PhOtOgRaPhY is the best tool to realise.. Man!! How beautiful life is!!

Yes this is exactly what I feel when I click a photograph. Every single shot captured in my camera make me feel so good. You capture the best things and keep it with you forever!!

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“It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.”

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Clicking a photograph is

“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment”

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
– Robert Frost

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“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstien

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the shot is to hold the significance of a moment!!

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“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.”

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Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Life is all about creating yourself!!

“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.”  this is what i have learnt.

This is indeed the best feeling!!

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Its all about PUNJAB!!

Being a Punjabi its my  privilege to write about my culture and share its glance with you!! If I start talking it will never come to an end!!

Punjab,located in the north west of india,is one of the smallest and the most prosperous states of india.The five river Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum gave it its name ‘punj-ab’ or the ‘land of five waters’.These five rivers divide the state into three refions: Majha, Doaba and Malwa.Punjab is primarily an agricultural state and enjoys the natural benefits of fertile soils and abundant wates.As a civilization,it is one of the most ancient in the world with a distinguished culture.Punjabis, who are of various religious backgrounds, such as Judiasm, Buddhism, and Christianity, are in majority either Sikh, Muslim, or Hindu. The Punjab is a cradle of great philosophical and spiritual aspirations. Major scriptures of Hinduism, such as the Rig Veda, Ramayana, and Bhagavad Gita were conceived in this land. In addition, in the 15th century Guru Nanak founded Sikhism. About 200 years later, the Sikhs were communialized through a movement called the Khalsa.

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The region has been invaded and ruled by many different empires and races, including the Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians, Afghans, and Mongols.Many races of people and religions made up the cultural heritage of the Punjab. Punjab is the land where spiritual aspirations arose. This heroic land bore numerous invasions, and after all its suffering, did not entirely lose its glory and its strength. Here it was that the gentle Nanak preached his marvelous love for the world. Here it was that his broad heart opened and his arms outstretched to embrace the whole world.Punjabis attained an eminent place in cultural, aesthetic, and literary work, and revived folk art, song, dance and drama. All of this has created a sense of pride and climate of involvement in the heritage of the Punjab.

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Punjabi Culture is one of the oldest in world history, dating from ancient antiquity to the modern era.The culture of Punjab has its own unique fragrance. It is unmatched. The scent of this fertile land is such in which the warmth of you-are-my-own is inborn. All communities hold pride in their traditions and the Punjabis whose open-mindedness has become proverbial also hold their unique tradition of hospitality high in their estimation as well as in their values of life. A guest in Punjab is considered as a representative sent by God.Punjab has a distinguished tradition of art and craft, which its people have maintained in spite of the passage of time. For years, craftsmen in Punjab have been producing colorful papier mache utensils, intricate needle work, wicker fans and winnows, handmade leather juttis.

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BASKETRY

Weaving of the vegetable fibers to make wicker articles for daily use is still preserved in the living tradition of Punjab. Osier bast, a straw commonly known as Sarkanda, is interwoven with bast, reeds, rushes and corn husks to make baskets.

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NEEDLE WORK

Punjab’s proverbially beautiful women create a wealth of forms on Baghs, Phulkaris, rummals, scarfs etc using needle work.
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Phulkari, meaning flower work, is a spectacular style of embroidery peculiar to Punjab. Considered auspicious, Phulkaris add a touch of colour and richness to almost every ceremony. Using a deep coloured cotton cloth as base, women embroider an impression of floral magnificence with contrasting silk threads.
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PUNJABI JUTTI
There is a famous quotes  “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” by Marilyn Monroe
In case of Punjabi ladies its goes for Jutties(the footwear). My mother crazily love her Jutti collection. she don’t let touch them..well i can understand!!! no worries!!
Handmade of leather with extensive hand-embroidery in gold and silver thread, the plainer and less fancy styles are used for daily wear, whereas the jutti made from fine, colorful leather, beads, exquisite threads, and fancy decorations are worn at special occasions

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Juttis that feature the end curling over the toe, colorful beads, fine threads, and fancy decorations are worn at traditional and formal events like weddings. Both men and women wear juttis – the men’s with a sharp extended tip.

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WOODWORK

Punjab has also been traditionally famous for its hand crafted wood work. Artistic beds with comfortable back rests fitted with mirrors with carved colorful legs.
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MUD WALL PAINTINGS

Mud walls of the rural houses in Punjab are painted on festive occasions like Dushera, Karva chauth (the day when women observe a fast for the well being of their husbands), Holi, Diwali etc. Walls are plastered with mud and women draw ferns, plants and other fascinating motifs to invoke the blessings of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and plenty.
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BHANGRA & GIDHA:  PUNJAB FOLK DANCE
Originally, Punjabis performed Bhangra to celebrate the success of the harvest. Now people perform Bhangra at wedding parties, receptions, birthdays, competitions, and other happy occasions.
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On the day of Baisakhi, April 13, many farmers, engineers, teachers, shop owners, and other sorts of people perform Bhangra. In the villages, with large drums, called dhols, people circle round and round leaping and laughing. Persons of all types of social classes perform Bhangra together. Even the elders occationally join the young to celebrate and dance Bhangra.
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Giddha is Punjab’s most famous folkal dance for women. In Giddha, the women enact verses called bolis, folk poetry, and dance.
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The subject matter of these bolis include everything from arguments with the father-in-law to political affairs.
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The dance rhythm is set by the dhols and the distinctive hand claps of the dancers. These days, people associate Giddha with Bhangra.
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ROYAL PUNJABI WEDDINGS
I have talked a lot about Punjabi culture. now let me tell you about the Big-Fat punjabi wedding.Punjabis are large hearted people who love splendor and grandeur. They are also keen on festivals and celebrations. This nature of Punjabi’s also reflects in their marriage celebrations…  till now i have attended lots and lots of Punjabi weddings.The best part is these wedding are know for their loud, opulent and flamboyant weddings but over the past few years that big fat Punjabi wedding seems to be breaking new grounds and trends. You much have seen a glance of Punjabi weddings in the movies like like Bend it like Bekham ,Bride and Prejudice and Monsoon Wedding…
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there are like a gazillion ceremonies in a Punjabi Wedding like Roka (when bride and groom first time meet), sagun (engagement), sangeet, jago, cocktail, mehndi and then the final wedding day.
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THE FINAL WEDDING DAY
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I tried to capture each and every color of Punjab.The colors-shallars, the fresh smell-shell of Punjabi soil, the pulsating beat-sheat, the long gutt-shutt, the colorful paranda, phulkari, Good habitat, laughter, playfulness and love from the environment in which hospitality grows. May the culture of this blessed land of the five rivers perpetuate and ever grow.

