Monday, June 05, 2006


In Kherwadi

In a cramped up space live multitudes of lives, scurrying about happily,accepting their surroundings and their lives with a positivity worth noticing. I guess you dont have to be rich to be happy. Neither poor. All life forms must be equivalent. Equivalence of all life....

Last Sunday I did my first motion shooting. The cinematography angle is set. I was supposed to shoot today, but unexpected weather and other circumstances have postponed the shoot into the future. We had gone to the Kherwadi zopadpatti to do a location recci. The cramped up spaces, the tiny rooms, the simple lives. Satisfaction indeed lies in the mind.

I have spent some very happy times at a cousins' house which is a tiny 2 rooms. There used to be no TV or fridge. We have got drunk on cheap brandy in water with penuts stolen from his mom's kitchen and been very happy. We used to collect 10 bucks put fuel in an old moped we had borrowed and ride around till it gave out -- then push it home. We have spent hours under the shade of some large trees in the local park, out of the way of all, just relaxing and watching the ammunition factory down below the hill and across. Those guys used to test the munitions (or destroy old ones) and we used to wait for the puffs ... and the delayed sound. It is surprising what one remembers.

Life used to be simpler then. Silently observe. My relatives never were able to decide if I was very smart or mentally retarded. But they always called me smart to keep my mom happy. :)

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