Wednesday, September 13, 2006

am home after a tiring journey. my frns and i nearly missed our flights this time. half an hour before the boarding time and the front desk absolutely refused to check in our luggages. we literally had to beg, pleade and argue.
sandeep just called frm maio. he was a bit nervous going all by himself to an unknown place. snehal's on his way to tawang.
i hate these bus journeys. it really tiring. have been sleeping the better part of the whole day. and to think i have another journey coming up in two days time to my village. i'm having a headache.
itanagar is cold. and it's raining.
my village is going to be more cold. i hope it's dry.
body ache. i think i'll go to sleep again.

Saturday, September 09, 2006


Srinath, my roommate has left this morning for Cherrapunji. hope he gets there safely. he's going to the northeast for the first time. and he's done up a lot of studying on the net about the place. hope he's ready to get drenched! strange that the wettest place on this planet suffers from a water crisis during summer. shows how ineapt the civic administration is. someone there should file an RTI and get some answers.
i leave on the 10th with snehal and sandeep for arunachal. sandeep will go east to the Namdapha national park and Snehal to the buddhist town of Tawang in the west. great places, both of them and great for ethno studies. i hope sandeep gets to see lots of wildlife and take a hand at fishing in the river. he should reeally take a good camera along. same with snehal, who i hope gets to go all the way to the border to china. those guards at the chinese post freak out when we take their picture! hehe..
it's one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. great for long hikes and camping.

(note to self: post some pics of tawang after coming back frm home.)

my brother's phoned in asked me to get a whole lot of mp3's for his discotheque. i hate travellin around kolkatta in the sun looking for stuff when i don't have an exact idea where to go.
but i do have to go over to Landmark once before i leave. my favourite place to shop for music/books/comics in Kolkatta. i often went to Crossword, but Landmark is so much better. if only they had a better Coffee corner like Crossword!!!

I DO NOT LIKE MY PHONE! why didn't i just get one of those n series? n to think i paid Rs 19000/-!!!!! yeah thats right, stupid, jerk ass me shelled out a whole month's earnings for this !@@#$^&*(*)$#$#$@#@#! 6708 smart phone from nokia which runs as fast as a roadroller and has a camera that's ..#@$@#$$#$#%^%$^%^$% i'll kick myself 19000 times now.....


anybody wanna buy a phone....?? he he...

uploading a whole lot of pic's at photoblog now. but it's slow, maybe i'll leave some out.

wanted to issue a few books from the library to read during the trip but one of my friend has already issued a couple in my name and hasn't returned them as yet. my flight is on monday morning and now there's no way to get some books issued. . ugh! n just when i was finally 'inspired' to read books on film theories. eeeeee...

Thursday, September 07, 2006


funny, had a class test today and it felt like high school all over again. i was the last to arrive in class (everyone had punctually reached at 11 am ready and prepared for whatever question was about to be thrown at them and THERE i was... leisurely sipping a warm cup of tea outside of campus and thinking what important work might i do today... and then, i get a call, 'sange where r u?' 'um, i... am having TEA!' he he.. 'you'r having a test remember? come over at once' o boy, the head of department called so i guess i have to rush over, which i did feeling quiet embarassed and stupid)and what a sight! everyone bent down on their papers and studiously writing!! no way we ever do that normally. we usually groan and moan at the very mention of class test or a project work. aghhhh!!!! awwwwww!!! arrey nahi!!!! and all those noises showing immense inner displeasure. i mean those groans and moans really come out from deep within! and added to that one of our faculty has given us a very innovative/deep/intelluctual/etc question to write four lengthy pages on....
HM..... on the other hand.... I GUESS maybe it's kinda valid question? i mean...i certainly don't have the answer. o boy o boy.... O BOY!!! how the hell am i suppose to give the answer to that in ffooouuurrrr lonnnngggg pages!!! it could have been so much simpler with options
option a) YES
option b) NO
guess i'll scratch my head over it for a few days....

