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Currency of life

is time. Currency of survival is money.

Recalling how we spent our time will determine in a big way the extent of our satisfaction when we would start leading a largely inactive life.

Fuzzy Logic? No, Fuzzy Duck!

Those in Ahmedabad and read Ahmedabad Times must've seen this ad. The size compels you too. And if it holds your attention, you must've noticed the name. FUZZY DUCK.

FUZZY DUCK?! I check my eyes every time I see the ad. Must admire the audacity. Not sarcastic here. Of course, with their spends and audacity, they could think of better branding efforts surely. I really want to see how they fare.

Don't see it, so don't feel it, so don't do it

That's the reason for laziness.
There's only so much that our memory can hold for us. When I don't see the list of tasks that I need to complete, sometimes I don't even begin until a few days have passed. 
Alternatively, when the laptop screen is the only thing we see - in that the facebook or the twitter screen - that's what we get reminded of, that's what we feel and that's what we do.

What does my click-ready mind tell me?

That it's easy to stare at the screen than do any other thing when awake. That to look like working, it's easy to keep clicking here there and everywhere and keep checking nonsense too. That after a day full of clicks, mind's tired but there's no satisfaction.

How long should a table be?

8 feet.

Left-hand-side half for laptop, printer and whatever other gadgets. Right-hand-side half to place open notepads, books or magazines. The arrangement might be the other way round for those writing with left hand.

1.5 ft for printer. 6 inches of empty space. Then, 2 ft for laptop+mouse. 4 ft. in total for gadgets. Remaining 4 ft. for the real things.

Try this if you have that kind of space and you'll see how efficiency improves. Mind you, this is the work-space. Stock-space should be considered separately.

The Skill of Anticipating

I've been trying to click birds in flight for the last few days. I am so wont to simply switching the camera on and start clicking that it has taken a little while to remind myself to prepare before clicking.

Well the thing is I couldn't quite grasp what it means 'to prepare' either. So after switching the camera on, I would adjust the controls and get ready. I couldn't click any great pictures.

Then I realized that like I have my moods, these birds also their moods. Like I give some indications of movements, they also indicate a few things provided I am willing to read.

So I tried reading the indications, and thereby, anticipating the direction of the birds' movements. For that I had to keep the camera aside for a while and just watch. And then I adjusted the position and settings of the camera accordingly. I left ample space in the frame to capture the birds' movements in a certain direction. I took a few decent pics, by my standards.

Next, I figured tha…

Rufous Treepie

I just had an excursion in the neighborhood.

Over the last many days, I've been sharing pictures of the birds that play around wherever I am. What started as developing photography skills results into this.

By about 4pm today, I was bored. Like I've tried filling every empty moment off late, I set out photographing birds, more specifically birds in flight, more specifically Black Kite in flight.

I reach this neighborhood stretch lined with a lot of trees and empty landscapes. I find all sorts of birds perched on the electric wires and the trees and I forget the 'Black Kite in flight'. I spot a White-breasted Kingfisher and a flock of Rosy Starlings singing in liquid notes. I start clicking...

I go further. I find some 30 Peacocks together roaming around in a field. Laughing Doves, Mynas, Ravens, Bulbuls, Black Drongos, Parrots, Black Cormorant, White Egret, Shikra... Until I find this. Rufous Treepie (also called Indian Treepie).

No. I didn't know the name until half…


A few days back, I felt an urge at 3:30am to find out what makes these sports shoes so expensive. I thought, let me read up on the internet. But I had done that on a couple of occasions earlier too. And I lost all that I had learnt.

It struck me that there are a couple of pairs which I've stopped wearing. I picked one, grabbed my scissors and went dissecting an actual shoe. So this is the result. You can count the number of components in a typical shoe.

There's designing of course, lots of stitching and most importantly, moulding. Add to that there's quite a bit of 'complexity' too. They call it technology. Compare the above design with the one below.

Significantly less number of components and when you look closely, significantly less complexity. Besides, these red shoes proved to be far more relaxing and fun when worn for long hours. And while running they help me develop a form which is less injurious than the form I adopted coz of the heavily technologized sho…