Today’s Consumer

Today’s is the information world, where information is the key to success. If you are not updated with the latest, chances are you will be left behind and eventually be at a loss. Take for instance today’s consumer, the subject of this post. Everyday we, the consumers, are literally strafed with a barrage of advertisements, recommended products, you-may-also-like, customers-who-purchased-this-also-purchased, deals, discount coupons…ad infinitum! Tough this information overload may seem useful what it does is actually confound us. 😦

Here is one such confounded and confused consumer…

Confused & Confounded Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Confused & Confounded
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Sai Durbaar

Shirdi Sai Baba used to encourage local artistic talent during His stay at Shirdi. Along with Hari Bhajan and Kirtan there used be dance and singing performances by the local artists and this was much enjoyed by Baba.

In keeping with the same spirit the Sai Temple at Livonia, Michigan organizes ‘Sai Durbaar’ on the third Sunday of every month during which there are live performances by budding artists and artistic groups. These performance are not only entertaining and help in boosting confidence in the young but also helpful in keeping the Indian cultural fabric vibrant. Ironically and unfortunately this very fabric is fast fraying and losing it’s vivaciousness in India.

The photo essay below tries to capture the spirit of the surmayee and entertaining evening which we attended on 19th Feb 2017.

Tabla Vadak Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Tabla Vadak
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Violinist Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Violinist
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Vocalists Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Vocalists
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Taal by Tabla Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Taal by Tabla
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Music teacher, also the Mother Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Music teacher, also the Mother
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Rasik enjoying the performance Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Rasik enjoying the performance
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Sai Ram Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Sai Ram
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Is That A Bird?

Saturday morning I and Samarth were playing in the living room. Suddenly I descried a bird, probably a Brown Thrasher, outside in the yard. A peculiar thing about it was that it was dead still. This piqued my curiosity. I thought probably it is about to peck out an insect or something. So holding my breath I awaited there anticipating action.

Forget about action, there was not even any movement for long time. Suspecting something was amiss I decided to have a “closer look”. I pulled out my camera and zoomed all the way. To my utter dismay I found out that it was not a bird afterall. It was just a bunch of withered leaves which looked like a bird from a distance. 😦

Brown Thrasher Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Brown Thrasher
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Withered Leaves Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Withered Leaves
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

The Girl Hanging From Ropes

In the recent years there have been a slew of books and movies with titles which begin with ‘The Girl‘. For example, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl From The Train, The Girl On The Train, The Girl Who Farted In the Rat’s Face…(ok, I made up the last one). However, what is not made up is the photograph below. I captured this exposure during the summer of 2016 at one of Perrysburg downtown street festival.

Hanging Girl Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L

Hanging Girl
Rebel T3, Canon EF 24-105L