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As many said, 2009 is the year of Change. US got 2 Major Changes, one being OBAMA coming to power, the other one is OBAMA, winning NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.

Turning to me, I got three major things.
1. Birth of infinityF and the Secrets of Photography in October.
2. Moved out of my first job after 54 months in November.
3. Nothing is a Bike, if its not BULLET. :). Changed my Bike to a Bullet Electra in December.

I’m damn happy with all these three changes and looking for more changes in 2010. In fact, lot of changes happened in my perspectives, thinking and aspirations. Hoping for a great 2010 and make my House a Home soon.

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Travel and photography always go hand in hand, at least for me. I always have this doubt, whether “I travel, so I photograph” or “I photograph, so I travel”. Anyways, 2009 was really big year for me, as i did 3 major travel expeditions.

1. KALINGA:
Visited the Kalinga for the first time, covering close to 500Kms. Orrisa (a guide said at Puri, as the cultural hub of India) is an interesting state to visit and explore, as you have extreme options, the beaches, backwaters, temples, buddhist monasteries and tribal villages. Though my trip was a short one, i enjoyed exploring the options at Bhubaneshwar, Puri, Konark and the Chilka Lake. Dated June 2009.

2. RANCHI:
Two underdeveloped states of the North, Bihar and Jharkhand are the ones, which i would like to visit again in the future, as they were not properly documented. 2009 gave me a mini opportunity to visit Jharkhand and visited Kolkata, as a bumper. Dated November 2009.

3. TOUR OF NILGIRIS:
8 days. 800kms. 8 towns. 3 states. 70 riders. 25 support members. You know, what i mean. Its a prestigious opportunity for me to be the official photographer of #TFN09. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole of TFN 09. Dated December 2009.

Wishing for a Great and Grand 2010.

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Yet another great year just passing in the next 4 days, to be precise. Year 2009 to me is a great year of Change. So many interesting things happened this year, lot of travel, hell a lot of photo shoots, new friends, new places and so very new things added in life. As always, lemme update my travel and shoot schedules of 2009 first and add on with other changes as separate posts.

January 2009.
4: A Mini model shoot with Kris, at the Brigade Road, Bangalore.
10: On a Hoysala Trail. Visited moonlit Shettihalli Rosary Church as well.
22: A Mini profile shoot for Country head of TrendMicro, at hotel Oberoi, Bangalore.

February 2009
8: Off to Tirupati for Krishnan-Sowmya wedding
12: Attakkalari Dance Festival at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore.
16: Launch of Bengaluru Mandis book by BPC, at Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore.
27: Wedding photography for Raghuram ashok and Priya Jayaram.
28: Heritage walk with Bangalore City Project team at Malleshwaram.

March 2009:
1: Shot images for Spice Jet – Random images on Bengaluru.
21: BWS shoot at City Market.
28: Off to Hyderabad on a personal visit.

April 2009:
9: Karaga festival at Dharmaraja Swamy Temple, Pete Area, Bangalore.
18: World Heritage Day Celebrations at Bangalore Fort. This is an important day, as i was on the dias, releasing the “Potraits of Bangalore” postcards with Mr.Murthy of Select Book Stores.
23: Bangalore on Vote, Lok Sabha Elections + Visit to Tippu Summer Palace.
30: Aanu’s BDay celebs at a CCD on the outer ring road.

May 2009:
3: A brief visit to Srirangapatna, with Rammorrison and Godzilla.
10: Trek up to Skandagiri on a full moon night.
22: A bharathanatyam event at Kannada Bhavana.
23: Birthday Celebrations of BWS at the Band Stand, Cubbon Park.

June 2009:
7: Protest against govts of India and SriLanka for the Tamil Eelam cause, Bangalore.
7: Bharathanatyam Arangetram by Divya V, my colleagues daughter at Chowdiah, Bangalore.
14: First Ever Duathlon at Inventory Academy, Sarjapur Road.
16: Dance Jugalbandhi (Kuchipudi and Yakshagana) at Seva Sadan, Malleshwaram.
16: Music Festival at Alliance de Francaise, Bangalore.
27: Bhubaneshwar Pride March.
27/28: Pragyan – Prasanto Wedding at Bhubaneshwar
29/30: Mini visits to Puri, Konark and Chilka Lake.

