Money matters

The past decade was the time when Credit cards reached the masses and a lot of banks moved from the traditional on-premise banking to online banking and debit/credit cards. Almost a century old practice of using paper money was replaced overnight with credit cards and debit cards.  People started actively using plastic money rather than the paper money. The wallet got shrunk for some time and people found it greatly helpful not to be carrying wads of money but were able to easily buy stuff without much fuss and not worrying about the need to have exact change. Of course there was security concerns on what if someone stole your card or the information and siphoned out your hard earned money. Cash transactions had become a thing of past and card money was in vogue. But the problem here again was people started accumulating cards from different banks and again the wallets now got crowded with half a dozen of credit/debit cards and again started swelling.

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With the changes that we have seen as the decade started it has witnessed a total shift in technology with people adopting smartphones. Digital wallets are the new things. Some of the early ones like paypal seems to be a thing of past now. its more of Google wallet or apple pay or alipay the list is never ending. The same kind of rush to adopt a new form of money which was seen a decade ago is being witnessed now with banks now coming up with wallets. eCommerce which was once in its peak with www and y2k and had a sudden death is now seem to have a comeback. The death of eCommerce in the last decade was mostly due to factors like lack of internet reach and lack of awareness and social media now seems to be full of life.

Street Photography

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Street photography anywhere in the world is an awesome way to meet people from different walks of life but it reaches its epitome in India which has such a vast cultural diversity. Delhi in this matter is a street photographers paradise richer in its diversified people due to a great number of floating population.

A busy morning in Chandni chowk or a usual day in any of its moghul monuments or be it the railway station you are sure to see people from all over India here. It would be safe to say that half an hour in any of theses places you certainly have seen people from a majority of the state.

The posers

wpid-wp-1419581289904.jpegThese are the ones who are happy to pose for your shot and do not mind parting with some valuable time . One reason for such behavior is that people love being photographed. Being in front of a camera is a craze that roots from the Bollywood. If you ever have watched a TV telecast of cricket match you would have noticed how the crowd is so excited when the camera is towards them and do all sought of things just to be noticed. One more reason is people here think that the person photographing them might be from media (New Channel) and wont mind their their photograph a part of the next days daily.

The naysayers

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There are ones who don’t like to be photographed and may become violent if you do not heed to their warnings and still keep on photographing them. Its always better to respect the privacy of people and move on. One reason that I came across is that here again its people from News Channel who might use their images for some negative news. Time and now I have been asked if I was from any news channel and when the answer was no they were happy to pose for me. People are also concerned what I would do with their photographs and whether I would make money selling them.

The curious

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There are ones who do not have the time to wait and pose not challenge you but keep moving on with their routine but sure do provide an eye contact. A few weeks back I was out in a photowalk with the Delhi Photography Club (DPC) in the early morning and people out in the street were curious to see 30 odd photographers clicking their shots and some curious enough to come and ask who we were, the rest just ignoring our presence and continuing their routine.

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A clergy from the local mosque who was initially unhappy with our presence asked whether we were from the media and after knowing that we were just photography enthusiast gladly let us shoot inside the mosque.

Its usually helpful if you talk and help them understand what you are doing and what you plan to do with the photographs you shot instead of shooting away in a sinister way.

The don’t care

I really like these kind of subjects who neither shy away nor challenge you but to whom you are invisible. People who do not care your presence it would be more apt to say that you are totally invisible to them and they keep moving around like you are a ghost.

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I am sure there are hundreds of more variety of people and that is what makes the street photography more exciting.

Please do visit my googleplus profile at http://goo.gl/7RXQaY to see some of my street shots

What did Indians Google in 2014

Screenshot from 2014-12-17 19:48:24We all know that Google is synonymous to search and “Google” is officially a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary. So what did we Indians actually “Google” in 2014.

Out of the most searched items two of the most prominent category on the top 5 is Train tickets related (IRCTC, PNR status) and Online shopping sites (Flipkart and Snapdeal). One exception to this list the SBI online being the largest government bank of India. Two things that are clear here are that we travel a lot and do a lot of online shopping also we use SBI online for the payments.

The next top 5 searched people has some surprising and some not so surprising names. We all would expect the favorite Prime minister Narendra Modi to feature here but didn’t expect it to be the second with Sunny leone on the top of the list. Surprised to see the name of Badshah khan missing here. Salman Khah here beats him here along with the leading ladies Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.What this actually means is we Indians are interested in Politics, Porn, Bollywood, but wait are we not the cricket crazy people. Surprised to see Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Sachin Tendulkar missing here.

One would certainly expect Ragini MMS to be on the list of movies searched now that Sunny Leone tops the peoples list. Salman Starer Kick and Jai Ho had to be here too.. Happy New Year and Bang Bang too have been of some interest to people here.

No surprises in the Top 5 Bollywood Actor (Male) but one name in the Bollywood Actor (Female) category is somewhat the odd man out, or should I say odd woman out. I would never expect Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to feature here with no films this year.

The most searched tech devices too is somewhat a shocker Moto G, iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Moto E, & Nokia X. Are you kidding me here. I would have expected Micromax, Xiomi here instead of the Moto’s and Nokia’s.