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November 3, 2005

Typically Tokyo Subway Scene

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/30s / f/3.5
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The uniformity of Japanese macro-culture can be deafening at times. Always interesting to me is the practice of looking as annoyed, bored, or displeased as possible while riding any form of mass transportation. How you can sit next to a close friend for two hours and not share conversation until exiting is a mystery to me.

This practice is so strong I've even found myself scowling at those young upstarts that think they can have a good time. Shut up! I'm trying to be miserable over here!

 

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November 1, 2005

Throngs of Shibuya

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LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/25s / f/4.5
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Part of looking back at a collection of photos you've taken is having that photo act as a key to unlock a thought that had occurred to you when you were snapping the shutter. At the time I took this photo, I recall comparing the multitudes of people I had just left in my daily life in India to the people crossing this famous intersection.

In both places there were many twenty to thirty year olds. All were busy, in a hurry, trying to get where they were going. In both places there was a distinct sense of chaos. But in Japan, the people where well fed, clean and neat in their designer suits and shoes. There were no missing limbs or piles of garbage or billowing yellow-brown plumes of pollution from some unregulated factory. Only shiny bright lights and shiny bright people.

I remember the chill that having that thought gave me and the wash of guilt that followed. The contrast was exhilarating.

 

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October 31, 2005

Fuming in Japan

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Look at me. Here I am thinking that I am going to get this new series on Japan off to a good start and I forget to go ahead and publish the entry. What's wrong with me? Not half of what was wrong with my friend Jesse in this picture.

Days before I disembark from India to travel to Japan, I catch word that my dear friend Jesse and his relationship of eight years had ended. When I had arrived, I found him quite a few stops past his wits end. I was very happy to arrive and be there for him during this difficult time.

I'll never forget being in the laundry mat in Itabashii sharing a welcome jovial conversation. At any moment, something would click over and he would get the sourest of all looks on his face and exclaim something to the effect of, "how on earth could she do that?!?" He would lament and fume some more and then we would go back to sorting laundry.

I will tell you that even at his emotional bottom, Jess is a great man to travel with. You'll never meet a sharper wit or a more personable fellow in your life. He's a damned sharp cookie to boot.

 

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October 29, 2005

One Last Hurrah

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After a very long day at the office, I returned to the Taj exhausted. It was going on 11pm New Year's Eve and I simply didn't feel like partying anymore. I canceled my plans to attend one of the dance parties going on and instead retired to read my book and take my dinner up in my room.

At the goading of the staff they informed me that I would not be doing any relaxing and instead I would be taking dinner in the restaurant's North Indian restaurant and I would be sure to stay for the lucky draw. Somehow, I won the grand prize: a weekend stay at a resort in Kerela. I am sad to report that I never did make it back to India to claim this voucher (it expired in August.) But still it was a lot of fun to win something. Thank you guys for not letting me miss out on yet another fun experience.

I believe it was Vanita, another Taj employee, who took this photograph of me. Which is, to my knowledge, the only surviving photo of me in a silly hat.

A little less than eight days later, I would say goodbye to all the people and experiences that forever altered my life and after a brief stop in Malaysia would be greeted my some friends of mine in Japan.

 

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October 27, 2005

Turkey?

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There is only one thing I would like to know: where do you get a Turkey in India?

 

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October 26, 2005

Christmas Dinner

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I am not a food photographer but I wanted to capture this memory.

Things I can remember and name: Turkey and Cranberrysauce (in India? My how American culture has travelled!), pakora, stuffing, Chinese noodles with tomato sauce, & fish vindaloo. Garçon? And your finest bottle of water, please!

 

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October 25, 2005

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Tajmas

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What do you get when you combine a mariachi band from Sri Lanka, fancy Hyderbadis, turkey and fish curry? Why that would be Christmas dinner at the Taj Krishna!

Definately one of the more lonely and quirky Christmases I've had on record. It's funny because holidays were never really all that important in my family yet it's funny how the deprivation of something can make you long for it all the more.

 

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October 23, 2005

Me and My Christmas Demon

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Camera / AuthorKonica Minolta 7d / Amrita (formerly of Taj Krishna Hotel)
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
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Firstly, my supreme apologies for the site's down-time this weekend. I suffered a minor hard-drive blip this weekend and had to rebuild the file system on the web server. Things should hopefully remain sane for awhile.

Secondly, this week will wrap up the series on India on the site. Nearly 150 images in total. Next up with be imagery from Japan! Now onto the image on hand:

I asked the hotel staff if they would please take a picture of me to send to my loved ones at home and abroad for the holidays as I would be staying over Christmas and New Years in Hyderabad wrapping up the project I was working on. Amrita and Pavitra were more than pleased to turn the camera on me for a change. However they felt that perching me on the couch in front of the decorations wasn't quite enough. The picture needed something...extra...

From which level of hell they brought the Christmas demon, I have no idea. But frankly I told them it was one of the scariest most terrible things I had ever seen. Of course it belonged on my lap.

As with most people I've talked to I'm not much for portraiture of myself but this is one picture that features my face that I get a good chuckle over.

 

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Me and My Christmas Demon

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Camera / AuthorKonica Minolta 7d / Amrita (formerly of Taj Krishna Hotel)
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/60s / f/2.2
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Firstly, my supreme apologies for the site's down-time this weekend. I suffered a minor hard-drive blip this weekend and had to rebuild the file system on the web server. Things should hopefully remain sane for awhile.

Secondly, this week will wrap up the series on India on the site. Nearly 150 images in total. Next up with be imagery from Japan! Now onto the image on hand:

I asked the hotel staff if they would please take a picture of me to send to my loved ones at home and abroad for the holidays as I would be staying over Christmas and New Years in Hyderabad wrapping up the project I was working on. Amrita and Pavitra were more than pleased to turn the camera on me for a change. However they felt that perching me on the couch in front of the decorations wasn't quite enough. The picture needed something...extra...

From which level of hell they brought the Christmas demon, I have no idea. But frankly I told them it was one of the scariest most terrible things I had ever seen. Of course it belonged on my lap.

As with most people I've talked to I'm not much for portraiture of myself but this is one picture that features my face that I get a good chuckle over.

 

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October 20, 2005

Vijay from the Taj Krishna

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Vijay is an awesome guy. He and I would often have a good time discussing our observations on culture and humanity. He had worked abroad in Dubai and had seen some tremendous things.

I hope that I'll get to go back to Hyderabad someday to pickup our conversation where it left off.

 

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