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Live from the School.
Indira Gandhi International Academy was started in 1990 IGIA is an non-profit educational and residential institution exclusively for Sri Lankan refugee children. Currently major portion of the funds are provided by Bright Society, their parent NGO.

Lunch from Monday to Saturday is provided by ISKCON (http://www.iskcon.com/). Provisions for Breakfast and Dinner is in part provided by local philanthropists. Teachers Salaries and Non Teaching Staff salaries are provided by Bright Society. Investment on Student’s studying outside of school such as University students is in part provided by philanthropists from Canada and UK.

THATS NOT SUFFICIENT. THEY DESERVE MORE. CAN YOU HELP?
Reach out to me at 9945516333 / peeveeads@gmail.com.

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What a thought man…
This was taken from a gmail status message of a friend.
“Becoming a photographer is like becoming a prostitute, first you do it for fun, then for friends, then for money.”

You have freedom to share your views. Thanks.

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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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From my recent visit to Dubai, guess i can list out few commons and contrasts between Dubai and India just based on my discussions and observations.

Commons:
IDA: InDiA DubAI

Malayalam and Tamil: Ya.. You have 3 Malayalam FM Radio Channels and a Tamil FM Radio Channel in Dubai.

Rich and Poor: Ya.. Rich is becoming Richer and Poor is becoming poorer in Dubai as well.

Real Estate: Yes.. India is also trying to match with the real estate business of Dubai.

Skyscrapers: The tallest building under construction in Dubai is the “Al Burj”, which may have 200 floors and 1050 metres height. Noida too got a proposal, for a skyscraper, 160 floors and 750 metres building (though the tallest building is “The Imperial” , Mumbai – 60 floors)

Contrasts:
Cleanliness: Hmm.. to a larger extent, dubai is cleaner than India.

Taxi and Taxi Drivers: Camry’s and Corolla’s are premium in India. They are the Taxi Cabs in Dubai. Taxi drivers of Dubai are looking smarter than executives in India.

Driving: Left hand driving, so, keep right rule in Dubai, as against, Right hand driving and keep left rule in India.

Address: No name board contains the address in dubai, unlike in India.

Money Money OIL Money: Yup.. a litre of petrol costs u .95 Dhiram, but a coffee costs 2.5 dhiram.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited by Law in Dubai, in any inside public location, but can smoke only in thge RED hot sun. In India, NO LAW so far.

Girls and Figures: Dubai is all International. Heard people from 225 nations live there. India… ?

Cycles and Motor Cycles: Hmm.. only the pizza, paper and courier delivery boys, use bikes and cylces in Dudai. India?

Postal Delivery: India post delivers letter to lakhs of villages in india and therz no delivery of posts in Dubai.

Ok.. this is just the gist… and balance will follow soon.

One of my pictures from the trip.
skyscrapers

~ peevee.

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