Pursuit

If you live in India or have ever traveled to India in the second decade of 21st century, you would have found a lot of places having fancy street foods, specially, in the metropolitan cities like, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

If you exclude the posh areas of New Delhi and NCR(National Capital Region), and then walk on a very normal street/roads which connects welfare housing societies, you are likely to easily spot the following roadside options like, Ice-Cream tricycles, Open roof stalls of Sugarcane Juice, roasted corn and maybe the push-truck(thela) tickiwala(also called, Chaatwala).

An addition to this group is the roadside “Gol-Gappe”(also called PaniPuri). Now, what’s PaniPuri? It consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water (known as imli pani), tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion or chickpeas. The complete setup on which Gol-Gappe, Pani and other spices are placed is very easy to carry and move, and also can be quickly placed anywhere and can start selling it back. Now you are thinking, why I am writing about all this stuff? Here’s why.

Every evening when I am traveling back home from work, in the last part of the transit I have to make a 20 minutes walk to get to my apartment. In these 20 minutes, starting from getting down from the auto, finding the Panwari(guy who sells Paan, which is made up of betel leaf with areca nut) and cigarettes(which is sold more than the paan these days), interestingly, his wife also sits during late hours to keep the business up. Some 200 steps ahead, I find the Ice-Cream tricycles from Vadilal, Kwality Walls, Creambell and newly famous Havmor, which is expensive to my pocket. 😛

After 5 minutes, I find a little boy selling Gol-Gappe at the corner of the right turn of the road. I walk towards him, and ask for the rates. He replies, “4 pieces for 10 bucks”. I said, “Can I have it?”, he offers me a dona(which is a paper bowl). The Panipuri tasted amazing!! 😀

Yesterday evening, I left early from work and while getting back home, I met the boy again. He is 3/4 of my height, considering I am not tall, so he looks short. He should be around 10-12 years of age. I asked him, “What’s your name?”. He replies with a smile, “Vansh Gupta”. I asked him if he goes to school, he replies “Yes, I go to school”. With a thought on how he gets time to study, I asked “When you study or do your homework?”, he says “during night, after having dinner”.

I asked him if I can take his picture which I will share on internet with my writing. He shakes his head with a smile. 🙂 I said “Okay, can I take picture of your setup?” And he says “Yes” this time. I also checked with him, “So, where are you from and who else are you in your family?”, to which he replies, “I am Mirzapur(in Uttar Pradesh), and here I have my father and brother who also sell Gol-Gappe, whereas my mother lives in hometown(Mirzapur)”.

He has friends of same age. They also sell Gol-Gappe. One is Rajkumar and another is Komal. I have ate Panipuri from them too. 🙂 Komal is the smart one, like a leader among these boys. I think he likes momos because I have found him eating momos a couple of times. Whereas, Vansh is the good-looking one. But they all are very simple and happy going boys. 🙂

At the age of 12, helping family to earn enough so as to get one time meal is really unbelievably appreciable. Just think about the sacrifices they have been making, like missing their mother, not playing outside in evening so that they help their father and surely not able to spend enough time to learn and study so that in future they don’t need to sell Panipuri.

The least you can offer is a Smile 🙂 to them, do not see them as someone lesser than you and just be good and motivate everyone around you. Life is not easy for everyone.

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Chasmic

His heart tried to bury her deep.
Little did He know that She was a seed. ❤

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People with Camera

For all those who capture moments.

From the time I am here on WordPress, I have come across plenty of photographs from many different bloggers. All the photographs clicked by the camera person’s are superb. Many of the pictures speak a lot and by the help of tools the pictures are worth far more than a thousand words.

For me, a good photographer is one that communicates the fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer changed person for having seen it. And Camera is a gadget that helps in capturing moments and not fading up the memories. I read somewhere that photography is an art, it is little to do with things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Few of my friends always ask someone to capture pictures of the present time they are enjoying and ya it’s great to keep pictures but as per me it is more important to enjoy those moments than to get busy capturing the moments.

I am not a camera made face as only ugly pictures are captured when lens is focused towards me. 😀
Here’s a little letter to the camera’s and DSLR’s.

Dear Camera,
I hate the way you make me ugly. Mirror is so nice to me. 😛

And then a photographer was born.. who was eager to take a selfie.

Selfie

It is always great when you come across a picture which was clicked last summer, and in a flash a slide show starts in your mind with all those things that happened just before and after that picture was taken. But it is important that you should live in the moment than to regret later that you missed something which could have been done or said that day.

It is just about time. Time will never hold itself for anyone, time flows and the reality will slip into memories.

Remember, The single most important component of a camera is few inches behind it.. 🙂

“The ‘About me’ Pages”

I always like to read the ‘about me’ pages of the people who write some beautiful blogs or share some alluring pictures and quotes. I always love to read ‘about me’ pages. It has all sought of stuffs which lets you know why they write down some of the best phrases and passages. Sometimes what it also tells is a little bit of what they are going through.

I am not saying you can go and know them completely but ya it tells a bit about them. Its remarkable what thoughts they come up with, sometimes  you co-relate it with their blogs.

About me tells much more than the looks of the people. 🙂

Bye Bye Orkut: Google to Shut Down Its First Social Network

Do you remember when was the last time you wrote a scrap? When was the last time you logged into your Orkut account. Ya, In fact, I also don’t remember the last time I used Orkut.

Orkut, Google’s first social networking site, will cease to exist after September, with the Internet giant deciding to shut down the service launched 10 years ago. Brazil & India were the most attracted towards this social site. I remember, I was never into Orkut that much but I used to see the craze in people around me, my friends & relatives. How eager they used to be when students of my class were heading back home. The excitement was just for using Orkut & interacting with different people.

Orkut was launched in 2004, the same year when Facebook was founded. Facebook is now the world’s largest social network with 1.28 billion users. Suddenly, people were talking about how Facebook was the “next big thing”. And before you knew it, people were joining Facebook, adding it to their social networking collection. Preferences changed in such a way that people visited Facebook once every day, and Orkut once a year.

One of the most interesting features of Orkut was the who viewed your profile option. Essentially, a user would get to know if someone had visited his or her profile. Users would be excited at the prospect of a stranger visiting their profile. Eventually, Orkut did come up with an option where you could prevent someone from seeing whether you had visited one’s profile – the only catch was that the same option would apply to you as well.

My profile has less than 100 scraps & very few photos. Many Orkut users will archive their pictures and details from their profile, I intend to leave mine behind as a token of thanks.

Orkut has fallen down rapidly, but it will always be credited with bringing us our first, raw social networking experience. To quote the Google blog post that announced Orkut was going obsolete this September: “Orkut helped shape life online before people really knew what ‘social networking’ was.

Thanks Orkut.. 😐