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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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Guys…
This season.. to keep me happy… follow these 4 simple steps..
1. View “My Rider and I” Video
2. Visit “My Rider and I” Photo story
3. Like the Images and Comment on them….
4.Forward this mail to as many people as possible… WHO CAN MAKE ME A WINNER of TFN.

Read more on TFN and why i did the Story… at http://www.tourofnilgiris.com/blog09/?p=414

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Karnataka Tamil Makkal Iyyakkam has organized a human chain protest in Bangalore on Sunday, June 7 in order to mobilize the public support to the rehabilitation of the displace Tamils, to demand the international community to investigate war crimes and to condemn the genocide of Tamils by the facist Sri Lankan state.
The rally starts at 10.00 am from East Railway Station Playground via Sindhi Colony, Wheelers Road, Kamarajar Road and concludes at Cubbon Road Signal.

The firebrand speaker and ardent Eelam Tamil supporter, the Tamilian Director Seeman will be the chief guest of the event. The rally will be inaugurated by the Director of SICHRAM, Thiru. Mathew Philips and presided by the President of KTMI, C. Rajan.



Please Support for this Cause.

Thanks.

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Sunday, the 18th Jan 2009 was my Birthday.
one of the cakes
The day… which adds an additional year to my age and an additional year of experience to my career.
The day started like any other Bday, with calls/messages from 12.00 midnight and went on till 1.30am. I was tired, and still awake till 1.30 thanking all the friends, answering or messaging them back.

Though Mom wanted me to get up early in the morning and go to temple, i could not do that. Sorry Ma. I went online as soon as i got up and was checking all my mails / facebook / flickr / Orkut and spent lot of time replying to the wishes and mails. The whole day, I was in Cloud nine when so many friends and well wishes called me and wished on the day. After a brief brunch, went to aanus’ athai’s place for Lunch. The Lunch was damn cool with pulav, daal, rasam, curd, 2 poriyals, Moare milakaai and super pickle. TGVenkatesh was showing his face after a long time at Bangalore and it was good spending time with TG, Chait, Aanu, Sow and Deep. A cake cutting session, a lunch, a brief photo shoot and one game of 5cards clocked at 6.00pm.

It was already time for me to plan for the dinner and calling people to Indiranagar. After a heavy discussion session, we zeroed in the Nagarjuna at Indiaranagar for dinner. A mid size dinner with the jaggu. karthik. mouli. menaga. gang and mom was good, lucky IM as 5 of 6 are vegetarians. Reached home at 12.00midnight, after a brief stint at pragyan’s place, eating some prasadham from Kalahasthi.

It was a happy 24 hrs in 2009. Here u go with the summary of what i got… 2 cakes / A shirt / A photographers Jacket / a set of books / a gift voucher / 200+ friends and their lovely calls/mails/messages, including 4 International calls.
the next day at work..

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In the last four days of New Year 2009… Few things that created a feel good factor in me…
Day1. Surya: Actor Surya’s speech on the Music Release function of “Naan Kadavul”. We have no option other than appreciating him for the Content and flow. Well done Surya. (Will write a separate blog with the music review)
Day2. SBI Card Customer Care:
I have swiped my SBI Credit Card for 10 Great Britain Pounds and got a call on 2nd Jan 2009, asking my permission to Block the Card (with a promise, that i will get a new card with new number) as my London Transaction is prone to Duplication. Thank you SBI for the prompt action.
Day3. Mercy’s Paintings: I had an opportunity to see two Tanjore Paintings, done by Mercy, a good friend of mine. She finished 2 paintings so far, a Radhakrishna and an Aalilai krishna. Really impressive work. Hats off Mercy.
Day4. Professor SuBaVe’s Talk: SuBaVe is a professor, a Tamil Patriot and a Social activist. He was called for a debate show NEEYA NAANA by Vijay TV to discuss the pros and cons of peoples trust on Horoscopes and the astrology as such. His talk opposing horoscopes…. is just awesome. Thank you SuBaVe sir.

I can list down few more…
1. Mushroom biriyani at Mercy’s house.
2. Temptation Music store on the CMH Road.
3. Onion Rava Dosa at Ballal Residency hotel.
4. Photoshoot with Kris on the Brigades.
I can write so many more things.. 🙂
All the BEST. Have a GREAT YEAR ahead.

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