July 2009:
5: BWS shoot at Bellandur lake, the dirtiest and chemical polluted late in the city.
5: Visited Arushi, Greeshma’s kid at her home.
8: Nrithya Chilume at Seva Sadan, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.
11/12: Mahabalipuram, Pichavaram, Gangaikondacholapuram, Tanjavur, Karaikudi and Madurai. Shoot for Tamilnadu Tourism. A prestigious project for me.
19: Model shoot workshop by Prem Muthu at Hebbal lake.
21: A brief visit to Madurai, on work.
22: Solar Eclipse. Flop show at Lalbagh.
24/25/26: Bangalore Fashion Week at Hotel Oterra, Electronic City. 3 days of Fun.
26: Freedom Park visit with Sukru.

August 2009:
1: Documented Metro Changes in Indira Nagar, Bangalore.
2: Photo Chase 2009, a pilot for Bengaluru Infinite 2010.
9: Inauguration of Thiruvalluvar Statue, at Ulsoor.
15: Friend Deepika and Sudhir Arni, got engaged. I’m one of the few invited for the event.
16: Profile shoot for Eram at Lal Bagh, Bangalore.
19: World Photography Day. A mini shoot for DNA at the Church Street and Cubbon Park.
21: Profile shoot for Eram at BEML Railway Track, Bangalore.
22: Exhibition of images at Photography Society of Madras, Chennai.
29: Frames of Mind at the CKP and BWS shoot in the Majestic Area.

September 2009:
13: Secrets of Photography, a photography workshop organised by infinityF in association with Better Photography at Bangalore, as a part of 8 city workshops.
14: Robert Bosch gave away few Art Grants at Jaaga, an Urban Space initiative, Bangalore.
16: Jessie Paul launched her book “No Money Marketing” at Crossword, Residency Road.
20: Heritage Walk with Meera and Team at Devanahalli Fort. Arul and I cycled to the Fort.
27/28: Durga Puja celebrations at RBANMS grounds.

October 2009:
3: Picnic to Shivanasamudram.
9: Shoot for Intel at IIITB, Electronic City.
23: Shoot for Intel in 2 hospitals of Hassan District.
25: Runner Girls India, on an amazing trail, Sarjapur Road. 70+ participated.
26: 5 Black days at my home. Goof up by Electricity Board, Karnataka.
30: Shoot for Intel at MS Ramiah Institute. Bangalore.

November 2009:
1: Sunday Market on a Kannada Rajyotsava Day.
2: BWS Shoot at the Avenue Road, Bangalore.
15: Revisited Avenue Road, Bangalore.
17: Deepika-Sudhir Wedding, Bangalore.
18: Sangeeta-Rajeev Wedding at Ranchi.
20: Photoshoot in Kolkata, including mini shoots at Victoria Memorial/Sonaghachi.
24/25: Shoot at Anglo-Arabic School, Delhi and visit to Gurgaon.
26: Shoot for Yahoo, Bangalore.
28: PRE-TFN: Shoot with TFN riders enroute Kolar.

December 2009:
4: Anita-Sandeep Wedding at the Tamarind Tree, JP Nagar, Bangalore.
5: PRE-TFN: Nandi Hills with TFN Riders.
6: Nandi Hills with Sukru on a misty morning.
11: PRE-TFN: Bamboo Bicycle Shoot with designer Vijay Sharma.
11: Sneha-Gautham Wedding at Basaveshwara Nagar, Bangalore.
12: PRE-TFN: Bike Clinic shoot at T&T, Koramangala, Bangalore.
12: Trekmaniax Dinner Meet. With a coffee trip to BIAL.
15: Pre-TFN: Briefing at the Kyra Theatre, Indira Nagar, Bangalore.
16-23: TFN: Amazing Tour of Nilgiris, covering 800 kms, reaching out to 8 cities with 70 riders.
27: BWS shoot at Cubbon Park. Mostly a chit-chat and breakfast session.

