Her

"I want her to stop hiding from me. I want me to stop hiding from her."
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Aaji and her God

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Since the past few days, I’ve been spending the daytime with my granny. As our day progresses, she has difficulty in remembering my name or who I am. She barely remembers if she had had her food a couple of minutes back. She keeps asking me for tea after every sentence. She keeps reading the same book over and over again like it is her first time with it.

People from her childhood and the things she did then are some of the only things she used to remember with certain clarity, a while back. Today I noticed that even these memories are slowly fading away. The pieces of life that once held her mind together are now falling off, like the old paint on her walls. The only thing that still remains strong and stable is her faith in her God.

The faded paintings and frames of various saints and deities can be found in every room of her home, and she rightly places herself wherever she sits — in front of them, so They can keep watching over her.

Waiting for her master

Came across quite a few interesting stories during our short stay at The HIVE, last year. Here is one of Lady, the cat.

While her keeper was away on some business, she kept waiting outside his office door every evening expecting him to magically turn up every time someone opened the door.

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Pet Photography Ep.1 || Anna & Orion

Capturing animal portraits is tricky and something that I have always wanted to do but never got a chance to. So when my friend and fellow blogger, Tintu wanted a photograph of a white cat for her story, I jumped at the opportunity. Next thing I know I was on a call with my dear friends, Divya and Deepak, seeking their permission to click their pet cats, the handsome Orion and the shy Anna. Their willingness and the cats' involuntary acceptance helped me immensely in making this a success!

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All photos by Sukrit Nagaraj

Many thanks to Divya & Deepak, the cat owners for letting me photograph their precious pet cats, Anna and Orion.
 
Also do check out this post by Tintu Saleem for which these photos were clicked: Link here


Berklee India Exchange

Berklee Tandon Global Clinics held a music workshop in India for the first time in October 2015. A few teachers and other staff from Berklee travelled to Mumbai and Delhi giving information about life at the prestigious Berklee School of Music and also guiding the aspiring musicians with their techniques. They also imparted some insights on the business of music.


The pictures from Day 1, where the 3 teachers from Berklee School of Music visited two schools, the Cathedral and John Connon School and the Prabhadevi Municipal school run by NGO Muktangan.
 

Chantal Hampton, a faculty at Berklee School of Music, Boston interacts with kids at the Cathedral and John Connon School

Chantal Hampton, a faculty at Berklee School of Music, Boston interacts with kids at the Cathedral and John Connon School

Mark Copeland interacting with a few students from the school, helping them with some piano lessons.

Mark Copeland interacting with a few students from the school, helping them with some piano lessons.

A student expresses her gratitude towards the guests for giving her schoolmates some useful tips on music.

A student expresses her gratitude towards the guests for giving her schoolmates some useful tips on music.

A student performs for the faculty from Berklee School of Music.

A student performs for the faculty from Berklee School of Music.

The faculty from Berklee School of Music put up a small performance for the kids.

The faculty from Berklee School of Music put up a small performance for the kids.

Students appreciating the performance put up by the faculty from Berklee School of Music, Boston.

Students appreciating the performance put up by the faculty from Berklee School of Music, Boston.

The 3 teachers then move on to Prabhadevi Municipal School, where the kids are getting ready to put up a small show for them.

The 3 teachers then move on to Prabhadevi Municipal School, where the kids are getting ready to put up a small show for them.

Kids getting involved in the act.

Kids getting involved in the act.

The teachers seem impressed by the performance.

The teachers seem impressed by the performance.

Now the teachers put up a small act for the kids.

Now the teachers put up a small act for the kids.

The guests from Berklee and Furtados School of Music take a round of questions from the kids.

The guests from Berklee and Furtados School of Music take a round of questions from the kids.

A curious kid approaches Winston and asks him how his bass produces those sounds. Winston patiently explains.

A curious kid approaches Winston and asks him how his bass produces those sounds. Winston patiently explains.

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The guests from Boston are surrounded by the kids as they say their goodbyes.


Day 2 & 3: Mumbai
Mount Litera International School. October 30-31, 2015

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Day 4 & 5: Delhi
Vasant Valley School. November 1-2, 2015.


Photos by Sukrit Nagaraj for Berklee India Exchange.