Places, People and Visual Stories

Being abreast with the world!…

Human being has always been curious. Curious about knowing what is happening around the world. Who is behind this story? What could the response now be? Why is it behaving so? why does it look so? what is working as a catalyst? How will the world respond? The questions on who, what, where, when, why and how of every happening are interesting. We want to be aware, analyze with whatever data we have, create our own perceptions and take those decisions….

The messages went across the world using birds – mostly pigeons. Then came the printing press and slowly newspapers came into being. Then television stepped into world to beam films that made knowing the world more interesting and visually appealing. Then came along other forms of media like tapes, CDs, DVDs that made sharing easy. As the world moved into twenty first century, world wide web reached out everything to our desks. The world is at our finger tips. Anytime anywhere is the choice we all have. Now we can peep into any country, city or a colony from the sky, drive through a road looking all around sitting at our desk, even appreciate the art pieces in a museum! The future seems to be even more exciting with possibilities….

For most of us, the early morning cup of coffee with a newspaper in hand is a bliss! Each one eagerly awaits for the newspaper boy to through it every morning and scurry to get it. It is no different in a city, small towns or villages. Every curious human being quenches his thirst of catching up with the world, through the newspapers…..

 
 

Let me catch up! Chor bizaar, Mumbai
Let me catch up! Chor bizaar, Mumbai

 
 
 
 

““Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization””
— George Bernard Shaw

 
 
 
 

The world seems to be exciting! Araku to Bastar, central India
The world seems to be exciting! Araku to Bastar, central India

 
 
 
 

“Ignorance, inertia and indifference are alive and well in world newspapers. Minority still equals inferiority in the minds of many editors and publishers.”

 
 
 
 

Open air gallery, New Delhi
Open air gallery, New Delhi

 
 
 
 
 

““Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge” – Erwin Knoll

 
 
 
 

You cannot miss movie posters in Tamilnad. Madurai
You cannot miss movie posters in Tamilnad. Madurai

 
 
 
 
 

“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.”
– Jerry Seinfeld

 
 
 
 
 

What are you capturing? Brindavan. UP, India
What are you capturing. Brindavan? UP, India

 
 
 
 
 
<p style=“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable” – Thomas Jefferson

 
 
 
 
 

Good Morning! Shop is open. Puri, India
Good Morning! Shop is open. Puri, India

 
 
 
 
 

“The first duty of a newspaper is to be accurate. If it be accurate, it follows that it is fair.” – Herbert Bayard Swope

 
 
 
 
 

Our grandfather is busy! Pushkar, Rajasthan India
Our grandfather is busy! Pushkar, Rajasthan India

 
 
 
 
 

“There was a time when the reader of an unexciting newspaper would remark, ‘How dull is the world today!’ Nowadays he says, ‘What a dull newspaper!’” – Daniel J. Boorstin

 
 
 
 
 

How can I be left behind? Pune, India
How can I be left behind? Pune, India

 
 
 
 
 

“The secret of a successful newspaper is to take one story each day and bang the hell out of it. Give the public what it wants to have and part of what it ought to have whether it wants it or not.” – Herbert Bayard Swope

 
 
 
 
 

Are newspapers going to be framed forever? Jaisalmer, India
Are newspapers going to be framed forever? Jaisalmer, India

 
 
 
 
 

““If I want to read fiction, I’ll buy a newspaper.”

 
 
 
 
 

Waiting for the next train, in an Auto! Delhi, India
Waiting for the next train, in an Auto! Delhi, India

 
 
 
 
 

“I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.” – Charles Baudelaire

 
 
 

“Books, the children of the brain.” – Jonathan Swift

 
 

Books are the best bet to know the world and stoke imagination, world book fair, Delhi
Books are the best bet to know the world and stoke imagination, world book fair, Delhi

 
 
 
 
 

No age is too early to get initiated
No age is too early to get initiated

 
 
 
 
 

“Anyone who relies exclusively on television for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake.” – Steve Powers

 
 
 
 
 

Initiating into responsible viewing, Dubai
Initiating into responsible viewing, Dubai

 
 
 
 
 

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti

 
 
 
 
 

Reliving the moments, orphanage, kashmir
Reliving the moments, orphanage, kashmir

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Media. Stoking the wonderment, Motihari, Bihar
Stoking the wonderment, Motihari, Bihar

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

story telling and puppetry can bring the world to the young mind. Bookaroo. Delhi
Story telling and puppetry can bring the world to the young mind. Bookaroo. Delhi

 
 
 
 
 
 

Still, vast sections of society is yet to get basics. Madarasa, Motihari, Bihar
Still, vast sections of society is yet to get basic amenities. Madarasa, Motihari, Bihar

 
 
 
 

Even cities are no different. Slum school, Okhla, Delhi
Even cities are no different. Slum school, Okhla, Delhi

 
 
 
How do we bridge the gap? How do we bring the world to every section of the society? Newspapers perhaps are the cheapest ways to connect. But we need to first facilitate them to be literate to take advantage of the connect. Television may offer the alternate choice, but it is passive and we have to have socially conscious and responsible content – informative or entertainment. The world wide web demands a certain level of awareness and literacy…… Still we can create some exciting ways of being abreast with the world…

Hope all the media become more responsible!!

“Newspapers, television networks, and magazines have sometimes been outrageously abusive, untruthful, arrogant, and hypocritical. But it hardly follows that elimination of a strong and independent press is the way to eliminate abusiveness . . .” – Potter Stewart

I added this video of Satyameva Jayate a day later, when I was told that such a show by Amir Khan is talking about issues pertinent to the society. I thought, I should culminate this posting with this montage video on female foeticide …. A tribute to responsible people and media!

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

– Indus Art Gallery, Campus – Indus World School of Business, Greater Noida

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– At my Alma mater : Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

– Various schools of Indus World School chain

– Private collections

Recent Publications featuring my work and in Media [know more]

– The India Idea, Wisdom Tree publications for Ministry of External Affairs, Public diplomacy division, Aug 2011

– Penguin India, Top 5 “India through my Lens” 2011

– Femina Magazine, Anniversary issue, October 14, 2011

– Photographs featured with poetry in the book Hindustani Poems ‘Shayad, Yaheen kaheen se ho’ by Satya, April 27, 2012

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5 responses

  1. wow! simply put, awesome! 🙂

    May 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    • Thanks Prasant. I loved your musings on various issues…

      May 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

  2. Another excellent post from you !

    May 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

  3. Fantastic theme 🙂 Well done!

    May 9, 2012 at 6:25 am

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