Getting back to taking photographs

Cycle rickshaw @ Siliguri - West Bengal


Hello folks … I know its been terribly long time since i last updated this blog. Every time i say i will be more active here am taking exponentially longer time to come back and jot down my thoughts and views and opinions about something closer to me which is photography and video. Having said about that – hope you guys are aware that am pretty much active now on YouTube off late and have been working and posting weekly content on a webseries called “Impressions of India” which is a 90sec travel snipet of a part of our country – be it landscape, people, culture, music, art – i have tried to cover everything that i have come across during my “journey through nature”. If you have not subscribed to my channel i recommend you do it right away so that you don’t have to miss out any of my posts on YouTube.

Having mentioned about youtube and videos – i have to admit that over the last few years – i have spent considerable amount of time learning, practicing and experimenting on various aspects of videos. This has forced me to keep my attention completely on it and which has inturn led to me spending very less or no time on photography which is my primary skill through which i started it all. This last weekend I spent few days in East Sikkim through a trip organized by my friends at Wandervogel Adventures. And as a starting point to this trip was a evening/morning I spent at Siliguri waiting to be picked up by my car and head to Rongli which was the first basecamp for the expedition.

Even from the point before the trip i had told my self to spend more time on photography on this trip Рbe it people, travel, landscape  ( which i was desperate to get back to ) or even the most important birding. Waking up to a rather unusually early start to the day ( yeah i had totally forgot that i have traveled to the east point of India and the sun rises pretty early in the day ), i headed out to the streets of Siliguri to catch a glimpse of street life. On the previous night when i was out on a walk, i had noticed quite a huge number of cycle rickshaws and felt they would make fantastic subjects in the early morning fog. But i was taken by surprise in morning when i realized its rained all night and the sunrise was pretty clear with visibility more than a km. But that didnt stop me from trying out what i wanted to Рand over the next 30-45mins i just went out looking for early birds in the city including the famous Cycle rickshaw fellas. What you see above is one such person whom i bumped into right in front of my hotel and to my surprise he was pretty bold in posing and making style statement in front of my camera. Though the entire series from this morning outing has been scheduled in a different post all together Рi sign off this blog with an assurance that over the next few weeks you will definitely end up seeing quite a bit of the photographs that have been taken during this trip.

But my itchy hands are forcing me to post one video also as a part of this blog – so here is a small waterscapes of East Sikkim glimpse which was shot during the trip.


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Impressions of India – Ep 01 – Kutch – Folk Music & Instruments


Kutch district in Gujrat has a rich culture of folk music and dance. People here are very fond of music and Kutchi music Instruments. Kutchi folk music existed since ancient period here. Above is one such glimpse of a Kutchi folk music performance.

Artists : Kanji Narayan Bhai & Kanji Jayanti Bhai from Virani Moti Village of Nakathrana in Kutch, Gujrat

If you would like to hear full tracks please do let me know in comments and i will upload those as well.

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End of every chapter is a beginning of a new one ….. [Annoucement]

Lonely Stone, Kutch, Gujrat

When you have a book in hand, end of every chapter is a beginning of a new one and not to forget end of every book is a beginning of new one. So is a case in a journey called life. End of every trip is a beginning of a new one. Today marks the end of a very good close to a decade long journey for me. Today marks an end to a creation and association of me with my kid – Landscape Wizards. Yup you read it right. I will be parting with LW officially starting tomorrow and its been an incredible journey bringing and being part of it to what it is now. I step away because I am kicking off something really new and big in the coming months and am really excited about it and considering that it will involve lot of photos and video stuff i realized i need to spend more time and energy with it and not try to ride 2 boats at the same time. I will leave LW in the able hands of Anil, Harsha and Ashwin to take it forward from here. Confluence was a dream last year and we made it happen and this year we wanted to make it big and we made that happen too – and i have to admit thats the best gift i have from the team. Am incredibly happy with the way things have shaped up and the way we have managed to portray landscape photography to outside world through LW. Things will just get bigger and better at LW from now on. I will continue to sail along with the team and be a part of it and contribute where ever am applicable and needed. But things am working on and planning need a lot more priority and attention at this moment and am sure those will entertain you and educate you as much as I tried to do using my words and visuals in LW. Let me not get too senti about things take this post to be come a long one. Am still around here, JTN is around here is around and so is LW. Its just that there are small changes which should not bring too much a difference to outside world on the content that we create. So here’s me wishing all the very best to Team LW and also bidding adieu to something which was very close to me all these years and will continue to be. Lets continue with our “journey through nature”.

Wishing you all a very happy ugadi and a happy new year !

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Coma vs Comma

Dead log on desert sand


COMA – is a state of unconsciousness in which a person: cannot be awakened; fails to respond normally to painful stimuli, light, or sound; lacks a normal wake-sleep cycle; and does not initiate voluntary actions.

COMMA – According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word comma comes directly from the Greek komma (?????), which means something cut off or a short clause.


If i have to really define the above two words in a much more simplistic way then Coma is a situation which describe end of responsiveness and something without life, where as Comma is a condition used in a context where we are telling there is more to what we are referring to and its not an end.

When this is taken in a literal meaning what differentiates both is the letter “m”. When this gets related to human life – the “m” can be referenced to “me” (our-self). Its the m(e) which decides weather something has to cut short and end or something has to continue with importance on life. So one has to take a wise decision when shaping up his/her life weather they want the m(e) to play a significant role to continue with their life. So when you are stuck in life and are unable to make progress and get a feeling of dead log – give a second thought and importance to the m(e) and unwind-refresh-rejuvinate and give a second life to yourself.


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Diwali Greetings

Diwali Greetings

© Shivakumar L Narayan |

Earlier in the day i received the below message as a forward for Deepavali wishes. I thought it was so apt and right – that i will share it with the fellow JTN readers.

Six things we traditionally do during Diwali, which if we do with understanding would make our Diwali spiritual and meaningful;
1. Cleaning of house – Let us also clean our mind of all the accumulated dirt
2. We buy/ bring in new things – let us acquire true knowledge
3. We eat sweets – let us share and sweeten other life, specially the under privileged
4. We light lamps- let us light lamp of knowledge and spread it
5. We do Laxmi Puja – let us pray for furtherance of our spiritual wealth
6. We burst crackers – let us burst our ego – noise less

With that note, i would like to wish everyone a very happy and a prosperous festival of light. Take this festival as a reason to spread more joy, smiles, colors and light into the life of the people near and dear to you. Hoping everyone is having a fantastic festivity at home.

Once again Diwali Greetings to all

– Shiv


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