices of color. The final piece may be mystifying (read; makes no sense) and hence may never draw attention. However, it has caught my eye and I love it.

For a moment there, even I had a feeling that I was rambling on. So I took a closer look at the photo again and discovered that my initial reactions were indeed as true as the first time I had shot this. A true spectrum of spraycan goodness!

ab dilli door nahin

munky love delhi second to only shimla!

munky love delhi second to only shimla!

*Its been a while since I posted a blog entry and people have been getting worried. Myself included. There is always a resident fear in blogging where many take up a blog and then a short break disrupts that cycle. In my case this happened countless times. However, munkybizness is here to stay and will be shifting homes soon. I’m in the process of rolling out a new blog design on my personal space. So to see the progress head over to my blog link on mayankgarg.com. Click this link!

Now onto the post…

Today, I managed to grab the tracks for patiently awaited, Delhi-6 (or is it Dilli-6). The album is a worth buy. A. R. Rahman has been on top of his game all through 2008. Albums such as ‘Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na’, ‘Ghajini’, ‘Ada’ and not to forget, the Golden Globe Winner ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

Many are calling this album the best yet. However, I beg to differ. I personally think Rang De Basanti was more rounded and had all excellent tracks. Now, if it sounds like I’m deploring the new album, ‘Dilli-6’, nothing could be farther from the truth.

In my opinion there are a couple of tracks that I might never listen to again, however, I want to leave that to Rakesh Omprakash Mehra to woo me when he combines it with the screenplay and the visual experience. The top tracks in no particular order for me have to be: ‘Dil Gira Dafatan’, ‘Delhi-6’, ‘Rehna Tu’ and ‘Tumre Bhavan Mein’.

First off let me put this out there. I love ‘Tumre Bhavan Mein’. Its an aarti (prayer) track and religious but it resounds in such a beautiful melody and is handled beautifully by Rekha Bharadwaj, Kishori Gowariker, Shraddha Pandit and Sujata Majumder. You must give it atleast one listen. I’ve always loved the elegance in Rekha Bharadwaj’s voice. She is a fantastic singer. If you’re in doubt check out ‘Tere Ishq Mein – Ishqa Ishqa’ and ‘Bidaai – Baabul’.

‘Dil Gira Dafatan’ may begin like a very Bollywood-ish track with high pitching vocals but wait for the melody to begin and you would definitely want to drive to this track. Its a melody that is hard to get out of your head. Especially, the fast strumming reminds me of Fleetwood Mac (yeah the connection is very weird).

‘Delhi-6’ is a beautiful speedy title track that is unlike any title. Its rappy and french-mixtape-ish too. This song makes me want to fall in love with Delhi all over again.

‘Rehna Tu’ surprised me. I had been eagerly waiting for a track with Rahman taking to the microphone. It happened with this track. Benny Dayal and Tanvi are there to support him through but its great to see Rahman behind the mic again. He has a very distinct signature tone and can sing a few genres of tracks.

Though this post was going to be about this wallpaper I made after listening to the track, it ended up being a mini-music review.

WIDESCREEN WALLPAPER (link on deviantArt)