Tuesday, June 26, 2007

i did it!

yes! i finally slapped someone! walking down from the train station to home amidst bumper to bumper traffic late one evening dodging manholes n garbage n the teeming millions on the road n behind the wheel...was someone at my heels blaring the horn like it was carnaval. n fuckin loud it was...0 to 100 in 1.5 sec my blood boiled, turned around to see it was a ricksha, i just bent down n slapped him so hard! i got as much of a fright as he did as he lunged toward me...i evaded successfully n gave him a earful of expletives n curses...essentially reminding him that the road wasn't his alone...o man! that felt soooo good!...:)

(now this was over a week back! i've been laid low with a viral...just about recovering!)

Monday, June 18, 2007

printed memories

..i sit across a table with my mum's sisters as they rummage thru their past recollecting for me all thay can remember about my dad...and my mum. they pull out lil brown paper packets of lil b/w photographs of a time i never knew but cherish so much. we hold them in our hands...look at them...closely...sending them deep into a spiral of memories...they give them to me those b/w photographs...i am overwhelmed... but can't help thinking of the future...what will they the gen next hold when we sit down together so many years later?...

sixty going on sixteen!

meeka n appa celebrated their sixtieth (!!!) wedding anniversary on the 9th earlier this month. decided to suprise them last week at this big family bash n went to delhi for a day. just fantastic, it was. meeka smiling thru all her aches n pains and appa pleased as punch to see his clan gather around. lots of good food and a long singing session deep into the night marked yet another milestone in this amazing ramaseshan phyllum! felt completely over-awed...how blessed can you get?!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


why is it that some tapes digitise without a chuu? why do some tapes develop drop outs n timecode breaks when they were fine until yesterday? why does my old pc with premiere not protest as much as my new souped up macbook with fcp? why is it sooo hot n muggy? why do i ask the most ridiculous questions at the most inappropriate times? why do i adjust my frame so much n check focus so often? why do i....

Monday, June 11, 2007

the sky these days...

simply breathtaking...and this ethereal golden soft glow at sundown...mucho contento!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

macbook edit config, etc

...just been all over the place...with way too many distractions to sit down write...but the haze is clearing...the edit is finally on course, thanks to so many whose brains i picked! so here's my config:
13inch macbook 2.0 Ghz intel core2 duo, ram up-ed to 2gb, 667MHz bus, 60gb internal hard disk. 2 lacie external hard disks (250 n 500gb), external mouse n keyboard, fcp 5.1 (universal binary for the new intel chips). 20in lg flat tv monitor. am using my panasonic cam to grab as well as a/v router. so firewire400 from cam to lacie1, firewire800 from 1 to lacie2, firewire400 from 2 to macbook.

then, the family went on our annual picnic...this time to uttan (north of gorai) n packed ourselves in an ac qualis! good fun, hot tho' but it stormed that evening n rained n was most beautiful...

then, went on a 3day shoot to gujarat - a film on climate change. shot at these 2 villages by the sea in bharuch n valsad where the sea has encroached some 6-7kilometers in 15-20 years!! and the villagers have had to rebuild thrice everything - homes, schools, temples!...but it was hot as hell...came back burnt n sore. no pics tho!...
am still scattered even now as i write...will stop here...more soon!