Nothing in this world is impossible and Mandela makes sure to remind us of that 🙂
It always seems impossible until its done.- Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela is celebrated in sculpture and art throughout South Africa, where he is known as the “Father of the Nation.” I photographed a few pieces of this art on a recent trip.  

Mandela was President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first to be elected in a fully representative, multiracial election.

Internationally acclaimed for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid stance, Mandela has received more than 250 awards, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.  A political activist against apartheid,  Mandela was imprisoned for twenty-seven years, including eighteen years on Robben Island, which is just off of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront of Cape Town. Boat trips from the Nelson Mandela Gateway on the waterfront take visitors to the prison on Robben Island, which is now a museum.

About Nelson Mandela.

About Robben Island.

The Apartheid Museum.

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sTyLe yOuR LiFe!!

Style equation changed again . RETRO to go!!! Fashion is having a BLAST with the PAST!!! Reversed back to classics!!

Usually one decade comes in as another goes out. This season, however, the collections cover many eras simultaneously. From the fancy clutches, narrow jeans, straight rebounded hair, aviators the season of fashion again landed to  leather bags from the 1950s, “bell-bottom jeans from the 1970s, big Sunglasses, fedoras,1950s inspired tulle skirt, polka dots dresses from the 1960s, chiffon scarves, sport equipment,  etc. Makeup may also play a part in feminine retro fashions, with focal points being heavily-lined eyes and bright red lipstick; hairstyles such as pompadours, ponytails, and  may be adopted, as well as styles that model film stars of the 1940s and 1950s.

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The fashion industry loves to pay tribute to its past!!

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“It’s a postmodern décollage,” said fashion historian Laura McLaws Helms of this time-warp phenomenon. True enough, it does seem that we’re at a point where everything is fair game. And when these historical allusions are refreshed with innovative fabric treatments and finessed tweaks in cut, the result is yesterday and today meeting in something fantastic to wear tomorrow. Ms. Helms is an avid vintage collector; her favorite period is the late ’60s-early ’70s for its appreciation of fantasy and femininity. She sees some of those qualities in Valentino’s latest dresses, which call to mind model-actress Marisa Berenson circa 1969. However, Ms. Helms shies away from ’70s-inspired makeup and accessories, and issued a caveat: “Looking era-appropriate is good only in a period film.Even if you’re wearing vintage, you should wear it like you would a new piece.”

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Its all about fashion and fashion is all about you. Just love it, live it and feel it. Its your choice and your freedom of expression.  because its Just yOu. you decide  what you are today……retro or modern,curls or bouncy blowouts ,curves or size zero,leather bags or clutches.

xoxo

Passionate Innovator

Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

“When Gates looks at the world, a world in which millions of preventable deaths occur each year, he sees an irrational, inefficient, broken system, an application that needs to be debugged. It shocks him — his word — that people don’t see this, the same way it shocked him that nobody but he and [Paul] Allen saw the microchip for what it was.”

-Time

oops!! it was notta good move :/

Bill Gates  is the chairman of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates said he was not satisfied with the company’s pace of innovation over the last few years, and that it had mishandled its early mobile strategy.

“We didn’t miss cellphones, but the way that we went about it didn’t allow us to get the leadership. It’s clearly a mistake,” Gates, Microsoft’s former CEO, said in a rare interview with CBS.Gates hedged questions on whether he was happy with Chief Executive Steve Ballmer’s performance. He said Ballmer had achieved a lot but that both he and Ballmer were not satisfied.”(Ballmer) and I are two of the most self-critical people I know,” Gates said.

“There are a lot of amazing things that Steve’s leadership achieved – Windows 8, the Surface computer, Bing, Xbox. Is it enough? No. He and I are not satisfied that in terms of breakthrough things we are doing everything possible.”Ballmer took over as Microsoft’s CEO in February 2000. The company’s shares have dropped 45 percent since then.A former senior Microsoft executive, Joachim Kempin, said in a book he wrote about his time at the company that Ballmer was not the right leader for the world’s largest software company but held his grip on it by systematically forcing out any rising manager who challenged his authority.

His criticism echoes that of investor David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital, who called for Ballmer to step down in 2011.Microsoft has faced criticism for its latest Windows 8 versions for different devices, while its Bing search engine has won only a small market share.

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.

“When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don’t give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.”

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There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs!!!!!!

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A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety!

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I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed!!  🙂

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The photograph itself doesn’t interest me.  I want only to capture a minute part of reality.

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All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.  In this – as in other ways – they are the opposite of paintings.  Paintings record what the painter remembers.  Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.

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Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. *_*

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Expressing your CrAzY thoughts!!! its all about PHOTOGRAPHY 🙂

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Yes i love photography!!  Its worth a thousand  words 🙂  🙂