Notes to Myself


August 2018

Thought of The Day

20th August 2018


On World Photography Day

Today is World Photography Day. I recently wrote in a blog that I am not particularly fond of celebrating such days, and yet I keep on blogging about them…yes, those who know me would know: I am full of contradictions.

So…I read somewhere that today is World Photography Day. And found out more about it here:

Founded in 2009 by Australian Photographer, Korske Ara, World Photo Day has taken over 7 years to grow into the global photography celebration it is today.

When World Photo Day first launched in 2010, just 250 people registered to participate in the global photography event. Determined to continue growing World Photo Day into an organisation that will impact the world for good, Korske sold his own camera kit to finance the project.

“I had to take a taste of my own medicine. I’ve often quipped that it’s the photographer that captures a great photo, not the camera. I went from shooting on a Canon 5D Mark II to shooting on my iPhone!” – Korske Ara

In 2016, World Photo Day reached a global social audience of 500 million people around the world, inspiring photographers around the world to share their stories.

Lets change the world together!

Behind The Date

The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World.”

August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date for World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:

• The Daguerreotype as the first practical photographic process.

• The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.

It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t in fact, the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph called ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ using a process called Heliography.

There’s been countless innovators before and after this date that have made photography the accessible medium it is today. World Photo Day celebrates the passion encompassed by photography lovers all around the world, past and present.

I like Art, and thus I like Photography. But I (now) don’t feel the urge to capture each and every moment…only a select few…very few.

Use the camera in your eyes to capture the unseen divine!

Having said that, the memories captured by camera are beautiful. I was trying to get rid of burden of few such memories. I have managed to do so on 15th August (the Independence Day) to get over the burden…it was liberating! ☺️

Thought of The Day

19th August 2018

Smart Way To Discourage Students From Being Social Media Addicts

Saw a smart post on Twitter to discourage students from spending too much time on Social Media…

Thought of The Day

18th August 2018

A Course On Financial Statement Analysis And Reporting

A 60-part series by NPTEL on Financial Statement Analysis and Reporting

मै शायर क्यूॅं नही…

Just listened to this amazing song from new movie Batti Gul Meter Chalu…

When you getting Gold why go for तांबा

When you getting गब्बर why go for सांबा

When you getting Rambo why go for रांझा

– Lyrics of a song from new movie Batti Gul Meter Chalu (बत्ती गुल मिटर चालू)

Lyrics by Siddhartha and Garima (not sure why it takes 2 full grown brains to write such song)

Composed, of course, by Anu Malik (who else can do proper justice to such lyrics)

The lyrics is really deep…I am glad that the next generations will carry the tradition in Hindi cinema of soul-stirring, deeply insightful lyricists such as Sahir Ludhianawi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Anand Bakshi, Gulzar and Javed Akhtar!

Song link:

Now even I am inspired to write poetry…!

30 Years of Mile Sur Mera Tumhara…

The iconic song “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” was released on Door Darshan (National Television) on 15th Aug 1988 and completed 30 years this year! Surprisingly nobody in media seems to have noticed it…

Beautifully composed by Shri Ashok Patki and sung by Who’s Who of Indian music industry at that time (leading from the front, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar), this song was equally well shot. It had all the prominent stars/ faces from that generation. We used compete for identifying all the faces in song…It also chronicles who were the popular faces of that period – and who had not arrived yet. It is interesting to see India’s spin bowler Narendra Hirwani in that video – who had created sensation at that time by picking 16 wickets in his debut. Most people would not remember now. And the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan didn’t exist or had not become popular.

The song was conceptualized by the Govt of India (Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad) and was promoted by Doordarshan and Ministry of Information and was meant to celebrate and showcase India’s diversity, peace, culture and unity!

The song was written by Peeyush Pandey who later played a major role in 2014 general elections when he helped the BJP with many catchy and popular slogans such as “Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar”.

I was 8 years old when the song was released and I remember listening to it umpteen times and also humming along – especially the regional language portions!

It was really a classic! And it is so rare to see Government and its various outfits conceptualizing and producing something so remarkable!

The song was totally ruined in 2010 when it was “recreated”. Once you listen to this disaster you would appreciate the original song much more!


Shortly after “Mile Sur…” there was another similar song created by Doordarshan – “Baje Sargam Har Taraf Se” which was also as good, if not better, as Mile Sur…however it didn’t get as popular. Of course it was also very popular when it was released, but not in the same class of Mile Sur. Sometimes being the first (or elder…in case of siblings) has its advantages. Here is the song “Baje Sargam Har Taraf Se”



Thought of The Day

17th August 2018

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