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For me, 2008 was not just 366 days, its 366 days of Fun and Travel. Here you go with the chronological update of what i did in 2008 on the Travel/Photography Front. This blog post may be useful for fellow shutterbugs to plan trips and other bloggers can understand what all one can do in one year time. I started off the year with a model shoot in Jan and ended at the same note this Jan as well.

January 2008:
5 – Shoot with Suruchi at the Cubbon Park.
7 – The first BWS shoot of the year, at Chitradurga, capturing the Fort and the Windmills.
12 – Misty morning at the Airport Perimeter road.
13 – Seen a Coorgi wedding at Ponnampet, Coorg with Sow, Akshath and Surendar.
14,15 – Documented the Sankaranthi, Karnataka edition at Moodbail village in Udupi, the home of Aki.
18 – Happy Birthday (I’m saying this like a school kid)
19 – Capturing the running horses at Bangalore Turf Club with Greesh.
20 – Scrap market with the gang, incidentally the last BWS shoot for Ayan.
26 – Republic day holidays at Chickmagalur, celebrated independently. Visited Belur/Halebeedu as well.

February 2008:
2 – HAL Market
2 – Participated at an exhibition with the fishing boy picture at PCA, Ahmedabad.
3 – Shining Silver beach at Cuddalore with Gautham and Divya, after visiting Thiruvandipuram temple.
9 – Early morning at Lalbagh with a breakfast at MTR.
10 – Train to Tyekal
16- City Market.
22- 3 hrs of trekking and freezing breeze at Skandagiri.
23 – Shivajinagar walk with WhichMainsWhatCross
26 – Hennur Dumpyard with Vivek and Selva.

March 2008:
2 – Russel Market
8 – Shankara Foundation on the kanakapura road, shooting kids learning kalaripayattu.
15 – Ever interesting Pottery town
22/23 – “HOLI”days at Pattadakkal, Badami and Aihole, with flying frames.

April 2008:
5/6 – Kodaikanal and Poompaarai village with Prem and gang.
13 – Gandhi Bazzaar.
21 – Whole night Karaga festival with redbull.
27 – My Third Hoysala temple visit to somnathpur after Belur/Halebeedu.

May 2008:
1 – The first ever studio shoot, at the aspect professionals studio, meeting deepika for the first time.
3/4 – Pattukottai, Tanjore and Trichy, a heavy visit to Mahendra’s place.
10/11 – Weavers at Kanchipuram and wedding at Vellore.
17 – Oficial visit to Kochi and Islands.
24 – Team outing to BR Hills, with a stay in the forest. Spotted a leopard.

June 2008:
1 – 440kms of biking to Shettihalli and Shravanabelagola.
3 – BWS shoot at the MG road, looking for pictures for environmental day on June 5.
5 – Street side, exhibit for the environmental day, at the Cubbon Park. Thanks to Jahn.Sneha.Murali.
8 – 2 days of Buddhism at Bylakuppe with shivu, greesh, raghu and subash.
18 – Official vist to Dubai, with 3 days of fun at the desert of the brick and steel.
21 – Ulsoor lake and the nomads.
28 – Shanthi Nagar Cemetery and the Slums of Shanthi Nagar.
29 – The Powerful Bangalore Pride.

July 2008:
5 – Nomads of Dasarahalli.
6 – Walking on the streets of Vivek Nagar slums.
12 – The Dogshow at Bangalore, opposite to the Garuda Mall.
20 – Mysore kite festival and the devaraj Urs Market, with a mid night shoot at the Bengali Association (Feluda play rehearsals)
26 – Back to Kodai.

August 2008:
3 – Walking on the Streets of Ulssor with Dr.Vivek.
6-16 – Thar Journal, covering Pushkar, Ajmer, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur.
25 – Petrol stolen at the CM Road from my bike, which made to the cover page of Bangalore Mirror.
28 – A brief shoot at the Infy Electronic City Campus.
31 – Morning model shoot at Ulssor Slums with Sneha and visited Frames of Mind 2008 at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan.

September 2008:
3 – Biking to Thalankuppam, 20kms north of Madras.
6 – Back at the SOM Campus for Alumni day, the Milan 2008.
26-28 – Repromen Offset printers presented the Thar Journal, a photography exhibition.

October 2008:
2 – The WIDE frame shoot at the Cantilever Bridge, KR Puram.
5 – A raining shoot for Association for People with Disability at the Sankey Tank.
4 – Roaming around the UB City.
9-14 – the Second largest Dasara celebs at Kulasekarapattinam, also covering Manapadu, Tuticorin and Thirunelveli.
18 – One more Lalbagh/MTR Combo, this time, only for chit chatting.
24 – Trinity Church and Lakshmi’s sis wedding.
25 – Explored the Vidhan Soudha zone.