Here are Three of my Favorite images from Year 2009.
Charminar at Hyderabad.
charming charminar

Bangalore Fashion Week.
final touch

Tour of Nilgiris.
Rajesh Nair

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The Tour of Nilgiris, India’s Premier and longest cycling event, will start tomorrow, the 15th December, with a pre-tour briefing at 2.00pm at Kyra, Indiranagar and officially with the Flag Off at 7.00am on 16th December 2009.

The Flag Off event will have a soft launch of Bamboo Cycle designed by Bangalore based designer Vijay Sharma. Post that, NO TURNING BACK for all TFNites for the next 8 days, covering 900kms crossing major cities like Mysore, Hassan, Madikeri, SulthanBathery, Udagamandalam and Babdipur, across 3 states.

There are Lots in Store for you, when I’m on the tour. Follow me at any/all of the following.
1. Tweet-Bits
2. Phase-book
3. Clickr
4. Sentence-Press

And… a fellow friend blogger is also writing. Follow him

Hoping to take you all on a visual tour with my images. Thanks for the wishes.

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::BlackBaron::

December 2009 is amazing for me, for couple of reasons. There is a lot of travel this month, including the Tour of Nilgiris for 8 days, covering 901 kms from Dec16th to Dec 23rd. In fact, there is an additional and powerful reason for me to celebrate is the arrival of my bullet electra, lemme name it as BlackBaron. I had an opportunity to ride down from Madras to Bangalore on Tuesday, the 8th December 2009. In the past, i have clocked 400+ in a day on my TVS bikes, but, this 360kms on the Madras – Bangalore Highway was awesome.

The ride day started with a chit-chat session at Prem’s house and a drive to Big C’s house with Prem. After signing some papers and cash delivery, i was just made a proud owner of the Black Baron. Though i felt little disappointed, when the self start didn’t work, as the bike was left unused for a while now, its all set after visiting a bullet mechanic at Kellys. After checking air and filling petrol, there is no turning back.

Guindy, Porur, Sriperumputhur, Kanchipuram, Ranipet, Vellore, Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Krishnagiri, Hosur and finally Bangalore, all crossed in time, with as many stops as I wanted, including the ones for tea, lunch, snack, pee, petrol etc. It was a great experience riding a bullet, with gear on the right side, unlike my previous TVS bike. Though i was careful, I was not conscious and picked up the gears just after 50kms.

The greens on both the sides, the clouds above and lakes and ponds on both sides, all welcomed me with a Black Tar Carpet. I really enjoyed the ride and as the altitude started building, the temperateness started dropping, post 6pm. And, i have managed to reach home in the evening and spent some time cleaning Black Baron. Its a real good feel, i ride a classical bullet, which has one of the best bullet engines so far. Thanks to BigC, who agreed to give me this giving me this bike to me. Special Thanks to Mr. Gopakrishna, father of Big C, for making all arrangements including NOC and name change. Thanks to guys, who supported me all along and i got to plan for some long trips in 2010.

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::LittleSomething::

Little sweet.. little harsh…
Little cute.. little fat..
Little tall.. little short…
Little brainy.. little mad…
Little modern… little traditional..
So many little to say.. up to day today.
Little clicks… little jumps..
little shopping… little hopping..
Little happy.. little sad…

You, a friend of mine in need.. indeed…
Saw you cry yesterday… for the first time from the day i know you.
Have FUN. I’m sure, you will HAVE FUN, reading this too….

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One more week to go for the actual Tour oF Nilgiris 2009 (TFN 09). Just started preparing myself for photographing the event. Its gonna be Heck of a WORK, though its gonna be fun, as i wanna deliver more than what I’m promising now.

Lot of requirements and expectations are building up now, and I’m sure, i can deliver but, need to work hard. Last week i was on a practice session with 5 cyclists to Kolar and this week to Nandi Hills. These cyclists are amazing and clock 30kms per hour. Its quiet difficult to shoot these guys on the bike. They rip on the road and the hills, where my bike was struggling to clock.

I have just started a new flickr page to share all my images associated to TFN09, and uploaded the set of images, which won me the title for the Official Photographer of TFN contest. Will upload more images from the PRE-TFN events, followed by the TFN Reals.

Watch PEEVEE on TFN.

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