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It was Sunday morning. The little Luanne dropped by our place at Parra, with a board of Business (which seemed like a ripoff of Monopoly). But that did not stop us from getting our hands dirty with fake notes. Here are some photos clicked using my phone camera and the big bad 5dm2.
The box was opened.
And a lot of money was distributed. All three of us, showing off our tens of thousands of fake rupees.
Bonnie overlooked the proceeding that took place at the bank (Luanne) making sure the 1000s were not mistaken for 10000s.
And the battle was on!
The rule book did not provide any assistance. The english being from another country.
But dice were rolled.
And moves were made.
The old man wasn’t really bothered. He was done playing a game of ‘Snakes and Ladders’ with Luanne moments ago. Now it was time to update himself with the nonsense that went on around our tiny state.
We were living the dream.
In particular, “I” was living the dream!
But that wasn’t enough to impress the old man. He was lost in the paper.
The game went on. Here is a clip of all the action. Okay, maybe not ‘all’, but some of it.
And landed up paying she did!
Houses were built and high rents were paid.
I got back my Tamron 70-300mm psycho lens. It created some magic later that day.
Luanne started to throw money around, like there was no tomorrow. Telling us to “keep the change”.
And that was it. The game was abandoned midway due to Luanne’s acts of kindness. Ultimately, there could only be one true winner…me.
Later that day we walked to Luanne’s place. This is a shot I got, thanks to a crazy lens, which I thought of turning into a coffee mug one day.
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Some of you might have seen some pre-wedding photos of Melanie (aka Beautiful) and Daniel (aka Francis) on my Facebook Page. Wedding photos are gonna come up later. Much later, so hang on for now. Here is what went on behind the scenes on that day when we were by the Mandovi.
The freaks, Francis, Beautiful and Ernest dropped by my place and decided to give me a ride.
We were on our way to Panjim. Beautiful, just back from her visit to the church was complaining about all the crazy questions the priest was asking her. We had a good laugh and then indulged in some banter about the Vatican. Shhh!!
And that’s the Ernest we talk about. Ernie the man. All too happy to be sitting around and doing nothing.
We passed by Sangolda.
And in a short while we were passing through Porvorim. The sun was beginning to set. We were racing the clock. Guess who was not too pleased to be losing light. Okay, no points for the correct answer. Me!
Under the Bridge. I always think of RHCP each time I go below the Mandovi bridge. Always.
We zoom past the Panjim jetty.
And then, finally, the Mandovi. The barges had taken over the landscape. Got some test shots though.
You guys might remember this lighthouse from the “Lurking Storm” photo I posted some months back.
There were some birds in the sky.
And an Ernie on the sand.
I told the clowns to take a walk and pretend I’m not there. Told them to indulge in some PG13 activities that would not get any of us arrested. So that’s them, taking a walk by the shore.
Ernie on the other hand took a walk with my tripod.
Oh yeah! Ernie and the tripod. So beautiful. Made for each other.
This stray fellow tried to disrupt proceedings. But was scared away by Francis. Who just showed the dog his face. The rest was history.
The clowns headed towards the rocks.
Ernie headed to the shore.
In between all this nonsense, I did manage to get a few decent shots of the clowns. And then we just decided to goof around. Something we are pros at.
Here are Ernie and Francis. This shot was taken so that I could lock focus points. It was pretty dark btw, the autofocus was going crazy when those amateurs (read Francis) tried to use the camera.
Autofocus locked, and this is what Francis managed to click. Ernie parting with the tripod. It was a sad moment, but what was just had to be done.
And then one shot of Beautiful, me and the leaning lighthouse of.. oh wait, the lighthouse is, no way.
Finally, we called it a wrap and headed off towards what we call home. Beautiful punched the air coz I guess she found a keeper. Amen.
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The plan was to get some shots of the pier at Panjim. But sadly, the homies ditched, the sun set while I was driving and then the only homie around was Super Glen aka Super. We improvised and decided to just go some place close and get a few shots. Ladies and freaks, here is Sinquerim.