November 2008:
2 – Ooty, Coonoor and Avalanche with a stay at Lovedale.
15 – After a long break, back at Avenue Road.
16 – Apsara Theatre with Deepika.
22 – Tabebuia shoot at Cubbons.
22/23 – Taan Saints shoot at the Cauvery Theatre and IIMB campus.
29 – Off to Kolkata.

December 2008:
1-7 – Kolkata.Kaasi and Dhanbad.
20 – BWS shoot, capturing 3 churches on the eve of Christmas.
25-28 – Chennai, Kanchipuram and the Kaasimedu fishermen hamlet, 3 movies, 400kms of biking.

January 2009:
4 – A model shoot again to start this year, Kris being the model at Brigades.
10.11 – Hoysala trails, coveing 4 temples and a 500kms of bike ride.

Hmm.. so.. i have done somuch of travel and spent a lot of money, time and energy in 2008, which made me relook at this year.

Thanks fellow shutterbugs. Thanks Friends.
Thanks mom.dad.sis. and colleagues.
Thanks Dilip for sponsoring the exhibit.
Thanks one and all, who contributed even a bit for making my 2008, a great YEAR. As always, hoping and eagerly looking for “THE BEST” in 2009 as well.

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Got an opportunity to watch this movie yesterday at The PVR Cinemas, Bangalore. Thanks to fellow pals raghu, shiva and mayank, for getting me a ticket too. I personally liked the movie, though it has got only short lived moments, be it a comedy, emotion, fun, smoke, drink, as its running only for 97 minutes.

THE one thing that i liked THE most in the movie is its ONE LINE Message.
Oneline Message: “it’s never too late to live life to its fullest”
Online Story: “2 strangers (cancer patients) meet in a hospital…. create a bucket list… roam around and live life to the fullest”

Here is the brief story.. copied from WIKI. More…

Blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) and billionaire hospital magnate Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) meet for the first time in the hospital after both have been diagnosed with cancer. They become friends as they undergo their respective treatments.

Carter is a gifted amateur historian and family man who had wanted to become a history professor, but in his youth had been “broke, black, and with a baby on the way” and thus never rose above his job at the McCreath (named after a healthcare consultant and friend of the writer) body shop.

Cole is an eccentric loner, four times divorced, who enjoys nothing more than tormenting his personal valet/servant, Matthew, whom he calls Thomas (Sean Hayes). He quickly befriends Carter, making Matthew serve Carter as well as him and ordering his doctor to familiarise himself with Carter’s health.

Both are diagnosed with a year or less to live. Carter begins writing a “bucket list,” or things to do before “he kicks the bucket.” While not a serious list of intentions, he is goaded into going through with it when Cole discovers the list. Cole pushes Carter (by suggesting he add things like seeing the world, sky diving etc), and promises to finance the trip. Despite the protests of his wife, Virginia (Beverly Todd), Carter agrees.

The pair then begin an around-the-world vacation, embarking on everything from race car driving to sky diving to climbing the Pyramids to hunting lion Safari in Africa to Tajmahal in India. Along the way they discuss faith and family, and learn from each other that Carter has long been feeling less in love with his wife and Cole is deeply hurt by his estrangement with his only daughter, who disowned him after he sent some people after her abusive husband.

As they criss-cross the entire globe, Carter finds that the love he had for his wife is still strong. He asks to return home, and in gratitude for helping him, he tries to reunite Cole with his daughter, but Cole lacks the courage to face her. He angrily storms off and Carter returns home to his wife, children, and grandchildren.

The family reunion is short lived. Carter relapses and is rushed back to the hospital. The cancer has spread to his brain. Cole, who is now in complete remission, visits him there, and they share a few moments together where Carter reveals the origin of the “world’s most expensive coffee” he has been drinking (Kopi Luwak). Carter insists Cole finish the list without him. Carter then goes into surgery, but the procedure is unsuccessful and he dies on the table. Cole delivers a eulogy at his funeral, and finds the strength to face his daughter. Much to his surprise and joy, she not only accepts him back into her life, but she also introduces him to the grand-daughter he never knew he had and he is able to cross “kiss the most beautiful girl in the world” off the list.

Cole goes on to live for several more years. When he finally passes away, he has his ashes, which were placed inside a Chock Full o’ Nuts coffee can, buried alongside Carter’s, also in the same type of can, on the top of Mount Everest, which Carter (who has been narrating the film) mentions that Cole would have liked, as it was against the law. Matthew, Cole’s assistant does this and as he does so he crosses off the last item on the Bucket List (witness something truly majestic) and buries it with them.

It must be noted that there is a certain irony pertaining to the coffee can. In the beginning of the movie, one can see Carter flick the ashes from his cigarette into a Chock Full o’ Nuts can in the body shop, just before he receives the call that informs him he has lung cancer.

Genre: Comedies
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Rob Morrow, Beverly Todd
Director: Rob Reiner
Screenwriter: Justin Zackham
Producer: Alan Greisman, Rob Reiner, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron
Composer: Marc Shaiman
Run Time: 97 Minutes.

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Got this picture published in Better Photography, March Edition.

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