Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Clicking People

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"I love clicking real people in candid moments. I have clicked nearly everyone who had been around me. It's become so common now that almost half my friends on Facebook have had a dp that's been clicked by me atleast once. It's real. It's fun. And it is one of the best ways to capture the essence of a person without using any words. Here, it's our friend Richard Wright btw. Shot at work at my climb media office. Mr. Quirky-Jovial himself. 

 #people #photography #candid "

Sunday, April 27, 2014

India: Disguising Evil as Development

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"This is the naked face of India today. Half blind by helplessness and half blind by choice. All are victims nonetheless. 
 #politics #india "

Friday, April 25, 2014

India: Democracy for Dummies

I live in an amazing country. 
Our two major political parties have turned democracy into a joke for dog years. They have been fooling the country out of its basic needs from way before I was even born. But of course, that is perfectly fine to our people. That is our India. 'Aisa hi chalta hai' they say. We are cheap people who deserve to be cheated by the rich, political and powerful. And when real democracy attempts to rise, we listen to the paid media spaces of the parties in power instead.
we are more responsive to suggestions via ads, cricket match sponsorships and televised dramas. We don't want to use our brains, we want our thinking spoon fed to us via hoardings and newspaper coverpages and media dramas that cost billions - without even wondering where that money comes from. We as a mass today are proud of our mass incapacity to think for ourselves. We pride ourselves on our mob mentality even as an individual. We are the people who encourage goons and murderers to be out leaders. And then we all sit back and enjoy the mediocrity of our country, the theft of out national wealth, the exploitation of the masses and simply blame the system. 
This is my India. 
The world's largest 'democracy'.
- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The high of breaking PRs

There are few things that make me as happy as pushing beyond my current capabilities. Especially when it comes to strength. Third week of my progression schedule, today, I was supposed to push 90% of my known 1rm for 5 sets of 3 reps of overhead presses. Instead I ended up pushing 100% of my 1 Rm for the same volume! So technically, I'm already beyond my best - I hit my single pr weight 3 times an for 5 grueling sets. So it was no fluke. I ended up laughing after the set out of happiness! :-) Awesome end to a crazy day.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

VOTE FOR AAP: Open Design to show your support

I rarely work for free. But when I do, its for a cause i believe in. 
I'm uploading the highres open files of these designs in support of honesty and justice. In support of AAP.
The third design is an open file without a name. Feel free to put your name in and make it your sticker/coverpage/poster. 

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Before India makes a Mass murderer its Prime Minister

I know for a fact that BJP will win. Cause 80% of the voters are uneducated and even 80% of the educated seem to be uneducated. they are completely guillible to mass media bashing and fake fervour. Most of the country wants to be seen as rooting against corruption, but will vote for corruption. Most of the country has developed a sense of self entitlement that roots deep into them - where they belive they deserve jobs, status, power etc just because they belong to a certain caste or group. This is something that might take ages to wash away. unfortunately.
I personally want AAP to win - but that wont be possible.

I belong to a generation where people wish for a revolution, but sleep while it brews. 

Lots of people have been questioning why i support AAP even though i'm so sure it wont win.
Well, its cause i'm not blind. I see the truth. and i wont stand by as evil takes over a nation. and i definitely wont let regret get the better of me in the future when my kids ask me why did you let it happen? did you do nothing at all? despite being a serial non-voter, this time, i will cast my vote - i'll cast my vote for hope. because this time, it actually does exist.

Read this article from MAHESH MURTHY. It goes on to clear a lot of facts about the what and why of the choices we are about to make a nation : 

So this is a big ask - do you have 45 minutes for me? I could say it could make a big difference in the next 5 years for you. But that would probably be an exaggeration. Okay, this could make a small difference at least, I think.

I've been writing and posting for 3 weeks now, and during this period I've probably put out six or seven long posts and a couple of dozen image posts. During this time, I've also had 8 friends block and/or delete me for these posts. And about 1,600 new friend requests - sorry folks, Facebook restricts me to 5,000 - so I can't add you all - thank you for following me, and bear with me.

During this time, I've also had my parentage questioned, my sexual behaviour with my children speculated upon, my political ambitions announced, near-daily death threats, deep speculations on how much AAP pays me (zero, by the way) or Congress pays me (also zero, by the way) and that this is a deep plot by Pinstorm one of my investee companies (which has done work for multiple political parties including BJP and AAP and which has nothing to do with any of my posts which I write and design myself) topped off with of course the standard BJP response to any uncomplimentary thoughts - that of having defective DNA - or being a "retard" or "aaptard" or "kejritard" or whatever they come up with. Quite amazing, I don't get death threats from Congress fans, or from AAP fans when I critcise either. I guess BJP fans are a very insecure and sensitive lot. Quite a fun journey these three weeks have been.