(NOTE TO SELF : get album of JONOTHAN CLAY and MINDY McCREADY. Also look up other country/pop singers.)

hm... seem i wasnt here for the past three days. what on earth was i doing for the past three days? oh yeah, all those project work that our facultys been dumping on us since it's the last week of class for the year.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Steve Irwin.

why the hell didn't our institute invite Hrishikesh Mukherjee for workshops?
AARRGGGHHHH!!! such a HUUGEE lost for us. BIG BIG BIG TREMENDOUS lost!! yup, stupid us.
i would no more have the plesure of watching new adventures of the Crocodile Hunter! i saw a pic of Steve Irwin once somewhere with an accompanying article. a ballroom sort of place where everyone was regally dressed up in tux and suits. and here he was, Steve Irwin, in his classic KHAKIS and Boots. HE HE ... those tux guys must have felt REEALLY out of place!!

Sunday, September 03, 2006


the rain taken has a break for a while. it has been a bleak, water clogged everywhere day. listening to jessica andrews as i write this n it's beginning to grow on me... uploading my pic's to yahoo. no bloody wonder digital is pushing off film to the sidelines, with such ease of use..... n just no botheration of development cost. been clicking off to glory my phone camera n uploading them, never in a million yrs would i do that with a film camera!!! but the megapixel is wwwayyyyy below giving any decent pics. it just about reproduces an image, JUST!
but i guess these pics are ok. at least i have pics to upload around my blog!
no matter by how many leaps n bounds digital technology is advancing, but the look of film- that's entirely something else!! the first time i shot 16mm for our project film and it was screened... GOD O' MIGHTY WOW!!!! the image!! so bloody 'can it be this beautiful!!' wonder what would happen when our diploma in 35mm film is screened!!! i'll go crazy and do gymnastics on the floor! on the other hand... to be realistics i would probably end up working a lot in the digital medium, so am looking up digital cameras. probably be able to affors an hdv camcoder and i'm beggining to like the JVC HDV camcoder. worked a little with the sony hdv a couple of months back and the images are really startling for a camera this size! a good cameraman can do wonders with this medium! anyway, like they say, it's always the person n never the machine
on the other hand...
been thinking about my field trip all morning and i've decided to head back to my village. it was nearly the andaman islands or nagaland but i guess i should get to know my people better first! n anyway, the inst. isn't paying us much for the field trip. plus being back home i can get hold of my camcoder; maybe i'll end up making a documentary that way.
it would be interesting studying my own people. i think we pple from the northeast are fast losing our history in the absence of written scripts.. we neet to record and catalog our culture n traditions, n we need to do it fast! time is outpacing us n we'r losing bits of history by the day!
coming back.... i've decided to do a field study of one of our traditional dance. i have only a month of break n even less of official time, wonderin whether i can make any substancial study......but i guess it'll be a start. there's hasn't been much study done on our people and i shouldn't just be sitting around like i've done so much in the past. why is it that we look back and most of the time end up saying 'if only........'

Saturday, September 02, 2006


the surroundings of SRFTI, seems like a holiday resort, and it has all sorts of wild animals and birds that treats us humans with disdain. a shooting in progress of a fellow student.

Khawab's near the institute. i stop here for coffee sometimes...
great parathas and biryani!

i am not going for my field trip today. i have been frying in the sun for a whole week and this day i take a break!

In a week i have to leave for my field study anywhere in INDIA. I AM SOOO bloody CONFUSED where to head off to......!!!
the NORTHEAST is always a good place for Anthropological studies, but I AM from the northeast and i don't think going back would be a good idea. on the other hand... i have always wanted to study my tribe and it's customs. but this is a trip of only TWO BLOODY WEEKS!how the hell is anyone suppose to make any significant field study in such a short bloody time!!!!!???????
more the reason to head back home and fill in on details u already know about instead of starting with something entirely new n then discover that there's no time for any indepth study! this two week thing is so stupid!!
on a brighter side -- got myself a camera phone and now i'm now posting all those photos online.... although i'm not sure about the image quality.
I NEED A DIGITAL CAMERA FOR MY FIELD TRIP!!at least 8 mega pixel for any decent pic's, no way am i taking my Nikon SLR n spending tons of money in developing those film negatives. i am never gonna get any pic's anywhere near the quality of my SLR though... hm.....CHOICES!choices!choices!!!