Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Growing Rendezvous with Films

It’s that time of the year again when we tend to look back on what has gone by in the past months and what new to expect in the New Year. Numerous blog posts about the best moments of the past year are surfacing online every moment. Facebook is giving out the opportunity to check out your ‘20 Best Moments’ from the last year. ‘In Retrospect’ and ‘Expecting a fresh beginning in the new year’ status updates are seeing a rise as we move closer to the end of the year. Think about it seriously- 2013 is going to change to 2014 but everything else is going to change as much as the change in today and tomorrow! Anyways, I have been thinking about some ‘Year End Entries’ and there seems to be only one major thing that has struck me- films- and about which I think I ought to write a bit.

You never know, someday some director might be seeing this for real on some reel! ;) Photo at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
So much has happened since the beginning of 2013. So many things that were normal for me, changed. So many unexpected new situations turned up. While on one side, this was a relatively bad year for my journalism-career, if there is one in the future (At the end of 2012, I stopped subscribing to a newspaper completely simply due to lack of time to read one!), my film-related career prospects did rise on a positive note, or so at least, I like to believe.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The One Place I Call ‘Home’

What #4 Privet Drive meant to the Dursleys, what #12 Grimmauld Place meant to the Black family, what Bag-End meant to the Baggins and what Hogwarts meant to Harry...that's Jagriti Vihar for me...the only place I ever called 'home'! And leaving home knowing that I would never be returning there, that was not a good feeling...

As I left home for Delhi on the 19th of July, I was slowly accepting this hard reality. I spent those last few days clicking pictures and videos to capture as much as I could on my camera, for the sake of memories.
 
The beautiful entry gate of the colony that has now been run down, thanks to the widening of the NH 6.
Image courtesy: the facebook page that a fellow JVian created
Having lived at one place for over 17 and half years of my 22 years life, I have no recollection of any other place that my parents lived at. This was where I first entered school never ever giving it a thought that someday I would wave goodbye to this place.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The little ‘extra’ effort in Animation

In a couple of days my final exams for this semester would be over. That’s one entire semester gone by. One-fourth of the huge pie called ‘M.A.’ already consumed. It feels so mystic when thought of in this super-intellectual way! So what have I been up to in this new field that I entered about five months ago? Cutout, character, pixilation and sand animation- the big things done this semester. The things that kept me excited and going. Yeah I am going to show you some of the work I have done and promote some of my youtube videos. You have been warned! [:D]

Working on the Character Stop Motion Animation- Animation Lab, AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
On that non-eventful September day, we were told to get some basic shape cutouts and cameras. And in 3 hours, we were to shoot our first stop-motion cutout animation- without telling a story. This is what the work done by my group resulted in.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Chance Encounters

It is surprising how living in a big city like Delhi allows for ‘running into’ people at the most random places. It’s even more amazing when these random people are ones you have lost contact with over months and years. And it’s so amazingly surprising when you have such a random chance encounter with someone who has till then been just an acquaintance and the conversation that follows is longer and more substantial than all the conversations you have ever had with them in all the years of knowing them.
 
I was wondering what picture could possibly fit with this entry.15 minutes on Adobe Illustrator results in this.
It happens so very few times that we actually think of the huge logistics (or lack of) involved in these chance meetings. No two parties decided to be at the same place at the same time, but they did decide their plans for their individual-selves which led to their chance encounter with the other party because the date and time of their individual plans clashed. This sounds so confusing, but it’s actually so simple. But then, it’s not actually so simple! The other day I was at the American Centre and that’s where a chance encounter led to the idea for this entry.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Buying eyeglasses online, it's fun!

About 10 days back I attended a friend’s friend’s brother’s wedding reception in East Delhi and on my return home around 2 AM, I realized I had dropped my spectacles somewhere. They were supposed to be in my shirt pocket, but now they weren't! A frantic search returned no result and I got an excuse to go for another eye-test that I had been thinking was necessary since the past few months. The eye test revealed that my eyesight had not deteriorated and it was still at the negative 0.5, the same as two and half years ago when I initially got prescribed to wear glasses. The doctor had then said that if I put glasses on now, my eyesight would be restored to normal soon and I would no longer require the glasses! Huh! That hasn’t happened yet! Anyways, that’s not the point of this post.
 
I tend to go crazy sometimes when I have my semester exams starting in 4 days but I am waiting for another couple of days to start studying
and also yes, when I get a new pair of eyeglasses
The next important step was getting a new pair of glasses made. My father who has recently been overly-influenced by the internet for almost all his shopping needs, and my mother, who is highly influenced by my father’s over-influence of the internet shopping (or so it seems), recommended that I check lenskart.com and choose a frame I liked. I had my apprehensions. The site not only provides the first-frame-free to new customers, it also allows you to use your webcam to click your picture and try various frames virtually and choose the one that suits you best. This was fascinating and so I tried it!
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