House-boat journey in backwater canals of Kerala, are so and picturesque. The ‘day trip’ for the family started at 11am. The House Boat staff gave us welcome drink of fresh coconut water. Later lunch and tea in afternoon at the pre-decided time. Watching so many other similar house boats sailing was so interesting. I believe there are nearly 2000 boats in this business. It was peaceful sail with no rolling or rocking of the sea, with music playing, watching other boats sailing, ice-cream selling boats, fish selling boats. We docked at the right time for lunch break and reached the shore at the end of our trip. The trip has to end at the appointed time.
Going to Food (New Delhi, Cochin, Singapore…) Travelling is an amazing activity. Travelling with friends is even better. Food at different places can not be same; like Delhi will be nothing like Kerala and Mumbai will be nowhere similar to Singapore. Taste, style of serving and look of dishes are all so varied. There is a display of artificial looking dessert dishes in a 5 star hotel; at the same time there is a street shop seems to be selling vegies; but no he is selling food for Shiva. That day was Shivratri and Shiva’s choicest foods; like Dhatura plant and fruit, Bhang plant, Bel leaves etc. were being sold to devotees for offering in the Shiva Temple.
Mumbai Honors Film Industry
Mumbai being is one of biggest center of film making in India. It has many roads, squares and areas named after famous film personalities. One fine day I decided to capture these sign-boards whenever I would pass from there. It took few years, but now I have a fairly good collection of these photos. I present some of them here:
Trip to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, (Mumbai Museum) Mumbai.
Mumbai museum is a place that is full of young students with parents, but during vacations. Young people do not visit a museum for fun. I had visited it when I just arrived to this mega city (in 1972) as a very young inquisitive man. But recently I made a trip again, just last year. I enjoyed clicking photographs more than watching historical artefacts. Here you also take a look.
Story of film, ‘Beyond Boundaries’
This film was initially titled “The Hope”. It was based on the incidence of an hijacked Indian Airline plane that was taken to Kandhar, Afghanistan. Hijackers demanded release of three dreaded terrorists from Indian jails. That was the basic plot, but a lot of fiction has been added for effective and dramatic storyline. The still-photographs that you see here were shot on 35 mm, on a film camera. So they had their own limitation, like you have to get them developed and printed or later make a digital print directly. I was hired for direction and script department. Though basically my field is ‘Sound’ but not in this film. It is a bit different that I am not seen recording but working with actors, stunt composers or photography… Though I did ‘Sound Design’ for it finally.
Actors: Mukesh Tiwari, Gayatri, Rajat Bedi, Raj Hussain, Zakir Hussain, Manish Wadhwa.
Film production of In The Land Of Poison Women’, in Zimithang, Arunachal Pradesh. Total 30 shooting days, March-April 2018. Me in-charge of Location Sound & Sound Design. All actors were non-actors. Film won National Award for Best Feature Film in ‘Pangchenpa’ language, in 2019.