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Two lovely quotes that define this image that I shot at

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." - Matt Hardy

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. – Dorothea Lange

The story behind the nice piece of luck is here : samyukth.com/2019/04/28/flight






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There is something about stars that is calming. And there isn't a more awe-inspiring sight than the Milky-Way.

After all the happenings of today, I felt like looking at some of my shots to bring some balance into my head. This is a recent one shot at Hanle in .

This post describes the experience samyukth.com/2019/10/08/my-god

And this one demystifies the 'how-to' aspects, its quite simple actually samyukth.com/2019/08/29/a-gala

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I let my emotions get the better of me and posted an image of a falcon taking off as my first post.
Ought to have started with this close-up from of a distant relative of the . And it does look as if he is flipping the bird here;-)

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Atheist, humanist, jobless corporate executive, bird photographer, 4-handicap die-hard golfer, a sous-chef to my 14-yo daughter and a photo-blogger at www.samyukth.com.
Used the bird-site to follow alternate views. But have taken off from there now just like this Peregrine Falcon (shot at LRK). This place does feel calmer;-)

@Deepsealioness request a boost please

A click from the Annular Solar Eclipse shot from my balcony about 50 mins back. The dove in the frame was just pure lucky. But boy, doesn't it really spice up the frame.

Apparently it is a crime in to distribute ration in our state during lockdown. The police has booked a city resident for distributing free ration. Apparently you have to seek permission to do even that (He had one) 👏

@Vishsai @KayKap @shinjini @romil @bumbleebee @rajagopal @VivekT @wabbster @pursephoney @musafir @KnottedBow @a_crmdgn @Samyukth @vinayakgotsurve

The problem statement is that people don’t have food. It is a hunger and starvation problem. Not a PDS distribution problem. Not a leakage plugging problem. Or a tracking problem. Or a documentation problem. You just go door to door and distribute. Everyday. Whatever it takes.

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... What I have realised through this personal experience is that it there is an inverse correlation between financial wealth and heart. The ones who don't have much are the ones who are the most generous with everything that they have - time, effort, resources, whatever.

Not all superheroes wear capes!!

PS : If you want to help folks like him do more, please click on this link (ourdemocracy.in/Campaign/Gurga?) and contribute.

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...All that matters is that the person is human and they can help them at that moment. And this is done without any expectation of any sort.

This here is a picture of Munimchand (on the right) who has been driving a Bolero pick-up and helping us transport everything from dry food rations to cooked food to supplies for our kitchen to empty vessels. He has been at this for the last 3 weeks and more, 8am to 11pm, 7 days a week and none of us have heard him say a single negative thing.

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I am recalibrating the list of people I look up to - I have come across so many people recently, as part of local relief efforts, who are quickly replacing the ones in my list.

These are just ordinary folks who are driven by a need to help and care for their fellow human beings - and it doesn't matter a wee bit if this is someone they know, if this person comes from a particular state, if they belong to a particular religion and so on....

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Number of days of lockdown : 18
Number of books read : None and I will tell you why it doesn’t matter.
Number of hungry people fed each day last week : 20K+
No of hours of sleep each day : < 5
Feeling : Dead tired but glad that I am helping

If all the people we managed to feed today line up in a queue, maintaining a distance of 1 meter between themselves, the line would go from IFFCO Chowk to somewhere in Connaught Place.

The scale of the distress is quite frightening.

Help us do more, donate here ourdemocracy.in/Campaign/Gurga?

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I have been part of the relief efforts of Gurgaon Nagarik Ekta Manch. And we have managed to scale up our reach to over 22,000 servings a day thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors and the efforts of the 100's of volunteers engaged in this relief exercise. If any of what I wrote made sense and touched a nerve, please click on this link (ourdemocracy.in/Campaign/Gurga?) - donate and help us reach more affected people.
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• Anyone who stepped out to help others, however small that was, hats off to you. You know who you are. You are the engine of the society and have your heart in the right place. You are the reason that folks like me have some hope. You deserve my respect and it is my loss that I haven’t known you better...
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• How many times in the last 14 days did you (a) wash the dishes (b) do the washing (c) sweep the house - if your answer is in the low single digits (or near-zero) reflect on how you are contributing to the household (esp. if you haven’t been helping others in the world)...
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• With the lock-down, we have added a fairly big group of people, who were earlier independent and on their own feet, to the already swollen masses of the needy. These are the people who were trying their best to stand on their own feet and live an independent life of dignity. These are people who aren’t used to asking for help. I can’t really fathom what must be going on in their heads these days when they are faced with hunger, inevitably...
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If you haven’t been able to find a local relief effort to support, then your haven’t really looked hard enough
• For the people who support us and help us daily (our maid, cook, driver, dhobi, maali, etc) - coming to work was an outlet for many of them (esp. the women), an outlet for mental / emotional / physical safety as well. Go deeper in conversations with them, beyond just financial help...
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• If you made no efforts to support a cause / a relief effort or help your support staff (with money, provisions, checking-in on them frequently, etc) then maybe you should be thinking why it is so and what would make you step out of your comfort zone if this pandemic didn’t.
• The more local the relief the more direct is the impact. And some states and local administration are doing a far better job than we give them credit for...
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Or did it really not occur to you to consider the fate of the poor and marginalised?
• Social distancing is a luxury of the privileged - if you managed social distancing in the last couple of weeks and you weren’t under a mandatory quarantine then you are privileged. Accept it and figure out a way to deal with it. Don’t make excuses...
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• Cooking is a life skill. If you can’t cook and feed your self and your family, whatever time you have spent doing everything else is a waste of time.
• If you made no efforts to go out and help people in need and distress then you need to sit back and reflect on why. Was it your self-preservation instinct? Or was it the fear of the unknown? Or was it just that you didn’t know where to start and how to go about volunteering? Or was it that staying inside was just very easy? ...
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This is a list of thoughts that have occurred to me during the last week of relief efforts that I have volunteered for. I jotted them down as they flashed through my head.
• There is a short list of people who are essential - and a large % of people on many social media platforms don’t make that cut. I don’t mean this as a personal slur but it is just the way it is. Maybe it is time we start taking ourselves less seriously and the people who matter more seriously....
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We can now add “Blindness” to a list of deadly communicable diseases. R0 of 100+, spreads through speech. ‘Stupidity’ made it to the the list of Global pandemics a few days back - since it started in India we should call it the Indian Virus, maybe?

For all those who go on about “firecrackers are not the only pollution contributor” or “they are just one small part of the problem” or such similar BS, presenting morning AQI’s of a couple of days. The green 23 is from a couple of days before and the map with the elevated numbers are from this morning - after all the 9PM madness of last night. Firecrackers pollute. QED.

The logistics of feeding 15K people across the city is quite an exercise encompassing capacity planning, vehicle logistics, transportation and transshipment, coordination, tracking and course-correcting, etc - broadly everything under the sun. And one can get tripped up by simple things like not having enough big vessels. .

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