This was just after the sun had set.
The yellow light was thanks to a street lamp. I was really dark. Long exposure to the rescue.
That’s Bapaicho gadi (Father’s car), that I use to move my lazy butt around.
Super and I headed off to the fort. For most of you who know, where the Taj resort exists.
Thats us. Being all cool, keeping our distance, while some dude and his babe shared a quiet moment at the fort and did not give a damn about distance.
Super got down to his magic and softened the water, even without his cape.
And then, it was time to head to D’souza’s and eat some Choris Paos and Tongue. So thats it. Got this last photo and we were off!
The long weekend it was, and my good friend, Daniel Peddity was kind enough to allow me to tag along with him and his awesome folks to Goa! Camera, one set of clothes and a laptop all shared the space of one bag and off we were to my Motherland!
We hit the road via the Mumbai highway. Hyderabad’s great crawling traffic was there to greet us. We were part of the chaos.
I took the the role of the navigator and made sure to document everything and anything. We did record our track before the phone battery started to die out. But navigator I was! And navigation I did! And other useless things too. Like clicking photos.
Finally we were on the outskirts of Hyderabad and the roads had some mercy on us.
Yes, we did come across the occasional stunt riders on the highway. These two indulging in a crazy balancing act. Not to mention that they had another bag nicely balanced on the tank of the bike.
We saw wheels. A lot of them.
And, some ‘highly in flammable’ stuff.
We were to make a pit stop at Danny’s Aunt’s place. And passed through a busy market. Business was on as usual. Everyone making a living.
And then, the irresponsible shame to the nation was spotted. This chap totally not bothered about the people behind while he took the turns.
We had to overtake him to avoid death.
More stunt riders.
We passed through a village. The fields on either sides greeted us.
And so did a herd of cattle.
And then, out of no where, the skies decided to unleash the raindrops.
But it did stop. And we made it safely to Danny’s Aunt’s place. The camera went into the bag and what followed was a night of nonstop driving. I switched to the wheel at sometime in the middle of the night and I’m pretty sure I sleep drove for a while. Thanks to the non-existence of proper road signs we burnt some rubber and also flew over some speed breakers. A mongoose almost got hit, but some NFS moves saved the day. Anyone and everyone we asked for directions told us to take a turn at the round about with the Shivaji statue. Not to mention that every round about had one of these statues.
We battled the rain. Danny’s Dad, suddenly in the middle of the night, zoomed pass me and I was like, “He so can’t do that!” and so, the battle of the rains turned into the battle of the flying cars. More speed breakers appeared from no where. Finally we experienced the moon’s surface at the Belgaum – Goa highway. I think I destroyed the underneath of Danny’s car while trying to negotiate these crazy roads.
But after all the chaos and madness, we were at the road to Ponda! We made a quick pit stop.
And, took in the fresh air!
Let the cars take some rest.
And then, we were there. Motherland! 😀
Update (June 1, 2012)
Added a couple of uncut raw footage videos from that day.
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And then I was at my cousin’s wedding. Running around like a moron clicking photos while no one was looking. Candid shots are the best! Luckily for me, the flower girl and the page boy were two real cute kids. The page boy, my cousin’s little boy. Yes, I have tons of cousins. And, I’m not really sure who the page girl was, but she was photogenic as ever!
The wedding mass was getting to us all. To me in particular. So off I went to the front of the church to find the two little kids having some fun time of their own.
Here is ‘Kids Play’.
Little Boy: Hey, you got such nice hands.
Little Girl: Your hands are nice too.
Little Girl: And they are soft.
Little Boy: But your hands are so pretty.
Little Boy: I like you other hand too.
Little Girl: Oh my God, you are so awesome.
Little Boy: Man, those hands!
Little Girl: Photographer, get some good shots!
Little Girl: Hey! Look!!!
Little Girl: Look! Look at that bird!
Little Boy: I’m just happy looking at you.
Little Girl: Oh, wait. Is he giving me that look?