But hey, I'm still here, and I haven't changed my mind on a single thing. I still believe, more than ever, that the Congress and BJP are both wrong choices for us.
My support has been for India's youngest, newest, most impressive political party, the AAP. Is it perfect? Nope. It's barely a year old. Can they govern? Sure - there's no big deal to ruling the country - the day to day stuff is run by babus anyway - and the job of the politician is to set policy that works for the people and to keep the babus honest. I am reasonably sure that neither the BJP nor the Congress can do this, given how they've let private and personal interests rule policy - and overseen how our bureaucracy and babudom have been corrupted from top to bottom by the termites of bribery. So all the experience both parties claim is in the wrong field - it is in corrupt, policy-less administration. Not in what we need.

What would I like to do? It'd be great if you could read what I have to say - and see if you could vote for the AAP. Or better, share this with your friends so THEY can read it all. No vote for the AAP is wasted - as it is one less vote for the old, corrupt termite-ridden way of life we all grew up in. And this is the first real opportunity in my lifetime and perhaps yours to reduce the power of the termites in the Congress and BJP.
The biggest thing the AAP has done, as even a hardcore BJP fan will admit, is the national prominence it has received in such a short time - with not a single media rupee to spend, and come up ahead of the Congress in many folks' eyes as the only party that can stop or slow the evil BJP juggernaut. This is classic David versus Goliath stuff, and I'm rooting for David. Do read what I have to say, and see if you would like to root for David too.

Here are the pieces I've written so far, all in one place. Between them, they've gotten over 10,000 shares, so it's possible some 25 to 50 lakh people may have seen one or two or more of these pieces. Read on to see what you might have missed. Hey, even one vote changed as a result would be nice

My first thought was that the AAP did not need to win 272 seats in this election to win the country - they could win as little as 2 or 3 seats and still do so. So your vote won't be in vain: http://oh.pn/aap3

The response to that was "OMG, how can you support a man who ran away from Delhi?" I simply answered saying, hey, they didn't run away, they simply lost control of the assembly and resigned, exactly like A B Vajpayee's government did when it lasted 13 days' to the Kejriwal government's 49 days. Here it is, deleted by someone and resurrected: http://oh.pn/aap1a

By then I had friends in business telling me - "Why are you opposing Modi - he's good for business, na?". And I had to answer, saying, nope, long term the BJP is not good for business. Here's that piece http://oh.pn/aap4

Of course that brought up the entire Reliance gas price issue, where we figured that the Ambani's son-in-law was Gujarat Petroleum Minister, and trying hard to recommend that Reliance get 6 times the original contracted price for extracting our gas.. Here's the gas story: http://oh.pn/gas

In spite of all the rationale and facts I presented, I sensed some emotional hold that Modi held over many people. I tried to peer behind that curtain to see what I could find - in this piece - Why do so many of us love Modi? http://oh.pn/aap5

The reaction to that piece was quite strange, with many people parroting that "But Modi got a clean chit from the Special Investigative Tribunal or SIT". Digging a little deeper showed that it wasn't true - he had received no clean chit: http://oh.pn/aap6

After presenting all this, I sensed some unwillingness in a group of people to see the truth. And wrote about that in Buyer's Remorse: http://oh.pn/aap7

That's it for now. Do go through this - it should take all of 45 minutes, if that.
And, yes, have a nice day.

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Casual Photoshoot with iPhone apps

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"Casual photoshoot +Instagram filters + square ready cropping = retro style glam shot. #photography #beauty #glamour #vintage #look #gorgeous #model #portfolio " 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

QUEEN: The Pushkaraj S Shirke Review

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Queen: The Pushkaraj S Shirke Review My loathing for all things bollywood is pretty well known. So when I praise a movie that comes from the garbagepile of cinema that we call Bollywood, it's truly remarkable. One such movie in a Long long time, is QUEEN. 

 Genuinely simple and Hilarious, woman centric, realistic with subtle flights of fantasy and far far away from the stereotypical romantic crap tht infests Bollywood. This movie has it all. I've always adored kangana for being a very sweet person an considered her an actress with genuine potential - and this movie just proved that to everyone who's watched it. The direction and cinematography carry the candid and piece of life feel of the story throughout. Not at one moment do you feel that you are watching a movie. And that's true genius. 

The costume and art are as true to character and location as can be throughout the film - and even In the end, where out if my cynical nature, I was expecting It to go out d character and overboard, it did not. And tht just made it perfect. Unlike a typical Bollywood movie where character transformations are always cocoon to splendid Amazonian butterfly, Queen managed to keep it real. 

Its a movie you really take home with you even long after you have left the cinema hall. And that's how you know you have witnessed real cinema. 

 My rating: 9/10
 Must watch. Must own on DVD. Must show your daughter.

 #film #review #movie #bollywood #queen

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Why do I Train?

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"Why do You train? Why do I train as hard as I do? Very blatantly put, I train so that I can do all the things i love - climb mountains, swim ice lakes, tour bikes, live in forests, ride horses, travel like a nomad, build things, work like a machine, have an amazing sex life, stand up for the people I love and kick serious ass in general. To live my life, to the fullest. -Pushkaraj S Shirke So, what do you train for? #life #fitness #training #reasons #whydoyoutrain #gym #biking #riding #bodybuilding #travelling #living #honest " 

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